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LISTEN TO THE MUSIC: The Doobie Brothers play at CMAC


Just about everybody can sing along with the classic rock staple “Black Water,” a Patrick Simmons-penned tune that’s just one of the Doobie Brothers’ catalog of hits: “Listen to the Music,” “Jesus is Just Alright,” “Takin’ It to the Streets,” “China Grove,” “What a Fool Believes” and many more.

The Doobie Brothers played Constellation Brands-Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center (CMAC) Friday night — and for Doobies co-founder Simmons, it was something of a family affair, as his son Patrick Williams Jr. performed the opening set (and was joined by his dad on the CMAC stage).

The CMAC summer season is winding down, with just two shows left on the concert calendar: Idina Menzel on Aug. 30, and Dierks Bentley (with Kip Moore, Maddie & Tae and Canaan Smith) on Sept. 3. For ticket information, see

Doobie Brothers Reunite With Michael McDonald On Tonight Show

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The Doobie Brothers, still burning strong four decades later


The Doobie Brothers entertain sold out crowd at MSP

The Doobie Brothers rocked a sold-out crowd at Mohegan Sun Pocono on Saturday night with a nice mixture of hits and album tracks highlighting its early-‘70s material.

Fronted by co-founding members Tom Johnston and Patrick Simmons, the 2015 incarnation of the band is an eight piece, complete with two drummers and a saxophone player.

The band took the stage with “Jesus Is Just Alright,” the band’s 1972 revival of a 1966 gospel tune by The Art Reynolds Singers (also recorded by The Byrds in 1969), treating the Keystone Grand Ballroom audience to some terrific five-part harmonies.



The Doobie Brothers Join Forces with the Love Hope Strength Foundation


Love Hope Strength Foundation (LHSF), the world’s leading rock and roll foundation, is proud to announce a new programmatic partnership with the iconic rock band The Doobie Brothers. LHSF will be onsite at select summer shows helping concert goers to Get on the List during their 2015 national tour.

“I am so excited for The Doobie Brothers to be a part of Love Hope Strength,” said Doobie Brothers founder Tom Johnston. “Their Get On The List campaign will be added to our tour starting in August. I can’t wait for us to join with our fans to register and see how many lifesaving matches we can get.”

LHSF gives fans the opportunity to sign up for the national marrow registry at no cost by simply completing a one page consent form and swabbing their cheeks with large Q tips to obtain a DNA sample. There are currently thousands of people with blood cancers in need of finding a match to receive a lifesaving transplant.

Guitarist Pat Simmons said, “Love Hope Strength hits home for me personally because my son is a cancer survivor. What they do to help save lives is incredible and I couldn’t think of a better charity for us to partner with.”

LHSF CEO Chris Brewer added, “This is another great example of the power of the music industry to make a real difference in the fight against cancer. We’re able to leverage the amazing rapport The Doobie Brothers have with their fans and offer them the opportunity to potentially save a life. We couldn’t be prouder of this partnership.”

LHSF will join the tour starting August 1, more information can be found at


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(L-R: Doobie Brothers John McFee, Tom Johnston, Pat Simmons, and President and CEO of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum Greg Harris)

JULY 28, 2015 (CLEVELAND, OH) – The Doobie Brothers visited the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum to announce the release of their new boxed set The Doobie Brothers: The Warner Bros. Years out on Rhino July 24. The 10-CD set includes every album recorded for Warner Bros. Records between 1971 and 1983 with more than 110 songs from 10 albums: The Doobie Brothers (1971), Toulouse Street (1972), The Captain And Me (1973), What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits (1974), Stampede (1975), Takin’ It To The Streets (1976), Livin’ On The Fault Line (1977), Minute By Minute (1978), One Step Closer (1980), and Farewell Tour (1983).

During their time at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, the band met with President and CEO Greg Harris and interviewed with SiriusXM’s Classic Vinyl with Nancy Alden. The visit was scheduled during the band’s 2015 summer tour, where they will perform over 50 shows in 25 states and Canada.


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10-CD Boxed Set Includes Every Album The Legendary 
Band Recorded For Warner Bros. Records Between 1971 And 1983

Available On July 24 From Rhino

LOS ANGELES – The Doobie Brothers recorded some of the band’s most iconic music during their dozen years with Warner Bros. Records, scoring major hits with timeless tunes like “Long Train Runnin’,” “Black Water,” and “Takin’ It To The Streets.” With 46 million albums sold during their outstanding career, The Doobie Brothers have nothing left to prove, but this summer the group is still “Rockin’ Down the Highway” as they tour North America.

