|The Disco Biscuits|
The Disco Biscuits performing at Red Rocks Amphitheatre 2010
|Origin||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA|
|Genres||Trance fusion, livetronica, jam band|
|Labels||Independent Label Group/Diamond Riggs|
The Disco Biscuits are a jam band from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The band consists of Allen Aucoin (drums), Marc "Brownie" Brownstein (bass guitar), Jon "Barber" Gutwillig (guitar), and Aron Magner (keyboards, synths).
The Disco Biscuits formed at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia in 1995 as a Phish cover band. Founding members include Jon Gutwillig, Aron Magner, Marc Brownstein, and original drummer Sam "Sammy" Altman. Sammy left the band in 2005 to apply to medical school. Upon Sammy's departure, the band conducted a search for their next drummer, which ended in a two-night, sold out drum-off between various musicians in Atlantic City, NJ at the Borgata's Music Box November, 2005. Allen Aucoin was announced as the newest member of the Disco Biscuits the very next month.
Both Marc Brownstein and Jon Gutwillig have written rock operas. Gutwillig was first, writing the Hot Air Balloon sometime before its debut on December 31, 1998, at Silk City in Philadelphia. Marc wrote the Chemical Warfare Brigade in early 2000 while on hiatus from the band. It debuted at the Trocadero Theater in Philadelphia August 19, 2000, with his side project Electron.
In 2006 the band found themselves with an abundance of resources and purchased the former Old City Philadelphia studio space of DJ Jazzy Jeff. The space became a place for local musicians to congregate and work, helping make possible the unique collaborations recorded in the Planet Anthem sessions.
|Location(s)||Indian Lookout Country Club in upstate New York, Montage Mountain in Scranton PA|
|Founded by||The Disco Biscuits|
The first Camp Bisco took place in 1999, the band seeking to combine the creative effects of electronic DJs with improvisational rock. Over 17 years Camp Bisco has grown by leaps and bounds, with its lineup expanding to include acts such as Shpongle, Pretty Lights, Bassnectar, Gramatik, STS9 and Lotus. The band celebrated its fifteenth anniversary of the festival July 2017 on Montage Mountain in Scranton, Pennsylvania.
The Disco Biscuits are involved in a number of charitable efforts including food drives and raising money for Hurricane Irene relief. In 2004, Marc (along with Andy Bernstein, author of The Pharmer's Almanac) founded HeadCount, a national, nonpartisan, non-profit, organization that partners with musicians to promote participation in democracy in the United States by registering voters at concerts. In 2010, the keyboardist Aron Magner was named to the Board of Directors for the Philadelphia Young Playwrights theatre arts program.