Steely Dan are notoriously fussy when it comes to their pristine funk sound, so their performance at the Hollywood Bowl this weekend is all the more special. For their appearance at the historic venue, Steely Dan will team up with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra for their first-ever performance with an orchestra.In an interview with the LA Times, Donald Fagen and Walter Becker talk about the decision to team up with the orchestra for new interpretations of the old favorites. “It’s gonna surprise us as much as anyone else, really,” said Fagen. “We talked to the arranger, Vince Mendoza, and we tried to give him some clues as to what might work and what might not work.”The Steely duo were then asked about how this collaboration came to be, since they are notorious for their particularity. That notoriety was mentioned to the pair, and Becker replied, “That’s why we haven’t done this type of thing before. I don’t know if we’ve ever been offered one, frankly. But for some reason we decided we were gonna do this one. I’m not sure why or why not. I guess at this point we feel like —”Fagen chimed in, saying, “We just like to live on the edge.” Becker continued, saying “And we feel like our band is our band. It’s very solid; they can’t take that away. So basically you’re talking about some fiddle players et cetera.”Still, an orchestral Steely Dan concert would be quite intriguing, and it’s all going down this Saturday, June 18th at the Hollywood Bowl. The remainder of the LA Times interview talks about Coachella (“It was funny to see all these kids wearing these designer versions of the Pocahontas costumes that the girls were wearing in 1966,” says Fagen), Desert Trip (“There was some talk of us doing it next year.”) and more!
By Randy PospishilNORFOLK, Neb. (June 18) – Multiple drivers experienced a ‘big night’ of racing at Off Road Speedway Saturday night but none more so than Ramsey Meyer.Meyer, the IMCA Mach-1 Sport Compact national points leader, won for the second straight week at Norfolk but this win was even more special as the Pierce driver recorded his 100th career victory in the division.“I’ve been fighting for that for the last, I don’t know how many, races,” Meyer said. “To finally get that, hopefully we can get some momentum going now.”Starting on the inside of the third row, Meyer immediately squeezed through the midst of the four cars in front of him to get the lead early, then maintained it during two cautions for his fifth win in seven starts this season at Off Road.With a second-place showing, Kandie Smidt managed her first top five finish while Brooke Fluckiger’s race-long progress through the 12-car field ended with a didn’t-quite-get-there effort at the finish line as Dustin Jackson, in a borrowed car, hung on for third place.Meyer was IMCA’s national champion in the 4-cylinder class in 2013.Another driver who experienced a big night was Wes Hochstein, who opened the night of racing by notching his first “A” feature win in the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod division.Hochstein parlayed his front row outside starting position into a wire-to-wire win, holding off Matt Haase for 12 laps before also having to deal with a late charge by Kyle Prauner, who took second place away from Haase with just three laps remaining.Hochstein described the battle against track and competition as being on edge “every single second on every single lap, it was just bouncing, that’s all it could do.”“It feels very good … my first win in the SportMod division,” he said, before dedicating the win to his ailing grandfather.
The OA Boys Tennis Team traveled to Madison this evening to take on the Cubs of Madison High School. Varsity Results-OA wins by a team score of 5-0. #1 Singles: Michael Wanstrath (OA) defeats Haniah Kring (MHS) in 2 sets by a score of 6-1, 6-0.#2 Singles: Ethan Back (OA) defeats Dalton Owen (MHS) in 2 sets by a score of 6-4, 6-1.#3 Singles: Drew Wagner (OA) wins by forfeit.#1 Doubles: Jacob Sheets/Patrick Thompson (OA) defeat Emerson Cardinal/Matthew Burkhardt (MHS) in 2 sets by a score of 6-0, 6-0.#2 Doubles: Riley Schebler/Jon Grieshop (OA) win by forfeit. OA’s season record improves to 11-2. No JV matches were played.Courtesy of Twisters Coach Dave Back.