Two Nevada Union High School grads have teamed up to raise the bar for professional entertainment and promotion in western Nevada County.
Bob Caudle and Robert G. Wilkes are marking a year together as B&B Events & Entertainment. They opened an office last year on Mill Street in downtown Grass Valley, then moved recently to a space inside the Holbrooke Hotel. A ribbon-cutting is planned for 5:30 p.m., Feb. 7.
This new enterprise unites 50 years of experience in event planning, musicianship, DJ hosting, photography, special effects and networking at the local, state and national levels.
People can now book their own event, large or small, with the expanding DJ business.
“We’re going to train the DJs … to work the way we like to have it done,” Wilkes said.
They are united in their love of their hometown. Wilkes has been active in local fundraisers and believes “in paying it forward,” he said.
Over Christmas, some may have seen Caudle dressed in turn-of-the-century garb at Santa’s Workshop, hosted by the Grass Valley Downtown Association.
B&B events coming up include a performance by Caudle’s 25-piece band, the Dean-o-Holics, on Valentine’s Day at the Grass Valley Veterans Memorial Building. The show will benefit the Grass Valley and Nevada City chambers of commerce.
Recently, the duo organized a New Year’s Eve bash at the vets building to benefit the American Legion. They also organized last weekend’s bridal show at three Grass Valley venues, hosted by the chambers of commerce.
They also host the “Dirty Martini Traveling Piano Bar” at 6 p.m. every Thursday at Kane’s Restaurant, in downtown Grass Valley and at 7 p.m. the first Friday of the month at the Holbrooke Hotel.
“You give to the community, and it eventually gives back,” Caudle added.
Caudle is better known as “Dean Martin” of the Dean-o-Holics, a Rat Pack impersonator band that has played at events and conventions around the United States for 10 years.
Caudle graduated from NU in 1982, served a stint in the U.S. Navy, moved to Roseville and started River City DJ in 1989. That work evolved to include booking and organizing events such as Jimmy Buffett festivals. He also owned and operated a wedding venue where he could marry a couple, take their photos and tend bar, he said.
Wilkes is better known as DJ Bobby “G” of Bobby “G” Productions and Independent Productions in Grass Valley. In high school, he sang in a couple of youth bands. At 16, in the same year Caudle started River City DJ, Wilkes started his own DJ business.
Wilkes graduated in 1988 and started a family soon after, working for Express Mart Convenience Stores and Safeway Stores, he said. On weekends, he worked DJ gigs at weddings and special events, expanding into promotion.
His philosophy of taking care of his customers “from start to finish” made Bobby “G” the leading wedding and party DJ in The Union’s Best Of competition for seven years straight, he said.
“I love weddings,” Wilkes added. “I love to see when people are in love and having a good time.”
Wilkes and Caudle had heard of each other over the years.
“I wasn’t looking to get back into the DJ-event stuff,” Caudle recalled of his move back to Nevada County a year ago. “Then I ran into Bobby, and he got me motivated. We were on the same page.”
Now a grandfather, Wilkes is enjoying the chance to expand his work in the entertainment field, he said.
Since coming home, Caudle added, “I’m having the time of my life getting to know everybody again.”
Freelance writer Trina Kleist can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 530-575-6132.