Doctor Robert, The Beatles Tribute from Crested Butte, headlined it’s second consecutive Fourth of July celebration in Wagner Park this past weekend. We can’t thank The Aspen Chamber Resort Association, Alchemy Concert Systems, and the thousands of Beatles fans enough for another amazing night of music in downtown Aspen. It was the final show of an unforgettable three-night run of Beatles music that started in Salida for Thursdays @ Six at Riverside Amphitheater on July 2nd, followed by a rare club gig at Samana Lounge in Vail Village on July 3rd. All three nights brought a different enthusiastic crowd, and we we’re so grateful for how much fun everyone has at Doctor Robert shows.
Here are some recordings from Aspen:
I Saw Her Standing There
Twist and Shout
Back in the USSR
Don’t Let Me Down
I’ve Just Seen a Face
Here Comes The Sun
A Hard Day’s Night
Ob La Di Ob La Da
One After 909
Doctor Robert, The Beatles Tribute band that came together almost five years ago, had reason for a special Veuve Clicquot Champagne toast this past Sunday. Thanks to Team Concise (http://www.teamconcise.com/) from England for arranging our return to Ajax Tavern at The Little Nell in Aspen. It was the most perfect spring afternoon for apres ski Beatles music, and we couldn’t have asked for a better turnout. Smiles were everywhere!
Two years previous, we played Ajax Tavern for the first time. It may have been one of the most impressionable gigs at that time, as we met the good people from Team Concise, as well as many other individuals that eventually hired us for various performances. We were even invited back to the largest ski in/ski out home in the world that evening in 2013, and played a short acoustic set for about 25 people in a 22,000 square foot house that was partially built under Ajax Mountain.
Fast forward to 2015. Team Concise is back in Aspen, and called us to play for a private party above Woody Creek on Friday. We weren’t able to confirm any other dates around this party, so we planned for a one-show weekend when we left Crested Butte, and figured we’d be home Saturday. Little did we know that when we arrived, the Ajax Tavern gig had already been arranged, and we were confirmed for Sunday.
This is when things got interesting for Karen.
She had made plans months in advance to be at a going-away party in Gothic (the only access in the winter is a four-mile ski from a trailhead near Crested Butte), and really couldn’t cancel that trip, so a decision to “take it for the team” happened. At 9:00 a.m. Saturday morning after four hours of sleep, Karen drove “Lucy (our Chevy Tahoe)” five hours back to Crested Butte, skied four miles into Gothic with instrument in tow, played music and enjoyed friends’ company well into the evening, got up at 6:30 Sunday morning, skied four miles out of Gothic, jumped back into “Lucy” and drove five hours back to Aspen, got dressed, and played four hours of Beatles music!!! Anyone that is reading this should give Karen all the credit for this monumental performance. Without her effort and dedication, we wouldn’t have had another chance to play Ajax Tavern, and make even more connections.
We talked with different people about playing various places around the world. A handful of Aspen locals inquired about playing private parties at their homes, one inquiry was about us playing in England, and another was if we’d consider playing in Barbados. Whether we hear from these good people again or not, it’s pretty exciting to think of future possibilities for Doctor Robert, The Beatles Tribute from Crested Butte, CO.
Last weekend Doctor Robert, The Beatles tribute, played two new venues, The Inn at Aspen and Samana Lounge in Vail. After our “First Fridays” show at Black Nugget in Carbondale, we had an earlier performance for apres ski at The Inn at Aspen. This was our first show in Aspen since The Fourth of July last summer, and it seems we weren’t forgotten! Thanks to the many “regulars” that came out, as well as any first-timers, we can’t believe how much fun it is to play in Aspen! We’re working on booking at least one more show before ski season ends, keep an eye on http://www.DoctorRobertTribute.com/shows for updates to our schedule.
On Sunday, we made our way to The Samana Lounge in Vail. The World Cup was in town, so the Sunday show was full of music fans from around the world. Thanks to everyone that made for a great first show at Samana! We met people from 21 to 81 years young, from places like Argentina and the Ukraine. It just kept getting more crowded and more enthusiastic as the night went on, with the peak of the evening coming during the “Hey Jude” encore. What a great “community” experience, watching people that have never met each other joined arm-in-arm, singing their hearts out to the greatest rock and roll music ever written.
The Black Nugget in Carbondale is one of our favorite venues, and one of the only “bar time” shows that we play these days. We’ve now played five shows at The Black Nugget, and every time gets better. Our latest one was for Carbondale’s “First Fridays,” a community-wide celebration on the first Friday of every month. We couldn’t have asked for a better turnout, and the enthusiasm and energy was rather high on this night. The loose vibe rubbed off on Doctor Robert, as we extended and explored many new places. Here are some “jam” highlights from the show.
While My Guitar Gently Weeps
Paperback Writer (rare extended outro)
The Word (ten minute version)
Come Together –>
Doctor Robert, The Beatles Tribute from Crested Butte, CO, just finished three of the finest shows we’ve played in four years as a band. July 2nd brought us to Lions Park in Basalt for their weekly “Music after 5:00” series. Thanks to the enthusiastic crowd that made it out on a perfect evening for outdoor music.
July 3rd brought us to Winter Park for our first time. We got to play the biggest stage to date, with huge sound and around 1000 people enjoying the “High Note Thursdays” weekly series.
After three years playing Crested Butte’s Fourth of July festivities, we were invited to play Aspen celebration in 2014. Rumor has it there were 5000 people in Wagner Park for the fireworks display, and we were lucky enough to entertain everyone before and after the fireworks. Thanks to the wide variety of age groups that brought out their best singing voices, dancing shoes, and love for Beatles music. This may have been our finest show yet, and we can’t wait for another show like this one.
We recorded the 7/2/14 show in Basalt, here are some songs from the second set:
Let it Be
A Day in the Life
I’ve Just Seen a Face
Doctor Robert can’t thank the good people of Del Norte and Wildwood Sounds enough for the amazing experience this past Saturday. We played 55 songs, over 200 minutes of music, and had the best time playing for an enthusiastic crowd. This was our fourth time playing Wildwood, and the place was standing-room only. We’re honored that so many of these fans have seen us every time we’ve been in Del Norte. Thanks to Stephen and Konnie for all the love we feel when we visit Wildwood Sounds.
Doctor Robert, The Beatles tribute played the first shows on 2014 at The Snowmass Club and three20south this past weekend. Both shows were amazing, we can’t thank everyone enough for making our weekend so fun. This was our first visit to the Snowmass Club, and third show at three20south. Both shows had a much different age group, only proving that Beatles songs can inspire anyone to get into the music.
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