Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Alive After Five: Black Joe Lewis and The Honeybears

Posted By on Wed, Jul 11, 2012 at 6:00 AM


Black Joe Lewis and The Honeybears will fight the mid-July heat tonight to take the stage for Alive After Five. If the seven-piece band’s honest lyrics and gritty blues and soul sounds aren't enough to entice you to brave the scorching sun, don’t forget the water fountain and ice-cold beer.

Black Joe Lewis and The Honeybears is known for its soul-baring lyrics, which cover everything from breakups and hookups to revenge and redemption. But the lyrics are backed by a cocktail of rock ’n’ roll, blues and funk influences gleaned from the band’s hometown music scene: Austin, Texas.

Lewis jumped into playing music when he pulled a guitar off the wall at a pawn shop where he was working, hoping to get out of the daily grind.

A few years later, after struggling to be heard and working on his chops, Lewis formed The Honeybears, named after a crusted jar of honey on the band’s rehearsal room floor.

The seven-member group has stayed true to its unique style, dubbed “a churning slab of rock ’n’ roll, blues and funk, laced with a double shot of 100-proof punkitude.”

Opening for Black Joe Lewis and The Honeybears is Horseshoe Bend’s Bruce Alkire-Frogs of the North. The Frogs will deliver a good time with their multi-faceted musical style, which includes folk, Cajun, bluegrass, R&B, blues, polka, zydeco, swing and old country influences.

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