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The California Honeydrops to bring danceable groove to The Palms

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The California Honeydrops will blend blues, gospel, second line-style New Orleans jazz and early R&B at The Palms Playhouse, 13 Main St. in Winters, at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 17. Courtesy photo

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From page A9 | April 16, 2014 |

Digging deep into the roots of American music, The California Honeydrops embrace the traditions of blues, gospel, second line-style New Orleans jazz and early rhythm and blues.

The California Honeydrops will bring their movable party to The Palms Playhouse, 13 Main St. in Winters, at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 17.

Since their formation five years ago in the subway stations of Oakland, The California Honeydrops have completed six European tours, traveled throughout the United States and recorded three full-length original music albums, all without the help of a record label or, until recently, a major booking agency.

Their secret? An irresistible sound that blends the energy and intimacy of a street performance, undeniable talent and musicianship, and the soul and fervor of a spiritual street parade.

The Honeydrops are fronted by Warsaw-born, Chicago- and D.C.-raised Lech Wierzynski, whose Polish political refugee parents exposed him to large amounts of forbidden — and therefore “cool” — American blues, soul and jazz. Like his influences such as Louis Armstrong and Sam Cooke, Wierzynski has the rare ability to carry a tune casually, conversationally and powerfully.

In addition to Wierzynski on lead vocals, trumpet and guitar, the Honeydrops are Ben Malament (drums, percussion, vocals, tub bass), Johnny Bones (saxophone, clarinet, vocals), Lorenzo Loera (bass) and Charlie Hickox (keys, vocals). Together, this quintet creates an exhilaratingly potent sonic mix.

The Honeydrops released their latest CD last year. “Like You Mean It” has 13 original songs that range from infectiously danceable pieces to soulful ballads. The dance floor will be open and seating will be limited.

Tickets are $20 and are available at Armadillo Music in Davis, Watermelon Music in Woodland, Pacific Ace Hardware in Winters and at the door if not sold out. For more information, visit palmsplayhouse.com and cahoneydrops.com.

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