Courtesy of Thunder Valley Casino Resort

Doobie Brothers founders Tom Johnston, left, and Pat Simmons, with 30-year band member John McFee. They and the rest of the group play tonight at Thunder Valley in Lincoln.

Mel Shields: The Doobie Brothers are takin' it to Thunder Valley

Published: Friday, Jun. 14, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 31TICKET

In 1982, the Doobie Brothers said farewell to their successful recording and touring career at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles. It was a big event, both celebrated and mourned by fans of songs such as "Takin' It to the Streets" and "Rockin' Down the Highway."

Back then, few thought that more than three decades later, the band would still be entertaining audiences. The lineup may have changed, but the band is still touring, making a stop at Thunder Valley tonight.

Original members Tom Johnston and Pat Simmons (both on vocals and guitar) are with the band, along with singer and multi- instrumentalist John McFee, a 30-year Doobie veteran.

As for the rest of the band's members, tracing their history would look like one of those genealogy charts for British royalty.

Footage of that 1982 farewell concert is still in rotation, as well. Also getting a new presence is their 2004 concert, "Live at Wolf Trap," just re-released on CD and DVD and now Blu-Ray.

The last album released by the Doobies was 2010's "World Gone Crazy," and audiences still go crazy for their live performances (8 p.m.; $35-$70, mostly general admission tickets remaining;

• Also at Thunder Valley this weekend is "Cruisin' the Casino for Charity," a free event put on by the Sacramento Classic Chevy Car Club that features classic and custom cars, raffles and vendors. Funds raised benefit the Children's Receiving House of Sacramento (10 a.m.-4p.m. Sunday).

Lake Tahoe

Just as the Doobies are rock 'n' roll legends, Charlie Musselwhite wears that mantle for the blues. Need proof? Take a ride on the Mississippi Blues Trail, where you'll see his marker along with musicians such as Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf and Willie Dixon.

Or you can visit Memphis, Tenn., where Musselwhite's Beale Street Brass Note Walk of Fame honor isn't hard to find – it's right in front of B.B. King's nightclub.

Musselwhite has been appearing frequently with Ben Harper this year, most notably at April's "Memphis Soul" concert at the White House. At Harrah's Tahoe on Saturday, however, he's scheduled to match his electric blues harmonica with the guitar of Coco Montoya of John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers (7:30 p.m.; $40.70; Ticketmaster).

• It's a super weekend at the Crystal Bay Casino on Tahoe's North Shore: Austin singer-songwriter James McMurtry plays guitar and demonstrates his lyrical skills Sunday (9 p.m.; $20 in advance, $23 Sunday;; Saturday, one of the better tribute bands, No Duh, is lined up for an evening of No Doubt covers (10 p.m., free).


Carson Valley Inn – Cabaret Lounge: After Dark, today-Saturday; Brian Andrews, Sunday-Wednesday; Decoy, Thursday-June 22. (775) 782-9711.

Eldorado, Reno – Great El Dorado BBQ, Brews and Blues Festival, next Friday-June 22. Showroom: "Menopause the Musical," through July 14. (800) 648-5966.

Grand Sierra – Reno Rockabilly Riot, today-Sunday; SKYY Vodka Local Ladies Night, Thursday; Joan Rivers, June 22. (800) 648-3568.

Harrah's Lake Tahoe – Charlie Musselwhite, Coco Montoya, Saturday. (800) 427-7247.

Harrah's Reno – Sammy's Showroom: Biggest Little Sideshow, through Oct. 13. The Stage @ the Zone: M8trix, today-Saturday; DJ Viola Lala Mia, next Friday-June 22. (800) 427-7247.

Harveys, Lake Tahoe – Improv: Steve White, today-Sunday; James Davis; Wednesday-June 23; Outdoor Arena: Steve Miller Band, June 22. (800) 427-8397.

Horizon, Lake Tahoe – Illusion Fusion starring Alex Ramon, Thursdays- Tuesdays. (775) 588-6211.

MontBleu Resort, Lake Tahoe– Outdoor Event Center: Reggae Festival, June 29. Blu: Gift of Gab (Blackalicious) and Pigeon John, today; Long Beach Rehab, next Friday. (888) 829-7630.

Silver Legacy, Reno – Grand Exposition Hall: Scotty McCreery, June 22. (800) 687-8733.

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