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.
Last weekend was a whirlwind of amazing experiences for Doctor Robert, The Beatles Tribute. Friday, the Colorado spring weather held in Aspen and we were able to perform outside for a great après ski crowd at the Ajax Tavern. We’re always overwhelmed by the enthusiasm we receive from the good people in the Roaring Fork Valley. We were even invited to a home in Aspen to perform an acoustic set after our set at Ajax Tavern. Saturday, the band had an unforgettable 30 minute set playing at the Macky Auditorium Concert Hall on CU’s campus in Boulder, and shared the stage with members of Yonder Mountain String Band, The Head and the Heart, Rose Hill Drive, The Infamous Stringdusters, Hot Rize, West Water Outlaws and many others! We all decided this was undoubtedly the most amazing venue The Doctor has played since our formation in August, 2010. Sunday’s weather cancelled our 2nd show at the Ajax Tavern in Aspen, but we found a generous coffee shop that let us play an acoustic Beatle set to a wonderful audience. Thanks to everyone involved last weekend and to all of you live music supporters out there.
Here are several recordings from last Friday afternoon at Ajax Tavern, with a handful of photos below from our amazing Macky Auditorium experience.
Here Comes the Sun
Strawberry Fields Forever
Mean Mr. Mustard –> Polythene Pam –> She Came in Through the Bathroom Window
With a Little Help From My Friends
Twist and Shout
Happiness is a Warm Gun
Old Brown Shoe
Let it Be
If I Needed Someone