Thursday, February 26, 2009

EAA AirVenture 2009 opening-day concert features Doobie Brothers

For more information contact:
Dick Knapinski, Media and Public Relations
(920) 426-6523


Ford Motor Company presenting July 27 concert on AeroShell Square

EAA AVIATION CENTER, OSHKOSH, Wis. - (Feb. 26, 2009) - After a
full opening day of flying on Monday, July 27, at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh
2009, AeroShell Square will feel the power of more than aircraft, as the
legendary Doobie Brothers take the stage that evening, compliments of
the Ford Motor Company.

The performance, free of charge to all AirVenture guests that
day, will be held adjacent to the Ford Motor Company Hangar on AeroShell
Square, immediately following the afternoon air show.

"Over the last couple of years, a question that I regularly
receive from EAA members and AirVenture attendees is 'Who will be the
opening-day concert at Oshkosh?'" said Tom Poberezny, EAA president and
AirVenture chairman. "Ford has again made it possible for this popular
tradition to continue by supporting the appearance of the Doobie
Brothers at AirVenture 2009."

Like EAA AirVenture, the Doobie Brothers are known the world
over and have attracted multiple generations of fans. Led by
co-founding members Tom Johnston and Patrick Simmons, the Doobies have
accumulated Grammy awards, gold and platinum records. They are
currently working on a new album of original material scheduled for
release this year.

"Over the past decade, Ford has been proud to be a part EAA
AirVenture, The World's Greatest Aviation Celebration," said Kevin
Keling, Ford Corporate Events Manager. "We're very happy to help
support EAA, all EAA members and this great event in a variety of ways,
including bringing top entertainment such as the Doobie Brothers to
aviation's annual family reunion."

The Doobie Brothers' unique style defies a single definition,
but has left its unquestioned mark on music history. From their first
top 40 hit in 1972, "Listen To The Music," through No. 1 hits such as
"Black Water" and "What A Fool Believes", and classic songs such as
"China Grove" and "Minute By Minute," the Doobie Brothers have created
an instantly identifiable American sound that continues to thrill
longtime fans and welcome a new generation to their music.

More information is available at the band's website at

The opening-day concert at EAA AirVenture, along with Ford Motor
Company's support of the Fly-In Theater and the vehicles used during the
event, its notable consumer presence at the fly-in and discounts on Ford
Motor Company vehicles for EAA members, continues to highlight Ford's
support for EAA members. Ford will also offer additional highlights and
benefits for EAA members and AirVenture attendees during this year's

EAA AIRVENTURE OSHKOSH is The World's Greatest Aviation
Celebration and EAA's yearly membership convention. Additional EAA
AirVenture information, including advance ticket purchase, is available
through the World Wide Web at EAA members receive
lowest prices on admission rates. For more information on EAA and its
programs, call 1-800-JOIN-EAA (1-800-564-6322) or visit

High-resolution photo images of the Doobie Brothers are available at
A full Doobie Brothers bio sheet is available at

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