GLENWOOD SPRINGS — When Beatles tribute band Doctor Robert opens the Music on the Mountain series today, it will be a return to the band’s highest point.
“Music on the Mountain has certainly left an amazing impression on all of the members of Doctor Robert, and we are honored to be asked back to kick things off,” said Ben Wright, the band’s pianist and drummer. “It’s our only mountain-top performance to date, and I personally enjoyed being able to see Mount Sopris and my hometown while performing.”
A Carbondale native, Wright said it is an honor for the band to open the summer music series today at 6 p.m. at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park. The annual concert series, with 11 all-ages shows that run through Sept. 20, is a successful fundraiser for LIFT-UP food pantry. Free tram rides and admission to the park are offered to residents and visitors with a canned item after 4 p.m.
“There’s a great family friendly atmosphere, and people of all ages are enjoying the music,” Wright said.
During a past performance atop the scenic Iron Mountain that famously overlooks Glenwood Springs, Doctor Robert’s four band members met a young boy whose birthday was on the day of the show. This year, he will be celebrating his big day with the band, yet again.
“We’ve kept in touch ever since,” Wright said. “This year he’ll be having his birthday party at the show and is learning a few songs to sing with us on stage,”
Since Music on the Mountain helps feed the community and puts smiles on so many of the concertgoers’ faces, Wright said the performances continue to be high points in the band’s short history.
“For us, being able to entertain and educate such a wide variety of people, and play such fun and challenging music at the same time, is very special and fulfilling as musicians,” he said. “The venue is very unique and unlike anything else we’ve ever played. The staff was very friendly and accommodating, which goes a long way when you’ve been on the road.”
Bob Stepniewski, Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park’s restaurant and retail manager, helps create the summer series lineup each year. He was excited to have Doctor Robert open the popular community series.
“We pick the bands for Music on the Mountain based on a combination of factors. For returning bands, we take into account how many people came up for the show, how many cans of food for LIFT-UP were donated and how many positive comments we received,” he said. “For our guests, classic rock bands are the biggest draws.”
In this season’s Summer of Music series, 11 concerts are scheduled, versus 10 in 2013.
“This is the most scheduled since the series began in 2009,” said the park’s marketing manager, Mandy Gauldin. “The first concert of the year coincides with today’s Summer Kick-off Party. The series continues with 10 additional concerts throughout June, August and September.”
Stepniewski said to expect a variety of music genres and new bands offered for a range of audience ages and musical tastes.
“We have two new bands this year, Poser, which is from the Basalt area, and The Goodman Band, which is out of Grand Junction,” he said. “We really try to keep it local with bands from the Roaring Fork and Grand valleys. Local bands have local followings, and that’s what we want to see.”