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Michael McDonald to perform concert in SLO in March

Michael McDonald
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Soulful singer-songwriter Michael McDonald is takin’ it to the streets of San Luis Obispo next spring.

The five-time Grammy Award winner will perform March 18, 2014, at the Performing Arts Center, according to Bruce Howard of Otter Productions Inc.

McDonald recorded four albums with jazz-rock band Steely Dan, singing background vocals on songs such as “Black Friday” and “Peg,” before joining the Doobie Brothers in the mid-1970s.

His unique voice, heard on hit singles "Minute by Minute," “Takin’ It To The Streets” and “What A Fool Believes,” became part of the band’s new soft rock and soul-influenced sound.

McDonald further established his reputation as a singer, keyboardist and songwriter in the ’80s and ’90s with solo hits such as “I Keep Forgettin’” and duets including “On My Own” and “Yah Mo B There.”

More recently, he’s recorded two “Motown” albums, a couple of Christmas albums and a Grammy-winning crossover album, 2008’s “Soul Speak.” He released an EP with guitarist Robben Ford, "Unfinished Business," in May.

Tickets for McDonald’s March 2014 concert, which cost $50 to $90, will go on sale at noon Friday. To purchase, call 756-4849 or visit