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Boz Scaggs Concert Reviews 2008

Boz Scaggs 2008 Musicians:

Jon Herington - Guitar
Shane Theriot - Guitar

Khari Parker - Drums
Dave Scott - Trumpet

Richard Patterson - Bass
Eric Crystal - Sax
Paul Nagel - Piano
Monet - Backup vocals
Greg Phillinganes - Keyboards
Barbara Wilson - Backup vocals



Special Appearances by David Paich and Steve Lukather

Boz Scaggs: Tampa Bay, FL & Myrtle Bch, SC

Ford Amphitheatre
Tampa, FL
April 04, 2008
Dr. John, 5:00 p.m.
Dickey Betts & Great Southern, 6:30 p.m.
Boz Scaggs, 8:30 p.m.

House of Blues
North Myrtle Bch, SC
April 05, 2008

I'm a fan since Silk Degrees days when I wore out my vinyl during my freshman year in college. Lost Boz until I learned about But Beatiful and rediscovered him!

As soon as I heard of Boz being in Tampa, I bought plane tickets (from NC) and 5th row seats. 2 days later, I find out he's in Myrtle Beach, SC the next night - so I HAVE to go to that concert too (for once, he's nearby!). I carted my wife and kids around for a fun, long weekend of golf and Boz!

I first saw Boz live in April 2007 at Pala Casino in CA. That concert was great, but much too short (1hr 15 min, I was shocked when they were done as I thought it was an intermission - Steely Dan played for almost 3 hours in Norfolk last summer!).

The April 4th Tampa concert was a good 1hr and 40 min and seemed much more complete (although I was disappointed they didn't play Harbor Lights, You Make It So Hard, It's Over, Simone, We're All Alone, Sierra ... man - I could go on and on! The Myrtle Beach concert was the most spectacular one ... about 2 hrs total with 2 encores, wonderful energy, great improvising solos by all, not too crowded. It was a particularly special time for me and my 16 year old daughter - I've filled her iPod with Boz music over the years, and she now understands how impressive Boz's music really is after experiencing that show. It meant so much for me to share that time with her - one of those memories I'll relive with a huge smile when I leave this world. Thanks to Boz and his musically-gifted friends!

Set list for both the 4th Tampa show and the 5th Myrtle Beach shows were the same, except there were 2 encores at the Myrtle Beach show
Lowdown
JoJo
Slow Dancer
Hercules
Miss Sun (awesome as usual, with Miss Monet!)
Street Life (solo by Miss Monet)
Georgia
Lido Shuffle
Sick and Tired (from Come on Home album)
Breakdown Dead Ahead
Loan Me A Dime
Encore was Runnin' Blue
2nd Encore (Myrtle Beach show only) was Call That Love from Dig album (my daughter was so happy - this is her favorite Boz song). Just before singing "Call That Love", Boz mentioned "we haven't done this one in a while" before the song started, and Monet had to "feed" Boz the words as he was making up the lyrics that he couldn't remember! They had fun with it, though - and it still sounded awesome.

I can't fairly describe the energy that was present at the Myrtle Beach House of Blues show. It was simply phenomenal.

At this pace, I'll need to take in 3 concerts in 2009, 4 in 2010, etc, etc.

Dr Steve

Boz Scaggs: Santa Ynez, CA [Apr 17, 2008]

Chumash Casino
Santa Ynez, CA
April 17, 2008

Last night's concert at the Chumash Casino in Santa Ynez (Santa Barbara county, CA) was great. Set list was similar to the Tampa concert:
Lowdown
JoJo
Slow Dancer
Desire
Hercules
Sick and Tired
Miss Sun
Street Life (Monet - welcome back to Boz' tour)
Look what you've done to me
Georgia
Lido Shuffle
Encore:
Loan Me A Dime
Breakdown Dead Ahead

During the encore, quite a few fans came up to stand in front of the stage, enjoying an inspired performance of "Dime" and rockin' to "Breakdown". Boz, the band, Monet and Barbara seemed to enjoy the fan appreciation and enthusiasm.

