Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears coming to the Crocodile April 9

When it comes to rock ‘n’ roll, nowadays it feels like retro is the new modern. Or at least it seems like that is the case bands like Fitz and the Tantrums, the Black Keys and the Heavy are making with their soul/blues/funk/rock revival sounds.

Another band that should always be mentioned in the current batch of retro-revivalists is Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears. The band’s brand of funk-blues boogie rock is guaranteed to make you dance and their 2009 record Tell ‘Em What Your Name Is has constantly been in heavy rotation on my stereo since its release.

The last time the group rolled through town was Labor Day weekend of 2009 for Bumbershoot where they played an early afternoon set and a brief radio set for KEXP (video above). The festival-length set was a short and sweet affair, clocking in at around 45 minutes, and was on of the highlights of my Bumbershoot experience that year. The band has been on a few national tours since that Bumbershoot set but has oddly skipped Seattle on its tour itineraries. Fortunately the band’s spring  tour will see the group make its return to Seattle April 9 at the Crocodile. Tickets cost $15 and can be purchased here.

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