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Steely Dan at The Capitol Theatre, Port Chester, NY, USA

Steely Dan at The Capitol Theatre - Port Chester, NY
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Donald Fagen at The Capitol Theatre - photo by John R. Wisdom

The band Steely Dan rocked The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York, with their EARTH after hours tour. We had the distinct pleasure of experiencing their Friday, August 12, 2022, performance, part of their 3-night gig at the historic venue, where fans packed the house for the closing end of a fabulous tour.


Steely Dan was founded in 1972 by Walter Becker (1950 – 2017) and Donald Fagen, and for the past 50 years, the band has charmed their fans with their distinct sound, a harmonious blend of jazz, rock, blues, and soul. We attended the second night of their 3-night engagement at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York, where they were booked August 10, 12, and 13. Their Earth after hours Northeast tour began in May 2022 and was coming to a close and the Friday night fans filled the historic theatre for the opportunity for one more time to celebrate the music of this iconic band.

Steely Dan at The Capitol Theatre - Port Chester, NY - photo by John R. Wisdom
Photo courtesy of John R. Wisdom

The Dave Stryker Trio comprised of Dave Stryker on guitar, Jared Gold on organ, and McClenty Hunter on drums opened the concert and paved the way for an evening of excellence. This dynamic jazz band lead off the evening with a Dave Stryker tune entitled, Blues Strut, which got the party started so to speak. The band followed that up with a song from The Temptations, followed by another Dave Stryker song entitled, Prime, off his new album, and closed out with a fabulous Curtis Mayfield cover.

Donald Fagen - Steely Dan at The Capitol Theatre - Port Chester, NY - photo by John R. Wisdom
Photo courtesy of John R. Wisdom

The Capitol Theatre was built in 1926, and although it has been renovated, it still maintains much of its original charm and character and is a gracious host with its great acoustics and large stage that easily held the Steely Dan band which has 13 members, (2 saxophonists, 1 trumpeter, and 1 slide trombonist, 3 guitarists, 2 keyboardists, 1 drummer, and 3 back-up singers).

Photo courtesy of John R. Wisdom

Fronted by founder Donald Fagen on vocals, melodica and keyboards, the Steely Dan band took the stage and the fans went wild with applause as they kicked off the evening into high gear by playing their 1976 studio album, The Royal Scam, in its entirety beginning with Kid Charlemagne, and then segueing into The Caves of Altamira, Don’t Take Me Alive, Sign In Stranger, The Fez, Green Earrings, Haitian Divorce, Everything You Did, and ending with the title song, The Royal Scam. This was a real treat for the audience to have the experience of listening to the entire album played live from start to finish, in the order that they appear on the album.

Donald Fagen - Steely Dan at The Capitol Theatre - Port Chester, NY - photo by John R. Wisdom
Photo courtesy of John R. Wisdom

Next on the setlist was the song, Hey Nineteen, a cut from their 1980 album, Gaucho, followed by Aja, the title song from the album by the same name released in 1977. The band continued with Green Flower Street followed by Pretzel Logic, the title song off their 1974 album.

Steely Dan at The Capitol Theatre - Port Chester, NY - photo by John R. Wisdom
Photo courtesy of John R. Wisdom

The band segued into Peg, another cut off the 1977 Aja album, and by now the audience was signing along, and continued to do so as the band followed up with My Old School off the band’s 1973 album, Countdown to Ecstasy. They closed the concert out with Reelin’ In The Years off their 1972 album, which was aptly fitting as the audience was indeed reelin’ in the years after a sensational night of Steely Dan music. After a resounding standing ovation, the band returned to the stage for an encore to leave the fans with one more great song. A Man Ain’t Supposed To Cry, before they ventured out into the night with the refrains of the music echoing in their heads.

Until next time, keep enjoying the music and supporting the arts!

For more information on The Capitol Theatre and upcoming performances and ticketing, please visit their website: www.TheCapitolTheatre.com

For information on Steely Dan, please visit the website: https://www.steelydan.com/#!/ and Facebook: www.facebook.com/SteelyDan

About The Capitol Theatre

The Capitol Theatre, Port Chester, NY
The Capitol Theatre – Port Chester, NY

The Capitol Theatre has a long and storied past dating back to August 1926 when it opened as a playhouse. In December 2011, the theatre underwent a series of renovations and reopened in 2012 as "Westchester’s new premiere rock palace."

The Capitol Theatre has two venues, the main theatre, and Garcia’s at The Capitol Theatre "the smaller general admission venue, located within the bar and lobby areas of The Capitol Theatre. Garcia’s features local and emerging artists as well as rare photos, artwork, and instruments of the late musician, and carries a wide selection craft beer, wine, and spirits."

A Sampling of Upcoming 2022 Performances at The Capitol Theatre

Steely Dan w/ The Dave Stryker Trio
August 10, 12, 13
The Avett Brothers
August 27, 28
Ben Folds
August 31
Mike Campbell & The Dirty Knobs
September 16
Turn Back The Cap: 1980s ft. Jessie’s Girl
September 17
Little Feat
September 20
An Evening With Straight No Chaser
September 21
The National
September 23
Nick Mason’s Saucerful of Secrets
September 26
Rick Springfield
September 30
Phil Lesh & Friends
October 14-16
ZZ Top
October 18
Bret McKenzie "Songs Without Jokes" Tour
October 20
Phil Lesh & Friends
October 21-23
Steve Vai: Inviolate Tour
October 27
Phil Lesh & Friends
October 28, 29, 31
Get The Led Out
November 5
An Evening with Lindsey Buckingham
November 9
Trouble No More
November 11
The Revivalists
November 12
Nutcracker! Magic of Christmas Ballet
November 16
Hot Tuna
December 2 – 3

Parking Information

There is nearby street parking and as well as parking garages and parking lots. For those who prefer to take the train, The Capitol Theatre is conveniently located across the street from the Port Chester station on the Metro-North New Haven line. Please check the website for additional parking information.

The Capitol Theatre, Port Chester, NY

The Capitol Theatre
149 Westchester Avenue
Port Chester, New York 10573-4549
United States
Box Office Telephone: +1-914-937-4126
Box Office Hours: Friday-Saturday from 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Website: www.thecapitoltheatre.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/TheCapitolTheatre
Instagram: www.instagram.com/capitoltheatre/


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