The California Honeydrops will take the stage as an opening act for Bonnie Raitt in 2016 on her extensive “Dig In Deep Tour” in support of her forthcoming album. Tickets go on sale on November 13th.

Recorded in the classic Blues Cave (aka Lech Wierzynski’s living room) A River’s Invitation captures The California Honeydrops relaxed, raw sound. The band derives most of its musical influence from genres like Bay Area R&B, funk, Southern soul, Delta blues, New Orleans second-line gospel, and psychedelic groove. “Jolie” on A River’s Invitation is one of my favorites, it’s tempo resides on the downbeat of three, which is usually associated with a reggae rhythm, but its vocals remind you of a southern style romance. I love The California Honeydrops because they’re not just a band, they’re entertainers. Consistently they have been known as the group that is more like a party than a concert, they always include the crowd, letting them pick the songs and dance along. As Elmore elegantly states, “catchy, jazzy feel-good music normally associated with New Orleans and funk… this is music to dance and move to.”

 

Don’t miss The California Honeydrops on tour with Bonnie Raitt this year.

Take a look at their dates here:

November 21–22 /// Mullum Festival /// Mullumbimby, Australia
November 24 /// Newton Social Club /// Sydney, Australia
November 25 /// Caravan Club /// Melbourne, Australia
November 26 /// Northcote Social Club /// Melbourne, Australia
November 27–29 /// Queencliff Music Festival /// Queenscliff, Australia
December 3 /// The New Parish /// Oakland, CA
December 4 /// Freight & Salvage /// Berkeley, CA
December 6 /// Hopmonk Tavern /// Sebastapol, CA
December 9 /// SLO Brewing Co /// San Luis Obispo, CA
December 10–11 /// SOhO /// Santa Barbara, CA
December 17 /// Cozmic /// Eugene, OR
December 18–19 /// Mississippi Studios /// Portland, OR
December 20 /// Applegate River Lodge /// Applegate, OR
December 21 /// Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. /// Chico, CA
January 8 /// Belly Up Tavern /// Solana Beach, CA
March 12 /// Palace Theatre /// Albany, NY*
March 13 /// Eastman Theatre /// Rochester, NY*
March 15 /// Sony Centre for the Performing Arts /// Toronto, ON*
March 16 /// Detroit Opera House /// Detroit, MI*
March 18 /// Peabody Opera House /// St. Louis, MO*
March 19 /// Palace Theater /// Louisville, KY*
March 22 /// Chicago Theatre /// Chicago, IL*
March 23 /// Heinz Hall for the Performing Arts /// Pittsburgh, PA*
March 25 /// Verizon Hall, Kimmel Center /// Philadelphia, PA*
March 26 /// The Kennedy Center /// Washington, DC*
March 29 /// Orpheum Theatre /// Boston, MA*
April 1–2 /// Beacon Theatre /// New York, NY*
April 17 /// Keller Auditorium /// Portland, OR*
April 20 /// Paramount Theatre /// Seattle, WA*
April 22 /// Grand Sierra Resort & Casino: Grand Theatre /// Reno, NV*
April 23 /// Fox Theater /// Oakland, CA*
April 26 /// Winspear Opera House /// Dallas, TX*
April 27 /// ACL Live at The Moody Theater /// Austin, TX*
April 29 /// Bayou Theater (Revention Music Center) /// Houston, TX*
May 3–4 /// Ryman Auditorium /// Nashville, TN*

Photo: Keith Berson