The Doobie Brothers Celebrate 50, at Star Lake; Murder for Girls Vinyl Album Release Party at Govt. Center (Sat., 7/9/22)

1) The Doobie Brothers are a big time rock band that rose out of San Jose, California and charted many hits in the 1970s and early 1980s. The initial outfit was fronted by lead vocalist and guitarist Tom Johnston. He led the band  from 1970 until he left in 1975. During that period the Doobies had top hits like “China Grove,” “Blackwater,” and “Listen to the Music.” In 1976 Michael McDonald signed on as lead vocalist and the band’s sound took a new course. That version of the band scored hits with “Takin it to the Streets,” “What a Fool Believes,” and “Minute By Minute.” Kenny Loggins even has a co-writing credit on “What a Fool Believes.” Johnston then returned to the band in 1987 and has remained with them ever since. The Doobies had a new hit in 1989 with “The Doctor.” Liberté is the group’s latest album release and dropped in 2021. The group is on their 50th Anniversary Tour and are joined by their good friend Michael McDonald. 7:30 p.m. The Pavilion at Star Lake, 665 Rt. 18 Burgettstown. (R.H.)

2) Murder for Girls  is a punky, crunchy band built upon the strong bass lines of bass guitarist Jonathan Bagamery, intense rhythmic drumming of Michele Dunlap, and dual guitar sound of Tammy Wallace and Stephanie Wallace and their harmonic, fast-paced vocals. Murder for Girls is active on the local scene and has drawn good crowds to their appearances at the Deutschtown Music Festival, RANT, and Ladyfest. Murder for Girls latest album is 2022’s Nine Stories. Today is their Vinyl LP release party at Government Center on the North Side. Also on the bill is Dumplings and Inco Fido. 8 p.m. (C.M./R.H.)

Murder for girls includes (left to right) Stephanie Wallace, Michele Dunlap,Tammy Wallace, and Jonathan Bagamery.

Murder for girls includes (left to right) Stephanie Wallace, Michele Dunlap,Tammy Wallace, and Jonathan Bagamery.

3) Moe’s Southwest Grill‘s local owner, Mike Geiger, appreciates the support his business had received during the hardest part of the pandemic from the communities they have locations in. As a way of repaying the public, Geiger, in collaboration with Easy Street Promotions, last year created the Moe’s Thank You Pittsburgh Brewery Tour with several stops at local breweries with free Moe’s food (tacos, chips, and queso) and live music. The Moe’s Southwest Brewery Tour was so popular that it is continuing this year. Today’s stop is at Helltown Brewing (Export) with music from Byron Nash and Jacquea Mae. 6 – 9 p.m. 5578 Old William Penn Hwy.


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