This was the first LA-area Boz concert I attended without David Paich. I did miss the interplay between him and Boz, and David's enthusiasm for the tunes. But the band and the gifted back-up singers made up for it.

A great concert in a nice (but alcohol-free) venue.

I do wonder if Boz met with any of the local winemakers to swap notes or bottles....

- emyurek

Boz Scaggs: Coachella, CA [April 19, 2008]

Spotlight Showroom
 Coachella, CA
April 19, 2008

Boz in Coachella Valley

The band seemed generally glad to be there Boz joke a bit with the audience. Jon Herrington was there as was the beautiful Monet. She was sporting a new Chakka Khan hairdo. It looked great. I had a chance to talked to Jon and Monet after the show. Jon will be back on tour with Steely Dan and Monet back with Faith Hill so we may not get to see them in Saratoga depending on when their other tours start.

Set list:same o same o

Lido
Jo Jo
Slow dancer
Desire
Hercules
Sick and Tired ( my favorite)
Miss Sun ( my other favorite) Monet and Boz get better with this song every time.
Street life ( Ok my other favorite)
look what you've done
Georgia
Lido
encore:
LMAD
Break down

Judy

Boz Scaggs: Cohasset, MA [June 13, 2008]

South Shore Music Circus
Cohasset, MA
June 13, 2008

Set list:

Lowdown
JoJo
Slow Dancer
Desire
Hercules
Sick and Tired
Miss Sun
Street Life - (performed by Monet)
Look What You've Done To Me
Georgia
Lido Shuffle

Encore:

Loan Me A Dime
Breakdown Dead Ahead

Boz Scaggs: Livermore, CA [July 30, 2008]

Wente Vineyards
Livermore, CA
July 30, 2008


Review: Scaggs shows who's Boz in concert


By Jim Harrington
MediaNews Staff
Contra Costa Times

This fall, Boz Scaggs will release his first new studio album in five years. The set, "Speak Low," is the Bay Area vocalist's second consecutive collection of standards and jazz favorites.

His prior outing, 2003's "But Beautiful," was a critical and commercial triumph that drew rapturous response from music scribes and managed to top the Billboard jazz charts.

While this jazz swing has represented a new chapter in the recording career of this great singer, best known for such pop hits as "Lowdown" and "Lido Shuffle," it really hasn't impacted his concerts. On Wednesday night at Wente Vineyards in Livermore, it was the same ol' Boz, performing basically the same ol' set of hits that he's been cranking out for decades.

Just to clarify, that's not a bad thing. The pop star has a wonderful collection of original tunes, most hailing from 1974-'80, which still hold up quite well in 2008. He really doesn't need to augment his concert set with the Great American Songbook. Leave that for lesser vocalists like Rod Stewart.

Fronting a nine-piece band, complete with a pair of fine backing vocalists and a two-piece horn/wind section, Scaggs opened the show with a trio of fan favorites. The first, the Grammy-winning "Lowdown" (from 1976's commercial juggernaut "Silk Degrees"), was a marvelous piece of smooth soul that energized the audience with its "Do-the-Hustle"-like groove.

He followed up with an even silkier version of the Top 20 pop hit "Jojo" (from 1980's "Middle Man") that featured some exemplary sax and trumpet work. That set the stage nicely for the third piece, the gorgeous ballad "Slow Dancer" (from the 1974 album of the same name).
He then briefly journeyed to the 21st century for a smoldering take on "Desire," one of the best tracks off 2001's "Dig," before donning his cover artist hat for a funky run to the Bayou on Allen Toussaint's "Hercules" (recorded by Scaggs on "Slow Dancer"). He stayed on course with a boogie-woogie-piano-rich version of the Fats Domino standard, "Sick and Tired." Scaggs sounded superb throughout the night — his instantly recognizable singing voice, which clocks in somewhere in the tenor-baritone range, has lost very little over the years. He's still one of the very best in the business at conveying emotion at the microphone; his specialty being raw, aching, middle-of-the-night loneliness.

