Eight musicians from Houston and the Greater Houston region are coming together to honor the work of Burt Bacharach, an American composer and songwriter, in a special concert Feb. 9 at Dosey Doe-The Big Barn in Spring.

The setup

Rankin Peters, a member of the Kelley Peters Trio, a local band in Montgomery County, said he wanted to celebrate Burt Bacharach's music and its influence in the community.

"When I first got this idea, I knew I didn't want to do it anywhere else but Dosey Doe-The Big Barn," Peters said. "When I presented the idea to Steve [Said], the owner, he thought it was a great idea."

The Kelley Peters Trio, consisting of Rankin, his brother Tommy and his daughter Kelley, will join five other Houston musicians:
  • Gigi Nitzberge
  • David Caceres
  • Felix DeLeon
  • Tim Solook
  • Larry Ratajczak
The concert will includes a 23-set playlist with the band covering some of Bacharach's biggest hits, such as:
  • "I Say a Little Prayer for You"
  • "Raindrops are Falling on My Head"
  • "What the World Needs Now is Love"
  • "Close to You"
  • "That's What Friends are For"
"Every genre has performed [Bacharach's] songs over the decades," Tommy Peters said. "It covers everything from pop to rock, and that's part of Burt's magic—his music is timeless."

The backstory

Rankin Peters said the reason he wanted to perform the concert at the Dosey Doe venue ties in with Bacharach's influence in helping to establish The Big Barn as an entertainment venue in the region after it opened in 2006.

"One of Burt's songs called, 'Raindrops Falling on My Head,' was a big record for a Houston artist called B.J. Thomas," he said. "That was the soundtrack for the movie, 'Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid.'"

Thomas reached out to Said to ask about performing at Dosey Doe after it opened, Peters said.

"After it was over, B.J. told Steve, 'That was great. I had a great time. I'm going to tell all my pals about it,'" Peters said. "So, because of the connection with B.J. and him spreading the word, that's really how Dosey Doe got on the map."

The event

The concert "Celebrating Burt Bacharach" will be held approximately a year after his death. Bacharach died Feb. 8, 2023.