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Aspen Wedding, Live Music Entertainment

Doctor Robert, The Beatles tribute from Crested Butte, Colorado, traveled to The Limelight to play our first Aspen wedding last Friday. We can’t thank Anne and Cole enough for having us for the live music entertainment for their amazing wedding reception, and for helping pick songs for the night. Over 100 people were part of the celebration, and did they know how to enjoy themselves. Even staff members were enjoying the music, and everyone made their way to the dance floor for the after-dinner dance sets.

We started out playing more acoustic, quieter music during dinner. This gave us a chance to ease into the evening, and play a lot of songs that don’t normally make the set list at other shows. Here are a few from the dinner set:
Here Comes the Sun 10-5-12
I’m Looking Through You 10-5-12
I’m Only Sleeping 10-5-12
Bungalow Bill 10-5-12
Michelle 10-5-12 (Casey on bass, Kevin on guitar)
Mother Nature’s Son 10-5-12 (Ben on keys, Kevin on Guitar)
I Will 10-5-12 (Casey on bass, Kevin on guitar)
Things We Said Today 10-5-12
We Can Work it Out 10-5-12 (Only the third time played by Doctor Robert)

After dinner brought out the best in everyone’s dancing and singing abilities. We loved watching everything unfold, as the dance moves only got better the longer we played. Had it not been for the 10:00 hotel curfew, we probably could have played all night. Here are some songs from the dance sets:
Day Tripper 10-5-12
Drive My Car 10-5-12
Hello Goodbye 10-5-12
Help! 10-5-12
I Feel Fine 10-5-12
I Shoulda Known Better 10-5-12 (Casey on harmonica)
I Want to Hold Your Hand 10-5-12
I’ve Got a Feeling 10-5-12
Lady Madonna 10-5-12 (Karen’s first live performance on piano)
Money (That’s What I Want) 10-5-12
One After 909 10-5-12 (Karen’s first live performance on piano)
Strawberry Fields Forever 10-5-12
Twist and Shout 10-5-12
With a Little Help From My Friends 10-5-12

Thanks again goes out to Anne and Cole for having Doctor Robert as the live music entertainment for their Aspen wedding. We enjoyed their fun group of family and friends as well as The Limelight (an Aspen Ski Company hotel) and their staff.

Beatles Song History: Act Naturally

Thanks to everyone that came out to see Doctor Robert, The Colorado Beatles Tribute band in August. We enjoyed playing a variety of venues around Colorado. We started the month playing a private house party in Aspen, with many Aspen locals including Lance Armstrong in the audience. We had the honor of opening the music entertainment for the first annual Big Denver BBQ Block Party at Skyline Park in downtown Denver. What an amazing event this was, with international acts such as The Felice Brothers and Shaniqua Copeland as headliners. Be sure to catch it next summer when it returns to the Mile High City. We headlined the 40th annual Festival of the Arts in downtown Crested Butte, which included some great acts such as Bonnie and The Clydes from Lyons, Colorado and Bruce Hayes from Howard, Colorado. We finshed our August gigs with a return to The Ritz Grill in downtown Colorado Springs for a performance after the USA Pro Cycling Challenge finish just down the block.

September is going to be a great month for Doctor Robert, The Beatles Tribute band from way up in the mountains in Crested Butte, Colorado. Look for us to return to a few small town venues, starting September 13th at Telluride Conference Center in Mountain Village. We’re very excited to play the night before Blues and Brews starts, we’ll play two 90-minute sets starting at 8:00.

Friday, September 14th brings us back to The Depot Saloon in Lake City, show starts at 8:00. This is the night before the Lake City Wine Festival begins, so it should be quite a memorable night of Beatles music for everyone involved. Last time we played here, the entire room was dancing and/or singing along to every song. We had a hard time saying “good night” as people just wanted more.

On Saturday, September 15th, we are excited to play our second show at Wildwood Sounds in Del Norte, with a showtime of 7:30. Stephen and Konnie have put together such an amazing little music venue, with great acoustics and awesome vintage theater seating. This is still one of the best “shows” we’ve played, as the audience is there to listen to every note played, melody sung, and story told. This small town in southern Colorado sure knows how to appreciate music, and we are grateful for the chance to play Wildwood again.

