November 3, 2018
Grammy-Award winning artist Boz Scaggs made a stop at the Hard Rock Rocksino on Thursday evening in support of his latest release Out Of The Blues.
Kicking off the show with "JoJo," Scaggs led his great six-piece band which included a multi-instrumentalist (sax, keys, guitars), a keyboardist, a bassist, a guitarist, a drummer and a percussionist, that was note-perfect throughout the 100 minute set.
Scaggs, who was born in Canton, still has a great voice and nimble fingers as he laid down some fancy work on the fret board.
The septuagenarian played songs from almost every aspect of his career, but did rely heavily on the multi-platinum selling Silk Degrees. Songs such as "Harbor Lights," "Georgia" and "It's Over" were a treat to hear in a live setting. Many new songs like "Rock and Stick," "Radiator 101," and a cover of Bobby Blue Bland's "The Feeling Is Gone" fit in nicely.
"Some Change," which Scaggs said was a song that was "more of the blues vein," was extended to showcase his guitar skills as he played a tasty solo on his big brown Gibson ES.
Fans finally got on their feet at the end of the set as the band launched into two of Scaggs' biggest hits, "Lowdown" and "Lido Shuffle."
The band returned to encore with "Loan Me A Dime" and a great version of Chuck Berry's "You Never Can Tell."
The crowd stayed on their feet and demanded that Boz come out and do one more song. He and the band obliged by playing a second encore and finally closing the show with "Breakdown Dead Ahead."
It was a master class by a true master of his craft.
This, boys and girls, is how it's done.
Review and photos by Greg Drugan