$7 for The FM Project – A Tribute to Steely Dan at Akron Civic Theatre on Saturday, February 16, at 8 p.m. ($15 Value)

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Nine-piece Steely Dan tribute act mirrors the jazz-rockers’ impeccable musicianship, covering greatest hits and entire Aja album

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Promotional value expires Feb 16, 2013. Redeem starting 2/16 for a ticket at venue box office. Must show valid ID matching name on Groupon at Akron Civic Theatre. Must provide first and last name at checkout, which Groupon will provide to facilitate redemption of voucher. Refundable only on day of purchase. Must purchase together to sit together. Discount reflects Ticketmaster's current ticket prices-price may differ on day of the event. Doors open 1 hour before showtime. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Guitarists often change instruments during concerts for different tunings or because the one they've been using is starting to smell like wet dog. Soak in the sounds with this GrouponLive deal to see The FM Project – A Tribute to Steely Dan at Akron Civic Theatre. For $7, you get one ticket for cabaret-style, on-stage seating on Saturday, February 16, at 8 p.m. (a $15 value). Doors open at 7 p.m.

Listening to Steely Dan’s music is easy. Despite the cerebral and caustic lyrics, the funky sway of the seminal ‘70s jazz-rock outfit practically equips the ears with a smoking jacket and a dirty martini. But playing Steely Dan’s music is another matter altogether, no matter how skilled the musicians. Even the shortest and most seemingly relaxed hits in their canon, such as “Rikki Don’t Lose That Number” and “Reelin’ in the Years,” are wily beasts, sporting tricky time signatures, absurd dynamics, and a deli mound of vocals, keys, knuckle-buckling guitar heroics, and strutting bass lines. In Steely Dan’s heyday, the perfectionism of bandleaders (and only consistent members) Donald Fagen and Walter Becker exhausted stables of studio musicians and drove many engineers to guzzle tape-deck cleaning fluid. Eventually, the songs became so complex, even Steely Dan gave up touring for decades, remaining a studio-only outfit until 1993. The nine-piece tribute band The FM Project, named for the Dan’s liquor-cool ditty “FM (No Static at All),” has the talent and all types of brass to tackle the intricacy, mystique, and oeuvre of Steely Dan. The fine-tuned troupe, sporting 150 years of musical experience combined, goes deep undercover in its mission, learning entire albums front to back. For this intimate, cabaret-style show, the players execute a set of greatest hits before launching into the entirety of the 1977 masterwork Aja. Winner of the 1977 Grammy Award for Best Engineered Recording, Aja surrounds its seedy characters with a crystalline fortress of sound: the fugitive in opener “Black Cow” runs through yacht-lounging clavinet and electric piano, and the washed-up model in the subversive yet irrepressibly peppy hit “Peg” looks upward through bubbly bass and exuberant backing vocals.

E.J. Thomas Hall

Since 1973, The University of Akron's E.J. Thomas Hall has been the center of Akron's performing arts scene. The three-level facility, which occupies three acres of The University of Akron campus, boasts a massive, 44-ton movable ceiling that can shift to enclose the first or second levels. The position of the ceiling has a dramatic effect on the hall's volume and acoustics, so it is controlled by a computer precisely managing 27 counterweights. The hall's ability to transform from an intimate one-level performance space to a vast three-level concert hall allows it to host performances of a variety of sizes and styles by university students and faculty as well as the Akron Symphony Orchestra, the Tuesday Musical Association, the Children’s Concert Society, and the Akron Youth Symphony.

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