Come together with Doctor Robert in the Radio Room
WHAT: Doctor Robert, The Beatles Tribute concert
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Thurs., Oct. 17
WHERE: Radio Room, 1310 Ute Ave.
COST: $10 for KAFM members; $15 for nonmembers
INFO: 970-241-8801, Ext. 223; kafmradio.org
Unlike a lot of Beatles tribute bands, Doctor Robert does not try to impersonate the Beatles. Members do not wear wigs, assume British accents or try and recreate themselves as John, Paul, George and Ringo.
“We do wear (Ed Sullivan-style) suits as a nod to the Beatles,” bass and rhythm guitar player and vocalist Kevin Reinert said. “Besides that, we’re ourselves playing Beatles music.”
Plus, there’s a woman in the band — Karen Janssen (who wears a black mod-style dress) who plays piano, rhythm guitar, mandolin, bass, percussion,and sings. The other two band members are Casey Falter who sings and plays lead and rhythm guitar, and drummer Ben Wright who also plays piano and sings one song.
Reinert was inspired to form a Beatles tribute band three years ago after attending a wedding where a group performed all Beatles songs at the reception.
“Everybody was singing and dancing,” Reinert said. “I was blown away how much fun it was.”
The Crested Butte-based band has performed in clubs and events in New Mexico and throughout Colorado, including 320 South in Breckenridge, Macky Auditorium in Boulder, and on Oct. 17 they’ll play in Grand Junction at the Radio Room, 1310 Ute Ave.
“We try and bring a modern energy to the music,” Reinert said.
Doctor Robert (which is also the title of a song penned by John Lennon) knows 108 songs from the Beatles catalog, thus, every concert is different and not a set show — another thing that sets Doctor Robert apart from other tribute bands, Reinert said.
“It has been amazing to watch people of all ages and backgrounds at our shows, singing and dancing to familiar songs they love. You know you’ve ‘struck the right chord’ when grandmas and grandpas are kicking up their heels right next to groups of jumping toddlers, or when the serious guy at the back table is smiling and singing along from the first note we play to the last,” said Janssen in a news release.
Once they became hugely popular, the Beatles played only 30-minute sets that could be barely heard over the screams of adoring fans, according to the news release. With so many great songs from which to choose, Doctor Robert enjoys playing for much longer, Reinert said.
Tickets to Thursday’s concert are $10 for KAFM Community Radio members, and $15 for nonmembers. For more information, call 970-241-8801.
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