By Janet Cruz
Disc Jockeys at Kokomo Beach Club have been spinning music in Lake Havasu City for many years.
One DJ many may recognize is DJ “Robbie Rob” who has seen it all in Lake Havasu City.
Robert Mitchell moved to Lake Havasu City from West Covina, Calif., in 1969 with his family before the London Bridge’s famous dedication took place. In fact, Mitchell remembers attending as a young child with his family in 1971 when the completed bridge was formally dedicated.
“I was probably about 5 years old at the time,” Mitchell said.
His mother soon began work at the Nautical Inn, and also sewed uniforms for employees that worked at a local pub, which was once located under the London Bridge. Mitchell’s father drove a double decker tourist bus in town. Mitchell rode in the bus during the first London Bridge Days parade on the day of the London Bridges Dedication.
When Mitchell began attending school, his love of break dancing and music came into play.
“I was known as the kid who loved dancing, and creating break-dancing routines,” Mitchell said.
He soon began attending competitions and started his DJ work at Hussongs Cantina, which was a very popular club located in Lake Havasu City. He was spinning music on a pontoon boat that used to circle the channel known as the “Budweiser Boat” and also Copper Canyon in the ’90s. Mitchell was the drummer at Lake View Community church for over 25 years.
Fast forward a few years, and Mitchell has been spending his time spinning music at Kokomo’s as the resident DJ at the DJ booth near the main bar.
“I have seen it all, from the music trends in the ’70s, ’80s, ’90s and today. The most requested songs I am asked to play currently are songs by Bad Bunny,” Mitchell said.
When Mitchell isn’t spinning music, he loves Classic Rock when he’s driving or smooth Jazz when relaxing at home.
“I think all types of music has a time and place. Those are my favorite music genres to listen to when I am am taking time to take it easy,” he said.
Fun Facts about Dj “Robbie Rob”
Favorite Food: Tacos
Favorite Hobbies: Relaxing by the pool, spending time with family.
Celebrities he’s seen pass through Kokomo: A lot! Some of those include Vanilla Ice, Jordon Sparks, Coolio, Will Smith, Martin Lawrence, Pauley Shore, Lil’ Jon and so many more. Mitchell’s favorite celeb he interacted with is Vanilla Ice.
“I was here when MTV would film their Spring Break live remotes in the ’90s. It was really a thing back then.”
Future Plans: “I plan to retire and travel. I love to travel.” Mitchell said. “I would also use that time to spend it with my grandkids once I do retire.” Mitchell has four children and 11 grandchildren.
Fun fact no one would know about Mitchell: He is a Neil Diamond and John Denver fan!
You can find DJ Robbie Rob spinning his tunes at Kokomo’s Beach Club from 9 p.m. to close at the main bar.
For more information visithttps://kokomohavasu.com/