The 21st annual Octoberfest party in Gunnison will be held on Friday, September 28th from 3:30 to 6:30. We’re delighted to be asked to perform for this party, put on by The Gunnison Bank. Over 1000 people are in attendance each year, and the Gunnison Bank gives away free food and beer to anyone that comes. We love playing our home valley, and Gunnison is always a great town for The Doctor.

Meanwhile, back in the studio, Doc Rob has been busy working on a few new songs during our time off from the road. Look for a few heavy hitters to start appearing in the coming months, such as the #1 all-time Beatles composition “A Day in the Life” from the Sergeant Pepper album, and the hauntingly beautiful “Because” from the Abbey Road album. Though we’ve played “Act Naturally” a few times now, it is with great pleasure to announce that the lead vocals will be passed on to our drummer, Ben Wright, for his debut singing in Dr. Robert. Be sure to give Ben some encouragement as he may be more nervous than Ringo was when he first sang it on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1965.

Here’s a quick history of the song, as far as The Beatles is concerned. It was actually written by Johnny Russell and Voni Morrison, but made widely popular by The Beatles on the Help! album. This is all according to an amazing website full of Beatles songwriting facts, http://www.BeatlesEBooks.com:

” Country and Western is not usually the genre of music one thinks of whenever the music of The Beatles comes up in a conversation. Nonetheless, this type of music was always very highly respected by the group. “I heard country-and-western music in Liverpool before I heard rock’n’roll,” recalled John Lennon. “There were established folk, blues and country-and-western clubs in Liverpool before rock’n’roll…I started imitating Hark Williams when I was fifteen, before I could play the guitar.”

One member who especially loved this form of music was Ringo Starr. “I used to love country music and country rock,” Ringo relates. As related in his book “Ticket To Ride,” Larry Kane asked Ringo in 1965: “What were some of the influences on you as a musician?” Unhesitatingly he replied, “Well, been listening to American country songs since I was a kid, y’know. Think all of us loved the sound. Maybe John and Paul put a little of that in their sound, y’know.” In fact, both John and Paul have revealed in interviews that some of their songs were written with country music in mind, these including “I Don’t Want To Spoil The Party,” “I’m A Loser” and even “All My Loving.” Also, of course, The Beatles choice of covering three Carl Perkins songs shows a country leaning as well. “Carl Perkins was really country, just with more backbeat,” Lennon stated in 1973.

When asked to choose a song to sing on their fifth British album, it was only natural for Ringo to pick something from this genre. “I sang ‘Act Naturally’ in ‘Help!,’” Ringo explains. “I found it on a Buck Owens record and I said, ‘This is the one I am going to be doing,’ and they said ‘OK.’” This ended up being the very last cover song the Beatles ever officially released, with the exception of the short ad-libbed “Maggie Mae” that was haphazardly thrown onto the “Let It Be” album in 1970.”

We hope you’ll come and see us at a show nearby, thanks again for all the support!
Ben, Kevin, Karen, Casey

Doctor Robert, The Beatles Tribute

Doctor Robert, The Beatles tribute from Crested Butte, Colorado, has been off for a few weeks due to a family emergency. We look forward to bringing our modern version of Beatles covers to The Ritz Grill in Colorado Springs on Friday, August 24th at 8:30. We appreciate everyone’s support around Colorado over the past two years, and love to see familiar faces. We called ourselves Doctor Robert, which is track #11 on Revolver. Some people call us Dr. Robert, some call us Doctor Roberts, some call us Dr. Roberts, some call us DocRob. We think of it as a tribute band from Crested Butte, CO, but some call us a Beatles cover band. We’re just happy that so many call us any of the above, so keep the nicknames coming.

Here’s a few videos from August 3rd at a private party in Aspen. These songs rarely make an appearance in Doctor Robert’s live performances but are just as fun to perform as the rest.

