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Wednesday music picks: Michael McDonald at the Paramount Theatre

Staff Writer
Austin 360

Editor’s note: This article was originally published April 8, 2014

Michael McDonald at the Paramount Theatre. It’s a pricey ticket, but a Franklin and change gets you in to hear the only guy who can say he’s sung with the Doobie Brothers and Steely Dan … and Grizzly Bear and Holy Ghost! Maybe those recent stabs at indie cred were a reach, but it would only be worth trying with someone whose voice is as universally recognizable as McDonald’s. Just try thinking of smooth soul man James Ingram’s immortal words “Yah Mo B There” without hearing McDonald carrying the high notes of the floating melody. A welcome bonus: Local R&B sensation Latasha Lee & the Blackties open the show. $107-$127. 8 p.m. 713 Congress Ave. — P.B.


“4x4,” a new series with four artists playing four songs each to benefit the Nobelity Project, features Erin Ivey, Jon Dee & William Harries Graham, Griffin House and Mother Falcon at Gibson Guitar Showroom on South Congress. The $50 ticket includes food and drink provided by the Salt Lick, Tito’s, Shiner, Hope Family Wines and Topo Chico, with all proceeds going to build Kiguru Preschool in Kenya. … Los Angeles indie singer-songwriter Patrick Park plays upstairs at Lamberts. … L.A. indie rockers and perennial Austin faves Local Natives play a sold-out show at Stubb’s. … Country singer and veteran of “The Voice”Curtis Grimes is at Nutty Brown Cafe. … KDRP Live at Guero’s features Adam Carroll and the Owen Temple Band for free in the outdoor grove from 6-8 p.m. … Italian rock star Zucchero presents his Americana Tour at the Long Center.