The California Honeydrops have evolved a few stages since primarily busking at BART stations. They now tour across the US and Europe regularly and draw major crowds at jam-centric festivals from High Sierra to Jazz Fest. As their following has grown, the fact that the Honeydrops are a party band remains the same. You will still find them, now performing as a four piece, as much in the crowd during their set as they are on stage.

Oakland’s New Orleans style blues and soul group have set a release date for their fifth entry into their catalog within the past decade. A River’s Invitation is set for a September 11th release and will be tied to a pair of headlining shows at The Fillmore. The new set of songs, as with many of their previous releases, was recorded in the “Blues Cave” where band leader Lech Wierzynkski calls home. In support of the new album they will set off on a three leg tour spanning the majority of the Fall. Shows begin on the West Coast, followed by New England and the South, and wrap following an inaugural trip to Australia.

Fans won’t be surprised to find their hometown shows featuring a long list of guest musicians and additional performers. The release day’s show lists Grace Love, Jimmy James, Freddie Hughes, among other local players joining the event. Night two at the Fillmore includes an appearance from Berkeley grown guitarist Charlie Hunter opening. And, as long as their habits stick, you may find the Honeydrops continuing the festivities outside following the show until the last person collapses.

The California Honeydrops
The Fillmore
September 11 and 12, 2015
8pm, $22.50