IN CONCERT: Boz Scaggs
WHEN/WHERE: 8 p.m. Friday [Sept 11, 2009] at the F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts
PHOTO BY BILL TARUTIS/FOR THE TIMES LEADER
American singer, songwriter and guitarist Boz Scaggs performs at the Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre on Friday evening.
THE SHORT WORD: With his distinctive voice still in fine form, Boz Scaggs mixed elements of jazz, blues, soul and R&B to put on one dazzling night of music Friday at the Kirby Center. Now 65, Scaggs still sounded like he did during his 1970s heyday, and he had ample support from a spectacular band of six. Opening with JoJo and closing with an almost-15 minute version of Loan Me A Dime, Scaggs hit homeruns with every selection.
THE HIGHLIGHTS: In addition to the above, other standouts included a very funky version of Lowdown, a wonderful Miss Sun, a gorgeous Look What Youve Done To Me, and a splendid Lido Shuffle.
THE SURPRISES: Background vocalist Miss Monet, who was a brilliant accompanist throughout the show, earned a standing ovation with her powerful rendition of Aretha Franklins Until You Come Back To Me (Thats What Im Gonna Do).
FUN FACTS: William Royce Scaggs was born in Canton, Ohio, and grew up in Dallas, Texas; Boz is a shortened form of childhood nickname Bosley. He met guitarist Steve Miller in high school and did two albums with the Steve Miller Band before going solo in 1968. Scaggs biggest hit was 1976s Lowdown, which reached No. 3 and won the Grammy for Best R&B Song. Scaggs placed four songs in the Top 40 in 1980 before quietly leaving the music business at the end of that year, not reappearing until 1988s Other Roads album.
THE CROWD: According to a Kirby Center official, Fridays attendance was approximately 1,150.
UP NEXT: Scaggs next show is tonight at the Carnegie Music Hall in Pittsburgh. Upcoming concerts at the Kirby Center include Joe Nardones Doo Wop Volume One on Friday, Oct. 23, and Johnny Mathis on Sunday, Nov. 8.