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Michael McDonald sets co-headlining summer tour dates with Chaka Khan


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Singer/songwriter and five-time Grammy Award winner Michael McDonald is set to hit the road this summer for a co-headlining U.S. tour with R&B legend Chaka Khan. Tour highlights include performances at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles and Chicago’s Ravinia Festival. Prior to the start of the tour with Chaka Khan, McDonald will headline a number of venues including the Fountainebleau Hotel in Miami and Family Gras in New Orleans (alongside John Oates and Brett Eldredge); see below for a complete list of dates. American Express® Card Members can purchase tickets in select markets before the general public from now through February 7 at 10 p.m. local time.
The tour comes on the heels of a successful run of holiday performances in support of McDonald’s recent holiday compilation, Season of Peace: The Christmas Collection (out now via BMG) as well as a rare, intimate solo residency at New York’s legendary Café Carlyle last fall.
McDonald’s most recent full-length album of new material, Wide Open, continues to receive extensive critical praise from the Los Angeles Times, NPR Music, Pitchfork, Rolling Stone and many more:
Wide Open sets McDonald’s gruff but heartfelt vocals—and his thoughts on
romance and human nature—against arrangements that pull expertly from R&B, country
and gospel. ‘Does the sound of my voice still carry any kind of message?’ he asks an old
lover in ‘Hail Mary,’ and this excellent record argues that it does.”—Los Angeles Times
“There’s a profound sense of hindsight to Wide Open that moves with a tenderness that comes from age and newfound wonderment, even if McDonald’s voice hasn’t aged a day.”—NPR “First Listen”
Wide Open may be the album that makes the kids call their folks and say, ‘Hey,
have you heard of this new artist, Michael McDonald?'”—NPR Music
“Within seconds of the opening ‘oohs’ and warm, groovy vibes of McDonald’s new
song, ‘Find It In Your Heart,’ your heart will be overjoyed. The opening notes call up immediate memories of some of his much-beloved Doobie Brothers classics, like ‘What A Fool Believes’ and ‘Takin’ It To The Streets,’ as well as some of of his incredible harmony singing with Steely Dan on ‘Peg’ and ‘Bad Sneakers.'”—NPR “Songs We Love”
“an urbane R&B labor of love”—Pitchfork
“McDonald’s voice remains exceptional, a throaty bray–unyielding in the middle,
shredded around the edges–that’s still capable of overpowering even a muscular band.”—Rolling Stone
“Michael McDonald is having a renaissance.”—Rolling Stone Hot Issue (November 16, 2017)
“It’s McDonald’s voice and its soulful, instantly recognizable qualities that he has built his career on—including his stints with Steely Dan, the Doobie Brothers and many years of solo work. There’s plenty more of his sweet tones on the dozen songs on Wide Open, in diverse settings.”—Associated Press
“One of the great unexpected pop pleasures of 2017 is Michael McDonald suddenly being cool again…Wide Open has some soul and New Orleans funk but also horn-fueled tracks that tell us what his friends in Steely Dan would sound like if they became earnest romantic obsessives.”—Variety
“as diverse an album as McDonald has ever made”—Billboard
“one of the greatest singer-songwriters to ever sit at a piano”—SPIN
“On Wide Open, McDonald…[is] digging deep into the core of these always-honest, sometimes-gritty, never-mannered songs and delivering them with sincerity, punch and heart.”—Relix
 “His singing is so specific, and it has so much depth…Michael is such a stark
example of staying honest and open in your music.”—Thundercat
McDonald celebrated the release of Wide Open with a pair of appearances on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” performing the album track “Find It In Your Heart” as well as collaborating with Thundercat and Kenny Loggins on the trio’s hit single “Show You The Way” from Thundercat’s critically acclaimed LP Drunk. McDonald was also featured on CBS Sunday Morning” in the wake of the album’s release, watch the segment at
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.
* with Chaka Khan
February 16                Miami Beach, FL                                                          Fountainebleau Hotel
February 20                      Tyler, TX                                                       Cowan Center at UT Tyler
February 22                Lake Charles, LA                                                                    Golden Nugget
February 23                    Metairie, LA                                                                            Family Gras
March 1                            Indio, CA                                                 Fantasy Springs Resort Casino
April 5                        Albuquerque, NM                                                       Isleta Resort & Casino
April 6                    Colorado Springs, CO         Earl Klugh’s Weekend of Jazz at The Broadmoor
April 11                          Greeley, CO                                                             Monfort Concert Hall
April 12                           Kamas, UT                                                                         DeJoria Center
April 13                             Ivins, UT                                                              Tuacahn Amphitheatre
April 15                          Folsom, CA                                                        Harris Center for the Arts
April 16                          Folsom, CA                                                        Harris Center for the Arts
April 18                            Napa, CA                                                                        Uptown Theatre
April 19                         Monterey, CA                                                             Golden State Theatre
April 20                        San Diego, CA                                                                   Belly Up Tavern
June 19                            Detroit, MI                                                                   Motor City Casino
June 20                      Huber Heights, OH                                  Rose Music Center at The Heights*
June 22                       Canandaigua, NY                        Constellation Brands Marvin Sands PAC*
June 23                      Mashantucket, CT                                                 Foxwoods Resort Casino*
June 25                         Bethlehem, PA                                          Sands Bethlehem Event Center*
June 26                    Hampton Beach, NH                                    Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom
June 28                          Westbury, NY                                                NYCB Theatre at Westbury*
June 29                        Atlantic City, NJ                                                     Tropicana Atlantic City*
July 4                            Columbus, OH                  City of Dublin Independence Day Celebration*
July 6                         Highland Park, IL                                                                Ravinia Festival*
July 7                           Prior Lake, MN                                                  Mystic Lake Casino Hotel*
July 10                        San Antonio, TX                                                                  Majestic Theatre
July 12                           Houston, TX                                        Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion*
July 13                             Dallas, TX                                   The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory*
July 15                            Boulder, CO                                                          Chautauqua Auditorium
July 17                       Beaver Creek, CO                                             Vilar Performing Arts Center
July 23                     Airway Heights, WA                                   Northern Quest Resort & Casino*
July 25                            Seattle, WA                                                                                         TBA
July 27                              Reno, NV                                                Grand Sierra Resort & Casino*
July 28                           Portland, OR                                                    Oregon Zoo Amphitheater*
July 30                           Saratoga, CA                                                          The Mountain Winery*
July 31                        Los Angeles, CA                                                               Hollywood Bowl*
August 2                      Costa Mesa, CA                                        OC Fair—Pacific Amphitheatre*
August 3                            Ojai, CA                                                                              Libbey Bowl
August 4                    Rohnert Park, CA                                                          Green Music Center*

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