DOCO plays Boone Jan. 20

Article Published: Jan. 13, 2011 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011
DOCO plays Boone Jan. 20

Raleigh-based DOCO will perform Jan. 20 in Boone.

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It's a band, and if you ask where the name comes from, you'll get a lengthy (but worth it) explanation from drummer David Burkart.

"The name DOCO actually comes from an acronym for an oil company that John Wilkes Booth was a part of," he said.

That's the simple explanation.

Booth, famous for Abraham Lincoln's assassination, first made headlines for his acting career.

"He was somewhat of a celebrity who was loved by a lot of people," Burkart said. "He ended up investing all his money with a bunch of his other acting buddies into an oil venture ... they named it the Dramatic Oil Company (DoCo)."

The company tanked, and he lost his investment.

"With that he also lost his career, and I think it must have affected him personally in some ways," Burkart said. "The next major moment that he appears in history, he's assassinating President Lincoln."

DoCo, he said, may have been the catalyst.

"The other two guys in the band (Trevor and Josh Booth) ... they are somewhat removed descendants of John Wilkes Booth," he said. "We decided it was rather interesting and kind of revolutionary, this thing in this guy's life where he went from famous celebrity ... to the most hated person in America."
Summing up a long story? DOCO is a band.

"The music that we make is kind of a hodge podge of our collective influences," Burkart said.
Think hip hop inserted into fresh electric, rhythm, the kind of music you stand up and move with.
"I like to say it's kind of like a rock-funk-reggae blend," he said.

The Raleigh-based trio started playing together years ago but formed a band during college at N.C. State five years ago. Now, one self-produced album in, they’re prepping a professional album set to be released later this year. Things are starting to set off for the rockers, who have played Cafe Portofino and Flipside on past Boone treks.

"We play all sorts of random places, biker bars in Florida, ski resorts out in Colorado," Burkart said.
And Thursday, Jan. 20, DOCO's ( joining local jammers Airhorse ( at the Boone Saloon (489 W. King St.). Expect a $5 cover.

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