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Riverside Park, State Highway Theater, Epic Relay

Doctor Robert finished another three-night run through the mountains of Colorado this last weekend, bring more Beatles music to Salida, Buena Vista, and Mt Crested Butte. We started in Salida for Thursdays @ 6, playing Riverside Park’s amazing stage right next to the Arkansas River. A good-size crowd showed up and had a great time. We ended up playing an extra hour since it was so fun. This was the first time Doctor Robert set up the stage in a line, with Ben on drums to our right side instead of the traditional location being behind the band. This allowed us to see each other much better, and the audience was able to watch Ben a little easier as well. Taken from the book of Phish, Doctor Robert will be setting up this way anytime the stage is big enough. Here’s a few audio clips from the show:
A Hard Day’s Night –> Eight Days a Week
You Can’t Do That
Two of Us
Taxman
I Should Have Known Better
Revolution
Come Together
From Me To You –> Glass Onion –> Ob La Di Ob La Da
Strawberry Fields Forever –> Hey Bulldog

Friday night brought Doctor Robert back to State Highway Theater in Buena Vista, our seventh visit to the old Roadhouse. As always, we love playing this venue and it’s state-of-the-art sound system. Thanks to Dave and Leo for helping us out once again with the sound. We had a great crew of fans at this one, with folks from 8 years old to 78 years old dancing and singing along with music of The Beatles. We’re always amazed at how many regular fans we have in Buena Vista, so cheers to everyone that came out last weekend for another installment of Doctor Robert, The Beatles Tribute from Crested Butte, Colorado. Here are a few video clips from the night:

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Saturday we traveled back to Crested Butte to play the finish of The Epic Relay, which was a running race that started Friday in Colorado Springs and ended Saturday in Mt. Crested Butte. This was the second annual Epic Relay, and what a huge improvement to the finish area and overall layout. Thanks to Laci at CBMR for having us again, and for making all the great changes from last year. Despite some rain, we played three hours on The Red Lady Stage at the base of Crested Butte Mountain Resort. It was fun to watch different people react in different ways to our version of these great Beatles songs. The best reaction we got Saturday (if not ever) was when a bride walked by to load the chairlift on her way to get married. We were already playing “Two of Us,” which is a great love song, then we dedicated “In My Life” to the bride-to-be, and said it was the best wedding song on the planet. As it turns out, the bride cried so much that she had to re-do her makeup before loading the lift. Pretty moving music for sure.

Our next public show is August 4th in Denver. We’ll be kicking off the entertainment for the first annual Big Denver BBQ Block Party, which is in Skyline Park in downtown on August 4th and 5th. Our performance will be Saturday from 1:30 to 2:45 and the entire event is free to enter. Food and drink cost extra, but the entertainment if free. Come see Doctor Robert perform Beatles music for the first time in Denver. Check their website at http://www.bigbbqblockparty.org/denver/music.php for more information about this huge event.

You can always check our shows page for a full schedule of our shows.

Thanks again to everyone for coming out to see Doctor Robert this past weekend, we look forward to our next round of shows and hope to see some familiar faces around the state. Until the next one…
Ben, Casey, Kevin, Karen

Crested Butte Country Club

Last night Doctor Robert played possibly the quietest set in our 20 months as a Beatles Tribute. Friday night is Grill Night at Crested Butte Country Club, and we had a great time playing for folks of all ages. The kids were especially into it. We got to play several songs that rarely make a live Doctor Robert appearance, and the relaxed atmosphere made for a great setting to play good Beatles music. Here’s a few clips from the show:

Norwegian Wood
I’m Looking Through You
Girl
You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away
I’ve Just Seen a Face
All Together Now
I’m Only Sleeping
Eight Days a Week
Fixing a Hole
I Should Have Known Better
If I Needed Someone
It Won’t Be Long –> Dear Prudence
Strawberry Fields Forever –> Hey Bulldog
Eleanor Rigby

Thanks again to everyone that continues to dance, sing, and enjoy Doctor Robert. Our next shows are July 19 in Salida’s Riverside Park from 6-8, July 20 at Buena Vista’s State Highway Theater starting at 8:00, and July 21 we’ll play The Red Lady Stage at Mt. Crested Butte’s base area from 2-4.

We’ll see you at the next one…
Casey, Karen, Ben, Kevin

Here, There, and Everywhere

What a great month it has been for Doctor Robert, The Beatles Tribute from Crested Butte. We’ve had some amazing shows at a few regular stops, a few new places, and two great private parties since Memorial Day Weekend.

