What Do the Doobie Brothers, Schroon Lake, and Steely Dan All Have in Common?
Here's my weekend, Schroon Lake, sausage and peppers, the Doobie Brothers and Steely Dan.
With our $146 Steely Dan/Doobie Brothers tickets securely tucked away, we packed up our Sonata and headed north. Our first stop was Schroon Lake, only 3 hours and 20 minutes north of the Danbury area and home of 'Dock Street Dogs.'
Why Schroon Lake you ask? Mindy's brother Steven and his wife Gail live in Schroon, NY inside the rustic and beautiful Adirondack Park in northeastern New York in the middle of freakin' nowhere! Together they operate a yellow food truck called, 'Dock Street Dogs' located on the sidewalk overlooking the lake. The sausage and peppers hoagie is to die for! Check it out below on the far left of the photo.
The second stop on our weekend getaway was the Steely Dan/Doobie Brothers concert 1 hour away down I-87S at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center(SPAC). The Doobies led off with, 'Natural Thing' and the place went crazy! They played them all, 'Black Water,' 'Long Train Runnin,' 'Jesus Is Just Alright,' 'China Grove,' and 'Listen To The Music' and the band was having a great old time too. They are all such incredible musicians! We had seats in the 8th-row center orchestra and the place was going absolutely crazy! People were singin' along and the hippie chicks sitting in front of me thought it was a good idea to stand up and start dancing to 'Long Train Runnin'..Fanfu**ingtastic!
Original Doobie members Tom Johnston, Pat Simmons, and John McFee along with the rest of these exceptional musicians absolutely blew the doors off SPAC on Saturday evening. The vocals, the guitar riffs, the harmonies, along with their engaging stage presence had us begging for more as they left the stage.
One of my favorite bands in the world, Steely Dan is my jam. They were the headliners but even I admit they couldn't come close to matching the energy and the hit machine called the Doobie Brothers although we are talking about two completely different types of bands. But 'The Dan' did not disappoint. After playing the title track to my favorite Steely tune, their 1978 album, Aja, I did jump to my feet after watching Steely Dan drummer, Keith Carlock play his two short drum solos during the song. I couldn't believe what I was seeing!