I’d just turned 13 once the Doobie Brothers climbed to the top of the charts via “Black Water,” a relentlessly catchy tune that personified the San Jose band’s signature sound: acoustic guitars, three-part vocal harmonies, and also a inventive mix of R&B, nation, bluegrass, rock, roadresidence boogie, and also funk.

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The band had developed ago in 1970, became favorites of the Hells Angels, and had hits via songs like “Listen to the Music,” “Jesus Is Just Alright,” “Long Train Runnin’,” and “China Grove.” It was really the album Vices and also the song “Babsence Water,” however, that cemented the band’s reputation.

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PHOTO COURTESY OF THE DOOBIE BROTHERS DOOBIES! : The Doobie Brothers headline the 19th Annual Avila Beach Blues Festival on May 27.

Of course, simply once everything was going great, things fell acomponent, but then in 1976, Michael McDonald stepped in and they yielded Takin’ It to the Streets, a softer, more Blue Eyed Soul sound that featured tracks such as its title track and also “It Keeps You Runnin’.” In 1977 came Livin’ on the Fault Line, one more album conquered by McDonald’s influence. The band marched on till 1982, once they disbanded till a 1987 reunion, and they’ve been together ever considering that.

Their existing single, “A Brighter Day,” is climbing the Adult Conshort-term Chart, and they played the Grand also Ole Opry not lengthy back to film a Crossroads one-of-a-kind through Luke Bryan. Bryan and also the Doobies’ performance of “China Grove” remained in hefty rotation on the CMT channel. All tolled, they’ve offered 40 million albums over their still energetic career.

On Sunday, May 27, the Doobie Brothers headline the 1ninth Annual Avila Beach Blues Festival, which starts at 2 p.m. via Taj Mahal, who’s followed by Tower of Power and then the Doobies.

Advance scheduled and basic admission tickets are on sale currently at all VALLITIX places. Charge by phone at 1-888-825-5484. Order virtual at vallitix.com. All periods. Rain or shine.

Before this humdinger of a present, Avila Beach Rekind has actually 2 other events cooked up for you.

On Friday, May 25, check out the third annual Avila Beach Party with The Cataracs, Shwayze, Outasight, Starting Six, and also DJ Hi-Tem. Tickets for this one are also easily accessible at VALLITIX.

On Saturday, May 26, it’s tequila time! Arriba! This marks the inaugural Avila Beach Tequila Festival, scheduled from noon to 4 p.m. They’re hoping for a crowd of around 3,000 people, and also with Ozomatli providing the entertainment, they could simply make it. Central Coast Mariachi will certainly likewise hit the phase, as will others throughout the day. In addition to tequila, there’ll be miscellaneous food and also wine to pick from. Tickets are $45 at VALLITIX and include 10 tequila tastings, a commemorative glass, and also party shades! This one’s 21-and-older, youngsters.

Dance your ass off on Friday, drink your fill of tequila on Saturday, and go bluesy on Sunday. On Monday you can rest.

One love

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PHOTO BY SAM ERICKSON SOJA SOUNDS : (Left to right) Rafael Rodriguez, Patrick O’Shea, Bobby Lee Jefferboy, Ken Brownell, Jacob Hemphill, Ryan Berty, and also Hellman Escorcia are SOJA, playing May 27 at Pozo Saloon.

SOJA keeps obtaining bigger and better. Yet surprisingly, the socially mindful reggae band also thinks of themselves as people singers.

“To me, Rage Against the Machine, Wu -Flavor Clan, Sade, Johnny Cash, Bob Marley—they’re all folk artists,” lead singer-guitarist Jacob Hemphill shelp in push materials. “There’s no difference in between Raekwon saying, ‘I flourished up on the crime side, the New York Times side, wbelow continuing to be alive was no jive,’ to Bob Marley saying, ‘Cold ground was my bed last night and rock was my pillow, also,’ to Johnny Cash saying, ‘I understand I had actually it coming, I know I can’t be free, however those human being store on moving (around) and also that’s what tortures me.’ Folk is all about storyinforming and passing on a legacy. It’s timeless, it’s boundless, and also it crosses all borders. That’s what this band also is striving for. It’s a tall order, yet we’re making our method.”

Touring in assistance of their newest album, Strength To Survive, they play Pozo Saloon on Sunday, May 27, through Bone Thugs & Harmony and J Boog (noon; all ages; $25 at pozosaloon.com).

