D o r o j o

Big Book

Musically, Dorojo features a large repertoire (over 300 songs), and they cover many genres including folk, pop, blues, jazz, country, traditional, bluegrass, Hawaiian slack key, indie rock, alternative, and jam band.  They also perform creative original tunes and improvised instrumentals.

Multi-instrumentalist Don Reed won first and second place awards for guitar and mandolin at the Topanga Banjo & Fiddle Contest, Cal State Fullerton Banjo & Fiddle Contest, and the Fellow’s Guitar & Banjo Festival.  He plays all styles and has performed with Dick Dale and the Deltones, Jackie Deshannon, J.J. Cale, and Ian Tyson, among others.

Acoustic Bassist, Robin Rabens has been a music teacher, choir and orchestra leader for over twenty years.  Also a pianist, Robin took up the bass in 1992 to accompany Balkan music, country blues, and fiddle tunes camps. Robin is known for keeping rock solid bass rhythm that forms the foundation of Dorojo’s sound.

Guitarist and lead vocalist, Joey Latimer has performed professionally since 1975, mostly in Southern California at Orange County beaches, the mountains of Idyllwild, and the Palm Springs area.  He studied guitar--with special emphasis on finger picking blues--from many renowned teachers including Del Ray, Steve James, John Jackson, Orville Johnson, John Cephus, and Howard “Louie-Bluie” Armstrong.  Joey learned Hawaiian slack key guitar style while living in Hawaii.  His vocal styles range from soft and soothing to jazzy and bluesy.

Idyllwild Beginnings

Don, Robin, and Joey began playing together in 2002 after trading licks at music jams in Idyllwild.  They formed Dorojo and quickly made a reputation as one of the most exciting and entertaining groups performing in the mountain music scene. The group became mainstays at Idyllwild's Café Aroma, The Creekhouse, and Arriba Mexican Restaurant, as well as local events including the Idyllwild Jazz Festival, Idyllwild Wildflower Show, Lemon Lily Festival, Idyllwild Earth Fair and Sunnylands in Rancho Mirage.​