Podcast Episode #3 – Tony Braunagel!

Announcing the next episode from our podcast-the “Percussion Loft”, featuring Grammy winning drummer/percussionist Tony Braunagel! Check out this colorful, informative conversation, from his early days in Texas to his many award-winning recordings and his love for Gon Bops as a producer and player. Visit our Podcast page to hear the episode (Also available on both Apple and Spotify Podcasts)

Podcast Episode #02 – Alex Acuna!

We’re excited to announce the premiere of Episode #02, from our podcast the Percussion Loft!  In this episode, we feature our flagship Signature artist, the one & only Alex Acuna!  Check out this in-depth, lively conversation, as we span his amazing 40-plus year career, from his early days in Peru, to his move to the States working with Weather Report and his countless recordings.  We also review his stellar list of Signature Gon Bops’ instruments.   Also featuring selections from his solo recordings (details and playlist order in episode description).

Luisito, Anderson and Roberto Quintero!

Join us this Thursday for our next Live Broadcast conversation with Luisito Quintero, his son Anderson Quintero and their cousin, Roberto Quintero!  The 2nd of 2 in our series entitled “Familia”, we’ll visit with the amazing Quintero music family and explore their vast reach across various genres.  See you then!  Thursday, November 19th at 11am, PST.  Live on both Facebook and YouTube!

Walfredo & Danny Reyes Live Broadcast!

Join us this Thursday for our next Live Broadcast conversation with Walfredo de los Reyes Sr. and his son, Daniel de los Reyes!  The 1st of 2 in our next series entitled “Familia”, we’ll dig into the amazing Reyes musical family and their incredible influence on the percussion world.   See you then!  Thursday, November 5th at 1pm, PST.  Live on both Facebook and YouTube!

Gon Bops Live Discussion featuring Alex Acuna, Brad Dutz & MB Gordy!

Please join us if you can, this coming Thursday October 8th at 11am, PST for what will be a very fun, informative discussion with three masters of percussion recording – Alex Acuna, Brad Dutz and MB Gordy! This is the 2nd part in a 2 part series where we’re focusing on Film and TV percussion recording. If you missed last week’s show, you can find it archived on both our YouTube and Facebook pages, which featured discussion with Lenny Castro, Bernie Dresel and Walter Rodriguez. Check that show out if you missed it.
Hope to see you this Thursday!!

GON BOPS WELCOMES LENNY CASTRO!

GON BOPS WELCOMES PERCUSSION ICON LENNY CASTRO TO ARTIST FAMILY

Gon Bops is extremely excited and proud to welcome the amazing Lenny Castro to our artist family! One of the world’s most in-demand percussionists, Lenny’s influence on percussion is legendary.  For over 40 years, he has belonged to an elite list of musicians who have contributed, quite literally, to the soundtrack of our lives.

For Lenny, it’s all about the music and what’s best for the song.  As a first-call artist, he’s known for his amazing ability to know exactly what to play on any track.  As a result, it’s no surprise he’s recorded and/or performed with the biggest names in music, including The Rolling Stones, Elton John, U2, Toto, Boz Scaggs, Ricky Lee Jones, The Eagles, Fleetwood Mac, Maroon 5, Justin Timberlake, Bette Midler, and The Mars Volta.

He can be heard on many of the best-selling albums and tracks of all time, like Michael Jackson’s Off The Wall, Toto’s Africa, Christopher Cross’ Ride Like the Wind and Randy Newman’s I Love LA, as well as many successful movie soundtracks like Close Encounters Of The Third Kind, The Fugitive9 to 5 and the new hit film The Lion King.

“I am very excited about this, I feel like I’m coming home to Gon Bops,” comments Castro. “These are the very first instruments I played when I began my career many years ago,”

Please join us in a very warm welcome to the newest member of the Gon Bops family!

Gon Bops Welcomes Tony Moreaux Charon!

Tony Moreaux Charon is a member of the Afro-Cuban All Stars (Buena Vista Social Club) led by Juan de Marcos Gonzalez…the most important figures in Cuban music today. Other artists Tony’s played with include the legendary jazz guitarist and vocalist George Benson, Jazz trumpet Roy Hargrove, Santana’s conga player Raul Rekow, Luis Conte and many others including pop, jazz and Latin bands in Europe.  We’re proud to welcome this great player!

Gon Bops Welcomes Yissy Garcia!

Gon Bops welcomes drummer/percussionist/composer Yissy García! Yissy is one of the most respected artists to emerge from a particularly exciting new generation of Cuban musicians. Considered to be the islands most prominent female percussionist and one of its most dynamic and innovative performers, she demonstrates the art of combining traps and percussion, drawing from both folkloric and popular Cuban music as well as contemporary jazz and funk styles.  For more info, please visit her artist page!

Gon Bops’ New Artists of 2018!

Gon Bops’ New Artists of 2018!  Gon Bops rounds out another fantastic year, welcoming these highly skilled, exciting new artists!   From Tel Aviv, Israel – Itamar Doari, a virtuoso percussionist, blends various instruments of different origin into a hybrid setup with masterful technique and musicality.  Carolina Cohen from Buenos Aires, Argentina brings her fresh, strong and joyous talent to our family.   Studying with such masters as Israel “Cachao” Lopez, Richard Marquez currently plays with Cuban born musician/Academy award nominated actor Andy Garcia and the Cineson All-Stars.  Percussionist Mat Britain has performed with many influential country artists including appearing on platinum hits with Kenny Chesney.  Brazilian drummer/percussionist Eduardo Guedes has performed and/or recorded with greats including Bobby Sanabria, Willie Nelson, Kiko Freitas, Dudu Tucci and many others.  Steven Brezet has traveled to many African countries, has studied with master drummer Ndiaye Rose and can be heard on Snarky Puppy’s “We Like It Here” album.   Gon Bops is proud to welcome and work with these fine artists and looks forward to another great year in 2019!! 

Gon Bops Welcomes Itamar Doari!

Gon Bops Welcomes the incomparable Itamar Doari!

Israeli percussionist Itamar Doari is one of the most versatile and talented players in the world today, blending various Middle Eastern instruments with the Western drumset in a unique and exciting way.  He maintains complex darbuka patterns while holding down incredible drumset grooves and has caught the attention of musicians and composers worldwide.   We’re extremely proud to welcome this amazing artist to our growing, elite artist family!