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One Great Gig, One Long Ride

on July 6, 2011 - 4:31pm

A lot has happened since I checked in last. The 4th was a big day for us. After recovering from a strenuous 30 mile ride on the 3rd, we woke and rode 10 miles into downtown GR. We led a group ride from Founder's Brewery, riders represented "Tall Turf Camp For Kids", and "Heartside Music Together." It was gratifying to see the process we envisioned work, the community responded to our invite in modest numbers, but real dollars were raised for two good causes. In the middle of the ride we surprised a few family's picnicking together in the park we rode to.

Joybox arrives in Grand Rapids

on July 4, 2011 - 5:12am

The JBE rolled 30 miles yesterday,from Holland, in 83 degree heat. The terrain was a challenge, limiting us to a 6 mile per hour average, factoring in resting and eating. Up and down, long rolling hills- a great day. We were very pleasantly surprised when several passersby recognized us, yelling out words of encouragement.

This whole process is so unusual, contrary to all the normal ways of the music "business." Almost every thing we're a part of is small, the settings are unique; bike shops, street corners, country roads... The pleasure we feel from playing our music at unexpected times,

Mr. B's Joybox Express in Holland

on July 2, 2011 - 12:34pm

The Quintet motored by trailer across the state from Ann Arbor this morning, arriving in Holland by noon. We led a joyful group ride throughout town and ended up playing a concert for 80 happy passers by .  It was a righteous first day capped off by a ride-by surprise performance for a couple dozen unsuspecting people gathered in a park at sunset.  They were astonished when we revealed our piano which we cover by a tarp.

This summer, four musicians will begin a two week tour across the State of Michigan on bicycles. The JOYBOX EXPRESS QUARTET will ride 300 miles from Saugatuck to Detroit, hauling their instruments with them. These include a string bass, a drum set, a guitar, and a 352 pound piano.

The Joybox Express Quartet will be performing at events along their route and raising money for charitable human services organizations they partner with.