The Bobs announce their "Farewell" Tour
It’s been a 35 year enjoyable and successful run with The Bobs, thousands of live shows, hundreds of original songs, and some 16 albums recorded. My thanks and appreciation to all the members of the various iterations of the group: Gunnar, Matthew, Janie, Joe, Lori, Amy, Dan and Angie. My enormous thanks also to all the folks who have come to our concerts and purchased our recorded music.
We’ve decided to stop touring and concentrate on our various individual efforts in music. We've finished our May California and Pacific NW tour, but have another round of East Coast gigs coming up in the fall.
Why now? You might ask. It’s mostly because of location and logistics. The current line up will be spread across the US as of June; Matthew in Seattle, Dan in Minneapolis/St Paul, Angie in San Francisco and Richard in Virginia. Even the Bobs might need to rehearse occasionally…….That said, as dates get booked we’ll be sure to let all of y’all know about our upcoming schedule.
New Wave, Old School, and Cutting - Edge, Quality A Cappella Since 1981
Manhattan Transfer meets Monty Python…Robin Williams meets Bobby McFerrin…J.S. Bach meets Jimi Hendrix: Grammy-nominated vocal acrobats (and certifiable nutjobs), that’s THE BOBS. This original “band without instruments” has been skewering the classics, breaking all the rules and clear-cutting their own unique path in the world of vocal music for over 30 years, playing everywhere from Lincoln Center to Berlin’s Passionkirche. To quote one reviewer, “…the Bobs still shine, breaking new ground each time they tunnel out of the sanitorium. The twin keys to the group’s creative safe deposit box are unflagging dedication to vocal excellence and utter disregard for everything else.”
“Some performers are brilliant comedians, some are genius musicians, and some just make you happy to be alive. THE BOBS are all of that — and then some.” - Paul Provenza
“The Bobs–entering their second quarter-century of unparalleled acapella excellence. Bring it on.” – Harry Shearer
In 1983, The Bobs put out their first self-titled album. This record earned the group a Grammy nomination and pretty much re-wrote all the rules for vocal group music. “Instrumental” arrangements, dissonance, vocal percussion, ringing harmonics and melodic solo voices all linked with quirkily comedic material—these are the trademark sound of The Bobs—a sound and style that has since been emulated by a cappella groups around the planet.
Now, after 30 years of recording and touring, The Bobs finally take an overdue item off their “bucket list”—the “concept album.” Richard Bob, Dan Bob, Angie Bob and Matthew Bob have recorded an album of songs about famous (and not-quite-so famous) historical figures. The album title is “Biographies.” All the songs share a unifying theme—in some way, shape or form each song tells the life story of (or at least an event in the life of) some notables throughout history—also some obscure persons who will become notables after everyone hears the songs.
To read or download a pdf of all the lyrics click HERE.