Band: Michael McDonald
Date: Friday, March 31, 8 p.m.
Venue: IP Casino, Resort & Spa, 850 Bayview Ave. (Biloxi),
Tickets: $39-$172, available through Ticketmaster

IP Casino, Resort & Spa is bringing Michael McDonald, one of blue-eyed soul’s most iconic voices, to the Gulf Coast. Before embarking on a successful solo career, McDonald began building his reputation as a touring backup singer for Steely Dan. His vocals reached the ears of The Doobie Brothers, who recruited him as a substitute for Tom Johnston, who had fallen ill.

With songs such as “Takin’ It to the Streets” and “It Keeps You Runnin’,” McDonald’s vocal impact helped the Doobies freshen their already-popular sound. When he went solo, McDonald’s smooth voice helped grooving singles such as “I Keep Forgettin’ (Every Time You’re Near)” and “Sweet Freedom” reach the top 10.

In addition to a full tour schedule, McDonald has been reaping a number of honors and awards. Recently he was nominated for an induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. The Recording Industry Association of America honored him with a “Gold & Platinum Award celebrating more than 26 million RIAA album and song certifications during his illustrious career.”

McDonald’s performance promises to take his audience on a sonic journey across the decades.