Robert Larrabee, the Alberta-based singer, songwriter, and impersonator, is coming back to where it all began.
After living place-to-place with his mother, Mr. Larrabee spent the formative years of his youth in Invermere when his mom married a local man. Mr. Larrabee stayed in the community until he was 15 and, as he puts it, realized he could stick his thumb out and go wherever he’d like.
He has been entertaining crowds since then as his whim takes him, from dinner theatre to original music to impressions of ‘the legends’ of music, for the past 33 years.
While he emulates different musicians during his shows, such as Elvis, Buddy Holly, and Roy Orbison, Mr. Larrabee does not really do impersonations; he does impressions.
“An impersonator usually does one impersonation and in some cases goes to great lengths to look like the individual,” he said.
An impression, on the other hand, means he takes creative license with the artist. For example, Mr. Larrabee will take a musician such as Ritchie Valens (most famous for his hit song ‘La Bamba’), and perform his classic tunes wearing a poncho and sombrero.
“I just have my own sense of humour and, fortunately, most people appreciate it,” commented Mr. Larrabee.
Aside from the covers, Mr. Larrabee also brings original music to his shows. He is currently working on his third album. He just finished writing a song about Glen Campbell, who was the son of a poor sharecropper from Arkansas and rose to fame, eventually landing gigs with big-time acts such as Elvis, and the Beach Boys.
“There’s a story to go with each song, and a lot of the songs are tributes to guys I grew up listening to,” Mr. Larrabee explained. “I love my own music. I love writing, and the whole thing about recording and tracking. To see it go from a poem or an idea, from a story into a song, I really enjoy that.”
Mr. Larrabee is bringing his one-man act to the Invermere Legion for two shows, Friday, October 13th and Saturday, October 14th. Tickets are $30. On Friday, the Legion is offering dinner as well, for an additional $15. Dinner is at 6 p.m., show starts at 8 p.m.
Reservations are required both nights. Call 250-342-9517 to book your spot now. For details, visit his website at http://www.robertlarrabee.org/.