A voracious listener of traditional music from around the world, Rob draws from genres such as hi-life, griot, bossa nova, and classic jazz to create a backdrop for songs about real and fictional characters. Unlike Rob, these colorful characters get involved in such endeavors as riding public transit in West Africa, surviving lightning strikes, and holding up banks.
When performing live Rob varies his arrangements, often using a looping station to layer percussion, vocal harmonies, guitar, and kitchenware. Though lacking basic driving skills and completely devoid of road sense, Rob has brought his solo act out to countless venues ranging from coffee shops to restaurants, farmers markets to neighborhood taverns, and charity events to house concerts.
On stage, Rob is often accompanied by one or more of the following:
El Papagayo Grande (a.k.a. Boss RC-50)
El Papagayo Rojo Con Pilas (a.k.a. Boss RC-20)
El Papagayo Automatico (a.k.a. Digitech Jamman)