Photos + Setlist: Michael McDonald at the Lied Center

Michael McDonald

The Lied Center

Sunday, August 12

It was harshly hot outside but smooth and cool inside the Lied Center last night. Yacht rock god Michael McDonald took to the stage for a nearly two-hour set encompassing cuts from his latest album, Wide Open, plus the hits, like show opener “Yah Mo B There.” A crackerjack band played the songs funky, and McDonald’s robust pipes kept everything mellow. His backup singer, Drea Rhenee’, killed it for most of the show, but never more so than when taking Patti LaBelle’s place on the duet, “On My Own. Although the audience was seated for much of the show, I don’t know if I’ve ever seen so much chair-dancing in my life. They took to their feet for the closing one-two punch of “Minute by Minute” and “What A Fool Believes,” and stayed up for the encore: a cover of Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On” and the set-closing gospel powerhouse rendition of “Takin’ It to the Streets.” 

All photos by Nick Spacek. 


Yah Mo B There

Here To Love You

I Keep Forgettin’

Find It in Your Heart

Just Strong Enough

I Can Let Go Now

Sweet Freedom

On My Own

Hail Mary

Beautiful Child

Half Truth

Minute by Minute

What a Fool Believes

What’s Going On (Marvin Gaye cover)

Takin’ It To The Streets