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The Doobie Brothers to appear at Gregg Allman’s Laid Back Festival

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Legendary performer Gregg Allman will both headline and curate the inaugural Laid Back Festival August 29 at Nikon at Jones Beach Theater in Wantagh, New York.

Allman has put together a lineup that includes the Doobie Brothers, Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers, Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band and City Of The Sun.  More acts will be announced soon. Jones Beach will host two stages for the Laid Back Festival which will also feature food and drink from over 20 regional restaurants, wineries and breweries.

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Talking (life, love, music and) Motorcycles with Patrick Simmons of the Doobie Brothers!

This Wednesday evening, April 8, 2015- Patrick Simmons of the Doobie Brothers will be Barry Boone’s guest for the full hour on Talking Motorcycles with Barry Boone.  Patrick is passionate about vintage motorcycles and recently completed another coast to coast ride in the Motorcycle Cannonball on his 1914 Harley-Davidson.

The bonus is that Patrick will be joined on the show by his wife Cris Summer Simmons. She has been a major player in motorcycling for many years and recently released her third book on the subject, The Cannonball Dairy.

You can read more HERE

And be sure to listen tonight LIVE at 8:00 PM Eastern- HERE


The Doobie Brothers are getting a new award to add to their collection, ASCAP’s Voice of Music Award.

The Doobie Brothers have been touring and making music for forty years, they have defined generations, and wowed audiences around the world. The group started playing in 1970 and are still going strong today. With an already incredible list of accolades, The Doobie Brothers are about to add ASCAP’s Voice of Music Award to the list.

Five must see bands at Tortuga Music Festival

AXS compiled a list of the five must see bands at this year’s Tortuga Music Festival and The Doobie Brothers were in the  #1 slot!

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The Doobie Brothers, KISS and St. Vincent to be Honored at ASCAP Pop Awards


The Doobie Brothers to be Honored by ASCAP at the Pop Music Awards in Los Angeles.     Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) will honor The Doobie Brothers with the Voice of Music Award at the 32nd Annual ASCAP Pop Music Awards in Los Angeles on April 29. The award, which is presented to an artist or group whose music gives voice to the spirit of a generation, is a fitting tribute for The Doobie Brothers who have been rockin’ audiences for over four decades and have sold over 48 million albums. Other honorees include rock heavyweights KISS, who will receive the ASCAP Founders Award, and St. Vincent, who will be presented with the Vanguard Award at the invitation-only gala taking place at the Lowes Hollywood Hotel.

Receiving the ASCAP Voice of Music Award, The Doobie Brothers take their place among a stellar list of past honorees including: Mary J. Blige, Garth Brooks, Kenny Chesney, Daddy Yankee, Luis Fonsi, Amy Grant, George Strait, Diane Warren and Jimmy Webb.

Formed in 1969 by Patrick Simmons and Tom Johnston, The Doobie Brothers made their mark with a run of punchy hits on Warner Bros. Records, attaining radio and chart ubiquity in the early ’70s. Michael McDonald, whose soaring vocals pushed the band to new commercial and critical heights, later augmented the group’s line-up. Their #1 singles “Black Water” and “What a Fool Believes” lead a catalog of indelible songs that includes “Listen to the Music,” “Jesus Is Just Alright,” “Rockin’ Down the Highway,” “Long Train Runnin’,” “China Grove,” “Take Me in Your Arms,” “Takin’ It to the Streets,” “Minute by Minute,” “You Belong to Me,” “The Doctor” and more. In all, The Doobies have tallied four Grammys, five top 10 singles and 16 top 40 hits. Beginning with their multi-million-selling sophomore collection Toulouse Street, The Doobies have three multi-platinum, seven platinum, 14 gold albums and a rare diamond album for their Best of the Doobies, which has sold over 12 million copies. In November, The Doobies released their 14th album Southbound, featuring new recordings of their best-loved songs in duet with country superstars Brad Paisley, Blake Shelton, Toby Keith, Zac Brown Band, Jerrod Niemann, Sara Evans and more.

KISS is one of the most influential rock and roll bands of all time, selling over 100 million albums worldwide in their 40-year career. Formed in the early 1970s, KISS has achieved staggering career milestones, boasting decades of record-breaking tours around the globe. Today, the KISS “brand” has infiltrated pop culture with its unforgettable personas Starchild, Demon, Spaceman and Cat. With hits like “Strutter,” “Shout It Out Loud,” “Detroit Rock City,” “Rock and Roll All Nite,” “Christine Sixteen,” “I Was Made for Lovin’ You” and “Beth,” KISS has 28 gold albums.

The ASCAP Vanguard Award recognizes the impact of musical genres that help shape the future of American music. St. Vincent joins previous ASCAP Vanguard Award honorees including The All-American Rejects, Arcade Fire, Band of Horses, Beastie Boys, Beck, Björk, Sara Bareilles, Diplo, fun., Jack Johnson, The Killers, Modest Mouse and The Strokes.

