The same goes for the Doobie Brothers, a remarkably pedestrian band that has crafted some of the best restaurant patio songs in the history of this relatively unheralded genre. Every good Doobie Brothers song begins the same way: a simple, relaxing guitar riff, interrupted by a drum fill-in you could play with one arm, followed by an amplification of earlier guitar riff that lets you know the good times are coming. I know they didn't exactly invent that formula, but they certainly mastered itand if you're having a few beers at the Ginger Man and "Listen to the Music" comes on, you will find this development to be a very good thing. Same goes for "China Grove." ("What a Fool Believes"? Not so much.)
The Doobie Brothers will be playing a benefit concert for the Special Care & Career Services, a Dallas United Way Agency, on Wednesday at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, 2301 Flora St. Tickets range from $80 to $200. Call 1-866-468-7621.
Wed., April 26