By Felice Lineberry
Redmond Reporter Contributor
REDMOND, Wash. — With the excellent weather we have been receiving, Marymoor Park was cooled down with the breezy sounds of Steely Dan this past weekend.
Originating members Donald Fagen and Walter Becker, along with their 11-piece band, played both Saturday and Sunday nights as part of their Jamalot Ever After Tour.
Sunday night’s attendance was filled with a more varying age than one might expect. There were plenty of concert goers who have perhaps been fans of Steely Dan since the release of their first album back in 1972. But there was also a handful of fans from the younger generation who appreciated the jazz stylings that are unique to Steely Dan.
The night kicked off with opener Bobby Broom, a jazz guitarist from Harlem. The first two songs of the four-song opener were inspired renditions of “Superstition” and “Layla,” better known by Stevie Wonder and Eric Clapton, respectively. Broom’s unique take on these classics paved the way for the anticipated night to come.
The crowd was met with the 11-piece band, which included a four-piece horn section and three backup singers called the Danettes, starting the headlining set with a jazzy instrumental intro.
Fagen and Becker then made their entrance onto the stage to meet the enthusiastic crowd. They begin with classics “Bodhisattva,” “Aja,” and “Hey Nineteen.” They followed up with songs such as “Rikki Don’t Lose That Number,” “Dirty Work,” “Babylon Sisters” and “Josie,” familiar tunes that even the casual fan could sing along to. By the end of the night, concert goers were on their feet, arms in the air, dancing along. The night came to a close with “Kid Charlemagne” and a jazzy instrumental outro that would bring the show around full circle from the beginning.
The seasoned veterans brought us a great show that left us looking forward to the next time we might see Steely Dan again.