Downtown Tuesday Nights jam packed with live bands

Dean-O-Holics cap off season of free summer music
By: Michelle Carl, Press Tribune Editor
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Visitors to the July 31 Downtown Tuesday Nights might be doing a double take: Was that Frank Sinatra I just saw on stage?

Downtown Tuesday Nights has a jam-packed lineup of live entertainment this summer, but the last show of the season will be a blast from the past as Roseville's own The Dean-O-Holics take the stage. And the gig just so happens to be a birthday celebration for one of Downtown Tuesday Nights' biggest fans.

The Dean-O-Holics play music from the lounge lizard era while singers impersonate the likes of Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Louis Armstrong and Marilyn Monroe.

"It's the Rat Pack - on steroids. It's not your grandparents' crooner show," says Bob Caudle, the "Dean" of the group (he serves both as the leader of the pack and portrays Dean Martin).

The tribute act performs at events all over the country, from Las Vegas to Seattle, so their Downtown Tuesday Nights show is a great opportunity to catch them at home - and skip the cover charge.

Caudle says the band is glad to be back after playing the event for the past couple years.

"Our musicians say it's unbelievable," he said. "And the people really appreciate it. They stop and say, whoa."

What audiences really appreciate is the musicianship. This isn't karaoke, Caudle says. The Dean-O-Holics have live musicians and singers, with up to 10 performers on stage at times.

They know all the standards ("Luck Be a Lady," "You're Nobody 'Til Somebody Loves You"), but audiences can expect the unexpected.

"We also mix it up," Caudle says. "We do a crooner version of 'Baby Got Back.'"

The group will perform as a special request to help celebrate the 100th birthday of longtime Downtown Tuesday Nights patron Isaac Ortiz.

Isaac and his wife Isabel Ortiz are a constant fixture at the Downtown Tuesday Nights stage.

"We love to dance," says Isabel Ortiz. "I don't even care what kind of music it is. We're the first ones up there dancing, and sometimes the only ones."

The Roseville couple met on the dance floor later in life and has been married for 29 years.

The Ortizes seldom miss a Tuesday night, so when they aren't at Downtown Tuesday Nights, their presence is missed.

"One time we were visiting Arizona and everyone thought we were sick," she says.


Downtown Tuesday Nights live bands

Mark your calendars to catch the following bands free this summer at Downtown Tuesday Nights, 5-9 p.m. each Tuesday on Vernon Street in Downtown Roseville.

May 22: Mad Dash

May 29: La Familia Loca

June 5: Catalyst

June 12: Decades

June 19: Renegade

June 26: Fortunate Few

July 3: Low Down Dirty Dawgs

July 10: Road 88

July 17: Jenny Lynne and her Real Gone Daddies

July 24: The 8 Tracks

July 31: The Dean-O-Holics