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Boz Scaggs Concert Review *Kirby Center* 2009

September 12

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 You’ve 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 Franklin’s “Until You Come Back To Me (That’s What I’m 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 1976’s “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 1988’s “Other Roads” album.

THE CROWD: According to a Kirby Center official, Friday’s 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 Nardone’s Doo Wop Volume One” on Friday, Oct. 23, and Johnny Mathis on Sunday, Nov. 8.

- Brad Patton

 

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