Our 10th Podcast Episode is Live featuring ORESTES VILATO!

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!   

Gon Bops podcast The Percussion Loft now featuring Luisito Quintero!

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!

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!

Gon Bops TikTok Channel!

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!

Gon Bops’ “Percussion Loft” Podcast adds new episodes!

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”!

GON BOPS ANNOUNCES NEW PRODUCTS FOR 2021!

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

Lightweight

Warm, rich tones

Stunning, high-gloss black finish

 

Here’s a video featuring Alex, demonstrating his great new shaker:

Alex Acuna Triple 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:

Lenny Castro Signature Series Congas & Bongos

 

Please visit our product pages for more info, including pricing, model numbers and dimensions!

 

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!