Ladies and gentlemen, the Doobie Brothers.
With that announcement, one of the most iconic recording groups in America will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 28, at the United Wireless Arena.
For four decades, the Doobie Brothers have produced roots based, harmony laden, guitar-driven rock and roll. They have sold over 48 million albums and have earned four Grammy awards.
The Doobie Brothers have one of the most loyal fan bases in the county and they continue to write and record new material and tour the world.
In their career, the Doobie Brothers have produced two No. 1 singles, "Black Water" and "What a Fool Believes" both gold. These lead a long list of incredible songs including "Listen to the Music," "China Grove," "Jesus Is Just Alright," "Rockin' Down the Highway," "Long Train Runnin'," "Take Me In Your Arms," "Takin' It To The Streets," "Minute By Minute," "You Belong To Me," "The Doctor" and more.
Through the years, the Doobie Brothers have produced five Top 10 singles and 60 top 40 hits. Starting with their multi-million selling sophomore collection "Toulouse Street" the Doobies have had three multi-platinum, seven platinum and 14 Gold albums. The Best of the Doobie Brothers sold more than 12 million copies to become a rare Diamond record.
Getting this popular group has been a challenge for Chris Ragland, United Wireless Center executive director.
He has been inquiring about the Doobies for several years, but the timing was always wrong until this time.
"It just so happened everything came together in this case," Ragland said. "I've spent a lot of time looking at their shows and where they are going."
Dodge City is not the usual primary destination. Ragland kept looking for an opportunity to stop here when they were on their way to another destination.
Most of the bigger shows are with agencies and promoters will work with these agencies to get the shows they want.
The United Wireless Arena does a lot of its own promoting. When Ragland can tell an agency they sold 4,000 tickets for Boston and 5,000 for Jeff Dunham, it helps him convince agencies that people will come to Dodge City to see a show. But Ragland always keeps his fingers crossed when trying to book a show.
"We are always always looking for shows," Ragland said.
Other shows coming to Wireless Arena are "Starship" (formerly Jefferson Starship) and "The Romantics. Trace Atkins will be on stage for a Dodge City Days concert.
Looking ahead, Ragland is working on a comedy for the fall and a Christmas. They have offers out there and are pursuing them. They are already working on shows for 2020.
Ragland said when selecting shows, they use social media including their website, Facebook plus stakeholders in the facility. Those suggestions then go on radar and look for close performance venues.
Classic rock always does well at Wireless Arena. Styx and Boston were successful.
On top of Ragland's wish list is Chicago. That is one that is generally requested.
It takes a lot of work to get a show to performance night. It takes a lot of time to get the show booked then there are a lot elements that have to be put together including marketing, hotels, radio, TV, newspapers, food and much more. By the time the act hits the stage, 90 percent of the process is already done.
"It takes months of real work. Once they are on stage, it goes on automatic pilot," Ragland said. "It's a huge challenge but we have a great team out here. It's critical for our success."
Tickets for the concert are now on sale. Check out the United Wireless Arena website for information.