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The Joy Drops

The Joy Drops

7 reviews
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About The Joy Drops

Bluegrass and early jazz band featuring mandolin, standup bass, flatpicking guitar, and - optionally - fiddle, cornet, trombone or banjo. And a great Christmas Party band, with tunes like "Blue Christmas," "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus," and "All I Want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth. "

Uptempo, fun, and danceable when the moment calls for it, or quiet and tasteful accompaniment.

Genres: bluegrass, old time, ragtime, early jazz, acoustic blues, New Orleans.

Can easily play outdoors without any electricity, or can bring our own professional-quality PA and equipment.




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Best part of our party!

By Kerry T. on December 14, 2016

We recently hosted a Very Merry Bluegrass Christmas party for about 50 people at our home - it was a great party but what really took it to the next level was the amazing Joy Drops. They were on time, nicely dressed and fully prepared. Their music really cannot be beat - our guests were really impressed and just had the best time ever!
I will definitely be hiring them again for any future parties and highly recommend them!!

Hired as: Bluegrass Band
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Wonderful Sound!

By Brittney R. on November 13, 2016

We loves having The Joy Drops at our wedding. Correspondence was wonderful, and they even learned two songs for us. At the last minute, there was a problem with the fiddle player, and they searched high and low to make sure that they could replace him. Very accommodating and definitely someone you can trust. And their sound speaks for itself!

Hired as: Wedding Band
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So much fun!

By Brandy S. on November 6, 2016

We hired these lovely people for my son's 1st birthday and they were not only perfect for all ages but were adaptable to the outdoor situation without plugs (they went acoustic, which was exactly the sound I was looking for). Their sound was not overwhelming but a perfect balance for the 30-40 people party in the park. I can imagine with amplifiers they would be great for larger crowds too. They also sang some kids songs which was fun for everyone! If you like this kind of music they are even better in person! We enjoyed them so much that my husband and I were asking for recorded music so we could listen at home.

Hired as: Acoustic Band, Folk Band, Bluegrass Band
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Great Band, Super Friendly, Responsive

By Laurel B. on September 6, 2016

The band was very responsive to our requests and worked with us on every aspect of our song choices and blocking (where to go during the ceremony/reception of our wedding). Lucas is also very friendly. The music was AMAZING, and they thought quickly on their feet—when they realized that where we put them wasn't ideal, they moved to a much better location. Only reason it's not 5 stars is that they didn't arrive or start on time (they started 15 minutes late but didn't miss the ceremony), didn't tell us they were running behind, and didn't answer the phone when I called. Even with all that, they were still a fantastic band and you should definitely hire them.

Hired as: Acoustic Band, Americana Band, Guitarist, New Orleans Style Entertainment, Wedding Band, Bluegrass Band

Response from The Joy Drops:

Thanks for having us, Laurel. We had a great time playing, especially doing the bass band 2nd line from the ceremony to the reception.

I apologize for the timing mess-up. When I prepared my timetable I made a mistake, so we were at the reception location when you intended for music to be going at the schoolhouse.

Congratulations once again to you and Josh. We were honored.

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Amazing Musicians, Amazing People

By Lolita T. on August 4, 2016

We hired The Joy Drops for our wedding on July 30th in Guinda, CA. Despite our wedding being delayed for an hour and a half as well as the wedding site being hotter than the face of the sun, these guys remained very understanding and extremely professional.

Music-wise, The Joy Drops have exceeded our expectations 10-fold, and we enjoyed every drop of their performance. (See what I did there? lol)

Lucas (the band leader) is a kind individual, and we found it easy to negotiate contract with him. We really hope to cross paths with Lucas and his group again.

In short: You'll be truly blessed to have this group perform for your event. Hire them.

Hired as: Bluegrass Band, Acoustic Band, Mandolin Player, Wedding Band

Response from The Joy Drops:

Thank you so much for this warm review. It was an honor playing for your and Paul's wedding. I wish you the best.

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A perfect addition to our holiday party!

