(San Diego, CA) – Amid a lineup of otherworldly Mavis Staples, Blues Hall of Famer Joe Louis Walker and unpredictable Rick Estrin & the Nightcats, you will find the California Honeydrops at the seventh annual AimLoan.com San Diego Blues Festival on Sept. 9.
The Honeydrops don’t adhere to musical boundaries. They draw their own lines and then cross them whenever the mood strikes them. The result is music that can be mournful funk blues, or gliding and flowing R&B, or bouncy New Orleans second line, or a hybrid of various sounds handy at the moment.
They are, succinctly, the kind of act that opens eyes and ears at a music festival, the cool blend of surprise and tradition that refuses to be typecast.
The day-long festival is held on the picturesque downtown San Diego waterfront, a setting that traveling trombonist Randy Oxford has called “one of the most beautiful concert settings anywhere in the world.”
You’ll get nine acts on two stages that rotate. You’ll get some Mississippi hill stylings from Leo Bud Welch, some gritty Chicago blues from Chris James, Patrick Rynn & Aki Kumar, some Southern Soul from Missy Andersen, Mercedes Moore & Sharifah Mohammad, got danceable swing from Blue Largo, and some crafty and spirited harmonica and percussion brilliance from TJ & the Suitcase.
Tickets are only $25, with VIP tickets available for $150. They are available at www.sdbluesfest.com.
All proceeds go to the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank, which provides meals for 370,000 people per month in the region.