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Rob Drabkin Band plays free show in Eagle Thursday

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EAGLE — It’s hard to miss someone with an afro as large as Rob Drabkin’s, but even without it, it would be just as difficult to miss his talents. Drabkin and his band will play a free show at the ShowDown Town concert series Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at Eagle Town Park in Eagle.

The jazz, flip-flop rock and funk musician learned to play guitar by sneaking Guns N’ Roses and Metallica cassettes into his house at a young age, but decided to focus on his academics rather than pursuing a career in music. It wasn’t until he traveled to New York with his father years later that he was inspired to leave the lab coat behind and make singing and songwriting his number one priority.

“Lots of people can sing, and lots of people can play guitar, but very few people can blow an audience away with both at the same time,” raves Jesse Walker, from Colorado Music Buzz.

Drabkin has assembled a talented group of musicians to perform with, including “Bijoux” Barbosa on bass, Brian McRae on drums, Eric Moon on keyboards and occasionally his father, Harry Drabkin, on saxophone.

“On These Heavy Feet” is Drabkin’s first full length album and features up-beat songs like “Little Steps,” along with melodic stories like “She Comes and Goes.”

“I’m having a great time making music, and I just want to inspire others to go after what will truly make them happy. Maybe that’s why I keep my hair a bit crazy. I just want to be expressive and keep creating music.”

ShowDown Town concerts take place Thursday evenings in July and August at 6:30 p.m., with children’s activities also highlighting family friendly evenings in the park. Face painting, balloon animals and character sketches are just a few things to look forward to in addition to the free concerts. For additional information on the concert series, visit http://www.showdowntownfreeconcerts.com. For more on the foundation, visit http://www.vvf.org.


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