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Wednesday, August 10, 2022$25 – $35
Seating times: 7:00pm & 8:30pm. Doors open 30 minutes early.
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Black Cat JAZZ@theEDGE Summer Festival!! Presents: Huney Knuckles
Dante McClinton — drums (aphael Saddiq, Goapele)
Kevin Wong — keys/key bass (Tommy Igoe)
Tony Peebles — saxophones (Pacific Mambo Orchestra)
Kai Lyons — guitar (Mike Clark)
Kelyn Crapp — guitar (Snarky Puppy)
The newest kids on the block, the Huney Knuckles (formerly the Black Star Pirates) combine the left hand keyboard bass wizardry of Kevin Wong with the indomitable pocket of Darian Gray, touring drummer for Booker T Jones for the past 14 years. Founded in early 2021, the Huney Knuckles were birthed during the quarantine at Black Star Pirate BBQ when they teamed up with Grammy winning saxophonist Tony Peebles, Virtuoso guitarist Brian Sheu & the one and only Kelyn Crapp to bring the joy of live music back to one of the first places in town to host socially distanced outdoor live music. Fusing watertight grooves with high energy shreds that will make you want to jump out of your seat, this 5-piece has made a huge noise in the local scene, drawing new fans left & right at every show with their world class musicianship, mind-bending solos, and uber-funky jams.
Kevin Wong is widely regarded as one of the best keyboard bass players this side of the Mississippi, pulling off mind bending solos with his right hand while seamlessly holding it down with his left. With an ear as sharp as a hawk, Kevin brings an unprecedented level of energy & musicality to the bandstand that speaks well beyond his youthful appearance & soft spoken demeanor. With a soulful yet highly calibrated approach, Kevin takes audiences on a ride every time he plays with his unique playing style that is heavily steeped in funk but with a jazz & gospel mentality.
Drummer Darian Gray‘s precise, deep-pocket style has made him a first-call session and touring pro — not just in his home state of California, but across North America and beyond. Supporting such luminaries as Cee-Lo Green, Booker T. Jones (of Booker T and the MGs), Ledisi, and Goapele, Gray has appeared on The Jay Leno Show and Live With Kelly and Michael (Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan). Gray’s international tours with artists such as Anthony Hamilton, Lyrics Born, and the Grammy-winning Fantastic Negrito have taken him to Australia, Japan, South America, and dozens of European countries.