Michael McDonald

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The legendary voice behind The Doobie Brothers gives the holiday season a welcome infusion of blue-eyed soul

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Michael McDonald: This Christmas – An Evening of Holiday & Hits

  • How you know Michael McDonald: as a backup singer for Steely Dan who hit the big time in The Doobie Brothers before beginning a solo career
  • Genres McDonald specializes in: blue-eyed soul, soft rock, anything with a piano
  • Number of Grammys: five
  • Groovy McDonald hits for fans to sway to: “Takin’ It to the Streets,” “I Keep Forgettin’ (Every Time You’re Near)”
  • His latest: Southbound, a Doobie Brothers album that sees McDonald and gang collaborating with some of contemporary country’s biggest stars
  • Number of Christmas albums McDonald has recorded: four
  • His latest holiday hit: “Peace,” a collaboration with Michael W. Smith and the closer to Smith’s 2014 album, The Spirit of Christmas
  • Other groovy McDonald Christmas songs for fans to chug eggnog to: “This Christmas,” “Winter Wonderland”

Riverside Theater

As vaudeville heaved its last breaths in the late 1920s, RKO’s Riverside Theater opened in 1928 and served as a performance hall for just a few years before Warner Brothers took it over to screen their films. Decades of neglect followed, reaching a nadir in 1966 when a carelessly tossed cigarette butt incinerated the proscenium’s drapery, prompting the cash-conscious owners to replace the opulent teal velour with workmanlike duvetyn. A slated demolition in 1982 nearly replaced the theater with a shopping mall before a coalition of citizens convinced philanthropist Joseph Zilber to save the space. In the subsequent renovations, craftsmen installed plush red drapery, overhauled the obsolete lighting, and repainted the faded French Baroque gilding of the auditorium, restoring the elegant space to its former glory and inspiring it to get back out on the theater dating scene.

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    Riverside Theater

    116 W. Wisconsin Ave.

    Milwaukee, WI 53203

    +14142863205

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