Mark Telesca is an American Songwriter / Singer / Guitarist and Bassist. He studied music at Florida Atlantic University and currently lives in West Palm Beach, Florida.

His “HOOK” oriented songwriting style and storytelling lyrics along with his expressive style of bass playing and powerful lead vocal is capturing the attention of music lovers everywhere.

Mark has released his first solo studio CD titled “Heavy Breathing” in January of 2015. His CD spent many months on steady rotation on SIRIUSXM RADIO (Bluesville). The CD is receiving rave reviews and reached the #5 spot on "Blues Power Radio's Top 30" Blues Albums. He has had three singles off the Heavy Breathing CD that has charted on Blues 411 Baker's Dozen of Blues. "If You Got Enough Jack" has reached #5 " Cross the Dog" has reached #2 and "I Don't Need Your Lovin' Anymore" has reached #1 !!!

In January 2015, Mark took his band to Memphis, TN to compete in the International Blues Challenge (IBC) and were semi finalists.

Mark has also started a career playing solo acoustic guitar focusing on Pre-WWII blues, Americana and his own original music. He has since competed in his local IBC challenge as a solo artist. He has been fortunate enough to win himself another spot in to compete again in Memphis in January 2016 and will be competing again in 2017.

Mark is very proud to be endorsed by Delaney Guitars. Delaney Guitars has built the Mark Telesca Bass Model. They are calling the bass the "TRADITION" model based on its traditional looks, feel and sound. It is currently available for purchase www.delaneyguitars.com

Mark is out gigging almost every night promoting his music. In addition to his hectic gigging schedule, he is the host of one of the most popular Pro Blues Jams in the Southeast. The Jam takes place every Monday at the Funky Biscuit in Boca Raton, FL. There are many touring artist who make it a point to spend some extra time in sunny Florida just to attend and hopefully participate in this high quality Jam.

As well as being a songwriter, singer, guitarist, and band leader, Mark is a touring bassist supporting many blues / rock artists. He is currently touring with “Blue Mercy” Featuring 2014 Blues Music Award winner and 2015 Blues Music Award Nominee Diunna Greenleaf.

Mark was the bassist along with 2010 Blues Music Award Winner and 2015 Grammy Winner Jason Ricci on Harmonica in The Keith Brown Trio. They later recorded Keith’s album “Down the Line” an acoustic album.

Influences are: The Delta Blues, Gospel Music and Motown.
Bass influences are James Jamerson, Donald Duck Dunn, Oteil Burbridge, Willie Weeks ... Just to name a few.

His sound is influenced by Buddy Guy, Albert King, The Sonics, SRV, The Black Keys, Johnny Cash, Elvis, Memphis, Chicago, the Swamp, the Mud, the City, Otis Rush, Robert Nighthawk, James Brown, U2, Rockabilly, The Chili Peppers , Earl Hooker, Magic Sam , Muddy Waters , Dick Dale , Howlin’ Wolf, the Smithereens, Tom Petty, Waylon Jennings, King’s X, the Pixies, Alice in Chains, ZZ Top, R.L.Burnside, John Lennon, Tom Waits, Brazil, the Ukraine, the United States, and so many more and they all melt together in a tasty gumbo that is Joel DaSilva.

An endless passion that is all his own.....He is an american/brazilian/ukrainian guitarist, singer and songwriter hailing from Chicago, Illinois, and currently based in Florida.

“Joel DaSilva is one of the finest musicians I’ve ever worked with, a true professional. He’s paid his dues and deserves national recognition.” Albert Castiglia – National Recording Artist

Delving back deeply into his Chicago blues and americana roots, DaSilva has emerged with visceral new material, the culmination of years of soul searching, living and late night driving. The result?

Constant NEW Music. He's the REAL DEAL.