By Taila M. on December 12, 2014

The Joy Drops did an outstanding job at our company holiday party. Lucas was extremely responsive and accommodating throughout the planning process. The band arrived nice and early and were all set up and ready to go by the start of the party. The music was fun and lively and he checked in during the party to see how it was going (if we wanted it louder/softer, etc.) Everyone at the party really thought it added to the atmosphere and that the music was great. I would definitely book them again for an event in the future.

Hired as: Bluegrass Band
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Great Blue Grass

By Phil L. on November 10, 2014

Everyone enjoyed the background music for the company event. The music was really enjoyable. Although when all of the people were at the event and talking, the music needed to be amplified. And is was with the help of Grifols assistance.

Hired as: Bluegrass Band

Response from The Joy Drops:

We had a great time playing at Grifols. Thanks for having us.

I agree that it turned out amplification was necessary, and it was lucky that you had a PA available. My plan for the future is to bring equipment just in case and leave it in the car.

Booking Info

  • Typical Gig: 60 - 240 minutes
  • Fee: $300-1000
  • Languages: English, French


We're there bright and early to set up. Motto: "if you're not early, you're late."

Our equipment is in good condition, and we'll have plenty of extras like extension gears just to be absolutely sure things will go smoothly.

We'll play a good blend of instrumentals and vocal numbers, with a balance of tempos, and well paced through to a high energy finish.

We'll take care to get the volume right, and to fill the space without drowning out conversation. If you have any requests such as a toast or more danceable tunes, we'll be in close touch with you.

When everything is done, we'll break down quickly and efficiently.

Additional Booking Notes

We can play acoustically or with a PA. We excel at purely acoustic shows and love doing them. We have a professional quality PA, mixer and microphones.


Old time acoustic Americana that's fun, earthy and unique:

∙ Let the good times roll. Our music is uptempo and joyful.
∙ Traditional sounds make a great vibe for your event. We play bluegrass, old time and early blues.
∙ We freshen up our tradiitional sounds with ragtime, merry-go-round tunes, and a little influence from New Orleans brass bands.

Standup bass, mandolin, and acoustic guitar/trumpet, sometimes augmented with fiddle.

Great for barbecues, events, weddings and more:we can play just instrumentals, we can do sweet tunes for romance, we deliver a solid swing for dancers.

"We have the Joy Drops perform at our art and fashion markets as often as they are available. They really know how to create a feel-good vibe and keep our attendees happy and smiling while they shop from local vendors, play with their kids, make new friends, relax on the grass, or dance around. Beautiful music and a highly recommended professional band."
Danielle C. - Urban Air Markets

"The Joy Drops brought a classy and fun vibe to my wedding day ! I can't recommend them enough. The music is top notch and the boys in the band are professional and accomplished musicians. They kept the dance floor jumping!"
Justin C. - Happily Married Man

Upcoming Booked Events

Aug 05, 2017 Wedding Reception

Past Booked Events

Dec 10, 2016 Holiday Party (Christmas)
Nov 05, 2016 Birthday (Child)
Oct 29, 2016 Wedding Reception
Sep 04, 2016 Wedding Ceremony
Jul 30, 2016 Wedding Ceremony
Sep 25, 2015 Wedding Reception
Sep 19, 2015 Retirement Party
Dec 11, 2014 Holiday Party
Nov 07, 2014 Corporate Event

The team providing the talent:

Lucas Gonze

mandolin, resonator guitar, vocals

Ryan Lim

bass fiddle

Paul McCue

Acoustic guitar, vocals, cornet

Robert Hanson


Set List

Typically our set list is a mix of:

- Ragtime instrumentals like "Dill Pickle Rag"
- Danceable fiddle tunes like "Old Joe Clark" and "Angeline the Baker"
- Bluegrass classics like "Kentucky Waltz" and "Footprints in the Snow"
- 1920s and 30s acoustic blues by acts like the Mississippi Sheiks

Something that sets us apart is the use of (muted) trumpet, which adds a New Orleans flavor.

Influences & Inspiration

Bill Monroe, The Carter Family, Leadbelly, Merle Travis, Jelly Roll Morton, Doc Watson, The Delmore Brothers

Setup Requirements

If rain is likely, we'll need a way to keep dry.

We'll need electricity if you want a PA


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