Featured Performer: Michael McDonald
Five-Time Grammy Award Winner, 2020 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee, Acclaimed Member of The Doobie Brothers and Steely Dan
With a career that encompasses five Grammys, numerous chart successes and personal and professional accolades, as well as collaborations with some of the world’s most prominent artists, Michael McDonald remains an enduring force in popular music.
Hailing from St. Louis, McDonald arrived in Los Angeles in the early 1970s, honing his talents as a studio musician before becoming an integral part of Steely Dan. In the mid-’70s McDonald was invited to join the Doobie Brothers as the band redefined their sound with McDonald serving as singer, keyboardist and songwriter on such Top 40 singles as “Takin’ It To The Streets,” “It Keeps You Runnin’,” “Minute By Minute” and “What A Fool Believes.” Throughout the ’80s and ’90s McDonald’s solo career took off with a string of hits including “I Keep Forgettin’ (Every Time You’re Near),” “Sweet Freedom,” “On My Own” (with Patti LaBelle) and the Grammy-winning James Ingram duet “Yah Mo B There,” plus he co-wrote the Van Halen hit “I’ll Wait.” McDonald has performed with a who’s-who of critically acclaimed artists across a number of genres, including Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Elton John, Joni Mitchell, Vince Gill and Grizzly Bear.
In 2020, McDonald was elected to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the Doobie Brothers. In celebration of the group’s 50th anniversary, McDonald is touring with the band for the first time in nearly 25 years on a five-month run of U.S. dates.
McDonald’s other recent collaborations include his work on the critically acclaimed track “Show You The Way” with multi-genre bassist, singer and producer Thundercat and Kenny Loggins, as well as performances with Solange Knowles, Allen Stone, Lawrence and members of Snarky Puppy and Vulfpeck. Wide Open, McDonald’s first full length record of all new music in nearly a decade, came out in 2017 and received extensive critical acclaim from NPR “Weekend Edition,” NPR Music, Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, the Los Angeles Times and many more. McDonald continues to tour extensively as a solo artist as well, with an upcoming residency slated for New York’s legendary Café Carlyle this coming Spring.