Rhino salutes the group with a new 10-CD boxed set that features some of the band’s greatest albums. THE WARNER BROS. YEARS 1971-1983 will be available on July 24 for a list price of $79.98.

The set includes more than 110 songs from 10 albums: The Doobie Brothers (1971), Toulouse Street (1972), The Captain And Me (1973), What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits (1974), Stampede (1975), Takin’ It To The Streets (1976), Livin’ On The Fault Line (1977), Minute By Minute (1978), One Step Closer (1980), and Farewell Tour (1983).
The Doobie Brothers started out in 1969 as a northern California bar band. In 1970 the band signed with Warner Bros. and in 1971 released its self-titled debut album. It was the beginning of a 12-year streak in which The Doobies released ten new albums.

The group’s commercial breakthrough came with its sophomore effort, Toulouse Street, which boasted popular tracks like “Listen To The Music” and “Jesus Is Just Alright.” The string of hits continued on The Captain And Me with “Long Train Runnin’” and the classic “China Grove.” The Doobie Brothers notched their first #1 in the funky “Black Water” from their 1974 album What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits.

In 1975, the band began to expand Pat Simmons’ and Tom Johnston’s rock and country influences with R&B and even scored a hit with its cover the Motown track, “Take Me In Your Arms (Rock Me A Little While.)” In 1976, with the addition of Michael McDonald to the band, they introduced more R&B and keyboards to their rocking sound and the hits kept rolling with the title track from Takin’ It To The Streets. In 1979, The Doobie Brothers won four Grammy® Awards on the strength of its triple-platinum album, Minute By Minute. The final disc in this new collection is the 1983 live album Farewell Tour, which includes performances of songs that spanned the band’s entire history to that point. This 10 CD Set represents an outstanding body of work from one of America’s most popular bands.


Album Listing

The Doobie Brothers (1971)
Toulouse Street (1972)
The Captain And Me (1973)
What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits (1974)
Stampede (1975)
Takin’ It To The Streets (1976)
Livin’ On The Fault Line (1977)
Minute By Minute (1978)
One Step Closer (1980)
Farewell Tour (1983)


1 Foellinger Theatre Fort Wayne, IN
3 Henry Maier Festival Park Milwaukee, WI
4 Summit Park Blue Ash, OH
5 Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park Grand Rapids, MI
10 Renaissance Center Detroit, MI
13 Plains Of Abraham Quebec City, QC
17 Moondance Events Walker, MN
18 Riverside Casino & Golf Resort Riverside, IA
19 Divots Event Center Norfolk, NE
31 Cape Code Melody Tent Hyannis, MA

1 Mohegan Sun Wilkes Barre, PA
19 Blue Hills Bank Pavilion Boston, MA
21 Marvin Sands PAC (CMAC) Canandaigua, NY
22 Meadowbrook Gilford, NH
25 Artpark Lewiston, NY
26 Dutchess County Fairgrounds Rhinebeck, NY
28 PNC Bank Arts Center Holmdel, NJ
29 Nikon At Jones Beach Theater Wantagh, NY
30 Borgata Hotel, Casino & Spa / Event Ctr. Atlantic City, NJ

Koka Booth Amphitheatre Cary, NC
Pier Six Pavillion Baltimore, MD
4 Saratoga Performing Arts Center Saratoga Springs, NY
5 Susquehanna Bank Center Camden, NJ
10 Oak Ridge Farm Arrington, VA
11 Harrah’s Cherokee Cherokee, NC
12 Buford Community Center Buford, GA
17 College St. Music Hall New Haven, CT
18 The Capitol Theater Port Chester, NY
19 Ocean City Bike Fest Ocean City, MD

The Mountain Winery Saratoga, CA
4 Sonoma Music Festival Sonoma, CA

15 Pfeiffer Hall Naperville, IL.

Why Doobie Brothers have sold out Meijer Gardens four times in a row


Three gigs and three years in a row, the Doobie Brothers sold out shows at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park from 2008 to 2010.

Jump ahead five years, and they’ve sold out Meijer Gardens’ amphitheater once again.
That’s staying power.

The Doobie Brothers scored their first Top 40 single – ‘Listen to the Music’ – more than 40 years ago in 1972. More than 40 million-sold albums later, audiences still are grooving to “China Grove” and “Takin’ It to the Streets.”

“The magic just happens. It’s kind of cool,” said singer and guitarist Tom Johnston in an interview with The Grand Rapids Press prior to band’s last appearance at Meijer Gardens.


Join The Doobie Brothers and Sweet Relief Musicians Fund to help Lester Chambers


Our friend and music icon Lester Chambers is in urgent need of financial assistance. Lester was attacked and injured while performing on stage and has been unable to perform regularly for two years. He has survived cancer on three occasions and needs our help to pay medical and housing costs.

