Concerts are best enjoyed in the summer, since the sunshine lowers the risk that the bassist will see his own shadow and bring on six more weeks of Christmas carols. Relax into seasonal songs with this GrouponLive deal to see Chicago and The Doobie Brothers at The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in The Woodlands on Sunday, July 22, at 7:30 p.m. For $35, you get two general-admission lawn tickets (up to a $48.30 value, including all fees).
The summer swirls with the sounds of the ‘70s as FM-ruling titans Chicago and The Doobie Brothers combine their hook-writing prowess and chart-topping powers for a 21-date U.S. tour. Known for its signature horn section, Chicago drenches its collection of 21 Top 10 hits in sunny brass that could topple the Walls of Jericho and replace it with a new wall built out of bricks and quarter notes. Lee Loughnane's playful trumpet refrain mingles with Robert Lamm's clear tenor and nostalgically tumbling piano during the intro of "Saturday in the Park," and James Pankow's trombone squonks its way into the bridge of "Old Days" amid a bubbling bass line as fans gaze on from the soft grass.
Backed up by some 40 million records sold, The Doobie Brothers bring their pristine vocal harmonies, guitar-driven melodies, and shaving-cream allergies to the tour. "Listen to the Music" demonstrates the band's adeptness with strings, flooding ear canals with a tapestry of acoustic strumming, bending guitar solos, and chipper banjo. In regard to the group's balance between touring and recording in the studio, founding member and axeman Tom Johnston says, "The Doobies have always been about playing live." This commitment to performing ignites onstage chemistry in soulful tracks such as "Takin' It to the Streets" and "Long Train Running," which talks about love, talks about love, talks about what to eat for dinner, then talks about love. Throughout the show, both bands play an individual set from their own catalog of hits before uniting to play together in a grand-finale encore and an onstage game of touch football.