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Ian’s 50th Birthday and Retirement Party

Drop Daddies at Ian's 50th

On November 12, 2016, we celebrated Ian’s 50th birthday and his retirement from the FAA as an air traffic controller.

The Bridges Country Club is a beautiful venue, and we had a blast partying with Ian and his family, friends, and soon-to-be-ex coworkers.

Our set included a couple new tunes- twenty one pilot’s Tear In My Heart, and a new mashup of Sublime’s What I Got and Sugar Ray’s Fly. A couple special family highlights of the evening were Ian’s daughter Natalia joining us on cello for Radioactive, and Ian’s brother-in-law singing with us on Animal.

As the drumkit birthday cake says, “Ian- You Still Rock!”

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Twin Creeks Fall Carnival 2016

The Drop Daddies at the Twin Creeks Fall Carnival 2016

It was a gorgeous sunny October day- perfect for a Fall Carnival. This was our fourth year playing the Twin Creeks Elementary school carnival, and it was a blast, as always.

The Twin Creeks Elementary Chorus (under the direction of Ms Terri Knight) sang a set with us, including Lonely Boy, Surfin Safari, California Sun, Animal and (their favorite) Radioactive.  Great job kids!

This was such a fun and relaxed gig, capped off with a very pleasant visit at Dr X’s beer garden across the street!

 

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Walk To End Alzheimer’s 2016

The Drop Daddies at the Walnut Creek Walk To End Alzheimer's 2016

October 1, 2016 was our 3rd time being involved in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s event at Heather Farm Park in Walnut Creek.  We are always honored to participate in such a worthy cause.  It’s a moving, emotional day for everyone- and we’re there to respect and remember, to celebrate strength , and to lift spirits with some rock and roll!

We were there setting up before sunrise, soundcheck at 7:30, and performing in front of thousands of walk registrants starting at 8:30. We managed the stage and audio cues during the ceremony and throughout the event, and performed a live set during the walk itself.

This year, Paul Deanno (chief meteorologist at CBS) was back as MC- always a great guy to work with.

As always, we had a blast, and are proud to have been able to contribute to another year’s Walk.

 

Setting up the stage in the darkSetting up as the sun risesLiquid BreakfastThe band through the Walk To End Alzeimer's backdropRock n roll sunriseNearly ready to playThe Drop Daddies at the Walnut Creek Walk To End Alzheimer's 2016The Drop Daddies at the Walnut Creek Walk To End Alzheimer's 2016The Drop Daddies at the Walnut Creek Walk To End Alzheimer's 2016The Drop Daddies at the Walnut Creek Walk To End Alzheimer's 2016View from the stagePaul Deanno leads the flower ceremonyFlower ceremonyThe Walkers set outThe Drop Daddies at the Walnut Creek Walk To End Alzheimer's 2016

Danville 4th of July Parade

Jerrel’s 50th

Drop Daddies at Jerrel's 50th

On June 4, we were invited to play a couple sets for our buddy Jerrel, on the occasion of his 50th birthday.

It was a warm early-summer evening in Danville, and we started at 8 just as the sun was setting.

We were a 5-piece for the evening, down one Daddy as Jeff was out of town. Still, we had a blast, playing some of our favorite tunes for a great group of friends.  Good times!

 

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Norms St. Patricks’ Day Party 2016

The Drop Daddies at Norm's

This was our 4th year playing the St. Patrick’s Day party at Norm’s Grill in Danville – on March 12, 2016. Unlike the sunny spring days in previous years, this year was full-on El Nino.  But the Drop Daddies wouldn’t let a little (or a lot!) of rain and wind stop us! 

The corned beef and cabbage were plentiful and delicious.  The bouncy houses were slick!  A few brave souls even got out and danced in the rain, presumably after many rounds of green beer. 

We played 3 sets of tunes- including a few new ones:  Crazy Little Thing Called Love, Need You Tonight and Santeria.  Our buddy Dennis came up and joined us on vocals for another new one- Living After Midnight.

As always, we had a blast, and look forward to a sunnier event next year!

