Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears
Black Joe Lewis is as real as it gets. When the pandemic sidelined his touring this past year, Joe started laying concrete to support his family. That’s real– and we're real excited his blues, funk and soul are back on the road and headed to the tent on Saturday, September 11.
When Joe and his band, the Honeybears, popped onto the national stage over a decade ago, many critics embraced him but still, there were some that maintained that they hadn’t paid their dues. But Joe’s still here. Still going. Through it all, Joe’s only honed his mastery over gut bucket blues guitar and his true voice.
Sharon Jones, Charles Bradley, Cedric Burnside and Lightnin Malcolm, The Dirtbombs, Detroit Cobras, the Strange Boys; these are some of the artists that Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears shared countless bills with; almost a roll call of the most influential soul and garage bands of the last twenty five years.
Has the soul blues garage explosion from that era been commodified or worked into the overall template of pop rock? Sure. But the ground floor was a vital space for people that like guitars and grease and at this point Black Joe Lewis is one of the last standing that was there. Last of a dying breed. Or maybe a missing link. Does this make him a throwback? A throwback to a throwback? It’d be tempting and easy for Joe to go along with that but nah, we don’t think so. www.blackjoelewis.com
Members: $45 // Public: $48