The Late Joys enjoy a Friday Happy Hour residency at The Butterfly Bar (2307 E. Manor, Austin, TX 78722). We perform two acoustic sets, featuring plenty of familiar covers (see the list below) to go with our favorite original numbers. Music starts around 6:00 p.m. and winds up at about 7:50 p.m. Some nights we go longer...Drop by for a scrumptious beverage and some acoustic stylings by the LJs in this terrific room!
With influences that include The Beatles, The Kinks, Elvis Costello and the Attractions, The Jam, The Clash and loads of '80s and '90s Brit-pop guitar-based groups, the five-member band puts on a high-octane show that's groovy, melodic and infused with fun.
The Late Joys specialize in music that is upbeat and danceable, featuring original tunes penned by guitarist/frontman Robi Polgar and lead guitarist Scottie Hickman, as well as a slew of energetic covers from the 1960s and beyond. The rhythm section is driven by drummer Matt Patterson and bassist Patrick Lopez, and the band's bright and sparkly sound is rounded off with the trumpet (and occasional flugelhorn) stylings of Shane Lewis.
The band is known for its infectious sonic confections that offer a tasty combination of literate lyrics, catchy melodies and unabashedly progressive political sensibilities.
The Late Joys have enjoyed gigs at many Austin venues, including Momo's, Jovita's, The Saxon Pub, The Butterfly Bar, The Carousel Lounge, The Parlor and The Dirty Dog Bar, not to mention cafes, elementary schools and in friends' living rooms, backyards and more. The band often performs "unplugged" at more intimate venues, where a premium is placed on the intricacies of the material as well as the band's penchant for a warm and inviting rapport with the audience.
The Late Joys began life as the house band in Robi's play about working-class Wigan, England circa 1930 (based on George Orwell's book, "The Road To Wigan Pier"). The play's themes of history, social upheaval, community, working-class redemption and the never-ending struggle against moneyed interests and the political elite dovetailed with the band's mix of '60s British Invasion guitar jangle and creative well-spring that recall Britain's late '70s and early '80s post-punk lyrics and sonic force. The result is a smart, energetic and entertaining act that'll get your groove on whether you like to GoGo or Pogo.
Q: Do The Late Joys play private parties?
A: Why, yes we do and we're glad you asked. The Late Joys love to perform and we'd love to bring our unique brand of music, energy and fun to you.
Contact Robi (e-mail) to learn more about booking The Late Joys for your next event.
Here's a quick list of FAQs to get you started.
Q: How many of you are in the band?
There are five of us: two guitars, bass, drums (and/or percussion) and trumpet, though we've played in all sorts of configurations from jazzy trio to a variety of duets for really intimate gigs, quartets and quintet. We can perform as a stripped down, intimate acoustic act (similar to what you hear at the Friday Happy Hours at the Butterfly Bar). And we can rock it out with full drum kit and electric guitars. No matter the size and location of your event, we can always find the right sound to accommodate your tastes.
Q: Do we need to provide any of the complicated sound stuff?
The band owns everything needed for an event, including a highly portable PA system that will suit venues indoors or outdoors and audiences from 50 - 500. If it gets any bigger than that, let's talk!
Q: Will you play songs we'll know?
When we perform we tend to play a 60/40 mix of originals to covers, though that can, and does, change all the time. We're happy to play what you want: Our set list can be tailored to suit your needs. Take a look at this list of cover songs we perform (and if you don't see one you really want us to play let us know; we take requests!)
Songs The Late Joys Like to Cover
Alright -- Supergrass
Blister In The Sun -- Violent Femmes
Brand New Cadillac -- The Clash
Can't Hardly Wait -- The Replacements
Cruel To Be Kind -- Nick Lowe
Ever Fallen In Love With Someone -- The Buzzcocks
Hanging on the Telephone -- The Nerves (and Blondie!)
Heatwave -- Martha & the Vandellas
I'm Only Sleeping -- The Beatles
I'm Your No. 1 Fan -- The Beautiful South
Love Her Madly -- The Doors
Middle of the Road -- Pretenders
Oliver's Army -- Elvis Costello
Pulling Mussels (From the Shell) -- Squeeze
Rain -- The Beatles
Scotch and Soda -- The Kingston Trio
She's Got a New Spell -- Billy Bragg
Sunday Morning -- Velvet Underground
That's Entertainment -- The Jam
The Kids Are Alright -- The Who
Things We Said Today -- The Beatles
Town Called Malice -- The Jam
Turn Down Day -- Cyrkle
Uneven -- Big Drag
Up the Junction -- Squeeze
Walls of Sleep -- The Smithereens
Waterloo Sunset -- The Kinks
(What's So Funny 'bout) Peace, Love and Understanding -- Elvis Costello
You've Got To Hide Your Love Away -- The Beatles
You're Really Got A Hold On Me -- Smokey Robinson & The Miracles