Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears are an Austin-based group that started over a decade ago, just a few years after Joe Lewis had first picked up a guitar at the pawn shop he was working at. The band released two projects through an Italian label in 2005 and 2007, earning enough critical acclaim to go on tour with Spoon. The band then signed to Lost Highway Records in 2008, under which they released two albums, entitled ‘Tell ‘Em What Your Name Is!’ and ‘Scandalous.’
In the span of the band’s career thus far, they have been able to perform at Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits, Bonnaroo, Coachella and now Summerfest. In February of this year, Black Joe Lewis and The Honeybears released their newest album in six years, entitled ‘Backlash.’ The album made it to #3 on the Billboard Blues chart.
What do they sound like?
Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears combine elements of multiple classic genres of music to create a fun, entertaining sound that is sure to translate well to the stage. Instrumentally, elements of classic soul reminiscent of James Brown, classic rock n roll similar to Leon Bridges, blues rock like Gary Clark, Jr. and even garage rock like Jack White can be heard and felt in the music. Combining all these disparate styles together creates a smooth, yet energetic sound, characterized by a groovy rhythm section and vibrant guitars, with the horn section adding in perfect accents.
Vocally and lyrically, Joe Lewis brings a great sense of humor and charisma to their songs that make them unique. While he may focus on similar topics as a lot of other artists, such as romance, he always manages to put a funny twist on it to make the topic fresh. Vocally, it is clear that he takes influence from famous screamers like Howlin’ Wolf and James Brown, as his powerfully raspy voice often becomes the heart and soul of the band’s music.
We highly recommend seeing Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears at Summerfest if you like Leon Bridges, Alabama Shakes, James Brown or Sam Cooke. They will be performing at the Johnson Control’s World Sound Stage on Wednesday, June 28 at 10:00 P.M. For tickets and more information, follow this link.
It has been eight years since Dan Auerbach released a solo album, and he’s back with a very collaborative release, “Waiting on a Song.” Recorded in his own studio and on his own label, the album features John Prine, Duane Eddy, Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits, and more.
Radio Milwaukee recently spoke with Auerbach about his new studio and how relocating to Nashville has shaped his process. His upcoming album, “Waiting on a Song,” is slated for a June 2 release from Easy Eye Sound.
You can also watch the new video for the single, “King of a One Horse Town,” released today.
Frank’s Power Plant on Friday, April 28 at 8:00 P.M.
Fans of alternative and experimental music will certainly not want to miss Friday night’s show at Frank’s Power Plant on Kinnickinnic Avenue. One of the performers that night will be WC Tank, who creates dark, ominous and bizarre electronic music that will put listeners in the best kind of trance. Followed by them is Peeper & LePlay, which features Didier LePlae, who has composed music for TV shows such as Superjail! and Master of None. Peeper & LePlay feels reminiscent of the music of David Byrne, with charming and catchy art rock that is sure to please. Headlining the show will be Soul Low, who had one of Milwaukee’s best albums of 2016 with Nosebleeds. With the alternative surf rock band planning on releasing another album this year, it will be interesting to see what they bring to this performance.
Cactus Club on Friday, April 28 at 9:00 P.M.
One of the most diverse and energetic lineups of the weekend comes from Cactus Club in Bayview. Performances that night will include razor-sharp punk rock band Fox Face, the first ever show from industrial rap-metal duo Guerilla Ghost, and experimental rapper Zed Kenzo; but what is sure to be the most electric set at Cactus Club will be D’Amato. The charismatic crooner/rapper is sure to bring his magnetic personality and catchy tunes to the stage, along with his impressive backing band. All four of these groups are sure to put on performances that will keep the crowd in a frenzy throughout the entire night.
Riverwest Public House on Saturday, April 29 at 7:30 P.M.
All of Saturday’s shows will be taking place in the Riverwest and Harambee neighborhoods, which is considered by many to be the heart and soul of Milwaukee’s music community. One of the area’s liveliest venues, Riverwest Public House, will be hosting one of the best shows of the weekend with a fun, eclectic lineup to make everybody happy. Between incredibly unique jam band River Rats, smooth rapper Genesis Renji, instrumental virtuosos Bo & Airo and Milwaukee pop rock veterans The Fatty Acids, there will be a little something for everyone at Riverwest Public House this Saturday.
Mad Planet on Saturday, April 29 at 10:00 P.M.
For anybody out there looking for nothing more than rock n roll in its purest form, look no further than Mad Planet this Saturday night. Being officially billed as the album release show for Midnight Reruns’ newest project Spectator Sports, the catchy garage rock band will not be the only ones delivering a performance that night. Billed before Midnight Reruns is hard rock band Whips, who released one of Milwaukee’s best albums of 2017 so far with The Ride. Opening the show will be Teenage Woman, an alternative hard rock band with groovy bass lines, heavy distortion in in-your-face drums.
Company Brewing on Saturday, April 29 at 11:00 P.M.
Some of Milwaukee’s best and most underrated musical talent will be on full display at Company Brewing this Saturday. Opening the night will be folk/americana duo Nickel and Rose, featuring Carl Nichols on guitar and Johanna Rose on the upright bass. Following them will be Rose of the West, formerly known as Nightgown. This electronic rock group captivates listeners with their dreamy synths and dramatic vocals, and will definitely be an interesting performance. Closing out the night will be Midwest Death Rattle, an indie rock group who takes their influence from an incredibly wide range of styles, and can boast opening for Milwaukee legends Violent Femmes.
Colectivo Back Room, Sunday (Lex Allen, Reyna, starts at 8)
Colectivo’s Back Room on Prospect Avenue will be hosting the perfect closing show of Arte Para Todos this Sunday night. Opening the night is soul pop singer Lex Allen, who has gained a reputation in Milwaukee as one of the city’s most charismatic and talented vocalists and live performers. Channeling the likes of Prince, Michael Jackson, The Weeknd and more into his performances, Lex Allen is definitely a performer that fans of pop music will not want to miss. Closing the night will be REYNA, formerly known as Vic and Gab. This indie pop duo has quickly become one of Milwaukee’s best groups, with their insanely catchy synth pop sound. It seems only fitting that Arte Para Todos will be ending with two of Milwaukee’s best live performers.