The California Honeydrops w/ Gipsy Moon

Cervantes' Presents

The California Honeydrops w/ Gipsy Moon

Wed, February 22, 2017

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

$5 Early Bird / $12 Advance / $15 Day Of Show

This event is 16 and over

The California Honeydrops
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, playing festivals of all kinds and touring widely across North America, Europe and Australia. In 2016 the Honeydrops were honored to support Bonnie Raitt on her North America release tour—and in the past have been privileged to support the likes of B.B. King, Allen Toussaint, Buddy Guy, and Dr. John. 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 subway station, but the band has stayed true to that organic, street-level feel. 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. 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. More like parties than traditional concerts, their shows feature extensive off-stage jamming and crowd interaction. “The whole point is to erase the boundaries between the crowd and us,” Wierzynski says. “We don't make setlists. We want requests. We want crowd involvement, to make people become a part of the whole thing by dancing along, singing, picking the songs and generally coming out of their shells.”
Gipsy Moon
Gipsy Moon
Gipsy Moon is a five-piece group of artists on an endless musical journey, sharing songs with the hopes of planting inspiration into the soul, starting a fire in the heart, and building community that invokes love in its wildest manifestations.
They are an innovative folk-group of five from the mountains of Nederland, Colorado. Original material mixed with old world-traditionals, Gipsy Moon provides a full spectrum of musical styles. One moment you'll be kicking up your heels to a folk melody, the next you'll be ready to tango. “We have one foot in performing arts and another foot in the party realm”, says mandolin player Silas Herman. Ask around at any live performance about Gipsy Moon's sound and you will get answers as various as, Newgrass, Jazz, Bohemian-Pop, Retro-Slavic, and Eastern-European'; but any die-hard fan can sum it all up simply as, Gipsygrass.

Gipsy Moon is; lead vocalist Mackenzie Page (also providing guitar and tenor banjo), Silas Herman on mandolin, Cellist Andrew Conley, Matt Cantor on bass and back-up vocals, and Omar Al'Tbal on percussion. Each of the five members have a hand in the song writing process, frequently passing the baton. Mackenzie sings with a voice that is all her own, one reminiscent of smoke filled speakeasies and Latina cobblestone streets. In Silas's hands, the mandolin can speak any musical language with solos that sing of a summer day. Matt's rhythms dance through the crowd while his fingers disappear across the large stand-up bass. Andrew's melodies mesmerize with classic backbone and contemporary spirit, and Omar holds the whole thing together with rhythms to make one dance. Their combined natural sound strikes at the heart of life, sorrow, love, and hope. One cannot help but sing along, full of love with every word.

Sticks and Stones marks the second studio release for Gipsy Moon. “We have really collaborated to find our sound on this one”, says Mackenzie Page. This year is shaping up to be a busy one for the five-piece, with back-to-back festivals all Summer long. “Our momentum just keeps building”, says bassist Matt Cantor. With Gipsy Moon, it really is all about the live show. No one song is ever done quite the same way twice and their repertoire of songs just keeps growing. “Plans are already in store for our next album”, says Mackenzie.

To find a show near you visit Gipsymoonband.com or find Gipsy Moon on Facebook.
Venue Information:
Aggie Theatre
204 South College Avenue
Fort Collins, CO, 80524
http://www.aggietheatre.com/