Michael McDonald & America at Bethel Woods

mcdonald-@History makes strange bedfellows. Back in the ’70s, not many people would have identified a real simpatico or scene affinity between the soft folk/rock Surrealists America and the swank soul- and jazz-inflected groove-pop of Michael McDonald, who resuscitated the Doobie Brothers (while estranging them from their Hell’s Angels’ core demographic) and who was the first-call celebrity background vocalist of the era, the unmistakably rich and bearded timbre of his voice popping through the mixes of Steely Dan, Christopher Cross, Little Feat and many more. But here we are: They were both popular in the ’70s; therefore, they must be friends – like the Clash and Foreigner.

America and Michael McDonald perform at the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts on Sunday, July 17 at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $48.50, $84.50 and $94.50 for reserved seating. For tickets and more information, visit www.bethelwoods. The Bethel Woods Center for the Arts is located at 200 Hurd Road in Bethel.