The California Honeydrops


Their latest album, Like You Mean It, is pure soul—not the kitschy kind, but that deep brand of soul that springs from the taproots of the American collective unconscious. As it turns out, mixing the Polish heritage of frontman and songwriter Lech Wierzynski with Oakland crunch and a jazz pedigree gives birth to something like Sam Cooke on happy pills. The band has aged here: They ditched the jug and washboard for a funkier groove, but they preserved that original kernel of gutbucket strut. They’re just four blues fanatics kicking it old school with lo-fi equipment, but together they make a wailing wall of sound.

Thu., Aug. 15, 8 p.m., 2013