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There are so-so tribute bands, and there are great tribute bands—the kind that make sure every nuance and detail is dead-on. Steelin’ Dan, which performs Feb. 8 at Harlow’s, is one such band. As a scary-obsessive Steely Dan fan who has seen this local group several times, I say this with some authority. With powerhouse musicians, including a host of horns and female background singers, they replicate Steely Dan’s complex jazz-tinged tunes (such as “Kid Charlemagne and “Green Earrings”) as accurately as their straight-ahead rockers (“Reelin’ in the Years”), and deliver it with punch and panache, too.
Who: Steelin’ Dan
What: In concert (seated dinner show)
Where: Harlow’s Restaurant & Nightclub, 2708 J St., Sacramento
When: Saturday, Feb. 8 at 7 p.m.