MAMARONECK, N.Y. -- Happy Birthday to Larchmont’s Michael "Flea" Balzary!
Balzary, better known as Flea, grew up in Larchmont. He turns 51 on Wednesday. The musician and actor was born Oct. 16, 1962.
He is best known as the bassist, co-founding member and one of the composers of the rock band and 2012 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees, Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Flea is also the co-founder of Silverlake Conservatory of Music, a non-profit music education organization founded in 2001 for underprivileged children.
Highly regarded as one of the best rock bass players of all time, Flea’s work as a bassist incorporates several musical styles, ranging from aggressive slap bass to more subdued and melodic techniques.