The current incarnation of Steely Dan is comfortably faithful to the old sound. Fagen mostly plays the piano, but also offered up some plastic organ with its funky slide effect, as with his classic solo in “Do it Again.” Fagen is a self-taught keyboardist, who refined his jazz harmonies by going to see Thelonius Monk and Miles Davis when he was developing as a musician.
The Gasoline Lollipops actually started as a kind of psychobilly or punk-rock country band, whatever you want to call it, but right now it leans closer to alt-country with a little punk rock edge.
With every new year since the band began in Boulder in the late ’80s, the Samples have kept going. Thanks mainly to the indefatigable and prolific Sean Kelly, the group still bring its infectious sound to stages all across the land. Since the ’80s the music has evolved to include the unique contributions of the its latest members. Kelly and company don’t cover the same old ground, yet their roots are always there.
Whiskey Tango is a Denver-based jamband that can shift seamlessly from bluegrass and country to funk and good-times rock and roll. The band, which took the Denver Westword’s Best Jamband/Improv Group award four years in a row (2011-2014), continues to impress audiences in the state of Colorado and is taking their sound over the state line.