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Countdown to Ecstasy is the Delaware Valley's premiere Steely Dan tribute band.
The 11-member group of veteran musicians, led by bassist Glenn Marrazzo, is dedicated to bringing alive the music of Fagen & Becker in it's truest form. Performing all of the many Steely Dan hits and deeper tracks, this Bucks County-based band delivers the Dan with the level of musicianship required to pay homage to the intricate but accessible tunes. The band bases their performances on both Steely Dan's studio and live arrangements.
"The important thing for us is not just to play accurately, but to present it properly. The memorable solos, the little nuances, have to be duplicated,” says Marrazzo. "A lot of tribute bands out there have a certain look they have to capture. Our tribute band is more about the music and the musicianship."
Named for Steely Dan's second album, the band started rehearsing in the fall of 2009, carefully honing the tunes and waiting until June 2010 to make its debut. Since then, C2E has been playing to near-sell-out crowds, with every venue quickly hiring the band back. Those venues include World Cafe Live in Philly and Triumph Brewing Co. in New Hope.
Steely Dan, while continuing to produce new music and perform live, had its heyday in the 1970s. So, there was no guarantee of a big market for C2E. The band has been humbled by the ardent following that grew very quickly.
“We’re thinking this music really appeals to our demographic, our generation,” Marrazzo says. “The real shock has been that at each and every one of our shows, there have been college-age people there, who are equally as fanatical about the music.”