The main set ended in much the same fashion that it had begun: with Boz playing the hits that everyone in the crowd knew by heart. He left the audience smiling with a triple shot of "Harbor Lights," "Georgia" and, the big fan favorite, "Lido Shuffle." In all, Scaggs, now 64, is proof positive that a rocker can age gracefully.

He's still putting out interesting and adventurous records, which probably helps keep him motivated to stay in the music game. Yet, in doing so, Scaggs hasn't lost touch with his core audience or with what it means to be an entertainer. That balancing act, one that so few veteran acts manage to accomplish, is certainly worthy of our applause.

Wente Vinyards Set List
Livermore, CA
July 30, 2008

“Lowdown”
“Jojo”
“Slow Dancer”
“Desire”
“Hercules”
“Sick and Tired”
“Miss Sun”
“Street Life” (Sung by Monet)
“Harbor Lights”
“Georgia”
“Lido Shuffle”
Encore:
“Look What You’ve Done to Me”
“Runnin’ Blues”

Boz Scaggs: Ironstone Vineyards [Aug 02, 2008]

Ironstone Vineyards
Murphys, CA
August 02, 2008

Chris Isaak and Boz Scaggs Rocked the Stage Saturday Night ~By Hanna Alldrin

Murphys, CA....Ladies hold on tight, because Chris Isaak and Boz Scaggs will make you melt into your seats. Platinum-Selling artist Chris Issak and Grammy Award winning artist Boz Scaggs rocked the stage last Saturday night at the beautiful Ironstone Amphitheater in Murphys. 8,000 people sat in the audience and were wowed by both performers hopelessly romantic ballets. This was the first time these two great artists have ever shared the stage. Boz Scaggs stepped on the Ironstone stage for the very first time, while Chris Isaak returns to our county for a second outstanding performance...

Texas native, Boz Scaggs, combines rock, jazz, R&B and blues to create a trademark sound for his fans. With an extensive and distinctive career that has spanned over 30 years and many performances, Scaggs continues to create easy listening jazz and romantic blues ballets for his adoring fan group.

"I started listening to Boz when I was 16 years old. Ohhhh, Ohhhh Lido......His famous song Lido rocked me out of my seat. The energy and charisma Boz brings to the stage makes me and my girlfriends sing and dance all night long," shared Amy Hausting from Cold Springs.

Taking to the stage in a bright red flaming suit, Chris Isaak humored and awed his audience with his outstanding performance. "Performing in Murphys is like performing in New York or Paris, you have to connect deeply with your audience," shared Chris Isaak. With the mix of classic Isaak songs and famous Elvis remixes, Chris had his audience instantly tapping their feet and clapping their hands.

"Chris Isaak has prolific love ballets and he's very good looking," shared Pamela Richman. Women in the audience went nuts when Chris used his modern day Elvis moves, hip circles and thrusts. The most exciting part of the energetic show was when Chris stepped into the crowed. During the second song Chris walked through the crowded amphitheater and sang directly in front of his screaming fans. Chris ended the night with a bang and came back on stage after the crowed screamed encore, encore, encore.

PHOTOS




Ironstone 8-2-2008

Can I just say WOW!!! Boz did a full 1 1/2 hours including a encore. I am a major Chris Isaak fan, but went to see Boz as well. I have lots of history with him from the 70's. He did not let me down. This was the most awesome concert! With both of my favorites giving a full set and the venue was perfect and the weather couldn't have been any better. The only thing that could have made it better was if Chris and Boz did a song together. They are friends so I was expecting it. But, oh well... Here are lots of pictures from the concerts. A good time was had by all...

-lovemonty

Boz Scaggs: Paso Robles, CA [Aug 01, 2008]

Paso Robles, CA
California Mid-State Fair
August 01, 2008

Boz Scaggs Comes to Paso Robles

Friday night Boz Scaggs came to the Midstate Fair in Paso Robles for Jazz Night. I was fortunate enough to be offered 2 tickets from a friend who happened to have a table. This is the first time I have had the opportunity to sit so close to the stage, so of course we decided to go. Add to that how much I enjoy Boz Scaggs and his band, and you know I was a happy camper.