Sweet Relief Musicians Fund has partnered with GivingGrid in the hope of relieving Lester of his financial distress. Please help us support Lester by visiting and sharing our GivingGrid at…

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Lara Johnston On Tour with The Doobie Brothers

Daughter of Founding Doobie Brother Tom Johnston will Open Select Dates This Summer and FallLara-Johnston-CD-CROP (1)

May 27, 2015, Nashville, TN…Lara Johnston, daughter of The Doobie Brothers co-founder, Tom Johnston, will open select dates for the iconic band this summer and fall. Lara Johnston’s powerful voice, dynamic stage presence, and soulful pop songs have captivated worldwide music audiences. During her set she will showcase new material from her upcoming debut album, “I’m planning a really high-energy, engaging show with new songs that I can’t wait to bring to the stage. My favorite part of being a musician is performing live, so to have a consistent run of tour dates is a dream come true.”

An award-winning singer-songwriter, Johnston is the first-ever Grand Prize winner of the Unsigned Only Competition with her song “K.I.S.S.” The song also went on to win first place in the International Songwriting Competition’s Adult Contemporary division. Johnston has opened for acts such as KISS, Heart, and Willie Nelson and has performed as a background vocalist for Don Henley and Belinda Carlisle. In the fall of 2014 she completed an 11-date Canadian tour with The Doobie Brothers that was extremely well received. Most recently she sat in as a guest artist with Gregg Allman during his shows at the Canyon Club and The Roxy in Los Angeles.

In addition to her extensive experience on the stage, she studied her craft at USC’s prestigious Thornton School of Music, where she graduated from the Popular Music Program. Currently writing for her debut album, Johnston frequently visits Nashville where she has become a part of the teeming music community, most recently performing at the legendary Tin Pan South Songwriters Festival.

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Summer / Fall Tour Dates Supporting The Doobie Brothers

+ with Gregg Allman

June 30: Ravinia Festival – Highland Park, IL

July 1: Foellinger Theatre – Fort Wayne, IN

July 3: Summerfest – Milwaukee, WI

July 5: Meijer Gardens Amphitheater – Grand Rapids, MI

July 31: Cape Cod Melody Tent – Hyannis, MA

August 29: Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre – Wantagh, NY +

September 1: Koka Booth Amphitheater – Cary, NC +

September 2: Pier Six Pavilion – Baltimore, MD +

September 4: Saratoga Performing Arts Center – Saratoga Springs, NY +

October 1: The Mountain Winery – Saratoga, CA

October 4: Sonoma Music Festival – Sonoma, CA +

November 15: Pfeiffer Hall – Naperville, IL

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Currently working on writing new material for her upcoming debut album.

Recently performed as a guest artist with Gregg Allman.

Stats: Over 30,000 likes on Facebook, YouTube channel has over 735,000 views.

October – November 2014 performed an 11-date Canadian Tour that was extremely well received.

Background vocalist for Don Henley, has also performed with Belinda Carlisle.

First-ever Grand Prize Winner of the Unsigned Only Competition in 2013 with her original song “K.I.S.S.”. The song also took first place in the International Songwriting Competition’s Adult Contemporary division.

Graduated from the University of Southern California’s prestigious Thorton School of Music in May 2014 with a degree in Popular Music.

Touring extensively as a solo artist opening up for acts such as KISS, Heart, Journey, Luke Bryan, Willie Nelson, as well as her father, Tom Johnston’s band, The Doobie Brothers. 

About Lara Johnston:

Lara Johnston is a singer-songwriter whose powerful voice, dynamic stage presence, and catchy, soulful pop songs have captivated worldwide music audiences. In 2013 she was the first-ever Grand Prize Winner of the Unsigned Only Competition with her song “K.I.S.S.”, selected from 7,500 other applicants. The song also took first place in the International Songwriting Competition in the Adult Contemporary division. Lara has released her self-titled EP in 2014 and is currently touring and writing music for her upcoming album to be released in 2015.

Music Biz Delivers First Honors In Nashville

The Music Business Association (Music Biz; formerly NARM), made its award presentations this afternoon (May 14) prior to wrapping up its first conference in Nashville, Tenn.

The Sheraton’s Capitol ballroom welcomed honorees including Meghan Trainor (Breakthrough Artist), Scott Borchetta (Presidential Award for Outstanding Executive Achievement), Martina McBride (Harry Chapin Humanitarian Award), The Who (Outstanding Achievement Award for 50 Years of Musical Excellence), The Doobie Brothers (Chairman’s Award for Sustained Creative Achievement) and Jack White (Music Biz’s inaugural Innovator Award).

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