We started on June 8th at Aspen Glen Golf Club in Carbondale, playing Valley View Hospital’s “Longevity” Party. Thanks to Al for the connection, and Cindi and her amazing crew of party planners. These hard-working party planners went all-out, creating a back-in-time atmosphere. There was a giant yellow submaring photo cutout, tie-dyes everywhere, great photos of The Beatles themselves, British flags, Lennon glasses, just to name a few fun things. We had a blast and can’t wait for another one like this.

June 10th brought us back to Gunnison’s Legion Park for The Sunday’s @ 6 series. Last year we got rained on, so this year’s sunny weather was very welcome. Hundreds of people in the park enjoyed the evening with Doctor Robert and our version of a Beatles Tribute. Folks in Gunnison have been great supporters of The Doctor, so thanks for another great performance.

June 16th found us back in Buena Vista for our fifth show at State Highway Theater. This is the first venue out of the Gunnison Valley where we really felt like people enjoyed our music. Folks here have a good time and aren’t afraid to get out on the dance floor. They have one of the finest venues anywhere, with state-of-the-art sound, lighting, and video equipment. They’ve slowly been remodeling and making the room bigger and better, so don’t miss a show here if you have the chance.

June 29th brought us back to Evergreen, but this time to the Wood Cellar on the north end of town hear Bergen Park. We had a lot of people come out specifically to see Doctor Robert play The Beatles, and plenty of folks stayed all night once we got started. One woman even convinced her group of 10 to stay after she saw us in our suits before the show (she even admitted later that they had planned to go to Little Bear, and when we were setting up in our “civilian” clothes, tie-dyes, etc. that she wasn’t impressed). We had a great time at Wood Cellar, thanks to Tabor for having us and thanks to everyone who came out for a Beatles fix.

We’d like to send a special congratulation and a huge “THANK YOU” to Laurie and Colin, who got married June 30th and had us play their cocktail hour and reception at Denver Museum of Nature and Science. What an amazing couple, with great friends and family in town from all over to celebrate in Denver. It started with Kevin playing some acoustic guitar during the ceremony in City Park. After the beautiful ceremony, we all made our way to the Sky Terrace on the roof of the museum for cocktail hour. Doctor Robert entertained the party with mostly non-Beatles acoustic music, from David Grisman to Bob Marley to Grateful Dead to Miles Davis. What a great view from the rooftop, looking west across City Park at the Denver skyline and beyond to the mountains. After dinner and some great toasts from friends and family, we got started with the Beatles set inside the second floor atrium. “Love Me Do” was a great first dance for Laurie and Colin, and “In My Life” may have been the perfect song for dances with their parents. Once we all got through the first dances, it was time for the entire room to dance and sing along with just about every song we played. The last song of the night was “Hey Jude,” and what a way to end it. The entire room formed a circle around the bride and groom, then their was the circle of “high-fives,” then the room started to do the “blossom” around Laurie and Colin. Hard to put into words, we were very honored to be part of one of the coolest weddings ever.

July 4th is one of the finest holidays to be in Crested Butte. We pride ourselves in a unique, small-town celebration and parade that brings thousands of visitors to our little downtown every year. This was our second straight year of playing the main stage at 3rd and Elk Avenue, and what a great show it was. Despite rain in the middle of our set, people stayed out in the street getting soaked just to watch, sing, and dance to Doctor Robert’s Beatles Tribute. This was our first true downpour during an outdoor show, and it was a lot of fun (after we buttoned up the stage and gear a little). We are always amazed at the young fans’ enthusiasm. Several kids were singing every word of every song, and one boy even knew all the answers to our trivia questions. That’s one of many reasons we love to play this music, it really has an impact on people of all ages.

Thanks again to everyone that has enjoyed Doctor Robert this past month! We have a lot of great shows coming up this summer and fall, and we’ll be adding more as we book them, so keep an eye on our events page at http://doctorroberttribute.com/shows/. We’ll see you at the next one…

Kevin, Karen, Ben, Casey
Doctor Robert, The Beatles Tribute

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