American singer-songwriter St. Vincent began her career as a solo artist in 2007 with the release of her debut album Marry Me. After her work was featured on two of The Twilight Saga motion picture soundtracks, St. Vincent went on to create her renowned self-titled fourth studio album, which topped countless Best of 2014 critics lists and garnered her a 2015 Grammy Award for Best Alternative Album. Having opened shows for such acts as The Black Keys and Arcade Fire, St. Vincent is now taking the front of the stage with performances at the Coachella and Sasquatch Festivals this year, putting this multi-instrumentalist at the forefront of alternative music.

The 32nd ASCAP Pop Music Awards precede the 10th annual ASCAP “I Create Music” EXPO, the only national conference dedicated to the craft and business of songwriting and composing. The EXPO takes place April 30th – May 2nd, 2015 at the Loews Hollywood Hotel in Los Angeles, CA. Many of the biggest names in music have shared their wisdom and music at the EXPO, including Jon Bon Jovi & Richie Sambora, Jackson Browne, Lindsey Buckingham interviewed by Sara Bareilles, Dr. Luke, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, Quincy Jones, Randy Newman, Katy Perry, Tom Petty, Carly Simon, Justin Timberlake in conversation with Bill Withers and Ann & Nancy Wilson (Heart). For more details, visit



MARCH 26, 2015 (Nashville, TN) – The Doobie Brothers’ Tom Johnston, Casey James, Charlie Worsham, and John Cowan brought their respective sounds to 3rd & Lindsley during this week’s 23rd Annual Tin Pan South.

The evening showcase, presented by BMI, was reunion of sorts for the four musicians. James and Worsham are both featured on The Doobie Brother’s latest collaborative album, Southbound, while Cowan has spent the past five years as a bassist and background vocalist for The Doobie Brothers.

Johnston will join NSAI Executive Director Bart Herbison for the closing session of the sold-out NSAI Spring Training, at a panel event this Saturday, March 28. Tin Pan South is presented by Regions Bank.


L-R: BMI Sr. Director Bradley Collins, Casey James, Tom Johnston, Charlie Worsham, John Cowan and NSAI Executive Director Bart Herbison


L-R: Casey James, Tom Johnston, Regions Bank EVP Jim Schmitz, and Charlie Worsham

Photo credit: Moments by Moser Photography


The Doobie Brothers will be playing Summerfest in Milwaukee this summer!

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For more info, including the complete lineup, visit: SUMMERFEST.COM

Rock Legends Cruise III: Patrick Simmons, Tom Johnston, Don Felder, Dave Mason Q&A

New presale ticket dates announced

8.19.15 Boston, MA
Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
Fan Pre-Sale Wednesday 3.18.15 10am – Thursday 3.19.15 10pm
On-Sale Friday 3.20.15

8.21.15 Canandaigua, NY
Constellation Brands – Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center
Fan Pre-Sale Wednesday 3.18.15 10am – Thursday 3.19.15 10pm
On-Sale Friday 3.20.15 10am

8.22.15 Guilford, NH
Bank of New Hampshire
Fan Pre-Sale Wednesday 3.18.15 10am- Thursday 3.19.15 10pm
On-Sale  Friday 3.20.15 10am

8.28.15 Holmdel, NJ
Fan Pre-Sale Wednesday 3.18.15 10am- Thursday 3.19.15 10pm
On-Sale Saturday Saturday 3.21.15 10am

8.30.15 Atlantic City, NJ
Fan Pre-Sale Wednesday 3.18.15 10am – Thursday 3.19.15–10pm
On-Sale Friday  3.20.15 10am

9.1.15 Cary, NC
Koka Booth Amphitheater
Fan Pre-Sale Wednesday 3.18.15 10am-Thursday 3.19.15 10pm
On-Sale Friday 3.20.15 10am

9.4.15 Saratoga Springs, New York
Saratoga Performing Arts Center
Fan Pre-Sale Wednesday 3.18.15 10am –Thursday 3.19.15 10pm
On-Sale Friday 3.20.15


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Best Fall Festival Yet
B.R. Cohn Charity Events
CHICAGO — America – October 2
OCTOBER 2-4 Field of Dreams
Sonoma, CA. – Bruce Cohn of B.R. Cohn Charity Events (BRCCE) announced today tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. March 20 for the 2015 Sonoma Music Festival, October 2-4 at the Field of Dreams near downtown Sonoma. Appearing at the successor to his fabled 28-year winery fall festival are Chicago and America on Friday evening Oct 2 doors at 4pm; Ringo Starr and His All-Starr Band with Pablo Cruise Saturday afternoon and evening October 3 doors at 4pm; and the Doobie Brothers with Michael McDonald, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Gregg Allman, the Edgar Winter Band, Tommy Castro and others Sunday afternoon October 4 doors at 11am. Tickets and information are available at or tel:+1-888-810-2063.

