The Doobie Brothers with Michael McDonald will play 2022 benefit concert for Tobin Center for the Performing Arts in San Antonio

May 10, 2022 - 11:30am

The Doobie Brothers with Michael McDonald will headline the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts’ annual benefit this fall.

The concert is part of the band’s 50th anniversary U.S. tour. It is the first time in more than 25 years that the Doobie Brothers have toured with McDonald as part of the band. He left in 1982 to launch a successful solo career.

In many cities, the tour is playing amphitheaters with a capacity of 20,000 or more. The Tobin Center seats 1,750.

“We always shoot for the underplay, performers that would generally play a bigger space,” said Aaron Zimmerman, vice president of programming for the Tobin Center.

The Oct. 8 performance marks the return of the center’s annual fundraiser, which has been on hold since Gladys Knight’s performance in 2019 because of the pandemic.

Tickets range from $99 to $1,000 at, at the box office or by calling 210-223-8624.

Packages including a pre-show dinner and a post-show party can only be purchased over the phone.

Proceeds will benefit the Tobin Center’s Generation Next Educational Initiatives, which includes teacher training, field trips and sensory-friendly productions.

The Doobie Brothers were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2020. Their hits include “China Grove,” “Black Water,” “What a Fool Believes,” “Listen to the Music” and “Jesus is Just Alright with Me.”

Their concert follows previous benefit headliners Paul McCartney, Lionel Richie, Dolly Parton, Steven Tyler, Paula Abdul and Knight.

The Doobie Brothers concert was announced Monday night as part of a preview of the Tobin Center’s 2022-23 subscription series.

The Nat Geo live series, which presents multimedia talks by National Geographic explorers, will present “Capturing the Impossible,” featuring explorer Bryan Smith, Oct. 2; “Untamed,” featuring filmmaker Filipe DeAndrade, Jan. 15, 2023; “Secrets of Whales,” featuring photographer Brian Skerry, March 19, 2023; and “Cosmic Adventures,” featuring aerospace engineer Tracy Drain, June 11, 2023.

The Signature Series of theater presentations holds “The Illusionists: Magic of the Holidays,” Dec. 16; “9 to 5,” Feb. 13-14, 2023; “Legally Blonde: The Musical,” March 6, 2023; and “Tootsie,” May 2-3, 2023.

Subscriptions to both series are on sale now. Single tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. June 9.

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