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 About Deacon Blues

DEACON BLUES is “America’s All-Star Tribute to Steely Dan.”  The genesis of DEACON BLUES began when Steve Kikoen, Jon Hey, & Michael Hesiak formed an original jazz/rock collective in Chicago known as BEBOP DADDYS.  The Daddys also featured the renowned rhythm section of Tom Mendel (bass) and Tom Hipskind (drums).  You can catch Daddys fan Donald Fagen on many a Steely Dan Live/YouTube video sporting his very own BEBOP DADDYS T-Shirt!   
Screen Shot 2016-01-26 at 2.09.34 PMSteve, Jon, and Michael formed a bond within the Daddys which has followed them into DEACON BLUES.  The group reads as a “who’s who” of world class musicians from the Chicago area.  Chicago luminaries and Grammy® Winners such as Howard Levy (Kenny Loggins, Paul Simon, Bela Fleck), Paul Wertico (Pat Metheny Group), Peter Erskine (Weather Report, Zawinul Syndicate), Chuck Webb (Aretha Franklin, Ramsey Lewis, and Al Di Meola),  Sugar Blue, (The Rolling Stones)Billy BranchKhari Parker (George Benson, Destiny’s Child), and Bob Lizik (The Beach Boys; Brian Wilson), have been featured as special guests with the band.  This stunning collective is re-defining the Steely Dan tribute experience!  Performing songs which include tunes that even Don & Walt have rarely done in concert, they have structured their repertoire to encompass a wider range of the Dan’s prolific material – including repertoire from the the Dan’s 1991 reunion prototype:  The New York Rock & Soul Revue.
Steve & Horns WGN-TB 8-24-2015DEACON BLUES is dedicated to presenting the music of Walter Becker and Donald Fagen in a new live show experience that is featuring a higher level of sophistication in digital audio and video formats, courtesy of multi-media guru and sound engineer Ron Cook.  DEACON BLUES has played to sold-out audiences at multiple theatre venues, procured standing-room only crowds at festivals and nightclubs, and has appeared on regional and national television.  Close your eyes, and you’ll be there.  In the words of another defining band . . . “A splendid time is guaranteed for all!

What Can You Expect to Hear

Steely Dan Repertoire


Babylon Sisters

Bad Sneakers

Black Cow

Black Friday


Chain Lightning

Cousin Dupree

Deacon Blues

Dirty Work

Do It Again

Don’t Take Me Alive

Dr Wu

Everyone’s Gone To The Movies

Everything Must Go

Everything You Did



Glamour Profession


Green Book

Green Earrings

Green Flower Street

Haitian Divorce

Here At The Western World

Hey Nineteen

Home At Last

I Got The News


Jack Of Speed


Kid Charlemagne

My Old School

My Rival

New Frontier

Night By Night

On The Dunes

Only A Fool Would Say That

Parker’s Band


Pretzel Logic

Reelin’ In The Years

Rikki Don’t Lose That Number

Ruby Baby

Show Biz Kids

Sign in Stranger

Teahouse On The Tracks

The Caves of Altamira

The Fez

The Last Mall

Third World Man

Time Out Of Mind

Tomorrow’s Girls

Walk Between The Raindrops

What A Shame About Me

New York Rock ’N Soul Revue Repertoire


Brass In Pocket

Got To Get You Into My Life

Higher Ground

I’ll Take You There

Knock On Wood

Shakey Ground

Signed, Sealed, Delivered

Would I Lie To You

Various Other Tunes (Pat Metheny, Rickie Lee Jones)

Beat 70

Chuck E’s In Love

Daddy’s All-Star Joint

Last Train Home

Wood & Dutch on the Slow Train to Peking

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