Funky Biscuit Celebrates Birthday With Living Legends and Local Heroes

There’s reason to head up to the Funky Biscuit in Boca Raton three nights in a row this week. The venue is celebrating its fourth anniversary, kicking off on Thursday with a show featuring Fort Lauderdale natives the Heavy Pets in all their psychedelic splendor. Expect funk-drenched jams, tight harmonies, and the positive vibes to be set to 11.

The festivities continue Friday, with the Big Easy charm of jazz, funk, and blues master Jon Cleary and his band the Absolute Monster Gentlemen. This is the real deal, Cleary bringing the gorgeous grime of a New Orleans juke joint to South Florida as the perfect antidote to the humdrum of the working week.

Saturday and Sunday present a real treat, with bona fide living legend Leon Russell taking the stage. Russell has played with a who’s-who of rock legends, including members of the Beatles and the Stones, as well as writing songs covered by the likes of Bob Dylan, the Carpenters, and Ray Charles. His sound is a swampy mix of country and blues, with Russell’s distinctive vocals flitting between a gravelly yowl and a majestic bucolic soul. Go pay your respects.
  • Thursday, 7/23 - Fourth Anniversary Kick Off Party featuring the Heavy Pets, Crazy Fingers, and the Dirk Quinn Band
  • Friday, 7/24 - Jon Cleary & the Absolute Monster Gentleman
  • Saturday and Sunday, 7/26 and 7/26 - Leon Russell
The Funky Biscuit, 303 SE Mizner Blvd., Royal Palm Place, Boca Raton. Visit
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