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Michael McDonald Returns With New Album And Tour

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Michael McDonald will release Wide Open, his first new album in nearly a decade on September 15th. The album, which is the former Doobie Brothers keyboardist’s first new set since his 2008 covers set Soul Speak, features collaborations with Gov’t Mule and Allman Brothers Band guitarist Warren Haynes, saxophonist Branford Marsalis, guitarist Robben Ford, and bassist Marcus Miller.

McDonald has been raising his profile with younger listeners lately, including a recent team-up with old friend Kenny Loggins and jazz-fusion bassist Thundercat on his track “Show You The Way” — along with sitting in with Thundercat several times — including a spot at the Coachella Festival. McDonald also recently performed a version of “What A Fool Believes” with Solange. McDonald kicks off his upcoming dates on June 10th at Lincoln, California’s Thunder Valley Casino, with the shows running through November 17th at L.A.’s Orpheum Theatre.

Michael McDonald told us that he’s never been one of those artists who tried to downplay his more popular material in concert: “As long as I’ve played ‘Takin’ It To The Streets’ or ‘Keeps You Running’ or ‘Sweet Freedom,’ God knows what — ‘I Keep Forgettin’,’ ‘Yah Mo B There’ — I don’t think there will ever be a time when the audience doesn’t want to hear those songs. The only reason I think I don’t get tired of them is because the audience becomes 90 percent of the whole performance. Their appreciation of the song and of the fact that you’re doing it really becomes the whole ball of wax. It’s like that’s the energy that exists in that moment at that time, where that song’s concerned. Otherwise, I think I’d get really, really sick of playing the same songs all the time.”

June 10 – Lincoln, CA – Thunder Valley Casino
June 12 – Sugar Land, TX – Smart Financial Centre
June 14 – San Antonio, TX – Tobin Center for the Performing Arts
June 16 – Thackerville, OK – WinStar World Casino
June 17 – Kansas City, MO – Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
June 18 – Des Moines, IA – Hoyt Sherman Place
June 20 – Moline, IL – iWireless Center
June 23 – Aspen, CO – Jazz Aspen Snowmass – June Experience
June 25 – Denver, CO – Hudson Gardens & Event Center
June 27 – Highland Park, IL – Ravinia Festival
June 28 – Interlochen, MI – Interlochen Center for the Arts
June 30 – Lenox, MA – Tanglewood Music Festival
July 1 – Cohasset, MA – South Shore Music Circus
July 2 – Gilford, NH – Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion
July 7 – Hyannis, MA – Cape Cod Melody Tent
July 8 – Atlantic City, NJ – Tropicana Hotel & Casino
July 9 – Ridgefield, CT – Ridgefield Playhouse
July 12 – Dayton, OH – Fraze Pavilion
July 14 – Mequon, WI – Gathering on the Green
August 6 – Costa Mesa, CA – OC Fair & Event Center
August 8 – Saratoga, CA – Mountain Winery
August 10 – Woodinville, WA – Chateau Ste Michelle Winery
August 11 – Spokane, WA – Northern Quest Resort & Casino
August 12 – Goldendale, WA – Maryhill Winery Amphitheater
August 15 – Livermore, CA – Wente Vineyards
August 16 – Paso Robles, CA – Vina Robles Amphitheatre
August 18 – Reno, NV – Carson Valley Inn Casino – TJ’s Corrall
August 19 – West Wendover, NV – Peppermill Concert Hall
August 20 – Steamboat Springs, CO – Strings Music Festival
September 15 – Del Mar, CA – Kaaboo
October 13 – Northfield, OH – Hard Rock Live
October 15 – New London, CT – Garde Arts Center
October 19 – New York, NY – Carnegie Hall
October 21 – Clearwater, FL – Clearwater Jazz Holiday at Coachman Park
October 22 – Atlanta, GA – Atlanta Symphony Hall
October 24 – Durham, NC – Durham Performing Arts Center
October 28 – Washington, DC – Warner Theatre
October 30 – Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium
November 2 – Minneapolis, MN – State Theatre
November 3 – St. Louis, MO – Peabody Opera House
November 4 – Memphis, TN – Orpheum Theatre
November 16 – Oakland, CA – Fox Theater
November 17 – Los Angeles, CA – Orpheum Theatre

Photo Courtesy of Timothy White

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