The Californai Honeydrops fall into Tahoe’s Crystal Bay Casino |

The Californai Honeydrops fall into Tahoe’s Crystal Bay Casino

The California Honeydrops play a free show at Lake Tahoe's North Shore Sunday.
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If you go

What: The California Honeydrops

When: 9 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 30

Where: Crystal Bay Casino

Tickets: Free


North Shore’s Crystal Bay Casino will play host to Oakland’s California Honeydrops this weekend, and the Bay Area band is likely to have some new music in tow when it plays the casino.

The group is set to release its latest album, “A River’s Invitation,” on Sept. 11, after which it will launch a full-scale U.S. tour in addition to shows in Australia.

But first, it will be all about getting bodies moving in the Crown Room.

“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,” according to the band’s online biography. “…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 BART station, but the band has stayed true to that organic, street-level feel. 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 information on Sunday’s show is available at

Lake Tahoe Action

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