Verizon Wireless Music Center in Noblesville, Indiana takes the prize this Summer in Indianapolis music for best and most concerts all season long. It seems their stage is lit up practically every other day and the outdoor auditorium filled with the sounds of some of the most popular artists in the industry. Thursday, July 22 is no exception as Chicago and The Doobie Brothers take the stage at Verizon Wireless Music Center offering retro rock. Tickets to this Indianapolis event are between $20.00 and $125.00 and the show starts at 7:30 pm. Don’t miss the action as two of the United States most successful touring acts collide in one great tour.
This American rock band is close to their Chicago, Illinois roots, where they came together in 1967. Though their music began as a politically charged explosion of experimental rock, the band did not find real success until they shifted their sound to the softer side of things. Famous for their hit ballads, they produced a steady stream of music through the 1970s and 1980s. They eagerly stand just behind the Beach Boys in terms of singles and albums, making Chicago one of the longest running and most successful United States pop/ rock and roll groups. Their impressive resume puts their record sales at 120 million world wide, which includes twenty two gold albums, eighteen platinum albums and eight multi platinum albums. Their career has found them in the number one spot on Billboard’s Hot 100 five times and in the top ten an impressive twenty one times.
Their first album, released under Columbia Records, The Chicago Transit Authority also known simply as CTA gave us hit singles like “Does Anybody Know What Time It Is?,” Beginnings” and “Questions 67 and 68,” which have since become radio staples for classic rock stations. However, they did not gain their greatest prominence until the release of their second album Chicago. The centerpiece song, a thirteen minute suite called “Ballet for a Girl from Buchannon,” yielded them two top ten hits when broken into various parts. Through the 1970s, the band released one EP per year titling them in sequential order, and marking the hay day of their career.
Today, the band has seen many changes, including the accidental death of its original front man Terry Kath. The six surviving members of the band still tour nationally and have even released a few compilation discs. Teaming up with other famous 70s bands like Earth Wind and Fire, Chicago loves nothing more than to take its music directly to the fans who love them most. Now they team up with The Doobie Brothers to bring a concert experience like no other to Indianapolis arts.
The Doobie Brothers
The Doobie Brothers have sold more than 30 million albums in the United States from their formation in the 1970s to today. Formed in California in 1969, this band got their start playing live across Northern California in 1970. When they earned a following from a chapter of the Hells Angels, the band scored its first recurring gig at one of the bikers’ favorite venues. In that time, they released an energetic set of demos, which showcases fuzz-toned dual lead electric guitar, three part harmonies and frenetic drumming, which got them signed with Warner Brothers Records.
It took only a retooling of their biker image and the release of a second album, Toulouse Street, which gave fans the classic rock staples “Listen to the Music” and “Jesus is Just Alright,” to break through to mainstream success. But when their primary song writer became deathly ill, the band was at an impasse. In 1976, The Doobie Brothers turned to Michael McDonald for material for their next EP. He injected the band’s sound with a blue eyed soul and soft rock influence that emphasized keyboards, horns and subtler more syncopated rhythms. The album Takin’ It to the Streets featured the title track “It Keeps You Runnin.” The album was their best yet, shooting them into super star status.
Since then The Doobie Brothers have broken up and reunited. Today this band looks much different then it did back then, with countless turnovers and trade outs among members. But their sound is just as clear as ever. Don’t miss them in concert with Chicago this Thursday, July 22.
Catch this concert at Verizon Wireless Music Center at 7:30 pm. Before the show, treat yourself to a delicious dinner from any of these Indianapolis restaurants or Noblesville restaurants. Afterward, grab a night cap at any of these Indianapolis bars or Noblesville bars. Stay tuned to Indianapolis News, Events and Information on Fun City Finder.com for all the latest on fun things to do in Indianapolis. We cover Indianapolis attractions to Indianapolis sports and everything in between. Get out in Indy and find some fun! Make the Circle City your playground!
Chicago and The Doobie Brothers
Thursday, July 22 at 7:30 pm
Verizon Wireless Music Center
12880 East 146th Street
Noblesville, IN 46060