Oct. 6 and 7: Michael McDonald and the Doobie Brothers at the B.R. Cohn Fall Music Festival

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You know how everybody has at least one star impersonation that they can pull out as party entertainment? I’m just gonna come out and humble-brag about my damn good Michael McDonald, especially from the “What a Fool Believes” era. It’s a crowd pleaser. Of course, the Michael McDonald played by the dude on sensational YouTube hit “Yacht Rock” blows my Michael out of the water, if only in his ability to grow a truly thick beard, but he kind of cheats since he gets to lip-sync his way through the “World’s Greatest Back-Up Singer.” (That’s true, by the way—just listen to Steely Dan’s “Peg.”) Try it for yourself! Close up your throat a little and force those notes to come out low, deep and smooth. Or just go see the real Michael McDonald when he sings with the Doobie Brothers for the first time in years on Saturday, Oct. 6, at the B.R. Cohn Fall Music Festival. (Festival runs Oct. 6—7; other performers include Buddy Guy, Kenny Loggins, Dave Mason and others.) 15000 Sonoma Hwy., Glen Ellen. 11:15am-6pm. $85. 888.330.4064.

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