The California Honeydrops, currently on tour promoting their new double-album Call it Home: Vol. 1 & 2, made an appearance at the Teragram Ballroom in Los Angeles this past Thursday. These boys brought the funk with their New Orleans jazz-inspired tunes. I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many people get down to boogie at an LA show!
The five-piece Bay-Area band – made up of Wierzynski (lead vocal, trumpet, guitar), Malament (drums, washboard, percussion), Johnny Bones (tenor saxophone, clarinet), Lorenzo Loera (keys, melodica) and Beau Bradbury (bass, percussion) – sure knows how to get everyone in a good mood. I mean look at those smiles. Their amicable energy is simply contagious. Cartoonish at times, these cheesy, funny, life-loving dudes crushed it with their trumpet solos, clarinet solos, saxophone solos, washboard solos…so many amazing solos!
And with every song, the crowd grew more cheerful, smiles widened and audience clapping increased in volume – although not always matching the drum beat. But hey, A for effort. There was no shortage of enthusiasm and willingness to participate, that’s for sure. I’m convinced even the bartenders secretly tapped their feet along the beat below that bar.
So, if you’re looking for a truly good time and feel the need to shake that bootie, I highly encourage you to catch these guys while they’re on tour. Currently cruising through Texas on their way to Tennessee and beyond, your chances are looking pretty good. To see if they’re coming to a town near you, check their tour schedule on their website. Cheers!