Reelin’ In The Years August 25, 2014Posted by Fritz in Yachts and other things that float.
Tags: Interlochen, Michigan, Steely Dan
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One of the joys of summering in northern Michigan is the proximity to the Interlochen Arts Academy. Interlochen (as it’s known by the locals) is a privately owned, 1,200-acre arts boarding school that draws young people from around the world to study music, theater, dance, visual art, creative writing, motion picture arts, and comparative arts.
Each summer they put on a concert series that brings in the best musical talent from around the world and last Wednesday, Steely Dan wowed the crowd. Oh yeah…this has been on my bucket list for a long time
but little did I know I would not only see them but do it from the best seat in the house.
My lifelong buddy Dave is a patron of the arts and donates to the school. For his largess, they offer seats to all the shows before the general public. He snagged one front row center and a ticket right behind….oh what a show.
I felt like a newbie when I heard through pre-concert chatter that everyone around me had seen them multiple times—the chap to my right said he sees them three or four times a year—a modern day Steel Head.
Looking so much older than the photos from their hit albums in the 70’s, Donald Fagen and Walter Becker proved age has no bearing in making awesome music. Backed by a compliment of virtuosos; a horn section that included an Interlochen alumnus—saxophonist Walt Weiskopf, drummer, backing guitar, keyboards and three lovely ladies (The Danettes) singing back-up vocals, the original duo rocked the house for 2 hours playing every hit and then some.
It was a special night that capped off a lovely summer in northern Michigan. Just another secret about Michigan that makes it so special