The Doobie Brothers shouldn't be this good.

Not after 40-plus years in the business. Not after lineup changes. Not after so much has changed in terms of musical trends.

Yet, the group -- which ranks as the biggest band to ever come out of San Jose -- is absolutely marvelous in concert.

The Doobies proved that once again when they performed in front of a full house on Saturday night at the lovely Mountain Winery in Saratoga.

The harmonies were tight. The musicianship — especially the guitar work from the three ax men — was superb. And the set list was out of sight.

The music is still ringing in my ears, yet I can't wait for my next date with the Doobies — whenever that might be.

The set list featured so many of the band's best numbers, kicking off the show with "Jesus is Just Alright" and moving through such favorites as "Take Me in Your Arms (Rock Me)" and "Black Water," before ending with an encore highlighted by "China Grove" and "Listen to the Music."

If you are a local Doobie fan who hasn't seen the group in many years, I suggest you correct that situation the next time the Brothers play a hometown show.

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