Saturday, April 2, 2011

Concert Review - Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears @ The Horseshoe Tavern, Toronto

Black Joe Lewis rocks the crowd, rockin' a Dashiki

Austin, Texas band Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears brought their brand of rambunctious, rump-shakin' Garage Rock n' Soul to Toronto's Horseshoe Tavern on Thursday.  The band is currently touring in support of their newest release, Scandalous.  And right from the very first note, the crowd in attendance knew they were in for a sizzler of a set.

As the group's front-man, Lewis' non-chalant approach didn't make the crowd question his effort or sincerity as a performer ... it was just his way of being "cool."  The band not only showcased selections from their latest album, but also reached back to previously-released material, including standouts "I'm Broke", "Master Sold My Baby", and "Bobby Booshay" from their 2009 release Tell 'Em What Your Name Is.

It was great to see a band draw equally from all its influences, as comparisons could be drawn to Jimi Hendrix, James Brown, Howlin' Wolf, Junior Kimbrough, and The Yardbirds.  Blues-influenced Rock is definitely the foundation for their sound, but the band's 3-piece horn section also provided a funky, soulful, groove-inspired element to the music.

Overall, rockin' a crowd is their job, and when it comes to that, Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears know exactly what they are doing.

-Turnbull

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