Don’t miss your chance to see Michael McDonald perform live at Chinook Winds on October 21st and 22nd, 2016 at 8pm!
Tickets go on sale July 21, 2016 at 8am! Reserve your seats by phone at 1-888-MAIN ACT (1-888-624-6228), in person at the Chinook Winds Box Office, or online.
Reserved Seating Tickets: $40 – $55. Must be 16 or older to attend.
Michael McDonald – Meet & Greet Package – $200
Available through the Box Office ONLY
A prominent part in the soundtrack to our times, Michael McDonald, as an artist and songwriter, has been awarded an impressive five Grammys. However, by maintaining a low-key profile, the contrast of Michael McDonald as a person and as a musician is astounding. Though comfortable onstage, he has never been a flashy entertainer, nor has he been distracted by passing trends. Instead, McDonald has triumphed through music alone, with a remarkable voice and a body of well-crafted songs. Few have made such an impact with so much substance and so little hoopla.
Michael began performing and recording with the bands Steely Dan and the Doobie Brothers in 1975. During his time with the Doobie Brothers, McDonald recorded hits including “Takin’ It to the Streets” and “What a Fool Believes.” He is also well known as a solo artist and a songwriter.
McDonald initially worked as a studio musician in Los Angeles. In 1975, he joined the band Steely Dan as an in-studio adjunct member. He participated as a background singer and keyboardist on the Steely Dan albums Katy Lied, Aja, The Royal Scam and Gaucho. McDonald also toured with the band in the 1970s.
In addition to his work with Steely Dan, McDonald began playing with the Doobie Brothers. McDonald performed with the band as a temporary replacement for singer Tom Johnston. The other members of the band were so impressed with McDonald, however, that they asked him to stay on as a permanent member. During his time with the Doobie Brothers, McDonald recorded hits including “It Keeps You Runnin’,” “Takin’ It to the Streets” and “What a Fool Believes.” The latter yielded a Grammy Award (song of the year) for McDonald and Kenny Loggins. McDonald also collaborated with contemporaries including Bonnie Raitt and Toto during this period in his career.
After the Doobie Brothers disbanded in the early 1980s, McDonald continued to perform and collaborate as a solo artist. He released his first solo album, If That’s What it Takes, in 1982, and penned songs for acts as diverse as Carly Simon and Van Halen. “On My Own,” a duet with Patti LaBelle, reached the top of the charts in 1986.
McDonald has enjoyed a long and successful career due to his versatility and ability to work with a wide range of artists. In 1991, he released “Ever Changing Times” with Aretha Franklin. He received two Grammy Award nominations in 2003 for an album paying tribute to the Motown sound of the 1960s and ’70s. He has also continued to tour sporadically with Steely Dan and the Doobie Brothers.
Known equally for his benevolence, as his musical prowess and successes, Michael McDonald has lent his talents and energies to a long, varied list of charitable causes throughout the first three decades of his career and he has contributed an overwhelming amount to numerous benevolent events and enterprises. Michael’s recent appearances have included a tsunami relief concert sponsored by The Wave in Los Angeles; TJ Martell’s Stevie Wonder tribute, NARAS/MusiCares’ tribute to Brian Wilson in 2005 and again in the 2007 tribute to Don Henley; Morehouse College’s tribute to Ray Charles, a fundraiser for Stax Museum and shows for The Little Sisters of the Poor in San Pedro, CA, and the Sisters of Mercy, in Oakland, CA, among others. Michael also participated in the 7UP Grammy Signature Schools Program and painted a Gibson Les Paul guitar for a NARAS/MusiCares auction. McDonald was recently honored at the WHY-Chapin awards dinner with the prestigious ASCAP Harry Chapin Humanitarian Award for both his musical career and his vast charitable endeavors. McDonald continues his fundraising efforts actively working with WHY’s – Artists Against Hunger & Poverty program.
Michael’s matchless and prolific consistency through more than 25 years of recording and performing was celebrated in August 2005 by Warner Brothers, who released Michael McDonald: The Ultimate Collection, highlighting the wide breadth of his career from his days with The Doobie Brothers, to his solo hits, to his version of the Motown favorite “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough”.
Michael McDonald remains active as a singer, songwriter, and industry professional. In 2000, McDonald co-founded a record label, Ramp Records, with Chris Pelonis and actor Jeff Bridges. He toured with Donald Fagan and Boz Scaggs in 2010 under the name the Dukes of September Rhythm Revue. He has also performed with the electronic group Holy Ghost!, and contributed performances to the television shows 30 Rock and American Idol.
With a career that has seen innumerable chart successes and sales feats and as an artist who has maintained consistent popularity and earned numerous accolades in both personal and professional arenas, McDonald remains the artist’s artist and an enduring presence in popular music.