September 11, 2018
Tennessee Theatre – Knoxville, TN
Last night’s Michael McDonald concert was the third time I’d seen him perform and it was the third time that I was blown away.I was blown away by the reminder of the breadth and depth of this man’s work. I was blown away by his musicianship (keyboards and guitar). I was blown away by the strength, quality, and range of his voice. I was blown away by the tightness of his band.
Yeah, I was just blown away.
Performing at Knoxville’s beautiful and historic Tennessee Theatre, McDonald had the sellout crowd eating out of his talented hands from the opening notes of “Ya Mo Be There” to the ending bars of the four song encore that concluded with “Takin’ It To The Streets”.
Michael didn’t just rely on the crowd-pleasing hits, which is always a safe bet with his fan base. He was also confident enough to perform several tunes from his latest CD, “Wide Open”.
As I said, the band was tight, and I do mean tight. Backing vocalist, Drea Rhenee’, was nothing short of absolutely amazing. The strength and range of her voice made her an absolute delight to listen to – especially during: Ain’t No Way” and “On My Own”.
Wow. Just wow.
Joining Michael and Drea were Bernie Chiaravalle (guitar/vocals), Dan Needham (drums and percussion), Mark Douthit (incredible sax as well as keys), Pat Coil (keys), and Jacob Lowery (bass, vocals, and harmonica).
I try to catch McDonald’s shows every chance I get. You should, too. The man will take you on a musical journey that will stay in your heart and mind for years to come.