My night with The Doobie Brothers!

  1. My husband and I saw The Doobie Brothers in concert tonight at Tom McCall Waterfront Park in Portland. Price was right (free.) Portland has a lot of outdoor concerts for free during the summer at various parks.

    I called old Mario Ragucci from the concert and told him to ride his bike over, but just got his machine. These aspiring student nurses work too hard!

    Foghat opened for them, but we didn't get there early enough
    to hear them sing "Slow Ride."

    But the Doobies were sublime. Felt like being back in high school and just after, right up to the heavy smell of pot in the air! Everybody there was 40 and 50 something, just like us; a lot dressed in tie dyed T shirts and jean bell bottoms . I wore jean bell bottoms and a vintage "Alice Cooper" T shirt.

    I was about 20 yards from Michael McDonald and Pat Simmons. They haven't changed a bit. The whole band can still rock!!!

    They sang:

    China Grove
    Takin' It to the Streets
    Jesus Is Just All Right
    Mississippi Moon (or is it "Go Blackwater? " Well, you know the song I mean--)
    Listen To the Music
    Take Me In Your Arms (or is it "Rock Me?" Well, again, you know the song I mean--)

    Did I miss any? They played everything I remember, and some I didn't; those I didn't name.

    It was great. There is just so much to do in Portland, for free. Every summer, they have a huge blues festival, too.

    Tomorrow there is another free concert in the park; we are going to that, too.

    The main group is Tommy James and The Shondells; who remembers them from grade school and junior high sock hops? Remember "Crimson and Clover" and "I Think We're Alone Now?"

    Also, Johnny Rivers and The Kingsmen---way before my time--

    But, wasn't it the Kingsmen who did "Louie, Louie" originally?
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  2. 6 Comments

  3. by   Mkue
    OMG, that sounds like so much FUN !! you are so lucky

    OH gosh yes, "Slow Ride".. remember it well..lol.

    "Crimson and Clover".. that sounds a little familiar.

    Have fun at the next concert :spin:
  4. by   stevierae
    Originally posted by mkue
    OMG, that sounds like so much FUN !! you are so lucky

    OH gosh yes, "Slow Ride".. remember it well..lol.

    "Crimson and Clover".. that sounds a little familiar.

    Have fun at the next concert :spin:

    Marie, you are probably young enough to have grown up with Tiffany's version of the Tommy James song "I Think We're Alone Now." It was really popular in the early to mid-'80s. Who remembers Tiffany, and THAT version? C'mon, you grrrrls who were big-haired teen mall rats in the '80s!!!
  5. by   Mkue
    LOL.. I was big haired but not a Mall Rat..lol.. I was 20 in 1980, so that gives my age away.

    Let me think.. "I think were alone now".. didn't the Monkeys sing that?

    Oh no, I'm sorry, I do remember that song, yes.. that's a pretty cool song to dance to if I recall..lol..

    I was very young when slow ride came out..lol..

    You are soooo lucky to have FREE concerts, I live in the wrong state.

  6. by   bestblondRN
    Must have been an AWESOME concert! I'm so glad you went--and is Michael McDonald as goodlooking as he used to be?

    It's "Black Water" that you weren't sure about. What a great tune......

    Want to hear some funky Dixieland,
    Pretty mama come take me by the hand.....

    Got to go feed my squalling cats.....see ya'!
  7. by   Q.
    I am soooooo jealous. I have about a gazillion songs of Doobie Brothers downloaded from WinMx - but not the same as a concert.
  8. by   stevierae
    Originally posted by bestblondRN
    Must have been an AWESOME concert! I'm so glad you went--and is Michael McDonald as goodlooking as he used to be?

    Yeah, Michael McDonald is still one fine babe; he still has that sexy deep voice and can hit the high notes, as well. Only thing different is his hairline is starting to recede, just a bit.

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