Saturday, April 1 / 7:00 p.m.
The Music of Steely Dan
READING POPS ORCHESTRA & THE ROYAL SCAM
Miller Center for the Arts
Tickets: $49 (Reserved Seating)

The Royal Scam has been performing its popular Tribute to Steely Dan for many years during the Berks Jazz Fest.

For the 2022 fest, Gino Amato, leader of The Royal Scam, approached Will Rapp, conductor of the Reading Pops Orchestra, to discuss the possibility of collaborating to present the music of the legendary classic rock band with a full 55-piece orchestra.

After several conversations, Amato and Rapp agreed were up to the musical challenge and presented the concept to John Ernesto, general manager of the Berks Jazz Fest, who loved the idea.

“The Royal Scam and Reading Pops have been part of the fest for many years,” said Ernesto. “The idea of having them collaborating this time and performing the classic music of Steely Dan was very exciting. To me, it was a no-brainer to make the concert part of the jazz fest.”

Since its inception in 1992, the Royal Scam has been performing for packed houses and cheering crowds who appreciate the classic rock music of Steely Dan.

The Royal Scam radiates a spirit of vitality, authenticity, and intimacy that breathes new life and emotional energy into the music they perform. The ensemble creates an inspiring, engaging musical experience.

Jay Lustig of The Star Ledger wrote: “A cover group that gets uncannily close to the originals.”

Touted by NJ Monthly as one of the top tribute bands to experience, the band’s stellar musicianship and attention to detail for every song have garnered them a large and loyal following.

Featured on the cover of Steppin’ Out Magazine, the Scam has played to rave reviews at such respected venues as the China Club, Shell Theater at Trump Marina, McCloone’s Supper Club, Club Bené, The Rock and Roll Cafe, Scranton Jazz Fest, Bethlehem Musikfest, Trumpets Jazz Club, just to name a few.

The Reading Pops Orchestra has performed with many headliners at the Berks Jazz Fest, including Ramsey Lewis, Paquito D’Rivera, Chuck Mangione, Rick Braun, Julien Labro, New York Voices, Jim Brickman, Chuck Loeb, Eric Marienthal, Brian Bromberg, David Benoit, Diane Schurr, The Four Freshman, Nelson Rangell, Keiko Matsui, The Brubeck Brothers and John Pizzarelli.