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Steely Dan tribute band hits Harrison November 19
Brian Cutler, Harrison Festival Society/Photos submitted and courtesy of Youtube
"Steelin' in the Years" Vancouver big band ready to rock Harrison Memorial Hall Nov 19.
he Harrison Festival Society will present Vancouver-based band "Stealin’ in the Years", who specialize in note-for-note performances of the music of popular 1970s band — Steely Dan on November 19, at Harrison’s Memorial Hall.
Steely Dan was a group that, perhaps more than any of its contemporaries, successfully fused the accessibility of rock and pop songwriting with the sophistication of jazz and literary lyrics.
The core of Steely Dan was songwriters Walter Becker and Donald Fagen. Notable 70s rock icons such as Michael McDonald, Denny Diaz, and Jeff "Skunk" Baxter were among the myriad of top notch studio musicians who appeared on their numerous Grammy-winning records
According to artistic director Andy Hillhouse, the Festival Society rarely presents "tribute" bands. "We usually tend to present original or traditional music, however this seemed like a fun and unusually high quality act in the tribute band genre," says Hillhouse. "As Steely Dan fans will know, their music is pretty sophisticated, but it is also catchy, entertaining, and often danceable. That balance of artfulness, quality, and mass appeal is something that makes a project like Steelin’ so compelling, as it is a challenge to reproduce and a pleasure to see live."
Hillhouse says "This show promises to be a little nostalgic for those of us who grew up with tunes like ‘Dirty Work,’ ‘Peg,’ and ‘Do it Again’ - there will be tunes to dance to and sing along with." Hillhouse adds that it will be a chance to listen closely to the artistry that made Steely Dan rise above the standard fare of pop in the 1970s, as a band whose music appealed to the head and the hips.
The show will begin at 8PM, November 19, in the Harrison Memorial Hall. Tickets are $22 and can be purchased online at www.harrisonfestival.com, by phone at 604.796.3664, Agassiz Shoppers Drugmart, or at the door (if available). In addition, a table of eight may be reserved when all eight tickets are purchased together. Please call the Festival office at 604.796.3664 to book your table!
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