Dukes of September Rhythm Review Thrills Austin Audience

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Dukes of September Rhythm Review

On a night better suited for ducks than people, The Dukes of September Rhythm Review brought out a packed house of enthusiastic fans to Austin’s ACL Live at the Moody Theater on July 15, 2012. Even the driving rainstorm outside could not dampen the spirits of the crowd as the supergroup performed a combination of their own hits as well as a variety of covers.

The Dukes of September are three Grammy award winning hit-makers: Donald Fagen, Michael McDonald, and Boz Scaggs. Fagen is best known as the co-founder and lead singer of Steely Dan. Five-time Grammy winner, McDonald, began as a back-up singer with Steely Dan. He was a member of the Doobie Brothers from 1976 until 1981, after which he began a successful solo career. Scaggs gained fame in the late 1960’s with the Steve Miller Band before beginning his solo career.

Dukes of September Rhythm Review

The Dukes of September are backed by an impressive group of musicians and vocalists: guitarist Jon Herington, bassist Freddie Washington, drummer Shannon Forest, keyboardist Jim Beard, horn players Michael Leonhart, Walt Weiskopf, and Jay Collins, plus background vocalists Carolyn Leonhart and Catherine Russell.

After an instrumental intro of “Drive Your Funky Soul” the trio took to the stage to perform The Isley Brothers’ “Who’s That Lady” with Scaggs on lead vocal, Fagen on piano and McDonald doing backing vocals. McDonald was seated at a piano opposite Fagen’s as he took the lead vocals on “Do You Like Soul Music” and “I Keep Forgettin’.” Fagen sang lead on Marvin Gaye’s “Troubled Man” and Steely Dan’s “Kid Charlemagne.” The trio continued to exchange lead vocals through out the evening.

During a break in the show, Fagen told the crowd the last time he played in Austin was at the Armadillo World Headquarters, the iconic music hall which was closed in 1980.

Dukes of September Rhythm Review

Other selections on the set list included “What a Fool Believes” lead by McDonald, “Miss Sun” lead by Scaggs, Teddy Pendegrass’s “Love TKO” lead by Scaggs, “If You Don’t Know Me By Now”, and the Doobie Brothers’ “Taking to the Streets” and “Reeling in the Years.” In all, the group performed 20 songs plus 4 encore songs, ending with Sly Stone’s “Thank You” and Buddy Miles’ “The Changes.”

Photographs by Scott Moore / Limelight Imaging