Party with the Doobie Brothers in Cocoa Village for a good cause


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Four-time Grammy-winning rock group the Doobie Brothers will headline Party in the Park on Sunday, March 1 at Riverfront Park in Cocoa Village.

Want to hear “Black Water” by the river?

Then head to Riverfront Park in Cocoa Village on Sunday, March 1 and catch the legendary Doobie Brothers in concert. Gates open at 2 p.m.

The four-time Grammy-winning rock group will headline Party in the Park, presented by the Rotary Club of Cocoa to benefit its foundation and the Boys & Girls Club of Central Florida’s Cocoa club.

“I think this the finest band to come to Brevard County outside of the King Center,” said Mike Arnold, a certified financial planner, former Cocoa Rotary president and current capital campaign chairman of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Cocoa. “We’re excited.”

The San Jose, Calif.-based group has sold more than 40 million records since its inception in 1969. The band scored its first No. 1 hit in 1974 with “Black Water,” and returned to the top of the charts in 1978 with “What a Fool Believes.” Other hit singles include “Listen to the Music, “Jesus is Just Alright,” “Rockin’ Down the Highway,” “China Grove,” “Long Train Runnin’ ” and “Taking It to the Streets.”

For its latest album, “Southbound,” the band re-recorded 12 of its biggest hits with country stars such as Brad Paisley, Blake Shelton and Toby Keith. Former Doobie Brothers vocalist Michael McDonald, who left the band in 1982 to pursue a solo career, also returned to take part in the project.

The band’s lineup features two original members — guitarists and vocalists Tom Johnston and Pat Simmons — along with longtime guitarist John McFee, keyboardist Guy Allison, bassist John Cowan, drummers Tony Pia and Ed Toth and saxophonist
Marc Russo.

Arnold said he wanted to bring the Doobie Brothers to Cocoa after learning they would be part of a rock and roll legends cruise out of Fort Lauderdale. He turned to production company Jack Link and Associates in Rockledge to book the group.

“It was a band I thought was high quality, a bit of a crossover: a little country, a little rock,” Arnold said. “I’ve always enjoyed the Doobie Brothers and I thought they would appeal to a large audience.”

Tickets range from $150 VIP seats to $45 general admission. VIP ticket holders can enjoy a dinner catered by The Tulip restaurant in Cocoa Village and a private bar. Food trucks and beverage vendors also will be on hand.

“We think it’s the most beautiful concert venue in Brevard County,” Arnold said of Riverfront Park.

Opening acts are classic rock band Vintage and Pidgin, an alternative rock/country, blues and soul group.

Arnold said 50 percent of net proceeds will go to the Boys & Girls Clubs and the Rotary Club’s foundation.

“Ticket sales are going pretty good,” he said. “We’re hoping it will pick up. We want to support the Boys & Girls Clubs, so any help the community can give us is much appreciated.” 

For more information and tickets, call 877-722-2921 or go to cocoapartyinthepark.com

The Rotary Club of Cocoa presents Party in the Park, featuring the Doobie Brothers, Vintage and Pidjin on Sunday, March 1 at Riverfront Park in Cocoa Village.

Gates open at 2 p.m. Tickets are $150 for VIP prime seats, $75 for reserved seats and $45 general admission.

Part of the proceeds benefit the Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Florida’s Cocoa club and the Rotary Club of Cocoa Foundation.

For tickets, call 877-722-2921 or go to cocoapartyinthepark.com.