A touch of blues, plus a

lot of soul and rock and roll equal the sound of California rock band The Doobie Brothers, who'll be takin' it to the streets in Akron at the Akron Civic Theatre on March 29 at 8 p.m.

Ticket prices are $71, $57, $47 and $37 and can be purchased at the Akron Civic box office, by phone at 330-253-2488 or online at www.akroncivic.com.

As one of the most popular California pop/rock bands of the '70s, The Doobie Brothers evolved from a mellow, post-hippie boogie band to a slick, soul-inflected pop outfit by the end of the decade. Extolling smart pop hooks and warm, soulful vocals, along the way, the group racked up a string of gold and platinum albums, along with a number of radio hits like "Listen to the Music," "Black Water," "Takin' It To The Streets" and "China Grove," lacing their country-rock stylings with an enjoyable dash of funk.

With founding members Tom Johnston and Pat Simmons, and 30 year-plus veteran John McFee, the Doobies will be performing as an eight-piece band.