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The Fine Colombians - A Tribute to Steely Dan

  • Open Chord 8502 Kingston Pike Knoxville United States (map)

The Fine Colombians: A Steely Dan Tribute 

Saturday, May 4th
All Ages | 8pm
$12 Advanced
$15 Day of Show

How long ago can we say it started? Lead singer/keymaster Dr. K and bass master Scott Robbins met as 10-year-olds in 5th grade together, and then started their first rock band at age 12, but really the talk of a Steely Dan tribute started between Robbins and guitarist Brian David Lee back 12 years ago. Robbins and Lee, along with nearly every other band member, have been setting the Knoxville, TN music scene on fire for decades. When Dr. K moved to Asheville, NC back in 2014, he and Robbins reunited after not seeing each other for 15 years, and played a few gigs together. Robbins mentioned the Steely Dan dream one night after a show of the State Street Rhythm Section, and Dr. K got excited enough about the idea that once he finished his doctorate in music in 2017--just for fun--he started making some arrangements of Dan tunes, with 3 horns and 2 backup singers in the mix. After churning out 3 or 4 of these, one day Robbins calls Dr. K out of the blue and asks him if he wants to make this Steely Dan dream a reality. Funny you should ask me that, Dr. K responds...

Only a few months later, 9 excellent musicians are assembled, reading charts and rehearsing like mad, and finally having their debut show at Scruffy City Hall in the heart of downtown Knoxville. Dr. K, Robbins, and Lee were joined by Scott Fugate on drums, Meredith Whitehead and Michele Williams on backing vocals, Mike Spirko on trumpet, Dave Eckman on alto saxophone and Robert Knapp on tenor saxophone. Over a hundred devoted fans came out on a snowy night in December 2017 to hear this band for the first time, and the excitement carried over to their next show at The Open Chord (also Knoxville) in April 2018. The 250-seat venue was sold out hours before opening, but crowds gathered in the parking lot to listen in spite of not being able to get in the door!

So obviously our little corner of Appalachia is filled with folks who love the music of Steely Dan as much as the 9 members of The Fine Colombians do. As we continue to take this dream on the road, we hope y’all will keep coming to hear us play, and tell your friends about us at every opportunity. The Fine Colombians will “make tonight a wonderful thing” anywhere they will have us!