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Free Concert: Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears with Isaac Sloane and the Sound Brigade

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Free Concert: Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears with Isaac Sloane and the Sound Brigade
Sunday, May 26 @ 7:30 pm
Monday, March 18, 2024
Levitt Pavilion – Arlington, TX
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100 W. Abram St.
Arlington, TX 76010 United States


7:30 PM: Isaac Sloane and the Sound Brigade

8:30 PM: Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears


Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears:

Black Joe Lewis is the realest artists there is. When Covid sidelined his touring this past year, he started laying concrete to help support his baby mama and his kid. When Joe and his band, the Honeybears, popped onto the national stage over a decade ago, many critics embraced him but still, there were some that maintained that they hadn’t paid their dues. Joe’s still here. Still going. Still cashing checks and snapping necks. The dues of hard work; the delirious heights of the industry as well as the disappointments and low hanging fruit. Through this all, Joe’s only honed his mastery over gut bucket blues guitar and his true voice. It’s a vital and distinctly American voice that never anticipated the attention he wound up receiving, never went looking for it either. It just started happening. The garage, the blues, the propulsive and synergistic live performances that inhabit the spaces of James Brown, Lightnin’ Hopkins, and the MC5…those things happened naturally from the very beginning and could only be accurately communicated in the live experience, not a press release or a slick brand campaign. Sharon Jones, Charles Bradley, Cedric Burnside and Lightnin Malcolm, The Dirtbombs, Detroit Cobras, the Strange Boys; these are some of the artists that Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears shared countless bills with; almost a roll call of the most influential soul and garage bands of the last twenty five years. Has the soul blues garage explosion from that era been commodified or worked into the overall template of pop rock? Sure. But the ground floor was a vital space for people that like guitars and grease and at this point Black Joe Lewis is one of the last standing that was there. Last of a dying breed. Or maybe a missing link. Does this make him a throwback? A throwback to a throwback? It’d be tempting and easy for Joe to go along with that but nah, we don’t think so. We know that Joe Lewis is genuinely doing his thing and that he’d do it regardless of what’s coming down the pipe. A stone cold original and a veteran at that.

Isaac Sloane and the Sound Brigade:

2024 Dallas Entertainment Awards “Best Blues group” nominee/Isaac Sloane & The Sound Brigade is a 6 piece psychedelic jazz infused blues/rock n’ roll band out of Denton, Texas. Formed in October of 2021, the group has quickly become a local favorite in the scene with their unique blend of in-your-face, ground shaking rock n’ roll, and soulful blues with elements of virtuosic jazz. The band is comprised of Michael Peterson and Donicio Trujillo on saxophone, Jake Kerley on keys, Anthony Peterson on drums and his brother Michael Peterson (yes there are two!) on bass. Band leader and guitarist/vocalist Isaac Sloane rounds out the powerhouse group writing songs that call back to the days of Cream , Led Zeppelin , Mountain , Chicago , Blood, Sweat & Tears , and Jimi Hendrix with a modern and unique twist to the classic hard hitting sound of the late 60s and early 70s.

Join us on the lawn!
This concert is free! Open seating is available on the lawn. Please bring blankets and lawn chairs. You also can bring your own food and coolers with beverages, including alcohol, but no glass containers, please. Parking is free. For directions to the Levitt, please see Directions & Parking.

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