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Black Joe Lewis – Music Hall of Williamsburg – February 22, 2017

February 23rd, 2017

Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears - Music Hall of Williamsburg - February 22, 2017

Photos courtesy of Annie Kane | anniekane.work

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Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears at Music Hall of Williamsburg

February 21st, 2017

Joe Lewis (guitar and vocals) was working in an Austin, Texas, pawnshop when he first picked up a guitar. He began playing around-town gigs as part of a blues trio, but, inspired by the likes of Lightnin’ Hopkins and Iggy Pop, his interests also included, rock, soul and R&B. So Lewis branched out musically and eventually started playing with different people. Then things clicked: Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears—rounded out by Bill Stevenson (drums), Jason Frey (tenor sax), Derek Phelps (trumpet), Joseph Woullard (baritone sax) and Eduardo Torres (drums)—have a big, full sound, and so even the songs that are straight to the point, like “I’m Broke” or “Big Booty Woman,” will keep you moving. The Honeybears have earned comparisons to Stax Records groups—although keeping it local, they don’t sound too dissimilar from the Dap-Kings—and with his big, shouted vocals, Lewis’s name is mentioned alongside Wilson Pickett’s. After a four-year break, Lewis and Co. (above, performing “PTP” for KEXP FM) returned with their fifth album, Backlash (stream it below), two weeks ago. “There aren’t many acts out there throwing down with this kind of high-energy trashy intensity,” says American Songwriter. “For those unafraid to get the neighbors calling the cops during their next party, Lewis and his growling Honeybears bring the dangerous, hard-charging soul goods to tear the roof off the sucker.” See them do it live, tomorrow night at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Vampire Weekend drummer Chris Tomson’s Dams of the West open the show.

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Okkervil River/Black Joe Lewis – Terminal 5 – September 26, 2013

September 27th, 2013

Okkervil River

Photos courtesy of Brian C. Reilly | www.briancreilly.com

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Catch Okkervil River and Black Joe Lewis Tomorrow at Terminal 5

September 25th, 2013

Okkervil River began playing the Venn diagram overlap of alt-country, indie rock and folk rock a decade and a half ago in Austin, Texas. And although the lineup has changed over the years, Will Sheff remains the band’s guiding presence. Their fantastic seventh album, The Silver Gymnasium (stream it below), is the most personal to date—telling tales of Sheff’s small New Hampshire hometown. And the frontman, who’s been a Brooklyn resident since 2007, tells Brooklyn Magazine: “In order to bring that passion and substance and emotional investment to rock music, which I feel is becoming a little milky and watered down right now, I felt like I should put something of my own on the table.” And it worked. The LP has earned Okkervil River (above, doing “It Was My Season” in studio for WNYC FM) plenty of worthy acclaim.

Joe Lewis was working in an Austin, Texas, pawnshop when he first picked up a guitar. He began playing gigs around town as part of a blues trio. But his interests also included, rock, soul and R&B, so Lewis branched out musically and eventually started playing with different people. Then things clicked. With seven talented backing musicians (including horns), Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears (above, playing “Come to My Party”) have a big sound and so even the songs that are straight to the point, like “I’m Broke” or “Big Booty Woman,” will keep you moving. The Honeybears have earned comparisons to Stax Records groups—although keeping it local, they don’t sound too dissimilar from the Dap-Kings—and with his big, shouted vocals, Lewis’s name is mentioned alongside Wilson Pickett’s. The band’s excellent third album, Electric Slave (stream it below), came out last month. The Boston Herald says, Black Joe Lewis’s music never felt restrained. But his new album, Electric Slave, shows he’s been holding back.” See both bands tomorrow night at Terminal 5.

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Two Nights of Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears This Weekend

March 24th, 2011


Joe Lewis was working in an Austin, Texas, pawnshop when he first picked up a guitar. He began playing around-town gigs as part of a blues trio. But his interests also included, rock, soul and R&B, so Lewis branched out musically and eventually started playing with different people. Then things clicked. With seven talented backing musicians (including horns), Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears (above, playing “I’m Broke” in studio for Fordham University’s WFUV FM) have a big sound and so even the songs that are straight to the point, like “I’m Broke” or “Big Booty Woman,” will keep you moving. The Honeybears have earned comparisons to Stax Records groups—although keeping it local, they don’t sound too dissimilar from the Dap-Kings—and with his big, shouted vocals, Lewis’s name is mentioned alongside Wilson Pickett’s. The band’s second album, Scandalous, was just released and they play The Bowery Ballroom tomorrow and Saturday. So if you like fun live music, you’ll know where to be.

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Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears – Bowery Ballroom – February 25, 2010

February 28th, 2010

Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears - The Bowery Ballroom - February 25, 2010

Photos courtesy of Gregg Greenwood | www.gregggreenwood.com