Austin360 Ampitheater had an epic week last week and we were witness to one of their fantastic shows — San Francisco Fest 2016, featuring Dave Mason, The Doobie Brothers and Journey.
Dave Mason is one of the busiest 70-year old musicians on the scene. He has had a long career, written a myriad of hit songs, such as “We Just Disagree” (from the Let It Flow album, 1977), and is a member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. He was with a band called Traffic in his early days and has had an uber-successful solo career. Many of us love his “Feelin’ Alright” from his Headkeeper album, 1972. He’s still touring nonstop so fans, new and old, can enjoy his tunes.
The Doobie Brothers are synonymous with the harmony-laden, guitar-based rock of the 70s. Their Toulouse Street album skyrocketed them to multi-platinum stardom. Their concerts are packed with multi-generational audiences– folks who were adults when they hit it big in the 70s and children of those folks, who grew up listening to hits like “Listen to the Music,” as kids and still love them today. Other hits like “Takin’ to the Streets” and “China Grove,” have made The Doobie Brothers hot for decades.
Journey brought down the house, featuring lead singer Arnel Pineda who sings a mean Steve Perry. He leads the 80s band of established rockers and comes out swinging with a big voice and plenty of show presence on the stage. Fans representing various generations swayed and jammed to hits like “Don’t Stop Believin’” (a song that’s been covered countless times) and “Open Arms” (both from the Escape album, ‘81) and “Faithfully” (Frontiers album, ‘83).