Niagara Gazette

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July 10, 2013

Doobies deliver great show at Artpark


Niagara Gazette — During “Black Water,” the entire venue joined in on the chorus, and the song primed the crowd for the dancing frenzy that came when the Doobies performed “Long Train Runnin’” to close out the regular set.

For their three encores, they played “China Grove,” “Road Angel” and “Listen to the Music.” As expected, the crowd enthusiastically greeted all three songs with thunderous applause, dancing and singing in the packed aisles.

Throughout the evening there was no shortage of smoke coming from the crowds “Doobies,” which created an interesting atmosphere to put it mildly.

As for the band, I was really impressed at how tight they sounded given the number of players onstage, especially how well the drummers were able to stay in time with each other, often to the millisecond. The dual drummers also created a thunderous bass drum sound that sounded like a herd of stampeding elephants.

The band’s choruses were absolutely magical. I just love listening to McFee, Simmons, and Johnston singing together, and live they sound even better than they do on the original recordings.

Thom Jennings covers the local music scene for Night and Day.

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