Beaming up with Black Joe Lewis
Austin musician says he grew up loving 'Star Trek' because it
combines some of his favorite things
By Patrick Caldwell
Thursday, May 07, 2009
Soulful, yet nerdy
One Austinite you'll likely find in the opening-weekend audience
of J.J. Abrams' 'Star Trek' is garage soul sensation Black Joe Lewis.
Lewis, who grew up in Round Rock, is the front man for swinging '70s
Stax throwbacks Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears. The band has
garnered rave reviews from the New York Post and the Los Angeles Times
and a write-up in the April issue of Spin. Lewis and his band, though
usually clad in suits, have played several shows in classic 'Star Trek'
Lewis, a longtime fan of the franchise, spent his childhood watching
episodes of 'Star Trek: The Next Generation' with his father. The series
combined his interest in large military organizations — young Black Joe
Lewis was also a 'GI Joe' devotee — with his fondness for science fiction
and space travel. And while many die-hard Trekkies have their doubts about
Abrams' reboot, Lewis is cautiously optimistic.
'This movie, I hope it's good, man. It looks like it's going to be cool.
I hope they don't make it like — I mean, they got all these young people
in it, so I hope it doesn't have everybody falling in love. I hope it's not
like "Dawson's Creek" or anything,' Lewis says. 'I'm hoping they stick to
the original Gene Roddenberry plan.'
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