The first time my husband and I saw Boz was 32 years ago on New Year’s Eve at the art deco Paramount Theatre Downtown Oakland, Ca. Construction on the Paramount began in late 1930. The Paramount Theatre was one of only three theatres built by the Publix chain on the West Coast. It was not only the last Publix house but was also the last very large moving picture theatre built on the West Coast and is now the largest of the type still existing there. Financial pressure of the times forced Publix to sell the theatre prior to its completion, and although it opened as the Oakland Paramount on December 16, 1931, it was one of the Fox West Coast theatres.

Since it was New Year’s Eve, everyone was dressed to the 9’s, and many arrived in limos. We were about 6 months into a whirlwind romance, madly in love, and so Boz Scaggs, along with his great dance music, always brings back wonderful memories.

The first half of the concert at the Paramount, Boz came out in what looked like black silk slacks and a white silk shirt. I thought the music was great, and the Paramount Theatre was a beauty in itself. Formerly, it had been a very large movie theatre but then had been converted into a venue for live performances. After a brief intermission, Boz came back on stage in a full tuxedo, and shortly into the next song, the stage curtain behind him opened to the accompaniment of a full orchestra behind him. We were awed and in heaven… I will forever remember that night…

The concert on Friday came at an appropriate time. This Thursday, August 7th, we are celebrating our 30th anniversary. The concert wasn’t at a fancy theatre, it wasn’t New Year’s Eve and there was no orchestra, but it was still Boz Scaggs and his band at their best. Boz was perfect, as usual, and his 2 backup singers are fabulous; particularly Monet.

My favorite duet with Boz and Monet is Miss Sun. They play well off of each other, and Monet’s voice is incredible. That woman has one healthy set of lungs. She also took the stage for one song by herself while Boz took a short break. I’m surprised she doesn’t headline concerts on her own, but I’m happy she’s still with Boz. She is a wonderful surprise for folks who haven’t seen Boz before in concert.

Anyway, the event was fabulous and fun, as I expected it to be. We all brought food, there were bottles of wine for sale, lots of the tables were decorated for the event, and I know everyone had a great time. The crowd was up singing and dancing about 15 minutes into the concert, and toward the end, I don’t think anyone was seated. The only disappointment was that the concert didn’t last longer (always a complaint of a paying customer - we want more!). Boz did come back for an encore of 2 songs, ending with Loan me a Dime. It was a great outdoor summer evening!

Enjoy the photos…

-  Sherry Lee Cox

Boz Scaggs: Nashville, TN [Sept 14, 2008]

Ryman Auditorium
Nashville, TN
September 14, 2008


Boz at the Ryman

Saw Boz Scaggs perform at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville on Sunday the 14th. What a show, he had the place smokin. 4 or 5 standing ovations including one for Miss Monet for her solo performance. A great venue and a great show !  - mohonker

Boz Scaggs: Napa, CA [Oct 28, 2008]

Napa Valley Opera House
Napa, CA
October 28, 2008


Napa: Baby's Callin' Me Home...


I kid you not!! To hear Boz do a medley of "Baby's Callin' Me Home" & "Call That Love" was worth so much more than the price of admission at the kick off of his national Jazz tour tonight in Napa.

Boz and Gil have gathered an outstanding group of musicians, putting out a powerful show in support of Speak Low, with some surprisingly good jazzed up versions of some Hits also. Always nice to hear the "same ole" made fresh and in a new vein.

Set List:

INVITATION
SHE WAS TOO GOOD

LOWDOWN

SOME OTHER TIME (MONET, MONET, MONET!! Just Beautiful.)

I'LL REMEMBER APRIL

I WISH I KNEW
HARBOR LIGHTS
THIS TIME THE DREAM'S ON ME
SAVE YOUR LOVE

DINDI
LOOK WHAT YOU'VE DONE TO ME
BABY'S CALLIN'/CALL THAT LOVE

SPEAK LOW
THANKS TO YOU (Boz on guitar shines through.)

