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St Patrick’s Day 2017

Drop Daddies at Norms St Patricks Day 2017This was our 5th year playing the St Patrick’s Day party at Norm’s Grill in Danville. It was a different kind of party compared to previous years– this time it was on a Friday night instead of Saturday afternoon, and it was off… the… hook!!

They had a nice stage set up for us in a huge tent with café lights strung up throughout.  Ian was rockin his brand new kickass cherry-red drumkit, while John was playing without an amp for the first time (geeking out with his new Helix) – which was ideal, as there was no room on stage for it!

We’ve come a long way in the 5 years we’ve been playing Norms. The owner Justin came out half way through to introduce us, and gave us this amusing compliment: “These guys used to suck!”  🙂

We finally added a new Irish tune to our repertoire- U2’s “Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For”, and it turned out great, with everyone singing along. Another new one for the night was Stray Cat Strut- which is fast becoming one of our faves. Our buddy Dennis came up to sing Living After Midnight with us again – always a good time!

We played three sets, and the crowd simply wouldn’t let us stop.  We played way past Danville’s 10pm noise ordinance curfew. Finally around 11pm, with the crowd chanting “Gary Gary Gary”, we busted out one last song- White Wedding, and called it a night.

Good times!

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Shutting Down The Outpost

Drop Daddies At OutpostOn February 4, 2017, we played the final Saturday-night party at the Outpost in San Ramon.  We were there to celebrate over 4 years together as the Drop Daddies, and to honor the end of this memorable watering hole. On Tuesday, after 40 years in business, the Outpost will be closing its doors forever, soon to be demolished to make way for apartments.

Outpost FlierWell, we shut it down in style! Several special guests joined us. San Ramon singer-songwriter Steve Kritzer opened with a great set of acoustic sing-alongs. Then, the Breedloves rocked a short double-acoustic set, with Jay and Barbara ending with a kick-ass acoustic Whole Lotta Love. And lastly, our buddy DJ Mike Givvin spun some tunes to close out the evening.

We played from around 9 until well after midnight. We only took a single break, which made for two epically long sets.  Jeff’s brother Dan joined us on drums for Mony Mony and our pal Dennis came up to sing Living After Midnight – so Ian and Gary could take a short break in the second set.

Update Feb 26: We captured video from several cameras and cell phones at the gig, and put together this video of Beverly Hills. It really captures the energy and good vibes of a great group of friends, rockin the night away:

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Here’s another video from Shook Me All Night Long

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!”

The cake: "Ian, You Still Rock!"Drop Daddies with Natalia on cello at Ian's 50thDrop Daddies at Ian's 50thDrop Daddies at Ian's 50thDrop Daddies with Natalia on cello at Ian's 50th

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

The Drop Daddies in the Danville 4th of July ParadeWe were honored to be a part of this year’s Kiwanis 4th of July Parade in Danville. It was our first time playing on a moving vehicle – a 24 foot flat bed fencing truck, decorated with flags, balloons, and a couple of new Drop Daddies banners. It was a rocky ride through downtown Danville, but despite a few near misses, no one fell off the truck!

With nearly 50,000 spectators along the parade route, this was our biggest exposure yet. That’s kinda like playing a stadium gig, except that no one was really there to see us, and no one heard more than a song or two (unless they were chasing our truck!)

Our families joined us for the parade, all decked out in brand new red, white and blue Drop Daddies shirts.  They walked the entire parade route, handing out candy to the crowd, and singing along the entire way.

We had a blast, and are looking forward to making this a new annual Drop Daddies tradition.  Happy Birthday America!

All set on the flatbed truckAll set on the flatbed truckGary hangs the new banners on the parade truckReady to rock this truck!The bumpy ride to the start of the parade routeThe bumpy ride to the start of the parade routeThe Drop Daddies in the Danville 4th of July ParadeThe Drop Daddies in the Danville 4th of July ParadeThe Drop Daddies' families walking the parade routeThe Drop Daddies in the Danville 4th of July ParadeThe Drop Daddies in the Danville 4th of July ParadeRyan and Ian rockin itThe Drop Daddies in the Danville 4th of July ParadeThe Drop Daddies in the Danville 4th of July ParadeThe Drop Daddies' kids handing out candy and business cardsDrop Daddies fans!The Drop Daddies in the Danville 4th of July ParadeGary working the crowdXeno rockin the percussionThe Drop Daddies in the Danville 4th of July ParadeIan driving the truckRyanSophie and Emily with the bandThe Drop Daddies in the Danville 4th of July ParadeJohn takes a knee at the end of the paradeThe Drop Daddies kidsThe Drop Daddies' ladiesThe MittonesThe LorenzinisThe FullmersThe CoopersThe Mittones and Lorenzinis with wagons full of candyMission accomplished!

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"PG&E arriving on sceneView 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.

Pre-sunrise setupPre-sunrise setupSunrise from the stageBloody mary?Stage all set upStage all set upStage all set upStage all set upStage all set upPerforming with the Twin Creeks Elemenetary ChorusView from the stagePhoto boothRyan rocks the side stageJeff and XenoIan and Xeno- rhythm!Gary, Jeff and RyanSpeechesEmily and MaddyEmily's artistic eyeEmily's artistic eyeEmily's artistic eyeEmily's artistic eyeEmily's artistic eyeEmily's artistic eyeEmily - our band photographer

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