Cheers from the Drop DaddiesCorned beef and cabbage all roundThe Drop Daddies at Norm'sView through the crowd and the rainView through the crowdDancers braving the rainDennis joins us for Living After Midnight, with the rain blasting downPeaceful JohnView from the stageView from the stageThe Drop Daddies at Norm'sThe Drop Daddies in the rain at Norm's Drop Daddies fansLake Norm in front of the stageSoaked to the bone after loading out

70’s Halloween Party at Studio 541

70's Drop Daddies Halloween

Monster Mash, anyone?  The theme for this year’s Halloween party at the Maiorana’s was 70’s.  Bust out the fros, disco shirts, and polyester leisure suits!

Unusual twist this year– just as we arrived to set up, a power line across the street literally exploded in a flash of light and noise (looked like a greenish lightning strike! ) So we were anxiously awaiting PG&E to restore the power- and they never did.  We were fortunate that one of the Maioranas’ neighbors is a prepper- and brought over their generator to power the band for the evening.  The rest of the neighborhood had no power- but we were rocking the block.

Another amusing highlight, John and Gary singing Harry Belafonte’s “Jump In The Line” (extra credit for the Halloween connection – it was in the movie Beetlejuice)

Thanks again to our hosts Frank and Leticia at Studio 541 for an always off-the-hook Halloween party!

 

 

Setting up in "Studio 541"View from the stageJohn and DB- matching shirts!Jen and LisaJen and GaryGaryRyanXenoIanJohnJeffThe generator that saved the gig

Walk To End Alzheimer’s 2015

Walnut Creek Walk To End Alzheimer's 2015The Drop Daddies were again honored to be a part of the Walk  to End Alzheimer’s event at Heather Farm Park in Walnut Creek. This year’s walk was on October 17, 2015.

The schedule was similar to last year’s event, starting with a crazy-early set up before sunrise and music and activities until early afternoon.

We provided live music throughout the event, managed the stage during the ceremony and speeches, and coordinated with the MC, Renee Morgan of the Danville Town Council.

Walnut Creek Walk To End Alzheimer's 2015

We played a set with the Twin Creeks Elementary Chorus (led by their teacher Terri Knight) – including John and Gary’s daughters Emily and Maddy. They sang Lonely Boy, Surfin Safari, California Sun, Animal and finished with their favorite Radioactive.

This year’s event had a bigger turnout than last year- over 2000 attendees– and a total of $350,000 was raised for Alzheimer’s research.

Once again, Emily was our photographer, and this time she snapped a number of very artistic shots in addition to the band photos.

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Greenbrook Booze Cruise 2015

Drop Daddies Greenbrook Booze Cruise 2015Last year’s Greenbrook Booze Cruise was an absolute blast, so we were psyched to be invited back to play this year’s party.

It was an 80’s Fiesta theme with plenty of big hats and maracas to go around. They gave us matching piñata t-shirts “I’d Hit That”.

Half way through the set, we were busted up by a couple of costumed whistle-blowing Federales – who gave an amusingly incomprehensible speech on the mic, and then poured tequila shots for everyone.

After the gig, John congratulated the party host Teresa’s amazing air-guitar skills by putting a real guitar in her hands.  Her first time with a real guitar and she was a natural!

 

Setting up at Greenbrook Booze Cruise 2015View from the stage at Greenbrook Booze Cruise 2015John and TeresaThe Drop Daddies and Teresa

Teresa’s 40th Birthday

The Drop Daddies with the birthday girl Teresa

Our girl Teresa was turning 40! The theme of the birthday party was Red Hot, as in “Still red hot at 40!”

Teresa and Chris hosted the Greenbrook Booze Cruise last year, so you may recognize the background and the infamous trampoline 🙂

The Greenbrook crowd is always an absolute blast. The Danville cops came after 10 to shut us down, but somehow Teresa managed to sweet talk them into letting us continue until nearly 11.

We’re looking forward to another Greebrook Booze Cruise here in September!

Stage all set upJeff and his son/roadie-for-the-day BlakeRyan at sound checkStill red hot at 40!Jeff and Gary with the birthday girl Teresa and Angie serving shotsJohn and Gary with the birthday girl TeresaRockin as the sun setsCrazy lights at night

 

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