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Presidio photos

Noah Grant on bass, Paul McCue on guitar
Noah Grant on bass, Paul McCue on guitar

Paul McCue on guitar
Paul McCue on guitar
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K. Yun shots

Ryan Lim, Paul McCue and I (aka The Joy Drops) played at a street fair called Urban Air Market a few weeks ago. It was a sunny weekend afternoon with plenty of foot traffic. One of the strollers, a fellow named K. Yun, took some photos, and the other other day he mailed these to me.

I like one-letter names.

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We’re playing Revolution Cafe in the mission tonight.

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The Joy Drops at Verdi Club

The Joy Drops at Verdi Club

Noah Grant was on bass. Noah’s phrasing is agile and limber, and his tone is stretchy like a rubber band. He’s an improvisor more than a memorizer. Playing with him is about being in the moment.

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Bolinas, September 2013

Photos by Fer Juaristi:

Roy Zat, Lucas Gonze and Fritz Burden
Roy Zat, Lucas Gonze and Fritz Burden
Lucas Gonze
Lucas Gonze
Roy Zat
Roy Zat
Roy Zat and Lucas Gonze
Roy Zat and Lucas Gonze
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Lucas Gonze
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Joy Drops in Marinwood

The Joy Drops in Marinwood (Lucas Gonze, Cal Keeaola, Ryan Lim)

A nice shot of Ryan Lim:
Ryan Lim with The Joy Drops

Paul McCue couldn’t make the gig, and Cal Keaoola sat in for him.

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California 2013

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Photos from The Joint show

Lucas Gonze on tater bug mandolin

Lucas Gonze on Gibson L3

Lucas Gonze on Gibson L3


Instruments played at the show

Introducing the band, clockwise from the chair:

  1. 1928 Gibson L3
  2. 2003 National Estralita
  3. 1900 tater bug mandolin, made in Boston
  4. 1890 parlor guitar, no name, cheapo
  5. 2006 Collings mandolin
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Joy Drops party photos

The Joy Drops played a rockin party last night. At first I was worried that our good time music wasn’t emotionally distant enough for SF, but that was needless. We even got a big crowd of ladies up to do karaoke on “I want to be loved by you,” the Marilyn Monroe tune. They were fun, out of tune, loud, perfect in every way.

Thanks to the hostess Natalie Zahr for having us.

Noah Maffit and Paul McCue performing with The Joy Drops
Noah Maffit and Paul McCue performing with The Joy Drops
view from the stage at a party the Joy Drops played
view from the stage at Natalie’s party
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gig shots

2 out of 3 Joy Drops played Art Ark Gallery in San Jose last night. Good people watching – the women seemed to be competing for most outrageous shoes.

Tomorrow we’re playing by the pool in a park in San Rafael. I love summer gigging.

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liquor aisle photos

More shots from my blockbuster performance at the grocery store. It is with great pride that I have so little pride.