Betts plans to reunite with Dr. Bob
Jeffrey Howrey, the white-haired founder of the band, Dr. Bob, will reunite with his cofounder, vocalist and bass player Betsy "Betts" Pott for this Saturday’s performance at Cisero’s Nightclub. The show will also, in part, be in celebration of Pott’s 50th birthday. She currently resides in Portland, Oreg., and for the past 10 years has played in the band Skyhouse.
Pott used to bartend and manage at old nightspots, Mileti’s (now Bistro 412), the Hula Bowl (now Grappa) and the Alamo (now the No Name Saloon.)
According to Howrey, Pott was "the yin to my yang People liked her about as much as they didn’t like me. She was always nice, even if she was in a bad mood. I always had the bad attitude." Howrey, who now leads a different configuration of Dr. Bob, says that the original band was formed in 1981. He estimates that between 1982 and 1997 (the year Pott left) Dr. Bob performed more than 2,000 shows on Main Street. The band dubs its music, "politically-charged music of the working man."
"We’re that high-energy party band, a little Sex Pistolish, with an anarchist approach and of course, it got kind of erratic toward the end of the late-90s," he says. "We were all sort of beaten up, Betts left and even I took a break."
Dr. Bob has recorded five CDs of original music, all available at Park City’s Orion’s Music. The band plans to release a downloadable video on its Web site, soon, as well as a three-CD retrospective disk set. The current configuration of the band features drummer Greg Friedman, guitarist Carl Roehmann, singer Sean Newey and bassist/vocalist Lisa Marie Wood, who sometimes plays with Salt Lake City band, Lisa Marie and the Codependents.
"We’re still an active band we just played the Sidecar a few weekends ago," notes Howrey. "We’re some of the last dinosaur bands form the old days, but in our semi-elderly way, we’re still out of control. We never retired."
Saturday, Nov. 10, Betts is scheduled to return again to Main Street for a one night only reunion performance with the Dr. Bob band, at Cisero’s Nightclub beginning at 9 p.m.
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