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?