It captures the essence of Joel’s combustible neo-soul-roots sound which combines elements of hi-fi garage blues with a driving roots rock and roll. Joel tours the states and overseas quite often performing at high end venues and festivals and is the son of traveling musicians from Brazil, DaSilva lost his father at age 3, which had a profound impact on the young artist’s life. At the age of 18, DaSilva joined his first blues outfit as the lead guitarist for “Junior Drinkwater and the Thirstquenchers”, then went onto swing rockabilly outfit “the Regulators”, then for several years after that with the very popular high energy band “the Hep Cat Boo Daddies”. DaSilva went on to put out 5 independent records thus far in a career spanning over several years. DaSilva has worked alongside such widely recognized and diverse artists as B.B.King, Buddy Guy, Ray Charles, the Bee Gees, the White Stripes, A.C. Reed, the Fabulous Thunderbirds, Reverend Horton Heat, Foghat, Los Lobos, Leon Russell, the Black Crowes, Molly Hatchet, the Nighthawks, Edgar and Johnny Winter, JJ Grey, and Jimmie Vaughan....and many more and continue to grow.

“He Delivers the horny lyrics in a voice that recalls vintage rockabilly, but his lacerating leads are as potent as any laid down by the late great Hubert Sumlin” – WLRN 91.3 NPR Radio

His His career highlights so far include performances at Montreal International Jazz and Blues Festival, The IBC Challenges in Memphis, European tours, Festivals, and performing with BB King and Buddy Guy. Joel has also opened for numerous famous artists during his career. DaSilva has performed well over 2000+ shows from Los Angeles to London. Joel has appeared a prestigious festivals around the world including the Montreal International Jazz And Blues Festival, Mont Tremblant International Music Festival, Curaçao Music Festival, Sunfest, Riverwalk Blues Festival, and the San Diego Music and Roots Festival.

In addition to his music career, DaSilva loves acting and has appeared in two independent films including his portrayal of “Sheriff Cousins” in the creepy noir indie film “Sleep”, featured in the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival and California Film Festival. He also co-wrote the soundtrack for “Sleep” with electronica artist Kevin Kage.

Richie Schmidt

Richie Schmidt was born and raised in NYC, and was surrounded by musical influences from an early age. Singing in his church's “cherub” choir at age 5, he would follow on to the junior and adult choirs. From grade 2 to 6 he took violin lessons (at public school!). And when the church began to experiment with the new “folk” music style that was becoming popular, he began playing guitar. Some formal lessons followed at the local music store, and the guitar became a constant companion.

With his transistor radio (tuned to WABC), he began listening and learning the songs of the time. A friendly competition with his sister Debbie (also a singer/guitarist) provided a “look what I just learned” leap-frog game of sharing songs and styles, accelerating his knowledge of the instrument, as well as his familiarity with the variety of 60s and 70s pop music.

Other influences would add some spice to his skills. Under the direction of musicologist Peter Griggs he studied East Indian music and performed as a percussionist with the NYC Gamelan. A high school friend, Christopher Thall, was a prodigious talent who demonstrated learning techniques that opened up many avenues to musical approach and understanding. And Richie's fascination with musical instruments led him to acquire abilities on piano and flute, as well as banjo, mandolin and other stringed instruments.

He began performing in rock cover bands in 1976, playing classic rock favorites at parties and high schools and eventually in clubs all around NYC and Long Island. In 1983, he fully dedicated himself to a life of music, leaving his home to join a traveling act. Early in these travels he met keyboardist Tess Smith. The two traveled with the touring band for a number of years, eventually settling in South Florida. In 1990 they were married, and began performing as the duo “Twocan Blue”.

In 2002 Richie was invited to fill the guitar role for “The Fabulous Fleetwood's” the longest running “rockin' blues” band in the region.

In 2008, he was the musical director for the stage re-creation of the concert movie “The Last Waltz”, and also performed in the role of guitarist Robbie Robertson .

Continuing on a busy schedule of performances, he's frequently called on as a solo artist and side man, performing on stages large & small, with local musician friends, as well as many noteworthy artists.

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