California Honeydrops


The California Honeydrops were rocking it out at the Golden Saloon in McCarthy on Wednesday night, and it was a blast.

For me it was a little strange to hear a Bay Area band in McCarthy. I haunt the Bay Area, during the cold winter months, but even so I’m usually still something like three hours away from the buzz of the San Fran scene or the East Bay (Oakland, Berkeley) action, and without a car, well, I rarely get out to these cultural Meccas. Lucky for me, The Honeydrops came to me, this time around, all the way up to the end of the road to our little bush community in the middle of wilds of the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park.

The Honeydrops are a fusion band, a mix of genres, but most prominently there’s a distinct blues, jazz, and R&B.  You say “jazz” and a person might imagine that their sound is something perhaps a bit more intellectual and heady, but the energy they bring, man oh man, it’s truly like I’ve heard of the early, early days of jazz, back when they were busting it out in New Orleans, punctuating the notes with power and punch, a sound that is strong but still sweet and sultry, effortless like Louis Armstrong. They even finished the show by marching everyone around the streets, in the New Orleans fashion, letting their unique style of sound reverberate through the trees for the enjoyment of the McCarthy moose and bears.

They don’t just play music, say the Honeydrops on their website, they throw parties, and Wednesday night was definitely a party at the Golden Saloon in McCarthy. This is a great band, look ’em up, and if you’re in the Kenai Penninsula August 5-6, you can hear them live at the Salmonfest in Ninilchik. Word on the street is that Jewel is also doing a show at Salmonfest……So, Jewel, can you swing by the Golden Saloon in McCarthy?



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Jonathan Erdman

Writer. In the summers, I live and work in the incredible state of Alaska, in the bush community of McCarthy, as the Executive Director of the Wrangell Mountain Center. When not in McCarthy, you'll typically find me in the Santa Cruz Mountains of California, writing and working with local activists. My primary writing project right now is a novel set in remote bush Alaska, of the magical realism genre wherein an earnest and independent young woman finds a mysterious radio belonging to her grandmother, a device that has paranormal bandwidth and a disturbing ability to mess with one's mental stability.

2 thoughts on “California Honeydrops”

  1. Back in the 90’s, you got the REAL Guns-n-Roses experience if the band was more than an hour late by the time they canceled the show and a riot broke out and cop cars got burned.

    Man… now that was a show!

    (glad I missed it)

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