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Above: Rob plays his song “The Quiet Hours”
Meet Rob Romano, a junior in the Mason Gross School of the Arts who is majoring in Printmaking. When he is not making works of art, you’ll find him with a guitar in hand going by the name of “Professor Caveman.” Rob began playing the bass when he was in seventh grade, but discovered the guitar soon after and once he started, he couldn’t put it down.
Rob has played at numerous basement shows around New Brunswick and has also performed at Hidden Grounds and Huntington Poetry Club. He has played several shows in Manhattan as well. Rob is inspired by artists like Devendra Banhart, the Talking Heads, Minutemen, and Jimmy Hendrix. He has written several songs including “The Quiet Hours,” “Black,” and “Coconut Congo 64.”
When Rob takes the stage, he never fails to get the crowd laughing within a few minutes of speaking. However, the laughter quickly subsides once he begins to play. His eclectic vocals, skillful tapping, and thoughtful lyrics mesmerize the audience. He may even add a bit of Portuguese. That is, his own version of Portuguese. His between-song banter gets the crowd laughing all over again. He’ll probably throw in a surprise or two by the end of the show.
When asked what he loves most about music, Rob said:
It’s the only way I can communicate properly. There are certain things I can’t put into words, so sometimes music is the only way I can get my message across. It’s an outlet. Sometimes I write poetry but it always ends up becoming a song.”
If he could play a show anywhere, Rob would play in the middle of the desert or in outer space. In other words, if you realize that it’s been a while since you last saw him, rest assured that he is most likely strumming away on his guitar in one of these places…or he’s being a professor in a cave somewhere. Wherever he is, he will surely be serenading fortunate ears.
On November 11th, Rob will be recording an album in the Converse Rubber Tracks Recording Studio in Brooklyn, so keep an eye out for its release! He will also be releasing a lovely festive album entitled “A Professor Caveman Christmas” in December, which will feature renditions of some favorite Christmas classics, covering artists from Dean Martin to Bing Crosby.
To keep up-to-date on Rob’s show schedule and such, like his Facebook page called “Professor Caveman“
To listen to his tunes, go here —> professorcaveman.bandcamp.com
By Jen Conover
Thanks to videographers Nick Rapon and Derek Springsteen