Disco Biscuits NYE Run
Already craving your biscuit-fix after City Bisco last month? No need to worry — the Disco Biscuits will be back for another amazing show December 26-29 at the Best Buy Theater in New York City and December 31 at The Theater at Madison Square Garden for their annual New Year’s Eve Run!
Incorporating elements from a variety of musical genres into their consistent base of electronic and rock, the jam band pioneered their unique “trance fusion” style while students at the University of Pennsylvania in 1995. Band members Allen Aucion (drums — who replaced original drummer Sam Altman), Marc Brownstein (bass), Jon Gutwillig (guitar), and Aaron Manger (keyboard, synths) rely on their ability to improvise on stage to keep their fans engaged and wanting more.
“It’s unlike buying the art, where it’s already painted,” Gutwillig said in an interview with JamBase. “It’s watching the paint getting thrown on the canvas in a frenzy. And we’re doing it with dance beats and we’re doing it with grooves and we’re trying to make it as exciting as possible. It’s almost like getting cars into a field with cameras and just shooting a high-speed chase right there on the spot. What we’re trying to do, for the observer, is to make the most awesome, exciting, high-speed chase that they could possibly watch. And we’re trying to do it in a way that makes everyone feel like they went there, they lived it, and they felt it deep inside. That’s our goal.”
Fun fact about the Disco Biscuits — their famous name was actually kind of a blissful accident. The band formed under an idea that they would change their name constantly, keep people on their feet while they started to attract a small fan base at the University of Pennsylvania.
“Then little by little we were like, ‘Wait, if we want to actually have a career, changing our name all the time is not smart at all!'” Brownstein said in an interview with Spin.com. “So we were kinda stuck.”
Previously used and rejected names were ‘Party Tent’ and ‘Zex Sea,’ Brownstein said. But the name ‘Disco Biscuits’ finally hit them while sitting in a car outside of the Jersey Shore when one of their friends said out of nowhere, “Hey, you guys wanna go find some Disco Biscuits?” At that time, they didn’t realize ‘Disco Biscuits’ at the time was slang for quaaludes, and the name just fit almost catalytically. And so, we’ve grown to know and love the Pennsylvania-based band as the Disco Biscuits to this day.
In addition to a few solo shows per year the Disco Biscuits put on and are best known for their three big events: Camp Bisco, City Bisco, and now their NYE run.
The Disco Biscuits set up Camp Bisco in 1999, opening up the stage to hundreds of different live artists and hoping to combine sets by electronic DJs with improvisational rock bands at a time when jam band and electronic dance music scenes were hitting the charts. In it’s 12 years of operation, the music festival has since expanded to include indie rockers and hip-hop artists and has drawn the affection of thousands of fans and music lovers.
City Bisco first came on the map in 2012 as a final hurrah to summer in their hometown, Philadelphia, PA, but since then has become a beloved music festival to fans looking for a perfect segue into fall. Again accompanied by other live electronic and jam artists, the Disco Biscuits designed City Bisco to encompass the idea of improvisation and live music that they embody and love themselves.
Now, for the second year in a row, the Disco Biscuits will be bringing their NYE run back to New York City for five nights of pure musical ecstasy. Doors will open at 7 p.m. on December 26 and 27 with showtime at 8 p.m., but will have a bit of a delayed starting time the rest of the three nights (28-31), opening at 10 p.m. with showtime at 11 p.m. Regardless, the five show event is sure to be a blast and biscuit-ers will be jamming all night long!
Get your tickets for their NYE run here, and don’t miss out on all the fun!
And while you wait for December 26th to roll around: