Kenny Loggins & Michael McDonald


Jun 10, 2017 – 7:00 PM

1200 Athens Avenue
Lincoln, CA 95648 Map

  • Kenny Loggins
  • Michael McDonald

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Kenny Loggins: Kenny Loggins is one of the most iconic artists under the label soft rock, and pioneered his own style of adult contemporary in the 80s. He is maybe best known as one half of the rock-pop duo Loggins Messina who, along with Jim Messina, played sold out tour dates around the world and released such hit singles as "Your Mama Don't Dance." Kenny Loggins has brought a golden touch to any collaboration or solo endeavor he comes across, and continues to do so with his new band, Blue Sky Riders. Blue Sky Riders (with Kenny Loggins) will be opening for Kenny Loggins on his concert schedule in 2011.

Kenneth Clark Loggins began his career as most artists do: By playing tour dates in numerous small bands as a teen. Loggins began earning a reputation for his singing and songwriting and was eventually introduced to Jim Messina (Buffalo Springfield). Messina helped Loggins score a record deal with Columbia, collaborating with Loggins on some of his original compositions. Messina contributed so much to Loggins songs, and the sound became so popular that the pair decided to perform as a duo. Together, Loggins and Messina released a slew of Top 10 albums, including Full Sail in 1973 and Motherlode in 1974. By 1976, however, the duo began becoming more competitive and amicably decided to part ways.

Kenny Loggins' solo career began to take off after the release of his second solo album, Nightwatch, in 1978. He followed up the successful 1979 release of Keep the Fire, which featured the hit single "This Is It" and further developed Loggins' soft rock sound. "This Is It" was co-written by Michael McDonald and led to a popular collaboration on the single "What a Fool Believes." While McDonald only released three hit albums throughout the 80s, he also made significant contributions to soundtracks and played celebrated tour dates. 1991's Leap of Faith contained a hit duet with Sheryl Crow titled "I Would Do Anything", and Loggins' 1994 children's album, Return to Pooh Corner, quickly went platinum.

Kenny Loggins continues to delight audiences with his unique brand of soft rock, both with his solo career and his new side project, Blue Sky Riders, featuring acclaimed singer-songwriters Gary Burr and Georgia Middleman. Tour dates are currently underway, but will stick primarily to the western half of the US. Don't miss this opportunity to witness a music icon live on his concert schedule in 2011.

Michael McDonald: With his husky, soulful baritone, Michael McDonald became one of the most distinctive and popular vocalists to emerge from the laid-back California pop/rock scene of the late '70s. McDonald found the middle ground between blue-eyed soul and smooth soft rock, a sound that made him a star. He initially essayed his signature style with the Doobie Brothers, ushering in the group's most popular period with hits like "What a Fool Believes" (which won three Grammys), "Minute By Minute" and "Taking It to the Streets." McDonald disbanded the group in 1982 to pursue a solo career, which was initially quite successful, but by the end of the decade his popularity had faded, since he was reluctant to work regularly and hesitant to update his sound to suit shifting popular tastes.

After singing backup on several Steely Dan albums in the mid-'70s, McDonald joined the Doobie Brothers in 1977. He was largely responsible for moving the group away from boogie rock and toward polished, jazzy blue-eyed soul. Prior to the Doobies' farewell tour in 1982, he sang harmony on several hit singles, including tracks by Donna Summer, Toto, Kenny Loggins, and Christopher Cross. As it turned out, his solo work was a cross between the Doobie Brothers' white-bread soul and Cross' adult contemporary ballads.

McDonald released his solo debut, If That's What It Takes, in 1982. The record climbed to number six on the strength of the No. 4 single "I Keep Forgettin' (Every Time You're Near)," which also crossed over into the R&B Top 10. In 1983, he had another Top 20 pop hit (and a Top 10 R&B hit) with his duet with James Ingram, "Yah Mo B There," which won a Grammy. McDonald didn't deliver his second solo album, No Lookin' Back, until 1985. The record wasn't as successful as its predecessor, producing only one moderate hit in its title track. He bounced back the following year, when his duet with Patti LaBelle, "On My Own," shot to No. 1 and "Sweet Freedom," his theme for the Billy Crystal/Gregory Hines comedy Running Scared, climbed into the Top 10.

Instead of capitalizing on his revitalized success, McDonald didn't release another album until 1990. The resulting Take It to Heart was a bomb, peaking at No. 110. Two years later, his fortunes were revived somewhat when he sang on Aretha Franklin's minor hit "Ever Changing Times" and toured with Donald Fagen's New York Rock and Soul Revue. The following year, he released Blink of an Eye, which was ignored. In 1994, "I Keep Forgettin' (Every Time You're Near)" was sampled heavily in Warren G's smash hit "Regulate." By 1996, McDonald had returned to the Doobie Brothers, touring the oldies circuit with the reunited group. The following year, McDonald released Blue Obsession, his first album of new material in three years, and In the Spirit: A Christmas Album in 2001.

Thanks to a telephone advertisement featuring his version of "I Heard It Through the Grapevine," McDonald's album Motown renewed his popularity. He followed it with Motown Two in 2004.

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