Black Joe Lewis and The Honeybears Last Show

Black Joe Lewis and The Honeybears Last Show

BOULDER, CO – On Tuesday November 22 I was privileged to witness the last show for Black Joe Lewis and The Honeybears for their current tour at the Fox Theater. It was one hell of time too. With two opening bands the crowd was amped by all means by the time Lewis and his band took to the stage.

The Dikes of Holland started the night out with fast paced punk music, very reminiscent to the Dead Kennedys, sadly though not on the DK’s level of musicianship. Still, they were energetic enough to hold the audiences attention and draw people away from the bar to see what all of the commotion was about. For their last song the horn section from The Honeybears came out and spiced things up a bit which was a treat for everyone.

Following their act was The Sheepdogs who were in complete contrast to the Dikes of Holland. The Sheepdogs played a very southern rock style of music with blatant influences of The Allman Brothers and Lynryd Skynryd amongst others which is slightly ironic since they are from Canada. However, they played all originals and were very good, with shredding solos and feel good lyrics.

When The Sheepdogs left the stage the crowd was ready for more, and Black Joe Lewis and The Honeybears delivered in full force. In retrospect it only makes sense that a punk band and southern rock band open for Lewis since they played a blended style of both of those genres and they mixed them well. I would describe Lewis and his bands music as fast blues mixed with cracked-out funk-rock, and still probably don’t nail them completely. They played a mix of songs from their first album, Tell ‘Em What Your Name Is! and their most recent album, Scandalous.

Joe Lewis himself was a great front man with a screeching voice similar to James Brown. Lewis even held down the lead guitar and was truly in control of his band as any great front man should be. His band was on point too, their bass player and drummer locking in with driving beats and rhythm while his horn section belted out soulful melodies.

All in all it was a fun show and a great time. My biggest complaints were I couldn’t understand Joe Lewis’s lyrics most of the time and that their encore was only fifteen minutes long. Considering it was their last show for their current tour one would think they would want to make it as memorable as possible by having multiple sets and a long encore. However, they are still a young band and for that I give them credit for delivering the show that they did. I’d see them again which is all that counts and you should try your best to see them too.

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