Harrison Hot Springs (Photos By Hunter Ramey UFV) – Admittingly for this reviewer, the Harrison Hall is a quaint building but at times the sound can be a touch suspect.
That was not the case on Saturday night as the Steely Dan tribute band – Steelin’ In The Years took the stage and rocked the joint! I am a sucker for horn sections and also rather particular. This group nailed it, but when you examine their individual history, it really shouldn’t be such a surprise. All 9 members are accomplished Vancouver session musicians with a resume that includes working with Long John Baldry, Idle Eyes, the R&B All Stars and (don’t laugh) Raffi (Hey for a musician, it’s a paycheck with guaranteed sell outs).
This particular night focused on the bulk to two classic Dan albums, Can’t Buy A Thrill and Aja. But for good measure, throw in a funky rendition of Babylon Sisters and the encore My Old School. Who knew that a tribute band playing Steely Dan could pack a dance floor.
Steelin’ In The Years was brought to the attention of FVN by Wayne Cox, former Global TV Weather Superstar (Wayne wanted us to say that, lol), Rob Warwick of RockIt Boy Entertainment, Blue Frog Studios and Bryan Cutler of the Harrison Festival Society. Will all these voices praising the band at once, we had to check them out. We’re glad we did. Next time they are in the area, you should too !