Greetings from Crested Butte! I suppose we could sing: “It’s been a long cold lonely winter…” Long and cold? Well, there’s truth to that, as amazingly enough the leaves are only just budding out here in the high country. Lonely? That could explain our lack of communication… it’s hard to believe the last update was at the end of the 2015 summer season. Time flies indeed.
Despite our silence online, we have played some great shows throughout this past winter and spring. Mid-January found us at the Dickens Opera House…despite the fact that it took us over seven hours to get there and that Karen was in a sling due to shoulder surgery, we had a wonderful gig in that wonderful venue. The end of that month we played a sold out show at our local Gunnison Arts Center, and rocked the full house once again in Montrose at the Turn of the Century. We were fortunate to get to head to the San Luis Valley in early March, where we helped the Alamosa Brewing Company celebrate 10 years of business as well as play a gig at one of our favorite venues, Wildwood Music. We are continually amazed and honored by the kindnesses of people we have met: a special highlight that trip was an incredible poem written by our friend and fan Harold, as well as personalized gift bags from another friend and fan, Margaret. We played an Easter show for senior citizens in our valley, some wonderful private parties, and just kicked off another season for the Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park (our fourth time). It was the best one yet, despite the threatening weather…we were even accompanied by a fire dancer for part of one set!
The Beatles music was interspersed with lots of work, travel, and change for the four members of the band, bringing us up to this cusp of the summer season.
We’re really looking forward to playing some new venues (Stony Ridge Pavilion, Silt; Old Town Fort Collins; Alamosa’s Rails and Ales street party) as well as returning to some familiar and favorite spots (Buckley Park, Durango; the iBar Ranch in Gunnison; the Rio Grande Scenic Railway; Redstone Town Park…) Check our schedule for a complete listing of upcoming shows. It promises to be a wonderful summer for music…we look forward to seeing old friends and making new ones as we share our take on the timeless music of the Beatles. Many thanks to all for your support of live music and continual words of encouragement and enthusiasm; it wouldn’t be the same without you!
Doctor Robert, The Beatles Tribute from Crested Butte, just capped off an amazing summer of music last weekend at The Rio Grande Scenic Railroad’s Mountain Rails Concert Series. Two perfect days for outdoor music, in a beautiful and remote setting, made for a great turnout both days. Saturday’s show was even sold out, and we can’t thank everyone enough for making the trip to La Veta Pass for this unique concert venue. We even entertained the first class and diamond class cars with some acoustic Beatles music on the way home on Saturday. More photos and some recordings from Sunday’s show are at the bottom of the blog.
Thanks to Phil Jack for these two photos
Since Memorial Day Weekend, we’ve played 19 shows around Colorado, which is nearly 60 hours of music! For the third straight year, we started our summer at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park’s “Music on the Mountain” series.
June brought us back for a second time to Paonia’s Blue Sage Center for the Arts, as well as the first annual “Beatles and Brewskis” event hosted by Acme Liquor in our hometown of Crested Butte.
July started the busy season with our fourth appearance at Salida’s “Thursdays @ Six” series, our second show at Samana Lounge in Vail, our second straight headlining show at Aspen’s Fourth of July festivities, a long-awaited return to Durango for “Concerts in the Park,” our fourth show at Nissi’s in Lafayette, our first show at the amazing new venue in Colorado Springs, The Gold Room, a private show in Denver for our successful Kickstarter campaign, and our second performance at The Inn as Aspen.
August was equally busy as we played our second year at Redstone’s “Magical Moments” concert series, our second headlining spot at Crested Butte’s Festival of the Arts, our second show at KAFM’s Radio Room in Grand Junction, a private dentist convention at Telluride Conference Center, a headlining performance for The Gunnison Car Show, two unforgettable concerts at Rio Grande Scenic Railroad’s “Mountain Rails” summer concert series at La Veta Pass, and closing out August’s schedule was a Tour de Forks performance at a private home in Skyland as a fundraiser for the Crested Butte Center for the Arts.
One After 909
Strawberry Fields Forever
Mother Nature’s Son
A Hard Day’s Night
A Day in the Life
Got To Get You Into My Life
All Together Now
What Goes On
Old Brown Shoe
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 –>
We’re proud to announce the launching of our Kickstarter Campaign to purchase a band vehicle. You can check out our project and all the rewards associated with each donation level at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/710761623/help-doctor-robert-the-beatles-tribute-buy-a-band.
