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Rollin', rollin', rollin'...

on July 9, 2011 - 1:10pm

This time I'd like to take some time to describe some of the people in the project, the riders/musicians, and some of the people who help from the outside to make us go. When I mentioned to Jim Fleming a few years ago that I was a little worried about my lack of experience in some of the key areas we wanted to succeed in, he said, " don't worry, you've created a great project, people will come to you." He was spot on, so many people have helped in significant ways that I won't try to mention them all.

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.