The California Honeydrops

The California Honeydrops don’t just play music—they throw parties. Led by dynamic vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Lech Wierzynski, and drawing on diverse musical influences from Bay Area R&B, funk, Southern soul, Delta blues, and New Orleans second-line, the Honeydrops bring vibrant energy and infectious dance-party vibes to their shows. They’ve taken the party all over the world: on 9 European tours, featured slots at such premiere festivals as Monterey Jazz, High Sierra, and Outside Lands, and recent performances supporting B.B. King, Dr. John, Buddy Guy, and Allen Toussaint. Whether in those high-profile performances or in more intimate venues where the band itself can leave the stage and get down on the dance floor, the California Honeydrops’ shared vision and purpose remain: to make the audience dance and sing.

The Honeydrops have come a long way since guitarist and trumpeter Lech Wierzynkski and drummer Ben Malament started busking in an Oakland BART station, but the band has stayed true to that organic, street-level feel. With the additions of Johnny Bones on tenor sax and clarinet, Lorenzo Loera on keyboards, and Beau Bradbury on bass, they’ve built a powerful full-band sound to support Wierzynski’s vocals.

Listening to Lech sing, it can be a surprise that he was born in Warsaw, Poland, and raised by Polish political refugees. He learned his vocal stylings from contraband American recordings of Sam Cooke, Ray Charles, and Louis Armstrong, and later at Oberlin College and on the club circuit in Oakland, California. Bringing all those influences together with the rest of the band’s diverse experiences into a unified musical vision, the California Honeydrops expect to play parties for a long time.

The Tipsy Gypsies

From inspirations of love and love Lost comes one of the most enjoyable groups out of the central coast of California, The Tipsy Gypsies, featuring the lovely Hillary Langdon on vocals, Guitarist Forrestt Williams, Drummer Daryl Vandruff, Violinist Allan Dick, and Double Bassist Brian Lanzone. These are the best musicians the area has to offer, but the chemistry the Tipsy Gypsies has during their packed live performances is greater than the sum of its parts.

The Tipsy Gypsies play a style of music that is rooted in Gypsy Jazz, like Django Reinhardt, and inspired by Billie Holiday, but updated with modern influences like the vocal stylings of Feist and Portishead. Their music could be described as a cross between Gypsy Jazz and Pop Music. They have created a style that is both classic and unique all at once.

The group began playing together for fun, but soon realized that they had something real to offer the world. They recorded their first demo, 'Sunday Afternoon', in the fall of 2008, and found themselves selling out of CDs at every show. They quickly developed a following on the Central Coast of California, San Luis Obispo area, and played to packed houses of mixed crowds. It soon became apparent that their music was appealing to all types of people, young and old, punks and swing dancers, college kids and adults. Everyone seems to enjoy the Tipsy Gypsies.

Their latest CD, 'Little Victories,' is a Kickstarter-funded project that was released on July 19th, 2013. It is the culmination of a yearlong recording process and contains some wonderful songwriting and top-notch performances. It is more modern than their last disc, although there are still a few straight gypsy jazz songs on it. For instance, there is some hollow-body electric guitar played through an old ’50s tube amp in place of acoustic guitar, and their style has matured significantly. 'Little Victories' maintains a gypsy edge the entire time but also draws from soulful and bluesy influences, as well as early rock and roll.

'Little Victories' and the Tipsy Gypsies first album, 'Lipstick Holdup,' are available at their website, thetipsygypsies.com. They can also be purchased on Amazon and iTunes.

$22.00 - $30.00

Tickets

This show is general admission with a purchase price of $25. Wine Club Members are eligible to purchase tickets for $22. Food will be available from a local vendor. No outside food or drink is permitted. No RVs are permitted. Children under 10 years of age are free. Lawn chairs and blankets are welcome.

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