For those of you thinking you just can't get into Boz doing the jazz thing, please try to get out to one of the upcoming shows. You just can't miss it... I'm pretty sure you'll love every minute of it. I'm enjoying it even better than the first go 'round.

xo
Jen



Boz Scaggs thrills Opera House crowd with backyard launch of new tour, CD

By L. Pierce Carson
Register Staff Writer

Five years ago, blue-eyed soul singer/songwriter Boz Scaggs recorded a collection of standards, demonstrating he’s as comfortable on Tin Pan Alley as he is on Beale Street.

Now, the Napa Valley based recording artist has followed that up with a second volume, a dozen songs that range from great American songbook to a bossa nova treasure associated with Antonio Carlos Jobim.

After he spent the better part of last week at the Napa Valley Opera House rehearsing the new material and new arrangements of his own hits, Scaggs and company launched a coast to coast tour at the Main Street venue Tuesday night. It was also the official release date for the new Decca recording, “Speak Low.”

Although he earned his worldwide reputation blending soul and blues in both slick and funky configurations, Scaggs has found a new niche for his husky tenor/baritone voice — bringing back songs by greats like Harold Arlen and Johnny Mercer, Lorenz Hart and Richard Rodgers, Hoagy Carmichael and Duke Ellington — reinvigorating treasures like “I’ll Remember April” and “This Time the Dream’s On Me” with delightful new arrangements and signature smoky vocals.

As with the 2003 recording, “But Beautiful,” “Speak Low” is expected to shoot to the top of the jazz charts any minute now.

Ohio-born, Texas-raised Scaggs started out as a guitar-slinging lover of raw blues. His first musical success came as a member of the Flower Power-era Steve Miller Band. But he made his greatest impact as the San Francisco purveyor of slick and elegantly executed white rhythm and blues, reaching his commercial peak with the multi-platinum “Silk Degrees” album of 1976. That recording spawned the disco-era mega-hits “Lowdown” and “Lido Shuffle.”

Although he tours infrequently and concertizes even less, his appeal hasn’t waned, evidenced by the adoring SRO crowd that gave him a standing ovation Tuesday night before he’d even sung a note.

Scaggs has put together an impressive roster of veteran musicians for a fall tour that takes him to Seattle this week and then across the country to New York, Boston and Washington, D.C.

For example, he discovered his current arranger quite by sheer coincidence one night wandering through New York’s Greenwich Village. “It was raining, cold out,” he told Tuesday’s audience. “I walked by the Blue Note and heard music coming out of the club. It was vibes, string trio, a couple of horns — this was the sound I’d been hearing in my head — exactly. Turned out to be Gil Goldstein Septet. After the set, Gil and I started talking, and it was just a really nice meeting. When we got together around a piano, that was it. We knew.”

Goldstein not only arranged the dozen tunes on the new CD, he’s also come up with fresh approaches to “Lowdown” (adding reeds and a catchy tempo) and “Harbor Lights” (Goldstein plays an accordion intro and then throughout the song, with rapturous reedman Paul McCandless adding a wealth of soaring piccolo runs).

Playing bass on the tour is Steve Rodby, who’s appeared on just about every tour and recording the Pat Metheny Group has made since the early ’80s. Another outstanding reedman, Bob Sheppard, is also featured on both CD and tour, with Jason Lewis rounding out the exceptional rhythm section.

Last, but certainly not least, is vocalist Monét, who’s appeared with Scaggs for quite a few years, including the last of his three visits to the Robert Mondavi Summer Festival. She and Boz shared a haunting arrangement of “Some Other Time” (written by Leonard Bernstein, Betty Comden and Adolph Green for the WWII-era Broadway show, “On The Town”), which incorporated a brief segment of Scaggs’ hit, “We’re All Alone” — a wonderful effort that this listener wishes had been included on the new CD.

The exquisite 90 minute show kicked off with the opening two cuts from “Speak Low,” the Bronislaw Kaper theme from the film, “Invitation” (which included lovely vocalese from Monét) and “She Was Too Good to Me.”

