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 delve more deeply into the blues archive. Jim, who’d played on and off with them over the years was a natural choice to keep the beat. To find the right guitarist 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 and Ryan. Together they’ve put together a collection of songs that are danceable, 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.
Jim has been keeping the beat since he was 13. Bringing his, diverse experience, Jim has played in Rock, Blues, R&B, and Country bands. He was even in a traveling polka band at the age of 15. Jim has played in venues both lofty and low down from New Haven to Rhode Island. He, together with Bob Young on bass, provide the rock-solid rhythm section that drives the sound of Dr. G and the Believers.
Ryan Piccolo received his training at Berklee College of Music as well as Rhode Island College, where he received his B.A. in Music with a minor in Jazz Studies. Ryan is fortunate to have studied with Fred Lipsius (Blood, Sweat and Tears), Greg Abate (internationally-renowned jazz saxophonist) and Ian Greitzer (Principal Clarinetist for the Boston Pops Orchestra). He gives private lessons and is also the Band Director at St. Michael School in Pawcatuck, CT. He has opened for a number of national acts and is currently a member of several local bands in addition to Dr. G and the Believers.