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Lara Johnston On Tour with The Doobie Brothers

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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.

Fore more information visit www.LaraJohnston.com

Summer / Fall Tour Dates Supporting The Doobie Brothers

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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).

Read the Music Row.com article HERE

Pat Simmons, Jr. On Tour with The Doobie Brothers

Son of Founding Doobie Brother Patrick Simmons will Open Select Dates This Spring and Summer

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Nashville, TN… Patrick Simmons, Jr., son of Doobie Brothers co-founder, Patrick Simmons, will open select dates for the iconic band this spring and summer.  Pat Junior is currently in the studio working on a new album with his father at the helm as producer.  The multi-instrumentalist, singer, and songwriter, will be performing original songs from his upcoming project scheduled for release later this year. 

“I’m stoked that I have the opportunity to tour this summer sharing my music, my stories – real stories, of Aloha, of inspiration, love, and awareness. I feel grateful to share the journey with my father and my “road ‘ohana”, my road family, who have watched me grow since birth,” adds Patrick.  “Life on tour is nothing new for me.  I love the people I meet and the places and cultures I get the privilege to encounter and learn from along the way.”  

Simmons describes his music as a mix of folk, blues, jazz, reggae and acoustic rock — a little bit Jack Johnson and a little bit Bob Marley.  “More than anything, I try to share experiences through each song. Each one has a life and story behind it. They are all true stories; things I see and feel. I come from a background of life in nature, surfing, hiking and farming. So it’s a laid back Hawaii style, where my joy of living comes through my joy of singing.”

Spring/Summer Tour Dates Supporting The Doobie Brothers

+ w/ Don Felder

* w/ Gregg Allman

   

June 3: Humphreys Concerts by the Bay – San Diego, CA

June 6: Greek Theatre – Los Angeles, CA +

June 13: Ironstone Amphitheatre – Murphys, CA w/ Los Lobos

June 16: Les Schwab Amphitheatre – Bend, OR

June 20: Edgefield – Troutdale, OR

August 19: Blue Hills Bank Pavilion – Boston, MA *

August 21: CMAC – Syracuse, NY *

August 22: Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion at Meadowbrook – Gilford, NH *

August 25: Artpark – Lewiston, NY

August 28: PNC Bank Arts Center – Holmdel, NJ *

   

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       Pat Simmons Jr. is a cancer survivor with an incredible story to tell that is inspiring and uplifting. 

       He uses his music to express his messages about living in balance with the environment and creating peace and love in this life.

       Currently writing and recording songs for his debut full-length album.

       In addition to opening for his father’s legendary band Pat has shared the stage with many other well known artists, including The Wailers, Boz Scaggs, Chicago, Willie Nelson, Jack Johnson, Dave Mason, Buddy Guy, The Turtles, Little Feat, Kenny Loggins, Los Lobos, War, Tower of Power, Xavier Rudd and many others.

       He is a multi-instrumentalist whose talents include Djembe, Didgeridoo, wooden and steel flute, acoustic guitar, and the very first instrument he learned to play, the Ukulele.

       When not on tour or recording music, Pat resides on the island of Maui working on his family’s land in their organic garden as well as surfing, swimming, hiking and fishing.

 

For more information visit www.facebook.com/PatSimmonsJr

To purchase tickets visit www.DoobieBros.com 

About Pat Simmons, Jr.: 

Pat Simmons Jr. grew up in a dual world, both on the road with his father’s band The Doobie Brothers, exploring concert halls, and at home being a kid exploring the rugged Redwood coastline in Northern California. He moved with his family to Maui, Hawaii at age six. There, Pat was raised close to nature, around waterfalls and waves, immersed in Hawaiian culture. Maui has developed in him a powerful sense of love and respect for the land and the traditional native stewards. In 2012, Pat received a degree in Ecology from The Evergreen State College. He now spends most of his time on his family’s land on Maui, gardening, living a purely organic lifestyle and spending as much time as possible in the water surfing and swimming, and exploring the forests and uplands of Haleakala.  

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.

Read more HERE

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

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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 TO RECEIVE ASCAP’S VOICE OF MUSIC AWARD!

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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!

Read more HERE

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

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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 www.ascap.com/expo.

PHOTO RELEASE: TOM JOHNSTON, CASEY JAMES, CHARLIE WORSHAM, AND JOHN COWAN PERFORM AT NSAI’S 23RD ANNUAL TIN PAN SOUTH

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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.

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

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

Photo credit: Moments by Moser Photography

SUMMERFEST

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT! 
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