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Doobie Brothers lighting up Penticton in October

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May 05, 2014 - 2:07 PM

PENTICTON - Music icons The Doobie Brothers will celebrate the fall harvest in Penticton this year, with a concert planned at the South Okanagan Events Centre.

The rockfest is scheduled for October 27, 7:30 p.m., and they'll be performing all the classic hits you know and love. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

The first seeds of The Doobie Brothers were planted in 1969. Budding professional drummer John Hartman sought out Canadian-born guitarist/singer/songwriter Skip Spence who was playing with a band called Moby Grape. Next came songwriter/guitarist Tom Johnston. They performed for awhile as a trio then teamed up with bassist Dave Shogren and guitarist/songwriter Patrick Simmons. The group played as many concerts as they could in 1970, perfecting their sound all over northern California.

The sound — rock harmonies layered with styles from various genres — earned them a contract with Warner Bros. Records and in '72 they launched what became a multi-million dollar collection called Toulhouse Street, with hits such as Listen to the Music and Rockin' Down the Highway. The No. 1 single Black Water followed in 1974.

In 1976 they pulled in another songwriter, Michael McDonald, produced their Best of the Doobies album, selling more than 11 million copies, then, in '79 the Brothers came out with yet another No. 1 single, What a Fool Believes. In all, the Doobies have tallied five top 10 singles and 16 top 40 hits.

The band earned a place in the North American music firmament, with three multi-platinum, seven platinum and 14 Gold records and four Grammies. Their music is often used to set the mood in relation to time and space in movies and commercials.

“We have entered a territory that we never imagined for ourselves, as far as being a part of the cultural landscape," Pat Simmons said in a press release. "It’s kind of odd when you see your songs in television commercials and hear yourself as background music in a commercial business, but it’s cool. I hear B.B. King in the same places. We’re in good company.”

Tickets for The Doobie Brothers are $49.50, $64.50 and $82.00 and are on sale to the general public on Friday, May 9 at 10 a.m. Tickets can be purchased at by telephone at 1-877-763-2849 (SOEC-TIX) or in person at the Valley First Box Office at the SOEC and Wine Country Visitor Centre.

To contact a reporter for this story, email, call 250-488-3065. To contact the managing editor, email Marshall Jones at or call 250-718-2724.

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