Dr. G and the Believers is a band from Southeastern Connecticut that specializes in high energy, blues-based, upbeat music. Dr. G and Bob Y have been playing together in the Boathouse Blues Band for about 14 years and decided to start another group to focus on a dance-able mix of blues and R&B. To find the right guitarist, drummer and a horn to round out the sound they wanted, they spent a lot of time in local blues jams meeting and playing with new musicians until the mix gelled with Mark, Steve and Joel. Together they’ve put together a collection of songs that are dance-able, fun and funky and honed their sound into a tight and soulful blues machine that will get your blood pumping, fingers snapping and feet moving!
BOB GAROFALO (AKA DR. G)
Lead vocals, harmonica and keyboards
Bob, aka Dr. G, has been hooked on the blues since high school and he’s been playing blues harmonica and keys since then. He, along with Bob Young, are founding members of the Boathouse Blues Band, which hails from Niantic, CT, and he has also played with several bands in the DC area. He started this new project to focus on high energy, upbeat blues tunes and he has recruited four experienced area musicians that share his enthusiasm for this music. He has dug deep to find blues and ‘blues-infused’ songs that will make you want to get up and shake it. The Blues Doctor is in and this is blues to cure what ails you!
Bob Young is a self-taught musician who picked up the bass in college and has taken the deep dive into blues, funk, and classic rock, in the local music scene while living and playing previously in California and Texas (still recovering from the passing of John Paul Jones and John Entwistle!). Bob is a founding member of Dr. G and the Believers as well as the Boathouse Blues Band, in addition to filling in with other local bands.
Mark's guitar training was in Rock and Blues. He grew up in the Berkshires and his early experience there included stints in several bands: Foxfire, The Al Carson Band,
The Jeff James Band, and Trilogy. In Trilogy, Mark had the opportunity to play many gigs with Terry Hall (drummer) and Danny Velika (bass player) of "Shenandoah", Arlo Guthrie's back-up band of 14 years. In the Al Carson Band, Mark opened up for several recording artists, including NRBQ. Mark also has an interest in rock and Jazz, close relatives of the Blues.
Steve Smigiel began a lifelong journey playing drums at age 10 and studied under local legend Ernest Centoscudi. He also has performed locally as an acoustic guitar “Band of One”. After retiring from a career in non-profit accounting, Steve has been a regular jammer and drum host on the local jam scene and has played with a number of local bands including most recently the Night Shakers blues band. “I grew up playing “classic rock” when it was just ‘rock’ but love the history, feel and joy of performing the up tempo blues of Dr. G and the Believers.”
Joel Caputo is a saxophonist and music educator from Hopkinton, RI. As a student at the University of Rhode Island, he has earned a bachelor’s degree in music education and is working towards a master’s degree in music performance. Joel has had the privilege of performing in a variety of settings across the New England area, including the Newport Jazz Festival, regional conferences of the North American Saxophone Alliance, and the International Saxophone Symposium. Currently, he is playing in multiple local groups in addition to Dr. G and the Believers, and is also teaching students in private lessons.