From State Theatre New Jersey:
State Theatre New Jersey presents Grammy Award®-winning artist Michael McDonald on Friday, September 21, 2018 at 8pm. McDonald, formerly of Steely Dan and the Doobie Brothers will perform songs from his newest release, Wide Open, his first album of original material in 17 years, plus hits like “Takin’ It To The Streets,” “Minute By Minute,” “What A Fool Believes,” and more. Tickets range from $35-$120.
Hailing from St. Louis, Michael 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 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 Freedo,”“On My Own,” and the Grammy Award®-winning James Ingram duet “Yah Mo B There.” McDonald has performed with critically acclaimed artists across a number of genres, including Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Elton John, Joni Mitchell, Vince Gill, and Grizzly Bear.
McDonald’s latest album, Wide Open, is his first album of original work in 17 years. The album includes a number of collaborations with special guests including Warren Haynes, Robben Ford, Marcus Miller, and Branford Marsalis. The record follows a trio of albums of R&B and soul covers McDonald recorded for the fabled Motown label, the most recent being 2008’s Soul Speak. 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; McDonald performed the song with Thundercat during a surprise guest appearance at Coachella in April. This past spring, McDonald was joined by Solange Knowles, Allen Stone, Lawrence, and members of Snarky Puppy and Vulfpeck at the Okeechobee Music Fest.
For tickets, more information, or group discounts, call State Theatre Guest Services at 732-246-SHOW (7469), or visit us online at STNJ.org. State Theatre Guest Services, located at 15 Livingston Ave, New Brunswick NJ, is open Monday through Friday from 10am to 6pm; Saturday from 1pm to 5pm; and at least three hours prior to curtain on performance dates unless otherwise specified. Additional ticket and transaction fees may apply.