The Doobie Brothers -- one of the iconic rock bands of the 1970s and early '80s -- will appear at the Levitt Pavilion Thursday in a concert that benefits the outdoor venue's free programming.
With hits such as "Black Water," Listen to the Music" and "Jesus is Just Alright," the band in its heyday won three Grammy Awards. Last year, the Doobies released their first new album in a decade -- "World Gone Crazy" -- to mostly positive reviews.
Thursday's 9 p.m. show is one of only two Levitt performances this season for which admission is charged. Tickets are $70, $95 and $250, and proceeds defray the cost of providing more than 50 nights of free entertainment over the summer.
Not with the band is Michael McDonald, who filled in for a seriously ill Johnson for several years in the mid-'70s and gave the Doobies a distinctly different sound, including the Grammy-winning single "Minute by Minute."
Songs on "World Gone Crazy all feature Johnston and Simmons as writers and lead vocalists. Reviews of the band's 13th album call the sounds reminiscent of its old style, but at the same time moving in a new direction.
PureGrainAudio.com said: "The soulful, catchy tunes can be immediately associated with the band's work but are in no way a recreation of their older records."
LiveMusicGuide.com said "a peculiar freshness mingles with the same old predictable Doobies to create an album that's both compelling and nostalgic."
That review expanded on the band's new directions. "Deviations from their normal musical directions as in `Old Juarez' featuring Latin style piano riffs and Santana-esque guitar, come with a high pay off, bringing in new styles, without losing that familiar Doobie sound," LiveMusicGuide said.
Among songs on the new album, "Nobody," "Chateau" and "Don't Say Goodbye" offer Doobie-style harmonies and rock edge, the band says.
All tickets include chairs. The $95 seats are in a preferred section while the $250 tickets include premium seating, a pre-concert reception with open bar and hors d'oeuvres and an after-party with dessert.
All ticket holders will be able to purchase beverages and snacks from a concessionaire.
To charge tickets, visit the Pavilion's website: www.levittpavilion.com or call 866-973-9612, Ext. 3. Tickets also are available at the pavilion's office at the Parks & Recreation Department, 260 South Compo Road, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. A limited number of tickets may be available at the pavilion's Riverwalk entrance Thursday night.