The Bobs include Boothbay Harbor Opera House during final tour

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It all started when Western Onion went bust, leaving all singing telegram deliverers broke and unemployed. Thus began the Great San Francisco Singing Telegram Depression of 1981. Gunnar Madsen and Matthew Stull came together, rehearsed and debuted with a friend at an open mic in a Cuban restaurant. They sang “Psycho Killer,” “A White Sport Coat,” and a few others. The audience loved them. The Bobs were born - that was 35 years ago.  This fall this iconic a cappella group goes on tour for the last time, and comes to the Opera House in Boothbay Harbor for the very first time on Saturday, Oct. 14.

Highlights of the group’s career include performing with Jason Alexander on the Emmy Awards telecast, a Grammy nomination; featured in a tribute special on comedian Andy Kaufman for NBC, on PBS’ Great Performances in “The Beatles Songbook” and in a special with Harry Shearer for HBO. The group returned to Lincoln Center in 2001 to headline the prestigious American Songbook Series and recently collaborated with The Flying Karamazov Brothers in “A Comedy of Eras” at Seattle’s A Contemporary Theater.  or more on the group, visit

The four-some has been described by the Seattle Times as “a musical equivalent of a Gary Larson drawing,” using just their voices and body percussion to fill a room with an orchestra of harmonious sound.  They have left an indelible mark on vocal music, expertly skewering standards and establishing their own hilarious norms. 

 The performance at the Opera House in Boothbay Harbor marks their only Maine concert before they take a final swing through the northeastern U.S. If you’ve never heard them before, listen in tonight. If you’ve been to their concerts, come again,  Advance tickets $25, day of show $30. The Opera House box office is located at 86 Townsend Avenue and is open Tuesday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. or by calling 633-5159. Doors open at 7 p.m., The Bobs take to the stage at 7:30.

Event Date: 
Sat, 10/14/2017 - 7:30pm
86 Townsend Avenue
Boothbay Harbor  Maine  04538