Hemphill sassist the album was motivated by Marley’s Survival: “That’s the best reggae album ever before made. It has the best basslines and the finest lyrics ever heard on one document. Marley composed it after he went to Africa. I was 13 or 14 as soon as I listened to it for the initially time, and it triggered all these long-forobtained memories of as soon as I lived in Africa as a boy. My dad was an IMF res rep in Liberia in the late ’80s. I remember when the coup first started—my family members had actually to hide in these iron bathtubs for 3 days bereason the military was shooting at whatever. I was 7, and also that was among my first memories. We made it out on the last flight. So Africa was always a big part of our lives—it identified our household, in a means. Music came best after that, so, for me, music was always tied to Africa and music was always somepoint powerful.”

Check out Strength to Survive and its impassioned speak to for unity and also change: “I could go on and also on around the horrible damages we’ve done to the Planet or the troubles that aclimb when nations complete for money over an imaginary border, however the album has actually one main layout,” Hemphill shelp, “and that’s our hope for the people to be one family.”

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PHOTO COURTESY OF HAWKEYE HERMAN GET ’EM WHILE THEY’RE HOT : Blues grasp Michael “Hawkeye” Herman plays the SLO Botanical Garden on June 3, however get tickets now: Their last four reflects sold out conveniently.

Don’t be singing the blues because you waited to obtain tickets for Blues Hevery one of Fame member Michael “Hawkeye” Herman, that plays on Sunday, June 3, at 4 p.m. at the SLO Botanical Garden. I’m telling you about this one a week in advance bereason their last 4 SLOBO reflects sold out quick!

This blues guitar understand reduced his teeth in Chicearlier more than 4 years earlier, ultimately moving to the Bay Area in the late-’60s, where his Windy City style mamelted up through West Coast Blues. A deadpan raconteur and also compendium of blues expertise, this droll showmale will have you entertained to be sure. After his initially acoustic set, he’ll carry out 3 friends—Tom Corbett, Phil Salazar, and also Sarah Jane Nelson—who’ll sit in on some songs.

Tickets are $15 for members and also $20 for non-members; and also $25 at the door if tright here are any type of tickets left (doubtful!). Visit slobg.org or buy tickets at Eve’s Garden Shop at the Botanical Garden, everyday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Concert guests have the right to likewise sign up with a free docent-led tour of the garden at 2:30 pm. The concert likewise features a no-host bar.

Dirty, grbasic, mo-fo-ing, rock stars!

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PHOTO COURTESY OF HAYLEY THOMAS AND PATRICK HAYES COLLABORATORS! : Hayley Thomas of Swap! Zine and Patrick Hayes of Twang N Bang have actually teamed approximately provide a brand-new regional band also compilation and 2 mirrors to promote it, on May 31 at SLO Brew and also June 1 at the Z Club.

Swap! Zine, the little bit society zine that might, has joined forces with Tang N Bang, the rootin’ tootin’ concert series, to produce a CD compilation of awesome local acts and 2 reflects to promote it. Titled The Cause & The Cure, and featuring a bottle of beer on the cover (natch!), the brand-new CD has actually songs by neighborhood bands performing at the mirrors.

On Thursday, May 31, at SLO Brew, watch Hayburner, Cross Brothers, Bad Jeans, Dead Volts, and Red Eye Junction (8 p.m.; 21-and-older; $7 presale or $8 at the door).

Then on Friday, June 1, head to the Z Club to watch Mother Corn Shuckers, Han Solo’s Baby, Amerideserve to Dirt, Magazine Dirty, Nassty, and also St. James Infirmary (8 p.m.; 21-and-older; $5).

Raw, unadulterated nation rock and more!

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SLO Brew will kick off your week on Thursday, May 24, island-style via Mishka & Anuhea during their “The Love & Roots Tour” (8 p.m.; all ages; $10 presale or $12 at the door), via Micah Brown opening. Hawaiian pop star Anuhea’s brand-new album For Love has 2 songs selling well on iTunes: “Simple Love Song” and “Higher Than The Clouds.” She’s a major existence on the Islands with multiple hit songs being played in heavy rotation, and her occupational is compared favorably to fellow islanders Jack Johnboy and Bruno Mars. She additionally enjoys the distinction of being specifically requested to percreate by his Highness, the Dalai Lama.

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PHOTO COURTESY OF ANUHEA HAWAIIAN POP DARLING : Hawaiian pop star Anuhea plays SLO Brew on May 24 to promote her brand-new album For Love.

On Friday, May 25, give a SLO Tvery own sfinish off to the Modern Music Academy, which for nine years has actually educated a talented crop of neighborhood musicians. This 7 p.m., all-eras show is the school’s last showcase. Tickets are $7 and the public is welcome.

Then on Saturday, May 26, alt-rockers PK will play an album release display to celebprice their new EP, Lost Boys Sessions (7 p.m.; all ages; $9 presale or $12 at the door).

