One of the most recognizable voices of the entire Rock n’ Roll era is the voice of Michael McDonald. The man has sung on a zillion records for others, but the first place one might remember him from is the Steely Dan records he sang on. Then his recognition factor exploded when he joined the Doobie Brothers and went on to win five Grammy awards. His longevity is remarkable because even in the last decade or so he has had major success doing covers of Motown classics by Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, and others.
The full repertoire was on display at the Lexington Opera House a few weeks back when the Troubadour series brought not merely Michael, but his whole regular traveling band to town to acoustically the best venue in town. It is however a quite small venue, so the tickets were pricey, to say the least. And typical of these Troubadour shows, they don’t go long. In fact Michael first stopped after only an hour’s playing, but they came back for a thirty minute series of encores, thankfully. The band was both funky and tight, with excellent work on the sax, the Hammond B3, the guitar, as well as Michael’s own keyboard playing. Michael has not lost any of his vocal range, and that distinctive soulful smoky tone is still there and still unmistakable.