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Michael McDonald May 24, Columbus Bicentennial Pavilion at 7pm

News from Columbus Commons
For Immediate Release

Michael McDonald
Columbus Commons
Grand Opening Celebration of the Columbus Bicentennial Pavilion
Thursday, May 24 at 7pm
Free Show - No Ticket Required

Gates Open: 6 p.m.

Columbus Jazz Orchestra: 7 p.m.

Michael McDonald: 8 p.m.

Fireworks: 9:30 p.m.

Located in the heart of Downtown, Columbus Commons is a vibrant 9-acre green space that is actively programmed from May through September with concerts, family events, movies, performances and more.  The Columbus Bicentennial Pavilion is the signature capital project for the city’s 200th birthday and is the crowning glory of Columbus Commons. The state-of-the-art pavilion will officially be unveiled at the May 24th Grand Opening, featuring a free concert with legendary performer Michael McDonald.

A prominent part of the soundtrack to our times, over the course of his career, Michael McDonald has maintained incredible popularity and has been awarded numerous accolades and honors in both personal and professional arenas. He has won an impressive five Grammys and earned innumerable chart successes and sales feats, yet all the while McDonald remains the artist's artist and an enduring presence in popular music.

McDonald and the Doobie Brothers enjoyed tremendous commercial and creative success.  Their sound evolved from guitar-driven rock to a sultry, tight R&B feel, with McDonald writing and singing lead on "Takin' It to the Streets," "What a Fool Believes," "Minute by Minute," and other signature songs. Noting an almost matchless consistency through more than 25 years of recording and performing, McDonald’s career was celebrated in August 2005 by Warner Brothers with their release of Michael McDonald: The Ultimate Collection, which highlights the wide breadth of his career from his days with The Doobie Brothers to his solo hits, to his version of the Motown favorite “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough.”  McDonald’s most recent effort for 2008 is a unique blend of cover songs and new original compositions for the Motown label entitled “Soul Speak”. The album has the unique distinction of having three singles debut in one week at radio on three different formats.

Gates Open at 6 p.m.  The renowned Columbus Jazz Orchestra will perform as the opening act beginning at 7 p.m. (performance sponsored by State Auto). This is one of more than 70 events that will take place on the Columbus Bicentennial Pavilion this year.

Come early to get a great place to view the concert.

Feel welcome to bring the following:

  • Lawn or folding chairs
  • Breathable blankets
  • Coolers (we reserve the right to search coolers)
  • Food and non-alcoholic beverages (food and beverages will be sold at the event as well)
  • Bicycles, providing they are locked up at appropriate bike racks throughout the park.

The following items will not be permitted:

  • Alcoholic beverages (alcohol will be sold at the event)
  • Plastic tarps
  • Tents

For additional park rules, please visit: http://www.columbuscommons.org/visit/park-rules/


Online prepay parking has closed, but you can still park in The Columbus Commons Garages for $5. 

For more information about the grand opening weekend activities, click here.

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