We’ve been using personal vehicles to pull our trailer full of gear for over four years, and the road is taking its toll. We make enough money to cover expenses, but don’t make enough to put away into savings for a large purchase such as this. That’s why we’re asking for family, friends, and fan support through Kickstarter. Any amount helps, as we don’t get a penny if we don’t reach our goal of $16,500.
We really appreciate your time and consideration, as we’re dedicated to keeping this music and the Doctor Robert project on the road.
Kevin, Casey, Karen, and Ben
Doctor Robert, The Beatles Tribute
Doctor Robert, The Beatles tribute, was very fortunate to be invited to perform at two finishes of the 2014 Pro Challenge road bike race. The first performance was after Stage 2 in Mt. Crested Butte, the second was after Stage 3 at Monarch Mountain. Thanks to both LOC’s for having us, we’re honored to be part of the biggest cycling event in the U.S.
Summer has officially begun… Doctor Robert performed at the kickoff party for Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park’s “Music on the Mountain” series for the second straight year, which means the Colorado outdoor summer music season has started. Thanks to everyone that braved the rain and wind to enjoy some Beatles music with Doctor Robert. This year 1,079 cans were dontated, quite a bit more than the 866 cans from last year’s kickoff party.
Our second night of music brought us to Dickens Opera House in Longmont for our first show at this amazing venue. The stage, sound, staff, and energy in the room are unparalleled, and we can’t wait to return to Dickens this fall/winter. Check out some recordings from the night here:
Come Together –> Revolution:
Ob La Di Ob La Da
Back in the USSR:
Doctor Robert would like to thank Rob, Michelle, and Josh at Green Garage Productions in Montrose, CO for a great night of music at Turn of the Century. The sound and lighting were top-notch, the crew did a great job promoting, and everyone that came out to the show had a fantastic time.
Doctor Robert, The Beatles tribute, finished off 2013 in style with four shows in five nights leading up to New Year’s Eve. The Holiday Run included 70 different songs, with 179 songs played altogether, and over 11 hours of music.
We started out the Holiday Run with a packed house at The Black Nugget in Carbondale. This was our third show at The Black Nugget. Thanks to all the enthusiastic Beatles fans that had the Nug hopping all night, it was good to see so many familiar faces in the crowd. Unfortunately, we have no recording from this show.
Our next stop was in Frisco at Barkley Ballroom. Our first visit to Barkley brought out a good mix of locals and holiday visitors, and everyone had their best singing voices tuned up for the show. As it turned out, “1964: The Tribute” was also playing a show only 10 miles away, and several fans attended both shows. (A great article was in the Summit Daily News, you can read it here: http://www.summitdaily.com/news/9499366-113/beatles-tribute-band-doctor)
Our third straight night of music was at Agave in Avon. Agave is one of the best rooms Doctor Robert has performed in. With the unique character of the room, the ideal layout for watching music, and the incredible sound system, it was easy to be inspired to play a good show. Thanks to all the fans that made it out on a Sunday night, we can’t wait to return to Agave. This was also a great show, with a couple getting engaged during a special request of “If I Fell” during the show. We were also able to sneak in some skiing at Loveland before the show, always a bonus on the road.
New Year’s Eve brought us back to The Last Chance in Gunnison for our second show at The Chance. Thanks to Todd Bogart at Full Circle Productions for having us bring in 2014 at a local venue, we love playing in Gunnison and had a great show to finish off an amazing year for Doctor Robert. Our “psychedelic Beatles jam experience” was fun to put together, and we found some great improvisational spaces throughout the night. No recordings from this show, but there may be some video in the coming days, so stay tuned.
Happy 2014 to all the Doctor Robert and Beatles fans out there, hope to see you more in the coming year…
Doctor Robert made it’s way to Colorado’s front range for three different and fun shows. We started the trip with an intimate show at Swallow Hill Music in the Swallow Hill Cafe (http://swallowhillmusic.org/). Blizzard conditions and the first really cold weather of the winter didn’t stop Beatles fans from coming out to the show, thanks to everyone who braved the elements. We weren’t able to recorder this show, but here’s a breakdown of the music:
Set I: Girl, All Together Now, Norwegian Wood, I’ve Just Seen a Face, I Feel Fine, Drive My Car, Hello Goodbye, Please Please Me, Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds, Something, Back in the USSR –> Dear Prudence, Glass Onion –> Ob La Di Ob La Da, Can’t Buy Me Love, Love Me Do, Ballad of John and Yoko, While My Guitar Gently Weeps
Set II: Two of Us, Here Comes the Sun, What Goes On, Ticket to Ride, It Won’t Be Long, I Should Have Known Better, Hard Day’s Night –> All My Loving, Get Back, A Day in the Life
Notes: Set I: 18 songs/60 minutes, Set II: 10 songs/40 minutes.
