MARK TELESCA

  

Mark Telesca is an American songwriter, singer, guitarist, bassist, band leader and author.  

He has started off the New Year of 2020 with a new solo acoustic CD titled “ Higher Vibrations” along with a new book titled “Love Music-Hate Cancer”

“Higher Vibrations” is a collection of 16 songs. Nine original songs composed by Mark. The remaining seven songs are a mix of Pre-WWII blues and spirituals. His finger style guitar playing and storytelling lyrics combined with his powerful vocal seems to be the perfect combination for making a strong connection with his listeners.

“Love Music Hate Cancer” is his second self published book. In March 2017, Mark was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma and underwent surgery and a series of chemotherapy treatments. He was confined to his home for the better part of that year. During this time he focused on composing music and writing his book. He has been in remission for over 2 years now and doing well!

These days Mark is gigging almost every night promoting his music and book. He is also booking speaking gigs in colleges, libraries, hospitals and city centers. He is speaking about the life style changes he has made since his diagnosis and the healing power of music.

You can see Mark perform every Monday night at the Funky Biscuit in Boca Raton, FL where he is the host of their popular pro-jam.

If you would like to catch Mark as a solo artist, or playing with his band or attend one of his speaking engagements please refer to the calendar below.

 

REVIEWS

 

Blues Radio International  

Jesse Finkelstein 

Mark's contributions to music in South Florida and worldwide are well known. A talented singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Mark herds musical cats on a weekly basis to present a Monday night festival of great music at the Biscuit. More often than not, Mark is sidestepping the spotlight to make someone else sound better. 

  

Piotr Gwizdala and Radio Kultura  
Mark Telesca is an expressive bassist, a talented composer and vocalist with a strong voice. This is strong, heavy,” male” blues worth promoting. Solid blues. I love this album "Heavy Breathing" and also the design of its cover. 
 

Blues411
This week we offer up big congrats to Mark Telesca as his little engine that could release, Heavy Breathing, takes the top spot. So far this year it has been one of the most pleasant and surprising releases to come our way. 

one of the best new releases this year....

Metro Music Mayhem
David Jacobs
"Expect to see hear a lot about this fire breathing blues monster coming up."


Blues Blast Magazine
"Lead vocalist and bassist Mark Telesca and his posse roar!"

Hot House Magazine
Johnny Aruba
"Their big blues sound confirms they belong among the 
big names"


New Times Magazine
Dominic Siranni

" While blues purists might attempt to find fault with the blending of styles (as well as the modernizing of classic songs), This band lends an element of technical superiority to the mission that should quiet such criticisms. 1906, 2006 — it's all good"


The Bamboo Room
Russell Hibbard
"They will Slay you down on the Killing Floor"

The Palm Beach Post
Bill Meredith
" Mark Telesca breathes fire!"

 

WDNA 88.9FM
Charlie Kaufman
"Mark Telesca's agenda is being met, by just being himself"


The Palm Beach Post
Bill Meredith
" When Telesca decided to form his own blues band a year ago, the singing bassist wanted something different. Boynton Beach based MTB succeeds in that regard on a few levels - some intentional ; some not.

 

Mary 4 Music   
Peter "Blewzzman" Lauro
"Just by looking at Mark Telesca, if you would try to guess the type of music he plays or the style in which he sings, "Paint It Blue" would be the song you might choose. He doesn't just wear this look, he sings it as well., tough, gritty, intense, and confident? "You're damn right".....which, by the way, is the chorus line sung by the background singers. On top of all that vocal attitude, Steve's displaying some of it as well, with his best licks on the lead guitar. This is one smokin' track." 
 

Making A Scene  
Richard Ludmere 

"Telesca’s clear vocals are impressive but it’s his songwriting that will hook you. Telesca has written or co-written all but one of the songs. “I Don’t Need Your Lovin’ Anymore” is the perfect choice as the opening track. Gibbs guitar punctuates the lyrics." 

