The Late Joys


Late Joys soap-box crooner Mr. P performs Fridays at The Butterfly Bar happy hour (6pm - 8pm), joined occasionally by some or all of the other Late Joys (and sometimes by his Study Session band-fellow Kelly Rath). You'll hear plenty of familiar covers (see the list below) to go with favorite original numbers. Drop by for a scrumptious beverage and great Italian food from Patrizi's while Mr. P practices acoustic stylings in this terrific room or (when the weather plays nice) outdoors on the deck!

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To tide you over until the next live show, here's a little EP of recordings from a previous Carousel Lounge gig (3/8/14).

Click here for more songs on the LJs Bandcamp site

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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.

Read the theatre review of The Road To Wigan Pier

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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 your event. Weddings, reunions, book launches, private parties; we've performed at large and small venues, indoors and out, for groups large and intimate.

Q: How many of you are in the band?
A: There are five Late Joys.
The LJs usually line up with two guitars, bass, drums (or percussion) and trumpet, though we've played in all sorts of configurations from a jazzy trio to a variety of duets for really intimate gigs, to quartets and our brit-pop happy 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?
A: The band owns everything needed to run sound for an event.
We own a pair of top-class, highly portable PA systems, either of which 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?
A: When we perform we usually play a 60/40 mix of originals to covers.
The mix can differ, based on what you want. We're happy to tailor our set list 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!)

Q: What cover songs do you play?
A: Here is current partial list of covers.
We're always adding songs to the list below. For an even longer list, please
send an email to Robi.

Alex Chilton -- The Replacements
Alright -- Supergrass
Brand New Cadillac -- The Clash's version
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!)
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
Rain -- The Beatles
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
Up the Junction -- Squeeze
Walls of Sleep -- The Smithereens
Waterloo Sunset -- The Kinks

Q: Okay, cool! How about the money stuff?
A: We will do all we can to work with you and your budget, 'cos we want to perform for you!
All the details can be worked out as we put together music to help make your event the best possible.

If you need more answers than those in the FAQs above, please
send an email to Robi.

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