Rob Drabkin

  • Rob Drabkin
  • Genre
    Jam Rock
  • Date
    Sunday 08/14/2016
  • Time
    3:00 PM - 3:45 PM
  • Place
    Old Town Square Stage
  • The music of Rob Drabkin is spirited in nature, light from the heart and rocking on the six-string acoustic. His '70s style afro is as unavoidable as his ubiquitous grin, but it'€™s his music that's put him on national tours and landed him sets at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in his hometown of Colorado. Drabkin'€™s full-band performances are high-energy that blend improvisation and rock while retaining an earnest singer-songwriter background.

    Drabkin assembled a dream powerhouse band; featuring Brian McRae on drums, Bijoux Barbosa on bass, Eric Moon on keys and Dave Preston on electric guitar. Drabkin and his band have become a force in the live scene, touring nationally as headliners and supporting acts such as the John Butler Trio, Trevor Hall, and Big Head Todd & The Monsters.

    Drabkin has made impressive creative strides in the past few years. The new nine-track album "€œLittle Steps"€ shows just how far he's come. With earnestness and originality, Drabkin and his band thrive within stylistic excursions that range from driving folk-rock to understated experiments with classical musicians.

    His powerful vocals and syncopated guitar drive the soaring opener "€œFor You I Would Die"€ and his strumming complements top-notch keyboard and percussion work. "€œLittle Steps,"€ the title track, takes the listener from zero to 60 on the first downbeat as a lively horn section heralds a sophisticated, feel-good rock song that would make Drabkin a natural to join Dave Matthews or Paul Simon on stage.

    In 2012, Drabkin released one of the most unique live albums to come out of Colorado, "€œLive at the Bluebird Theater 1.19.12."€ On this night, the band released a brand new set of originals, as well as a cover of the legendary Paul Simon album "€œGraceland."€ The sold-out show generated so much buzz that the Boulder Theater and similar clubs around the country solicited Drabkin to headline.

    Since then, theaters, festivals and Triple A radio stations around the country have made Drabkin a staple in the national scene. He has received multiple invitations to perform live in KBCO along with considerable airplay on Sirius XM, Music Choice, KINK and Triple M Radio.

    His career is in full motion as his latest effort "€œLittle Steps"€ prepares him for his next national tour.