Tickets will range from VIP experiences starting at $1000 and $350 to $219 gold circle (Fri/Sat) and $119 and $89 general admission seated tickets for all days. A limited amount of $47 local Sonoma tickets for standing room only will be available in person with locations announced soon. Special ticket packages including 3-day tickets and limo packages will also be available thru the website.

The Sonoma Music Festival was born from the desire of BRCCE to change up its annual fall event formerly at B.R. Cohn Winery and move it closer to town for a more community event. The new Field of Dreams location not only puts the concert goer two blocks from Sonoma’s Plaza, it allows the festival the opportunity to grow and generate more proceeds for charity. This year’s beneficiaries include national and local veterans organizations including Fisher House and American Legion Post 489, the Redwood Food Bank, Bread and Roses and others to be announced. Over its 28-year history BRCCE has raised over 6.5 million dollars for charity.

“This is a very impressive 3-day line-up” exclaimed Bruce Cohn. “Not only do we get to finally present a Beatle, but all of these great acts are a perfect fit for Sonoma and wine country. Come up to stay, shop and enjoy this great music filled fundraising weekend.”

Hailed as one of the “most important bands in music since the dawn of the rock and roll era” by former President Bill Clinton, the legendary rock and roll band with horns, Chicago, came in at #13, the highest charting American band in Billboard Magazine’s list of Top 100 artists of all time. And Chicago is the first American rock band to chart Top 40 albums in six decades. Lifetime achievements include a Grammy Award, multiple American Music Awards, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, a Chicago street dedicated in their honor, and keys to and proclamations from an impressive list of US cities. Record sales top the 100,000,000 mark, and include 21 Top 10 singles, 5 consecutive Number One albums, 11 Number One singles and 5 Gold singles. An incredible 25 of their 36 albums have been certified platinum, and the band has a total of 47 gold and platinum awards.

As one of the two surviving Beatles, arguably rocks most popular bands ever, Ringo Starr and His All-Starr Band brings a hit filled show to Sonoma. Not only does he cover popular Ringo Beatle numbers, but songs from his illustrious solo career as well. And if that’s not enough his All-Starr band includes Todd Rundgren, Steve Lukather from Toto, Gregg Rolie formerly lead singer of Santana, Richard Page, Gregg Bissonette and Warren Ham. This is one hit filled show.

Formed in 1969 by Simmons, Johnston, founding drummer John Hartman, and bassist Dave Shogren, The Doobie Brothers made their mark with a run of punchy, melodic hits on Warner Bros. Records. They attained radio ubiquity in the late ‘70s, when the group’s expanded lineup was augmented by Michael McDonald, whose soaring lead vocals pushed the band to new commercial and critical heights. The band took a five year respite before regrouping in 1987 for a series of gigs benefiting veterans’ groups and children’s charities (ultimately raising over $3 million). Inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2004, The Doobie Brothers have won four GRAMMY® Awards and sold more than 45 million records worldwide (including three multi-platinum, seven platinum, and 14 gold albums).

Gregg Allman is one of rock’s most acclaimed and beloved stars, possessing a distinctively soulful voice and singular songwriting ability that resonates through a musical career that spans nearly half a century. Gregg, along with the Allman Brothers Band, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of fame in 1995. At the 54th Annual Grammy Awards in 2012, the group was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award. That same year, Allman’s critically acclaimed tell-all memoir, My Cross to Bear, spent several weeks as a New York Times Bestseller.

The Field of Dreams set-up, while different than the winery set-up, still allows in the BRCCE tradition, great sight lines and access no more than 150 feet from the stage. With the newly added night time headliners, video and projection screens will make sure you don’t miss a thing happening on stage. These are rain or shine shows.

Plans call for the best music, food and wine Sonoma has to offer. Many of the regions finest purveyors are joining in, including Laugunitas Brewing, a pop-up HopMonk beer garden, high-end and popular restaurants and of course some of the best wine in California including B.R. Cohn and many others. There will be no in and out privileges.

Because of the new location, visitors are only 45 minutes from San Francisco, and one hour from Sacramento. Locals are encouraged to walk, ride a bike or car-pool. VIP, motorcycle and bicycle parking near the venue will be available and there is plenty of parking surrounding the venue in Sonoma. Check in with the festival website for maps etc.

Event sponsors and partners include: Sonnen BMW, the Lise Sonnen Fund, KFOG 104.5/99.7, 107.7 The Bone, KOIT 96.5, the River 97.7, The KRUSH 95.9, The Eagle, the City of Sonoma, Lagunitas Brewery, Ramekins, HopMonk Tavern, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Sonoma County Tourism, Sonoma Index-Tribune, Sonoma Chevrolet, The Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa, The Flamingo Conference and Resort, the County of Sonoma and American Storage/Global Containers.

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