We’re proud to welcome Gon Bops’ artist Brad Dutz to our podcast, the Percussion Loft! Brad is truly one of the most creative and talented percussionists in the world today. He’s recorded/released 34 albums under his own name and is known for his highly eclectic and adventurous approach. Continually playing traditional instruments in non-traditional ways, Brad is someone who defines the term ‘play’. His approach IS playful…but very serious, meaning he’s spent years perfecting his craft. We’re happy to welcome him to this, our 12th episode! Order of play – clips of Brad’s original music: “Mix DoBop”, “Vibes Shapes”, “Centipede”, “Oskar Organized the Organic Oil, Olives & Okra” and “Transcribing ‘Trane Takes Time”.
We’re happy to welcome composer/percussionist Willy Calderon to the Percussion Loft! This Columbian-American musician has appeared on various hit TV shows including Bones, Jane The Virgin and America’s Got Talent, has scored music for the video game world and has performed with countless artists in both the Latin and Pop genres. In this, our 11th episode, we discuss Willy’s varied background, his approach to navigating between music styles and also hear some tracks from his great new Grammy-nominated album, “LA Impromptu”! Contact us for the order of songs played on this episode. Welcome Willy!!
The great Orestes Vilato, a true Cuban legend, is considered to be one of the most influential timbaleros and bongoceros in the world of percussion today. He’s paved the way for so many greats percussionists, players like Luis Conte and Luisito Quintero who quote Orestes as one of their main influences. Orestes was at the center of the Salsa music explosion in the ’70s, having played with greats like Chico O’Farrill, Lionel Hampton, Ray Barretto, Celia Cruz, Ruben Blades and many more. He’s also worked with popular music icons like Whitney Houston, Aretha Franklin, Santana, Willie Nelson and even Oscar-winning actor, Andy Garcia! Orestes is a Signature artist for Gon Bops, helping us to create his unique, light-weight aluminum-shell Timbales. His drums are the favorite of many of our artists today. We’re so happy to have him on the show – this our 10th episode to round out 2021!
Our 9th episode features Grammy winning percussionist/Gon Bops Signature artist Luisito Quintero. Hailing from Caracas, Venezuela, Luisito comes from a lineage of distinguished musicians. He has performed with a host of music’s greats including Oscar D’Leon, Jack DeJohnette, Tito Puente, Alicia Keys and the Spanish Harlem Orchestra. Quintero was a member of Chick Corea’s Grammy-winning Spanish Heart Band, performing and recording with the music legend up till his untimely passing. Luisito’s solo recordings include Percussion Madness, Third Element and the Quintero Salsa Project – a project he shares with his cousin, Roberto Quintero. Our Luisito Quintero Signature Series timbales remains one of our most sought-after products. We’re proud to welcome him to the Percussion Loft! This episode is offered in both English and Spanish. (Contact us for song titles appearing on this episode)
GON BOPS BACK ON TOUR!
After over a year of silence in the arenas, Gon Bops is back out on tour in full force! Check out these great Gon Bops artists and their GB setups in your area!
Scott Crago – drummer/percussionist for the Eagles, using California Series congas and array of our toys.
Papayo – percussionist for Pit Bull, using custom California Series congas, Alex Acuna timbales, Mariano Djembe.
Daniel de los Reyes – percussionist for Zac Brown Band, using his Signature series shakers, tambourine, Alex Acuna Special Edition congas, bongos and timbales.
Jotan Afanador – drummer for Aventura, using an array of our tambourines and bells.
Butch Norton – drummer for Lucinda Williams, using our mounted tambourines and various toys and our cajons.
….AND, coming soon – the great LENNY CASTRO will be touring with John Mayer! Check out Lenny in John’s latest video “Last Train Home”, using his very cool signature series congas, bongos and tambourines!
Premiering Monday, August 30th on our podcast show, “Percussion Loft”, is our interview with great Cuban drummer/Gon Bops artist – Ignacio Berroa!! We’ll hear selections from his 3 great solo albums, hear about his teachings of the history of Cuban music and also, his love for his Gon Bops instruments. Join us!
Announcing Gon Bops’ new TikTok channel – now live! Pay us a visit, check out all our great content and please follow us! Spread the word to your friends and if you have clips of yourself playing our products, we wanna know about it! Send us a message!
Our podcast show, “Percussion Loft” has recently added new, fascinating episodes! Since February, we’ve now added conversations with Eliel Lazo, Lenny Castro, Jamey Haddad and just this week – Daniel de los Reyes! Check out their fun, interesting stores and hear some of their original music too! Available on our website and also on both Apple and Spotify podcasts. Perfect for a long drive or commute! Welcome these great Gon Bops percussion artists to the “Percussion Loft”!
We’re very excited and proud to bring you some very special new instruments this year, featuring collaborations with two legendary percussionists – ALEX ACUNA and LENNY CASTRO!
First, adding to our existing line of Alex Acuna Signature instruments, we bring you our new ALEX ACUNA TRIPLE SHAKER!
The Alex Acuna Triple Shaker is highly versatile, providing the player with various, exciting playing options. 12” in length, our Acuna Triple Shaker features 3 separate tubes, fastened together by heavy duty, rubber clips. Easily separated, giving the option of playing a single, double or triple shake combination, to accommodate any desired volume level and timbre. Constructed from lightweight, sturdy plastic in a stunning high-gloss finish, the Alex Acuna Triple Shaker joins our state-of-the-art Alex Acuna Signature instrument series!
12” in length
3 separate, plastic shaker tubes, fastened by heavy duty rubber clips, easily separated
Single, double or triple shaker application, to provide desired volume level and timbre for any situation
Warm, rich tones
Stunning, high-gloss black finish
Here’s a video featuring Alex, demonstrating his great new shaker:
Next, we’re very excited to premiere our new LENNY CASTRO SIGNATURE SERIES CONGAS AND BONGOS!!
Our new Lenny Castro Signature Series Congas and Bongos feature Asian Oak shells and come with teardrop top rings, for ease of extended playing time. Each head is hand-selected from natural rawhide, providing a warm, rich tone and features Lenny’s hand-drawn skull logo. Gon Bops Lenny Castro Series drums boast eye-popping, exciting original artwork, highlighting Lenny’s identifiable sunglasses, skull and conga sketches. A true reflection of this master percussionist, at an approachable price range.
Asian Oak Shells
Featuring Bongos and four conga sizes – Quinto, Conga, Tumba and Super Tumba
Teardrop Comfort Top Rings
Natural rawhide heads with Lenny Castro hand-drawn skull logo
Custom Lenny Castro original artwork finish
Smart, approachable price category
Here’s our feature video of Lenny playing his new Series:
Please visit our product pages for more info, including pricing, model numbers and dimensions!
Presenting our very first video highlighting the manufacturing process for our California Series Congas and Bongos! This film shows the true art that goes into making these completely hand-crafted, state-of-the-art drums, detailing the steps from start to finish. Featuring our master craftsman Benjamin Von Keutz, with original music by Luisito Quintero & Alfonso Cayon, Gon Bops’ California Series are hand-crafted in Meductic, New Brunswick, Canada.
Click here for our video feature on YouTube: