Doc Grober and the Mudcats: New Orleans Jazz
Doc Grober is a beloved Treasure Coast personality and a Lyric favorite. The retired orthopedic surgeon who served as team physician for the New York and St. Lucie Mets has brought his band, the Mudcats, and his love for jazz to the theater for many years. This year, he’ll pay tribute to the jazz of New Orleans. .
Grober put himself through the University of Pennsylvania by playing the piano in a band called Ron Grober’s Quaker City Rhythm Kings. While he was going to medical school and through his surgical training, he put his love of music on hold. Grober became an orthopedic surgeon, known throughout the area for his skill with a scalpel. He had the honor of becoming the team physician for the St. Lucie Mets and the New York Mets.
He couldn’t stay away from music for long. Several years ago, the Pelican Yacht Club in Fort Pierce needed a fill-in band for an event. The doctor put together a band for a one-time gig. The manager at the Pelican came up with the name the Mudcats, after a catfish indigenous to Mississippi. While the players in the band have changed over the years, the name stuck.
This year, Doc Grober returns to The Lyric with the Mudcats to showcase his love for New Orleans jazz. His shows are always high energy and filled with anecdotes and bits of history that put the toe-tapping music in its fascinating context. It makes for a great night of jazz from one of our own.