Michael McDonald

Eastside Cannery, Feb. 18

This soulful singer has been performing since the late ’60s, and at this sold-out show, his age showed in some amusing ways. After accidentally saying “Los Angeles” instead of “Las Vegas,” the ex-Doobie Brother poked fun at himself, saying he hoped he could remember the lyrics to his solo hit “I Keep Forgettin.” Days into his 60th year, he received birthday wishes shouted from fans.

But mainly, it was a night to celebrate McDonald’s favorite music, which ranged from the Doobie Brothers to his solo work to Marvin Gaye. His rich baritone sounded great on hits “It Keeps You Runnin’,” “Minute by Minute” and “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough.” McDonald’s two female backup singers encouraged the baby-boomer crowd to stand up and dance throughout the show, and they did, even if a few had to use canes. McDonald dedicated “Takin’ It to the Streets” to Whitney Houston and ended his 80-minute show with Stevie Wonder’s “Living for the City.” It was a night that perhaps McDonald won’t remember, but his fans will. ★★★☆☆

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