Look out! Songwriters!

Steve Key’s Songauthors at Play showinstances kick off at The Porch on Thursday, May 24, with San Diego folk-pop duo The Lovebirds (Lindsay White and Veronica May), whose debut album Nutsy Pants features songs around love, though the couple’s own resides haven’t constantly been so sweet, with a hold of obstacles throughout their musical and also romantic partnership (6:30 p.m.; all ages; pass the hat).

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PHOTO COURTESY OF THE LOVEBIRDS BIRDS OF A FEATHER : The Lovebirds (Lindsay White and also Veronica May) play Steve Key’s Songauthors at Play showinstance at the Porch on May 24.

On Sunday, May 27, reap a twin function as soon as two headliners—Cyndi Harvell and also Melissa Phillips—share the bill at Sculpterra (1 p.m.; all ages; pass the hat). The Bay Area chantesupplies will certainly treat us to their heartfelt ballads.

Then on Tuesday, May 29, head to Kreuzberg to see Justin Farren (6:30 p.m.; all ages; pass the hat). The Sacramento-based performer has been referred to as “the storyteller via an impeccable voice, a guitar, and a head full of funny, tender, and engaging observation.” Paul Simon and also Jack Johnboy are a pair of the songwriters to whom he’s been compared.

As always, each showinstance features a handful of other performers doing four-song sets.

More music …

Shaufrau is bringing its soulful rock to Last Stage West on Thursday, May 24, a tiny warm-up gig prior to they head to Hollyweird and play The Viper Room the following Tuesday. Check ’em out!

The Cal Poly Brass Choirs, featuring many kind of of the university’s top brass players, will certainly perform at 3 p.m. Saturday, May 26, at the San Luis Obispo United Methodist Church. Titled “All That Brass!” the concert will include timeless and jazz selections by composers including J. S. Bach and also Johannes Brahms. The concert is cost-free and open to the public.

On Saturday, May 26, head to Santa Margarita for a Lawn Picnic & House Concert through the North Pacific String Band, Heartbreak Hill, and Ranchers for Peace at the Inglish family members residence ($25; speak to 748-2998 for details and also directions; BYO chairs and picnic; the lawn opens at 5:30 and the display starts at 6 p.m.). North Pacific String Band plays brand-new, and periodically bluegrass music from the West Coast. Heartbreak Hill is Erin Inglish on banjo and also vocals and also Jody Mulflourished on guitar and also vocals.

Ranchers For Peace is Charles and also Ray Duncan, a SLO County father-daughter duo “doing what we have the right to to make offering a damn cool aacquire.”

The Cal Poly Choirs and Cal Poly Symphony will perdevelop music by 2 of England’s greatest composers—George Frederick Handel and Ralph Vaughan Williams—at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 26, in Harmale Hall of the Percreating Arts Center’s Christopher Cohan Center. Tickets price $13 and $15 for general admission, $12 and $14 for seniors, and $8 for students (call 756-2787).

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Arroyo Grande’s 2ninth Annual Strawberry Festival features 40 excellent performers on 11 stages, plus four carnival locations, camel rides, and plenty of vendors Saturday and Sunday, May 26 and also 27, in the historic Arroyo Grande Village. You can hear everyone from the Shival Experience, the Crisptones, SoulSauce, and also Mojo Combo to Solomon Creek, Crustacea Jazz Band, Cal Poly Jazz Bands, and also Bubba Ramey. Visit arroyograndevillage.org/strawberry_fest.shtml for a finish schedule of performers.

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PHOTO COURTESY OF THE SLO COUNTRY HISTORICAL MUSEUM NOW AND THEN : Two standards are coming together on May 27 as soon as the 138-year-old SLO County Band (pictured in 2011 and also in the at an early stage 1900s) plays the historical King David’s Masonic Lodge.
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Two standards are coming together on Sunday, May 27, once the 138-year-old SLO County Band plays the historical King David’s Masonic Lodge at 2 p.m. (a $10 docountry is requested). The SLO County Trumpet Alliance will certainly perdevelop a 1 p.m. welcoming collection. Special historical displays and tours will also be featured. “The San Luis Obispo County Band also, under the direction of Leonard Lutz, percreates over 20 concerts a year throughout the area,” according to promoter Curtis Reinhardt. “The Band also traces its origins back to the SLO Military Band also, started in 1874, perhaps a regional outdevelopment of the popularity of brass bands produced during the Civil War. During its 138 years, the Band was affiliated through the Elks Club beforehand in the 1920s, via the American Legion in the 1930s, and also in the 1940s and also ’50s donned armed forces khaki as the Veterans of Foregime Wars Band also.”

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