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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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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

Central Colorado Magazine

Doctor Robert is featured in the May edition of Central Colorado Magazine.  A special THANK YOU to Elliot Jackson and Mike Rosso for including us, we’re very excited for the opportunity.  Check out the link online at http://cozine.com/2012-may/meet-doctor-robert/.

We’re getting geared up for a busy summer, starting with a private party in Del Norte this Saturday, May 12th.  Check out our schedule at http://www.myspace.com/doctorrobertbeatles/shows to see if we’re in your area, and as always we appreciate anyone spreading the word to family and friends.

Fort Collins and Longmont

We finished our winter/spring shows as far from home as we’ve traveled so far.  Avogadro’s Number in Fort Collins was a great time, we even had a few great friends help with our setlist which added a new twist.  What a cool room to play in, looks like we’ll be back there on Sunday, August 19th to play the outdoor stage.  Looking forward to getting back to Fort Collins, what a cool town.  The following night we made our way to Longmont to play Oskar Blues.  Another really fun night with great sound.  Hoping to get back to Longmont, or even Lyons, to play Oskar Blues again.  Thanks to everyone that came out and checked out Doctor Robert, it wouldn’t be nearly as fun without the overwhelming support we get with each performance.  We’re off until mid-May, but keep checking our “shows” page for updated gigs.

Here’s some audio from Oskar Blues 3/30/12:

Mean Mr. Mustard Trilogy

Two of Us

Paperback Writer (with rare extended jam)

It Won’t Be Long – Get Back

I Feel Fine

Help!

Hello Goodbye

Michelle

Ob La Di Ob La Da

With a Little Help From My Friends

Norwegian Wood

Rain

Please Please Me

Come Together

Tell Me Why

The Night Before

You Can’t Do That

 

Thanks again for all the support, we’ll see you at the next one.  Have a great April!

Ben, Karen, Casey, Kevin

Spring Break Apres Ski

The Doctor played three ski resort apres ski shows last weekend, giving us a glimpse of the coming summer outdoor gigs.  Thanks to everyone that came out for the music in Crested Butte, Snowmass Village, and Aspen Highlands.  3/15 at Butte 66 in Crested Butte brought out locals and visitors alike, and we really enjoyed playing our last hometown show until July 4th.  3/16 at Snowmass Village was great.  We love playing new venues and this was the perfect day to be next to the ski slopes.  On 3/17 we returned to Aspen Highlands for our third show at Highlands Pizza Company.  Last year we had two snowy days, but the third time brought the Irish charm on St. Patty’s Day and we had a beautiful sunny afternoon.

 

Our next shows are 3/29 at Avogadro’s Number in Fort Collins and 3/30 at Oskar Blues in Longmont.  If you’re in the front range, or know friends and family in the area, help us spread the word.

 

Here’s a few videos from 3/16 and 3/17.

 

 

 

Getting Better

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I Feel Fine

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Day Tripper

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Revolution

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Please Please Me

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Alamosa and Montrose

Another great weekend for The Doctor in the mountains of Colorado.  Friday we drove through some snow to play in Alamosa at San Luis Brewing Company.  This weekend was their 6th anniversary party and it was packed before we even started.  We were happy to see so many people out to see Beatles music.  Thanks to everyone who helped spread the word about this show.  There were several folks from our show at Wildwood a few weeks back that came out and brought friends and family.  Here’s a few audio clips from Friday in Alamosa:

1.  Paperback Writer (3/2/12)  This one is really fun to play, with fuzz bass and all.

2.  Revolution (3/2/12)  Our first live “Revolution.”  We were pretty happy with the result as we’ve only practiced it a handful of times.

3.  Come Together (3/2/12)  This was our first set closer.   People really LOVE this song.

4.  Strawberry Fields Forever –> Hey Bulldog (3/2/12)  Two classic psychedelic Beatles songs with the Strawberry Jam.

5.  Rain (3/2/12)  A rare Doctor Robert live performance.  More fuzz bass!

6.  Helter Skelter Jam (3/2/12)  Our jamband ending of “Helter Skelter.”

7.  Eleanor Rigby (3/2/12)  Ben has been working on the strings section of this classic Revolver song for a few weeks.  We decided to practice after the encore at SLV Brewing Company.  This is a clip of the second verse plus chorus.

Saturday night we played our first Montrose show at RnR Sportsbar downtown.  This was another fun show, with another great turnout of true Beatles fanatics.  There are many levels of Beatles fans, and even the most “academic” fans have been appreciating our tribute to the greatest band ever.  Here’s a video of “Baby You’re a Rich Man” in the second set.  The crowd noise is a little loud, but the solo/jam section got people’s attention:

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Here’s a video of “Hey Bulldog” from the Yellow Submarine album:

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Thanks again to everyone for coming out to see Doctor Robert this last weekend.  Our next gigs are three spring break apres ski gigs in a row.  3/15 at Butte 66 at Crested Butte Mountain Resort, 3/16 at Sneaky’s Tavern at Snowmass Village base area, and 3/17 we return to Highlands Pizza Company at the Aspen Highlands base area.  All shows should start by 3:00 and are free.

Salida, Del Norte, Crested Butte

What a great weekend for the Doctor. Three gigs in a row with three very different, but great energy.

Thanks to Ron at Hippie Radio Saida for throwing a great anniversary party and inviting us to play at Tenderfoot Tavern. This was the rowdy gig of the weekend, with plenty of people enjoying the music and the bar. We were only hired to play until 11:30, but went until 1:00 after the bar owners helped the cause.

Wildwood Sounds in Del Norte was our Saturday night gig. Who would have thought this would turn out to be one of our best gigs to date. A very small community that loves good music, and every one in the audience know The Beatles. As much as we appreciate the nights were everyone is dancing, there is something unique about a small, intimate setting with people listening to every note being played. When we booked the gig, Steve only asked that we play a minimum of two 45-minute sets. We have a hard time keeping it that limited, so we played three 75 minutes sets instead. We gave everyone a chance to leave with two setbreaks, but very few left until we were done at 11:30. Thanks to everyone who came out and enjoyed the show, we’re excited to come back, possibly in September.

Butte 66 was our Sunday gig at Crested Butte Mountain Resort for apres ski. We arrived to a packed house full of holiday weekend skiers. This was our first gig with the ski area, and it’s hard to imagine it being much better. This was a special show since it was all ages, and several kids were enjoying the music along with their parents and grandparents. These are the performances that make us realize how timeless The Beatles music is. Three generations dancing and singing along to familiar songs, some even in their ski boots. A special appearance by original keyboardist Amanda Cooke for “Lady Madonna,” “Baby You’re a Rich Man,” and “Good Day Sunshine” made for another great treat.

We have lots of new videos up from Saturday night in Del Norte on our video page. Video quality isn’t the greatest but the audio and energy are great. Thanks again to anyone who came out to visit The Doctor this weekend, and spread the word and bring lots of friends next time we’re in your neighborhood. Next gigs are 3/2 at San Luis Valley Brewing Company in Alamosa and 3/3 at RnR Sportsbar in Montrose.

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