Rootfire In The Emerald City Pre-Party

ReignCity & The Crocodile Present:

Rootfire In The Emerald City Pre-Party

The California Honeydrops

Fri, July 28, 2017

8:00 pm

The Crocodile

Seattle, WA

$20 Adv.

This event is 21 and over

Rootfire In The Emerald City Pre-Party
Rootfire In The Emerald City Pre-Party
About: Rootfire was established in 2010 by a group of friends committed to reggae music and roots culture who wanted to share information and inspiration about the scene they lived and breathed. Over the past seven years, Rootfire has grown into the voice of the progressive reggae community. It’s a place to discover new music, connect, and, most importantly, participate in the international movement to create a conscious way of life.

Mission: To positively contribute and participate in the progressive roots community. We seek to enjoy and inspire an active healthy lifestyle that is surrounded by great music and great friends.
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.”
Venue Information:
The Crocodile
2200 2nd Ave
Seattle, WA, 98121
http://www.thecrocodile.com/