 

Main Event Talent Agency 
You finished your gig 20 minutes ago and I have already gotten a note from the manager that your band was great tonight at Hard Rock Cafe. THAT'S what I'm talkin' ' bout!! THANK YOU, Mark, nicely done! : )


New Times Magazine
Dominic Siranni
The project of bassist Mark Telesca, takes a spin through pre-WWII blues throwing in touches of contemporary R&B, AOR, and storytelling. Recorded this past July, Alive at the Bamboo Room gives fans of the blues, the Allman Brothers, and Jethro Tull all of that and more. The album kicks off with a version of the Son House classic "Death Letter," a song that allegedly influenced even the great Robert Johnson. After that, the band takes the listener on a trip through the cotton fields of the rural South, pausing briefly in post-war Chicago for a Willie Dixon cut, the raunchy "Back Door Man," made famous by Howlin' Wolf and the Doors. "John the Revelator," Blind Willie Johnson's classic take on rural gospel-turned-blues, gets a contemporary update with jazzysaxophone, wah-wah-meets-heavy-distortion guitar shredding, and liberal doses of hand drums sprinkled throughout. 

 
 
Date Event Location
Mark Telesca Solo Acoustic Blues Nakava Bar, Boca Raton, FL 33431 Nakava Bar, Boca Raton, FL 33431
Mark Telesca Band Coconut Creek Casino-NYY, Coconut Creek, FL 33073 Coconut Creek Casino-NYY, Coconut Creek, FL 33073
Mark Telesca Band Swank Farms, Loxahatchee, Fl 33470 Swank Farms, Loxahatchee, Fl 33470
Mark Telesca w/Eliza Neals Earl's Hideaway , Sebastian, FL 32958 Earl's Hideaway , Sebastian, FL 32958
Mark Telesca Hosts The Funky Biscuit Jam Funky Biscuit, Boca Raton, FL 33432 Funky Biscuit, Boca Raton, FL 33432
Mark Telesca Band Downtown at the Gardens, Palm Beach Gardens, FL. 33410 Downtown at the Gardens, Palm Beach Gardens, FL. 33410
Mark Telesca Band Lagniappe House, Miami, FL 33137 Lagniappe House, Miami, FL 33137
Mark Telesca Private Event Private Event
Mark Telesca Hosts The Funky Biscuit Jam Funky Biscuit, Boca Raton, FL 33432 Funky Biscuit, Boca Raton, FL 33432
Mark Telesca Solo Acoustic Blues Talias, Boca Raton, FL 33431 Talias, Boca Raton, FL 33431
Mark Telesca Solo Acoustic Blues Blue Jean Blues , Fort Lauderdale, FL Blue Jean Blues , Fort Lauderdale, FL
Mark Telesca Solo Acoustic Blues Dubliner Irish Pub, Boca Raton, FL 33432 Dubliner Irish Pub, Boca Raton, FL 33432
Mark Telesca Hosts The Funky Biscuit Jam Funky Biscuit, Boca Raton, FL 33432 Funky Biscuit, Boca Raton, FL 33432
Mark Telesca Solo Acoustic Blues Leftovers Cafe, Jupiter, FL 33458 Leftovers Cafe, Jupiter, FL 33458
Mark Telesca Solo Acoustic Blues Nakava Bar, Boca Raton, FL 33431 Nakava Bar, Boca Raton, FL 33431
Mark Telesca Band w/Johnny Rawls Arts Garage, Delray Beach, FL 33444 Arts Garage, Delray Beach, FL 33444
Mark Telesca Hosts The Funky Biscuit Jam Funky Biscuit, Boca Raton, FL 33432 Funky Biscuit, Boca Raton, FL 33432
Mark Telesca w/ JIMMY CARPENTER The Little Bar, Goodland, FL 34140 The Little Bar, Goodland, FL 34140
Mark Telesca w/ JIMMY CARPENTER The Villiages, The Villages, FL 32162 The Villiages, The Villages, FL 32162
Mark Telesca w/ JIMMY CARPENTER Earl's Hideaway , Sebastian, FL 32958 Earl's Hideaway , Sebastian, FL 32958