Joshua Papa Bear Connolly (US)
Paiste Artist Since Mar 2009
14" Signature Dark Energy Dark Energy Hats Mark I
18" Signature Dark Energy Dark Energy Crash Mark I
8" Signature Dark Energy Dark Energy Splash Mark I
22" Signature Dark Energy Dark Energy Ride Mark II
20" Formula 602 Classic Sounds Thin Crash
19" Signature Dark Energy Dark Energy Crash Mark I
Joshua Connolly / Legends In Concert Waikiki Musical Director
Josh Connolly, aka Papa Bear, was raised in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida where he started his journey with music at the age of 9. Within 3 years, Josh recorded his first released album with Cliff Wallach and Eleven-Eleven called "Because We Have To." By the age of 21 he was a in demand drummer in South Florida had been seen touring Europe and on stage with national artists, Pretty Ricky, Dirtbag, and Lauryn Hill.
In the past few years Josh has been spending most of his time in the studio. He has been producing, engineering and playing on everything from new pop artists to established artists to commercial T.V spots. Josh spent most of 2011 as Staff Engineer at Odds On Studios in Las Vegas, Nevada under Head Engineer Sean O’Dwyer. (David Bowie, Pink Floyd, Blink 182, MXPX) While at Odds On Studios, Josh has worked with Carlos Santana, Eddie Kramer, Robert Randolph Band, Smash Mouth, Sisqo, and Producers Madd Scientist, Bonzai (Damian Marley, Naas, Super Heavy) and many more.
Josh is currently mixing a record from his own original band Hagus Magagus. The record was produced with the help of 6 time Grammy winner Javier Garza and Sony Publishing Artist Balta Hinojosa. This debut studio record features Rashawn Ross of "The Dave Matthews Band" and Jacob Jeffries. Hagus Magagus has been support for such music greats as Yellow Man, Matisyahu, Steel Pulse, Blues Traveler, The Meters, Steel Pulse, Robert Cray, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Victor Wooten to name a few.
Josh Papa Bear Connolly can also be heard laying it down on recording artist Javier Garcia's new record "A Las Estellas". Set to be released this year. The album is produced by 14-time Grammy winner and 2007 producer of the year Sebastian Krys. After doing some side work with Legends in Concert from 2007-2009. On Stage Productions Inc. called on Josh Connolly to fill the drum throne in the Harrhas Main Showroom in the heart of the Las Vegas strip playing 12 shows a week. Two years later at the age of 26, Josh got the opportunity to work as Musical Director for a brand new Legends In Concert show in Waikiki.
Josh Connolly is currently endorsed by Paiste America, Sonor USA, Evans Drum Heads, and Los Cabos Drum Sticks.