Archive for November, 2013

70th Birthday Bash

Drop Daddies at the Stafford's PartySome family friends of Ryan invited the Drop Daddies to play at a a 70th birthday party for their father Mike, at the San Ramon Community Center on November 26, 2013.  

A few days before the party, the family asked if we knew  the Righteous Brothers’ Unchained Melody, as this was Mike and his wife’s favorite song.  We didn’t know it yet but thought it was a great idea- so we quickly worked out an arrangement.  We also decided to throw in another slow number that the seniors might enjoy- Ritchie Valens’ Donna.   We only had a chance to rehearse these once, the day before the party. But they turned out to be one of the highlights of the evening.  Drop Daddies at the Stafford's Party

We played Unchained Melody mid-way through the first set, after singing happy birthday.  Mike and his wife came out on the dance floor alone, almost like a first dance at a wedding.  Gary really nailed that insanely challenging vocal part- and half way through the song, the dance floor filled up with other slow-dancing couples.  Very nice moment.  

Another highlight- a boy came up and asked if we knew any hip-hop.  “Sorry, no…”, but a little later he came up and asked if we knew Kryptonite.   “Yes!!”  And we kicked it out for him, right then and there.  This one surprisingly filled the dance floor too. Thanks to the little guy for the request 🙂

Other memorable moments:  Logan break dancing.  Sophie coming up to the stage and strumming the guitar with John during Longview.   Our kids supporting us by sitting in front and clapping, and singing along.  Kai and Logan helping carry equipment in.   Emily dancing with Chunling, and requesting we turn it down (we can’t turn it down, we’re rockin out here!)   Mary, Maddy and Sophie helping coil up cables at the end of the evening.

Photographer Julia Rodriguez was there to capture the birthday party, and fortunately turned her lens towards the band for these awesome shots.  Thanks Julia!

The Daddies SingJeff and Ryan

Ian rocks the kitGaryRyan busts it outXenoJohn

Dead Celebrities Halloween Party

The Drop Daddies as Abe, Jesus, Bob, and 3 ElvisesJust after Halloween, the Drop Daddies played at a Halloween house party- the theme for the night was Dead Celebrities.  The Daddies were three Elvises, Bob Marley, a rockstar Jesus, And Abe Lincoln!  The Dream Team!

And all around us, a motley, gruesome crowd- a beheaded Marie Antoinette, Cleaopatra, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Kurt Cobain, a couple Amy Winehouses, Rosie the Riveter, Whitney in her bathtub, Frida Kahlo Chris Farley and Patrick Swayze doing the Chippendale’s thing, and another Chris Farley as Matt Foley down by the river, and more and more.  Crazy funny!

Rockin the patio of dead celebritiesWe were set up in a corner of the patio, next to a fire pit and a pool.  We were playing nearly in the dark which led to some occasionally unique guitar work from John.  To-do- practice playing in dark!

We played Bob Marley’s Jammin’ with John in dreadlocks and tie-died ganja t-shirt, and Elvis’ Suspicious Minds, with Gary in his 70’s sequined white Elvis suit – “Thankyooverrimuch!”  And of course Gary had one more chance to bust out his Transylvanian accent, singing Monster Mash.

Half way through our first set, we had our our first (and maybe last?) encounter with the fuzz.  Things were just starting to get rolling when the cops arrived to shut us down. OElvis, Bob Marley and Rosie Riveter visit In n Outur hosts made some phone calls and after some quick negotiations, we got the go-ahead to play until 10 PM.  We turned it down a notch, but after a short while, it was cranked back up and we finished out the set with everyone rocking the block.

It was a rockin set, and a hilarious, good time.  Amazingly, not a single dead celebrity fell in the pool.

And to top off the excesses of the evening,  we made a 1:30am raid, in full costume, to In-n-Out for burgers and fries- much to the bemusement of the teen-aged employees.


Drop Daddies Halloween PartyJohn plays Jammin'Gary sings Suspicious MindsXeno as rockstar JesusJohn and RyanGary, Xeno, Ian, Ryan, LisaGary busts a move.  Lisa approvesA motley crewGary busts an Elvis moveXeno having a Come To Jesus momentJohn and RyanChe and AbeDead CelebritiesJohn, Ian, Lisa and RyanJeff, Jen, Gary, LisaRockin the poolside patio of dead celebrities