Concert Reports


Steely Dan

08/20/2013, Santa Barbara Bowl

Legendary jazz rock icons Walter Becker and Donald Fagen had announced that Steely Dan will hit the road again in 2013, and took their “Mood Swings: 8 Miles to Pancake Day Tour” to the Santa Barbara Bowl on Tuesday, Aug. 20, plus special guest The Deep Blue Organ Trio.


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Very Special Thanks: Jesse Lee Weiss             

Concertgoers were treated to an evening of the same high-level of musical excellence that garnered raves from fans and critics alike, and which was described by the Los Angeles Times thusly: “Everyone … Friday evening was a believer — and they were treated to something close to rapture.” The Chicago Sun-Times raved, “This was different. This was live. This was vibrant. This was a cascade of color carried along by Fagen, Becker, eight brilliant supporting musicians and three superb backing vocalists.”


Onstage, Fagen and Becker were joined by those same eight brilliant supporting musicians, now appearing as The Bipolar Allstars (featuring Keith Carlock on drums, Freddie Washington on bass, Jim Beard on keyboards and Jon Herington on guitar), along with The Borderline Brats — three sublime, soulful songbirds.


Together, they treated audiences to selections from Steely Dan’s extraordinary four-decade catalog, rich with infectious tunes, bodacious harmonies, irresistible grooves and sleek, subversive lyrics punctuated by blazing solo work and rich ensembles. As always with the adventurous Fagen and Becker, a few surprises were in store as well.  

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BowlReports8.jpgThe Santa Barbara Bowl is a 4,562-seat amphitheater, located in Santa Barbara, California.The Santa Barbara Bowl is open for concerts from approximately April through approximately October with an average of about 27 concerts per season.  

Booked exclusively by Nederlander Concerts in Los Angeles, the Bowl hosts primarily popular music concerts. With world-class views and amenities, the Bowl is often considered the preeminent stop for both artists and patrons.  


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