....Tuesday night at the Travis County Expo Center in concert at The Star of Texas Rodeo, near Decker Lake just east of Austin. Two original members, guitarist/vocalists Tom Johnston and Pat Simmons, plus longtime member John McFee on guitar, slide, vocals, fiddle and harmonica, were there. Those three, plus two drummers, a bassist, a keyboardist and a sax player, did all the hits and more from a revolving stage in the center of the arena. Our reserved bleacher seats were twenty-five bucks each. We sat less than 50 yards away and enjoyed the show. Sound was a little muddled compared to what you get at the Erwin Center, but not that bad. The place was nearly sold out with maybe 2000 folks of all ages enthusiastically enjoying fine, spirited renditions of "China Grove," "Long Train Runnin'," "Black Water," "Rockin' Down The Highway," "Listen To The Music," "Jesus Is Just Alright," "Takin" It To The Streets," etc. The Doobies have always featured fine, soulful lead vocals and excellent harmony singing with blues based lead guitar work played over catchy, driving riffs and hook-filled arrangements. When Michael McDonald and Jeff "Skunk" Baxter were members, they even delved a bit into Jazz and R&B. Tom and Pat have fronted this band and written and performed this material for well over 30 years and they and the others were very, very good. We enjoyed the show and the Doobies had everyone of all ages applauding their talent and energy and singing along with the familiar lyrics. Easy parking and access, smoke free and inexpensive with great sight lines, plus large video screens for close ups, decent sound and cold 16 oz. beers for six bucks a pop.