Thanks to The Gunnison Bank and Trust for hosting the 21st annual Oktoberfest, a great community event in downtown Gunnison. The Pete Dunda Polka Band, which has played every Oktoberfest since it’s beginning, had a previous engagement and wasn’t able to perform this year. Doctor Robert, The Beatles tribute band from Crested Butte, Colorado, was happy to fill the spot, playing over two hours of Beatles music for the festivities. Folks of all ages seemed to enjoy our version of Beatles music, and we sure had a great time playing on such a perfect fall afternoon.
Beatles music is difficult to perform if the voice is impaired, as every song is driven by heavy vocals. Despite a three-week bout with laryngitis, Karen was able to play her fourth show since her throat issues began.
We debuted two songs for Gunnison, finishing out the afternoon with “A Day in the Life” from 1967′s “Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.” Here’s a recording of our version from that day:
A Day in the Life
Our second debut featured Mr. Ben Wright on his first lead vocals with Doctor Robert. After two years and 100 songs into this project, Ben came out strong with a stellar version of “Act Naturally” from 1965′s “Help!” album. Here’s our version:
And of course no Doctor Robert Beatles Tribute show is complete without some electrified rock n’ roll:
All My Loving
Baby You’re a Rich Man
Back in the USSR
Can’t Buy Me Love
Drive My Car
I Feel Fine
I Saw Her Standing There
I Shoulda Known Better
I Want to Hold Your Hand
Money (That’s What I Want)
Please Please Me
She Loves You
Tell Me Why
What Goes On
With a Little Help From My Friends
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 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.
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
I Should Have Known Better
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:
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