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The Dukes of September Rock the Wolf Trap Stage

Gale Curcio
By Gale Curcio
Posted on Aug 13,2012
Filed Under Entertainment , Local Style,

Photo by Gale Curcio<br /> <br />Boz Scaggs’ voice still sounds great.<br />
Photo by Gale Curcio
Boz Scaggs'€™ voice still sounds great.

VIENNA, VA. - It was a smaller crowd for this week’s Dukes of September concert at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts.
This is surprising given the fact that not one, not two, but THREE legendary performers were on stage. In addition, Kathryn Russell and Carolyn Leonhart lent their amazing voices to songs such as Heard It Through the Grapevine, Take Another Little Piece of my Heart and others.

Photo by Gale Curcio<br /> <br />Kenny and Lisa of North Bethesda, Shelley Watts of East Bethesda and Neil Greenberger of Damascus enjoy the Dukes of September at Wolf Trap.<br />
Photo by Gale Curcio
Kenny and Lisa of North Bethesda, Shelley
Watts of East Bethesda and Neil Greenberger
of Damascus enjoy the Dukes of September at
Wolf Trap.

Calling themselves the "Dukes of September Rhythm Revue," Donald Fagen, Michael McDonald and Boz Scaggs have been touring the country playing hits like "I.G.Y.," "Lido Shuffle," and "Sweet Freedom" performed live by the artists (Steely Dan, Doobie Brothers) who made them famous.

Neil Greenberger, former Washington Post reporter, was there with friends and said, "This concert was like seeing three of the great bands of our lifetime in one show. Donald Fagen, Michael McDonald and Boz Scaggs were the essence of Steely Dan, the Doobie Brothers and the Boz's band. For some people, crossing the Potomac River for social events is a needless effort. But going to Wolf Trap for any show is worth effort. This show was a reminder why Wolf Trap is the best place in America to see a concert."

McDonald started out with She's a Lady followed by I Keep Forgetting. McDonald played a traditional piano, while Fagen tickled the ivories on a grand piano. Both Fagen and McDonald both used a mouth organ for a song, and at one point, Fagen said, “This is the part of show where Mike McDonald puts on an accordion.”

They were accompanied by a 10-piece band, including Jon Herington (guitar), Freddie Washington (bass), Shannon Forrest (drums), Jim Beard (organ), Jay Collins (horns), Michael Leonhart (horns), Walt Weiskopf (horns), Carolyn Leonhart (vocals) and Catherine Russell (vocals). The three-piece horn section was amazing.

After a song by Marvin Gaye, Fagen said, “It’s about time for a Steely Dan song,” to which the audience cheered.

Photo by Gale Curcio<br /> <br />Don Fagen plays the grand piano.<br />
Photo by Gale Curcio
Don Fagen plays the grand piano.

Fagen also played Charlemagne and then introduced Boz Scaggs as the “Third member of our Dukedom.”

Scaggs played I am the Blues, a Willie Dixon song and then played Back in my Arms. Other than Lowdown and Love T.K.O., he didn’t perform any more of this own songs, which would have left Boz Scaggs fans hoping for more.

The show continued with old favorites Summer in the city, Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes classic If You Don't Know Me By Now; Doobie Brothers What a Fool Believes; and Reeling in the Years.

For their Encore, they performed three more old favorites, including one from Sly and the Family Stone.

Of the three, Scaggs has weathered the best, both in terms of his appearance and voice. McDonald sports a shock of white hair and goatee, while Fagen has a receding hairline. Both of their voices showed signs of cracking, while Scaggs voice remains true.

Photo by Gale Curcio<br /> <br />Mike McDonald sings old favorites.<br />
Photo by Gale Curcio
Mike McDonald sings old favorites.

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