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.
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, 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…
This past weekend brought Doctor Robert, The Beatles Tribute, back for our third stop at The San Luis Valley Brewing Company, and our fourth visit to Del Norte, this time for the Rio Grande Savings and Loan Holiday party. We continue to be amazed by the enthusiasm and support we receive in The Valley. Thanks to everyone for coming out on two snowy nights to enjoy some Beatles music played by Doctor Robert from Crested Butte, Colorado.
Here are a bunch of audio clips from SLV Brewing Company, followed by some video from Saturday at The Windsor Hotel in Del Norte at the bottom:
Here Comes the Sun
I’ve Just Seen a Face
In My Life
I’m Only Sleeping
No Where Man
Ballad of John and Yoko
A Day in the Life
The Night Before
You Can’t Do That
It Won’t Be Long
Revolution Possibly the best scream yet, it even frightened some band members.
What Goes On
Ticket To Ride
With a Little Help From My Friends
Helter Skelter A nine-minute version, our longest song so far.
And videos from The Windsor Hotel in Del Norte:
Thanks a million to Xavier Fane for these amazing photos taken of Doctor Robert, The Beatles Tribute. These were taken on August 5th, 2012, at the 40th annual Crested Butte Festival of the Arts. We had a great time finishing out the weekend of live entertainment, the third in a row for Doctor Robert that weekend. Check out Xavier’s photos at http://www.xavierfane.com/.
Doctor Robert, The Beatles Tribute from Crested Butte, Colorado, had it’s first three-night run since May this past weekend. Thanks to everyone that came out in Telluride, Lake City, and Del Norte to see some of their favorite Beatles music played by Dr. Robert. Though we were tested by some band members being “under the weather,” we rallied for three great shows and had a fun time despite the ailing voices. Not only were the shows a great time, but the road trip through southern Colorado was spectacular with all the aspen leaves changing to gold, red, and orange. What an amazing time of year to tour through the Colorado Rocky Mountains to play Beatles covers.
We started at the Telluride Conference Center on Thursday, playing an amazing room with some very enthusiastic dancers. We had our first “runner” who was making laps around the room, even sliding across the carpet with his socks on. Thanks to Tony with Cadence Hospitality for putting in all the effort for promoting this last-minute show. Thanks also to the event and wedding planners that made it out for the show, we’re lucky to be playing several Colorado weddings this year and next.
Friday night brought us back to Lake City to play our second show at The Depot Saloon. This night really proved that Lake City folks really don’t hold back, and love to have a good time. We played 55 songs from 8 to midnight, possibly the most songs we’ve played in any one night so far. Thanks to John at Depot Saloon for always being so accommodating, he’s a big part of this small town vibe and the packed house helped make us feel at home.
Saturday was our second show at Wildwood Sounds in Del Norte. Once again, a packed house brought great enthusiasm and appreciation for Doctor Robert’s Beatles Tribute. Stephen and Konnie sure have created a great little room in this small town for live music. As it turned out, this may have been the first time Wildwood had an entire room of dancers. It started with just a few early on, but by “I Saw Her Standing There” in our third set, the whole place was on their feet. Thanks again to everyone at Wildwood, we really appreciate the support.
Here’s a few video clips from Wildwood, sorry the camera angle got bumped and Ben on the drums isn’t very visible:
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