Michael McDonald & Boz Scaggs

Aug 12, 2016

Michael McDonald & Boz Scaggs

Gates open at 6pm. Music starts at 7:30pm | Tickets start at $41*

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Michael McDonald is best known for his soulful tenor and baritone, and the richness of his voice. Formerly of The Doobie Brothers and Steely Dan, McDonald’s unmistakable sound has made him one of the world’s most sought-after session singers of our time. Add formidable songwriting and keyboard skills, and you have an artist who has been a singular musical presence for over four decades. His distinct vocal style also made him one of the world’s most sought-after session singers. Beyond his hits with The Doobies, McDonald has lent his voice to records by an A-Z of artists, including Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Elton John, Joni Mitchell, Vince Gill and Grizzly Bear. During the ‘80s and ‘90s, his solo career zoomed from success to success on the wings of evergreen hits like “Sweet Freedom,” “On My Own” (a duet with Patti LaBelle) and the Grammy-winning duet with James Ingram “Yah Mo B There.”

Boz Scaggs grew up in Oklahoma and Texas, where he met Steve Miller at St. Mark's Preparatory School in Dallas. He joined Miller's band, the Marksmen, as lead vocalist while Miller taught him guitar. Scaggs followed Miller to the University of Wisconsin where they played together in a blues-rock band known as the Ardells or the Fabulous Knight Trains. Finding little success, the band broke up, while Scaggs roamed around Europe as a street singer, recording his debut LP in Stockholm. He returned to the U.S. in 1967, moved to San Francisco and reunited with Steve Miller for two albums with the Steve Miller Band, Children of the Future andSailor. Scaggs’ 1994 Virgin Records debut, Some Change was his second album, preceded by Other Roads, which yielded the hit single, “Heart of Mine.” During the mid-80s, he opened a restaurant and rock club, Slim's, in San Francisco. Some Change was produced by former Beach Boys drummer and Bonnie Raitt band member Ricky Fataar. Its 1997 followup, Come On Home, peaked the charts at #94.

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