Honkers Pub welcomes back regulars for weekend festival


Honkers Pub’s patio was packed on a sweltering  Saturday afternoon, July 10 for  their day long music festival designed to give back to the core of musicians who always play there and who supported them through Covid.


Steve Keenan playing honkers Pub’s music festival, July 10. Photo by Richard Amery

 I missed Kelly Klimchuk’s new band Holy Roller and the Roller Coasters, and arrived at the end of the Trippy Hippys set.


 The Hippys, Laurie Wintoniak and Joy Pizzengrilli played  a pretty set emphasizing vocal harmonies including hits like “Me and Bobby McGee.”


 Local bluesman Steve Keenan, armed with his acoustic guitar, played a solo set of contemporary radio friendly hits from Blues Rodeo and Neil Young, and technically ended with his own “Whiskey Drinking Blues,” but was asked to play some more, so he did what he does the best– play the blues and did so.


Coda Lite aka Sheldon Shukaliak and Ben Lamb slapping a Kabron box drum also stuck with the hits. They also played some Blue Rodeo.“Riverboat Fantasy was a highlight as usual.


 Ben Lamb sang most of the set including Chris Isaak’s “Wicked Game.”


 The duo lead the crowd through a sing along of “Take Me Home Country Roads.”

Coda Lite (Sheldon Shukaliak and Ben Lamb) playing honkers Pub’s music festival, July 10. Photo by Richard Amery

 I had to leave before Dream Catcher, and the mark Hall band were scheduled to perform.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 14 July 2021 13:58 )