Addicted To Vinyl Musical thoughts from the open road, with headphones on

17Aug/0926

No static at The Winchester

Ask me how much I love the music of Donald Fagen and Walter Becker?

Now, ask me how many times I've missed chances to see Fagen: My first exposure came via The New York Rock and Soul Revue in the early 90s. Missed them a couple of times. I've missed the Steely Dan reunion gigs that have come here, and within driving distance. I've missed Fagen solo.

This summer, I salivated as blogging pal Gail Worley caught the Dan performing The Royal Scam in NYC.

So why haven't I caught the Dan myself?  No idea, no excuse.

This Saturday (8/22,) The Winchester presents an evening with Steely Dan tribute Aja, the next best thing to a Dan performance!

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From The Winchester website:

Aja recreates the sounds of Steely Dan, one of rock's most legendary and enigmatic bands with stunning precision and energy. The joint will be rockin' to all the Dan classics from "Reelin' in the Years" to "Hey Nineteen" and beyond. This 10-piece ensemble features former members of Pretzel Logic and includes some of the Cincinnati area’s finest jazz, rock and session musicians. No static at all! Tickets are $10.00. 9pm.

How many of you guessed that I will miss this show too? That's right. I've got prior plans to rock it out with Heart and The Bangles. Ain't no way that I can pass up hanging out with that devastating group of ladies. Oh no. Aja have played The Winchester a few times, so I'm guessing that they don't suck. When's the last time that you heard about The Winchester booking a band that sucked, anyway?

Answer: Never!

Jim and Rebecca have some really nice gigs on tap at The Winchester, including return gigs from Dan Reed, former Monkee Peter Tork, and just announced, an encore performance from Rik Emmett of Triumph on October 23rd. Count me in for that one!

As I write this, I wonder aloud if my pal Corey will go for awkward meet and greet round #2 with Tork?

Here's the complete rundown of upcoming gigs at The Winchester - if you can't find a show that you like on this schedule, might I suggest that you should take it as the perfect opportunity to broaden your musical horizons a bit. Do yourself a favor and go visit one of my favorite venues in Cleveland - they're booking some good music there!

August:
8/28: The Sam Getz Band - Guitarist for Kate Voegele & Stephen Kellog plays rock, blues.
8/29: WMS-3 - Great smooth jazz, R&B, in the style you would hear on WNWV "The Wave" Radio.

September:
9/4: 70 Lewis, Jim from Portland, Winters' Warm - Young, Cleveland based, alternative, pop, rock bands.
9/5: Harry & Special Guests - Acoustic rock, folk. Classic songs revisited.
9/11: Vambo Rools - Alex Harvey & Sensational Alex Harvey Band Tribute.
9/12: Chris Castle - Acoustic Folk, Americana Singer/Songwriter.
9/18: Seth Walker & Band - Americana, blues, roots music from Austin, Texas.
9/19: Universal Funk Mob - Members of Parliament-Funkadelic & Steve Moise of 3rd Stone.
9/25: Savoy Brown - Featuring Kim Simmonds, Full band electric show, legendary blues / rock band.
9/26: Ellen McIlwaine - Prolific acoustic slide guitar legend w/ blues, soul & rock roots.
9/30: Dan Reed of "Dan Reed Network" - Rock, pop, solo acoustic. Opened for the Rolling Stones & more.

October:
10/2: Acoustic Side of The Moon - Pink Floyd "Unplugged Tribute" by members of Wish You Were Here.
10/9: Bill Burke (8 String Guitarist) - Ensemble performance. Virtuoso plays folk, jazz with talented band.
10/10: Mojo Risin' - Tribute to The Doors.
10/16: Stratospheerius, INTRA - Psychojazz trip funk band from NYC, prog rock from Cleveland.
10/23: Rik Emmett of Triumph - Award winning guitarist, vocalist plays Triumph hits and more! Duo show.

November:
11/7: Peter Tork (of The Monkees) & Shoe Suede Blues - Music legend plays blues, rock & Monkees hits.
11/13: John Fischer - Prolific Contemporary Christian singer / songwriter, and pioneer of "Jesus Music."

Go see a show, rock it up, and have fun!

P.S. - Add yourself to The Winchester's mailing list to receive your very own weekly gig updates, so that you aren't missing rad shows!

  • MellieMel

    MAN! I already have plans Saturday night as well. I would have LOVED to see this, as not surprisingly, I'm a huge Steely Dan fan — much like my Michael McDonald infatuation.

  • Matt

    I always see the best shows with you and AB at Winchester, of course. Ya'll are my designated friends for any and all Greg Laswell shows that might hit the Cleve city limits!

  • Matt

    I always see the best shows with you and AB at Winchester, of course. Ya'll are my designated friends for any and all Greg Laswell shows that might hit the Cleve city limits!

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