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Disco Biscuits Take Their Fans into Paradise

On the scene with Mayan Holidaze’s epic jungle adventure

Mayan Holidaze

Photos: Dave Vann / Words: Benjy Eisen

Considering that music goes all night, 11 a.m. is bright and early at Mayan Holidaze. Nonetheless, we met in the lobby of the Now Sapphire resort – our home base for four days – to embark on a day of jungle boogie. Here, Disco Biscuits' bassist Marc Brownstein (center) meets up with Rolling Stone's Benjy Eisen (left) and friend Max Blackman (right). At this point, we knew very little about what our adventure would entail – but we knew it was going to be great. And we were right. As our guide Euri Hernandez would tell us on the ride over, "When you get to the jungle, just be free."

– By Benjy Eisen

Mayan Holidaze

Dave Vann

Fan Participation

During the daytime, fans at Mayan Holidaze – seen here taking in a set by the Disco Biscuits – get to enjoy vacationing at an all-inclusive resort, often rubbing elbows with members of their favorite bands. Activities include a poker tournament with STS9's David Murphy, a golf tournament with members of Umphrey's McGee and water jousting with the Disco Biscuits' Jon Gutwillig.

Mayan Holidaze

Dave Vann

Disco Biscuits’ Aron Magner and Marc Brownstein

Disco Biscuits' keyboardist Aron Magner and bassist Marc Brownstein – who are also members of the band Conspirator – are seen here in mid-jam as the Biscuits perform on the beach at Mayan Holidaze. The band broke out several of their aquatic-themed tunes, including "Above the Waves" and "Magellan," in acknowledgement of the beachfront setting.

Mayan Holidaze

Dave Vann

Shipwreck Dive

Disco Biscuits' Aron Magner takes control of his command center, on stage at this year's Mayan Holidaze. While bassist Marc Brownstein and drummer Allen Aucoin took fans on a jungle excursion, Magner went for a two-tank shipwreck dive. "That shipwreck was one of the most fascinating things I have ever penetrated," Magner tells Rolling Stone. "Still drunk from the night before, I somehow became the fearless leader of a crew of eight fans, leading them into the abyss of these ancient Mayan waters."

Mayan Holidaze

Dave Vann

Disco Biscuits Close Out Mayan Holidaze 2012

Disco Biscuits close out this year's Mayan Holidaze on a high note, with a setlist that bassist Marc Brownstein wrote with input from fans after returning from a jungle adventure.

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