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Paramount Presents: Michael McDonald

Supporting Act: William Walter and Gary Green

Two notes. That’s all it takes to recognize the voice of Michael McDonald. Distinctive and soulful, it is one of the most yearningly emotive instruments of our times. To this add formidable songwriting and keyboard skills, and you have an artist who has been a singular musical presence for four decades. From ‘70s-era Doobie Brothers classics such as “What A Fool Believes” and solo hits like “I Keep Forgettin’” through two highly-acclaimed Motown covers albums and recent genre-busting guest spots with alternative buzz bands Grizzly Bear and Holy Ghost, the five-time Grammy-winning McDonald is that rare thing in contemporary pop – an artist whose work is both timeless and ever-evolving.

Awards & Achievements

  • 1979: Record of the Year for “What a Fool Believes” (The Doobie Brothers)
  • 1979: Song of the Year for “What a Fool Believes” (with Kenny Loggins)
  • 1979: Best Pop Vocal Performance by a Duo, Group or Chorus for “Minute by Minute” (The Doobie Brothers)
  • 1979: Best Arrangement Accompanying Vocals for “What a Fool Believes” (The Doobie Brothers)
  • 1984: Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal for “Yah Mo B There” (with James Ingram)
GRAMMY® Nominations
  • 1979: Album of the Year for Minute By Minute (The Doobie Brothers)
  • 1982: Best Pop Vocal Performance – Male for “I Keep Forgettin'”
  • 1984: Best R&B Song for “Yah Mo B There” (with James Ingram, Rod Temperton, and Quincy Jones)
  • 1986: Best Pop Vocal Performance – Male for “Sweet Freedom”
  • 1986: Best Pop Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group for “On My Own” (with Patti Labelle)
  • 2003: Best Male Pop Vocal Performance for “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough”
  • 2003: Best Pop Vocal Album for “Motown”

Songs You Love: 

“What A Fool Believes”

“It Keeps You Runnin'”

“On My Own”

Thank You to Our Event Sponsors

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Make A Night of It!

In celebration of the tenth anniversary of the re-opening of The Paramount Theater, the following restaurants on the Downtown Mall are partnering with The Paramount!  Dine with them before Michael McDonald, and they will donate 10% of proceeds from all Paramount Patrons back to the theater.
To make a reservation, please contact the restaurant directly and mention that you will be attending the Michael McDonald event at The Paramount Theater that evening.

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225 Main Street
Charlottesville, VA


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Commonwealth Restaurant & Skybar

422 E Main Street
Charlottesville, VA



The Downtown Grille
201 W Main Street
Charlottesville, VA



Fellini’s #9
200 Market Street
Charlottesville, VA


108 3rd Street NE
Charlottesville, VA


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Hamiltons’ at First & Main
101 W Main Street
Charlottesville, VA


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Petit Pois
201 Main Street
Charlottesville, VA


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Tempo Restaurant
117 5th Street SE
Charlottesville, VA

Thank you to all restaurants for partnering with The Paramount to make this evening one of celebration for our Charlottesville’s Community Theater!





The Paramount Theater is proud to join forces with community leaders to bring high quality performing arts to our community.

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  • Youth/Child Tickets Youth/Child tickets are for patrons ages 12 and younger. All children must have a ticket (no "babes in arms").
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Support for the Arts

Thank you to The National Endowment for the Arts and the Virginia Commission for the Arts for their generous support of The Paramount Theater.

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