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Time to Hit the Road!

on August 26, 2014 - 1:50pm
Artrain Launches New Project

Mr. B’s Joybox Express Mississippi River Road Ride

2,000 Mile Piano Bike Tour Spreads the Joy of Music & Movement 
from Lake Itasca, MN to New Orleans, LA
Ann Arbor, MI – Mr. B’s Joybox Express is the ultimate fusion of extreme athleticism and artistry. A custom-designed bike, a trio of cyclists and a 350-pound piano will traverse 2,000 miles through cities and towns along the Mississippi River Road starting on September 1, 2014 at the Mississippi River headwaters in Lake Itasca, Minnesota and concluding in New Orleans, Louisiana in mid-November.

Great Moments in JBE History: Entry 3

on July 30, 2014 - 7:50pm

As I mentioned when starting this series, episodes won’t necessarily be reported chronologically - this one is recent.

Its a bad news good news episode, beginning with a milk run 8:30 am Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013 on my motorcycle. Only minutes from our house, I plowed into a deer and went flying over the handlebars. Our good friend, neighbor and JBE partner David Gordon came and found me sitting on the side of the road. He called an ambulance, and away I went - 5 nights in the hospital with 6 broken ribs, a partially collapsed lung, and a knee requiring surgery - OUCH.

Great Moments in JBE History: 9 Pianists

on July 9, 2014 - 7:09pm

One day I ran into Ann Arbors own Pulitzer Prize winning composer, William Bolcom. Amid the bustle of the Kerrytown market we stopped to catch up. We started to talk about the idea of doing some sort of concert together. Bill thought that if we did something, the proceeds should benefit some charity. I agreed, and we parted ways, each promising to think about it further. I like to organize things sometimes, so I began to ask some of the other Ann Arbor area pianists if theyd all like to play together in a benefit concert sometime.

Great Moments in JBE History

on July 7, 2014 - 3:01pm

Here’s the first installment in a series of reminiscences of momentous events in our project. They may not all be chronological, or presented in any rank that denotes their significance. Mostly, these will be the retelling so that those of you who are interested can learn more about the who, what, where and why of the JBE prior to our Mississippi River Road Ride. They’re also a great way for me to savor and share what we’ve accomplished before we confront our biggest challenge yet!


8 or 9 years ago I invited about 25 interesting and accomplished people to our home to make an announcement,