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Doobie Brothers rockin' down to the SOEC

Invictus Entertainment Group and Global Spectrum are pleased to welcome, a fixture of classic rock, The Doobie Brothers to the South Okanagan Events Centre (SOEC) on Monday, Oct. 27.

Northern California’s four-time Grammy winning Doobie Brothers’ sound has become part of America’s musical firmament, sampled on dance records, reinterpreted on “American Idol,” and a fixture on radio formats from top 40 to classic rock. Their familiar and inimitable sound effortlessly draws from virtually every imaginable tributary of American music. The Doobies continue to write and record new material, tour the world, boasting one of the most loyal fan bases in music, all while breaking new creative ground in the exploration of their musical connection with Nashville.

Formed in 1969 by singer-songwriter-guitarists Pat Simmons, singer-songwriter-guitarist Tom Johnston, founding drummer John Hartman, and bassist Dave Shogren, the Doobies made their mark with a run of punchy, melodic hits on Warner Bros. Records. They attained radio and chart 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 Doobies have rung up a glittering track record that would be the envy of any band. Beginning with their multi-million-selling sophomore collection Toulouse Street (1972), the Doobies have 3 multi-platinum, 7 platinum and 14 Gold albums. Their Best of the Doobies (1976) has sold more than 11 million copies – a rare “diamond record.” The Doobies propulsive roots-based, harmony-laden, guitar-driven style has sold more than 30 million albums.

Their No. 1 singles “Black Water” (1974) and “What a Fool Believes” (1979), both gold, lead a catalog of indelible songs that include “Jesus Is Just All Right”, “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 up five top 10 singles and 16 top 40 hits.

Singer-songwriter-guitarist Pat Simmons says, “We have entered a territory that we never imagined for ourselves, as far as being a part of the cultural landscape. 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.”

Presented by K96.3, The Doobie Brothers will rock the South Okanagan this coming October with all the classic hits you know and love. 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 10:00 a.m. Tickets can be purchased at www.ValleyFirstTix.com by telephone at 1-877-SOEC-TIX (763-2849) or in person at the Valley First Box Office (at the SOEC) and Wine Country Visitor Centre.

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