It included a song Scaggs termed “obscure but beautiful,” a Mack Gordon/Harry Warren song, “I Wish I Knew,” from a 1945 Betty Grable/Haymes Tinseltown musical called “Diamond Horseshoe;” and a beguiling arrangement of the title track, “Speak Low,” penned by the amazing collaboration of Kurt Weill and Ogden Nash. Of special merit, too, was the headliner’s take on Jobim’s classic,“Dindi.”

Boz Scaggs might be 64 but he sounds as fresh and looks as good as he did when he was attracting crowds (and still does) and turning heads in the days of “Silk Degrees.” Thanks, Boz, for launching your latest effort in your own backyard.

Boz Scaggs: Blue Note NYC [Nov. 15, 2008]


Blue Note
Greenwich Village NYC
Nov. 15, 2008

My wife Mary Ann, daughter Alyssa and I saw Boz last night at the Blue Note in Greenwich Village. Both the 8:00 and 10:30 shows were sold out. This was the first time we had been to the Village, and it was an experience. NYC truly is the city that never sleeps.


I've spent the last few weeks listening to Speak Low, and I can honestly say that the studio recording doesn't come anywhere close to the live performance. Boz was spectacular, Monet was in great form, and the band was phenomenal. In a nutshell, it was much, much better than I expected.

Here's the handbill from the Blue Note:

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This was the sixth time I've seen Boz in concert (third time this year), and he gets better and better with each performance. I look forward to his next tour, and to a bottle of his wine!

My best to everyone,
Kevin

Boz Scaggs: Washington, DC [Nov 19, 2008]

Blues Alley
Washington, DC
November 19, 2008

Boz Scaggs, Slipping Smoothly Into Jazz

Friday, November 21, 2008

Singers who have climbed the rock charts rarely make the transition to a jazz-tinted, vintage-pop repertoire as smoothly -- or as subtly -- as Boz Scaggs did at Blues Alley on Wednesday night. It was strictly a soft-sell performance, soulful and relaxed, free of self-consciously hip flourishes and trendy concessions.

Certainly Scaggs was equipped to do justice to "Speak Low," his recent and most rewarding collection of pop songs. The veteran R&B-bred vocalist arrived onstage with an exceptional band that featured multi-instrumentalists Paul McCandless (of Oregon fame) and Bob Sheppard, as well as keyboardist-arranger Gil Goldstein. With its unusually colorful array of woodwinds and resourceful rhythm section, the ensemble conjured moods that embraced everything from chamber jazz atmospherics and Brazilian beats to classic swing and soul grooves.

Scaggs didn't disappoint listeners who wanted to hear "Lowdown" and other favorites. Yet the arrangements were newly tailored and fit neatly alongside several songs drawn from "Speak Low," including interpretations of "I'll Remember April" and "Invitation" that quietly capitalized on the singer's jazz sensibilities and the distinctive, floating quality of his baritone. Other songs, especially "Save Your Love for Me" and "This Time the Dream's on Me" (an engaging duet with vocalist Ms. Monet), weren't much of a stretch for Scaggs, but he handled challenging harmonic schemes and some treacherously slow tempos without a hitch. His R&B guitar vocabulary also came into play now and then, to the delight of the packed house, with sliding sixths and vibrato-capped fills creating a bluesy allure.

-- Mike Joyce

Boz Scaggs: Annapolis, MD [Nov 20, 2008]

Rams Head On Stage
Annapolis, MD
November 20, 2008


My husband and I saw Boz at the second show at the Ramshead Tavern in Annapolis on Nov. 20.

I am disappointed to say I left feeling like I had just seen "any band." It's not that the show was bad ... not at all. But it lacked passion. Reviews from other shows said the band was "smokin'." Not this show. I felt as though we were always on the verge of breakthrough. At one point, I thought for sure he was about to break into "Georgia." Didn't happen. ???

The crowd was receptive, but I got the same sense from those around me. Almost like: "When's the band going to show up?"

-
sunbake

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