The California Honeydrops
sun25aug8:00 pmThe California Honeydrops
Buy Tickets TICKETS GO ON SALE Tuesday, April 23, 10 a.m. MST for donors of $500
TICKETS GO ON SALE
Tuesday, April 23, 10 a.m. MST for donors of $500 or more
Tuesday, May 7, 10 a.m. MST for the general public
Led by dynamic vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Lech Wierzynski, and drawing on diverse musical influences from Bay Area R&B, funk, Southern soul, Delta blues, and New Orleans second-line, the California Honeydrops bring vibrant energy and infectious dance-party vibes to their shows. They’ve toured with heavy-hitters such as Bonnie Raitt, B.B. King, Allen Toussaint, Buddy Guy, and Dr. John. Whether in those high-profile performances or in more intimate venues where the band can leave the stage and get down on the dance floor, the California Honeydrops’ vision and purpose remain: to make the audience dance and sing.
The band has come a long way since guitarist and trumpeter Lech Wierzynkski and drummer Ben Malament started busking in an Oakland subway station but the band has stayed true to that organic, street-level feel. Lech’s vocal stylings are influenced by recordings of Sam Cooke, Ray Charles, and Louis Armstrong, as well as Oberlin College education and lessons from the club circuit in Oakland, California. With the additions of Johnny Bones on tenor sax and clarinet, Lorenzo Loera on keyboards, and Beau Bradbury on bass, they’ve built a powerful full-band sound and contagious energy.
More like parties than traditional concerts, their shows feature extensive off-stage jamming and crowd interaction. “The whole point is to erase the boundaries between the crowd and us,” Wierzynski says. “We don’t make setlists. We want requests. We want crowd involvement, to make people become a part of the whole thing by dancing along, singing, picking the songs and generally coming out of their shells.”
(Sunday) 8:00 pm
Tickets start at $45