The California Honeydrops

The California Honeydrops

Steep Ravine

Fri 5.19.17

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

$15-$18

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This event is 21 and over

The California Honeydrops
The California Honeydrops
The California Honeydrops don’t just play music—they throw parties. 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 Honeydrops bring vibrant energy and infectious dance-party vibes to their shows. They’ve taken the party all over the world, playing festivals of all kinds and touring widely across North America, Europe and Australia. In 2016 the Honeydrops were honored to support Bonnie Raitt on her North America release tour—and in the past have been privileged to support the likes of B.B. King, Allen Toussaint, Buddy Guy, and Dr. John. Whether in those high-profile performances or in more intimate venues where the band itself can leave the stage and get down on the dance floor, the California Honeydrops’ shared vision and purpose remain: to make the audience dance and sing.

The Honeydrops have 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. Listening to Lech sing, it can be a surprise that he was born in Warsaw, Poland, and raised by Polish political refugees. He learned his vocal stylings from contraband American recordings of Sam Cooke, Ray Charles, and Louis Armstrong, and later at Oberlin College and on 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 to support Wierzynski’s vocals. 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.”
Steep Ravine
STEEP RAVINE'S soulful tunes and fiery instrumentals take roots and acoustic music in compelling new stylistic directions. Blending equal parts poetic lyricism and string-playing ingenuity, the San Francisco-based band has been racking up rave reviews for its debut album of original music, TRAMPIN' ON. During the spring and summer following its release, Steep Ravine gave notable performances at festivals including High Sierra Music Festival, Four Corners Folk Festival, Outside Lands, Strawberry Music Festival, and many more.

Principal lyricist Simon Linsteadt (guitar, lead vocals) and Jan Purat (violin, vocals) began playing music together back in high school in Marin County, later moving on to study music at UC Santa Cruz and the California Jazz Conservatory. They fortuitously met bassist Alex Bice (bass, vocals) through jam sessions in Santa Cruz. Recently, the band has been hard at work with their new record, THE PEDESTRIAN, which is slated to be released the summer 2015. With this project they are diving deeper into their musical roots, bringing in an increasingly wide range of collective influences. The album meanders through folk, jazz, bluegrass, funk, and popular music, and ultimately centralizes around songwriting and collaborative composition. It harnesses Simon's background in songwriting, folk, and jazz composition, Jan's deep relationship to classical and jazz violin, and Alex's tremendous strength as a rock solid acoustic bassist, percussionist, and drummer. "Built on a solid foundation of gifted songwriting, fine singing, and acoustic string dexterity, [Steep Ravine] may well be opening up a whole new stylistic direction for musicians and listeners alike to follow." —Bluegrass Unlimited
Venue Information:
SOhO Restaurant and Music Club
1221 State Street
Santa Barbara, CA, 93101