Sound Check: I’ve Just Seen a Face, Lady Madonna
The next night we made our way to Lafeyette to play Nissi’s Bistro (www.Nissis.com), an amazing “Supper Club” type venue with great food, great sound, and a very enthusiastic crowd. The night was sold out, billed as a “Flashback to the 60’s” with Doctor Robert starting the show with 90 minutes of Beatles music, followed by Doors Tribute, The Strange Parade. If you get the chance to see The Strange Parade, take advantage of the opportunity. They are spot-on with the sound and put on a great show. Again, there was no recording from this show, but here’s what was played:
You Can’t Do That, Drive My Car, Lady Madonna, Hello Goodbye, Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds, The Night Before, Back in the USSR –> Dear Prudence, It Won’t Be Long, Mean Mr. Mustard –> Polythene Pam –> She Came in Through The Bathroom Window, Ballad of John and Yoko, While My Guitar Gently Weeps –> Ob La Di Ob La Da, A Hard Day’s Night –> Come Together, Hey Bulldog, Revolution, Get Back, One After 909, A Day in the Life, With a Little Help From My Friends, When I’m 64
Notes: 24 songs/90 minutes
Sound Check: Girl, I Want to Tell You, Paperback Writer
Opening band for The Strange Parade (Doors tribute)
The third and final night of our mini-tour brought us back to Quixote’s True Blue (www.Quixotes.com) for another unforgettable show at this classic Denver music venue. With posters of Jerry Garcia covering just about every square inch of the venue, how could a band not feel inspired to stretch out the music, giving some songs a little space to breathe. Last time we played Quixote’s, we were met by a wise man named Rex. This kind man came into our lives to point us in the direction of the jam. We weren’t quite prepared the first time around, but this time we were ready to impress Rex. Would he be there this time? No. We decided that his work was already finished with Doctor Robert, and that he was off at another venue, pointing another band toward the light. As it turned out, we did find some really fun musical spaces and stretched out the transitions like the best of the jambands. Here are some highlights from this unique show:
Strawberry Fields Forever –> I Am The Walrus
Birthday –> Back in the USSR
A Hard Day’s Night –> Come Together –> Helter Skelter –> Get Back
Rain –> Paperback Writer
Jazz intro –> One After 909
You Never Give Me Your Money (First time played)
Oh! Darling (first time played)
Happiness is a Warm Gun
While My Guitar Gently Weeps
Baby You’re a Rich Man
A Day in the Life
I Want You (She’s So Heavy)
I’m Only Sleeping
Wild Honey Pie
I Don’t Want to Spoil the Party
All Together Now
And here’s the entire set list:
Set I: If I Needed Someone, Glass Onion (extended outro), Ballad of John and Yoko, Ticket to Ride, Taxman, One After 909 (extended solo), And Your Bird Can Sing, Strawberry Fields Forever (Scarlet Begonias tease) –> I Am The Walrus (extended outro), Oh! Darling*, Two of Us, All Together Now, While My Guitar Gently Weeps
Set II: Wild Honey Pie**, I Don’t Want to Spoil the Party**, Why Don’t We Do It In The Road**, Michelle***, Day Tripper, It Won’t Be Long, Money, You Never Give Me Your Money*, Birthday (extended outro) –> Back in the USSR, Please Please Me, Baby You’re a Rich Man (Blue Sky tease), I’m Only Sleeping, I’ve Just Seen a Face, In My Life, Here Comes the Sun, Rain –> Paperback Writer, Love Me Do, Act Naturally, Mean Mr. Mustard –> Polythene Pam –> She Came in Through the Bathroom Window, Rocky Raccoon, A Hard Day’s Night –> Come Together –> Helter Skelter (Se A Cabo tease) –> Get Back, Think For Yourself –> The Word, I Want You (She’s So Heavy), Happiness is a Warm Gun
Encore: A Day in the Life
Notes: Set I: 13 songs/60 minutes, Set II: 32 songs/150 minutes, Encore: 1 song/5 minutes.
*First Time Played
**Kevin on Acoustic Guitar, Karen on Bass
***Kevin on Acoustic Guitar, Casey on Bass, Karen on Mandolin
Sound Check: Girl, I Want to Tell You