Boz Scaggs. Concert Review.

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Born in Canton Ohio, William Royce Scaggs became interested in music at an early age. He began learning guitar at the age of 12. At St. Marks School is where he met Steve Miller of The Steve Miller Band.

In this Texas school is where he received the nickname “Bosley”, later shortened to “Boz”.After his schooling, Boz moved to London where he got into the burgeoning rhythm and blues scene. In 1965 he toured Sweden and put out his first recording which failed.

Returning to the United States, Scaggs promptly got into the booming psychedelic music center in San Francisco in 1967. He linked back up with Steve Miller recording two albums of Millers.Scaggs secured his own contract with Atlantic Records in 1968. He went on to write Silk Degrees in 1976, which was number two on Billboards charts. He went on to be a Grammy winner and wrote many other commercial songs but he went on later to focus on his R&B roots as well as Jazzy Blues

At MPAC in Morristown New Jersey, Boz Scaggs put on one of the best concerts that I have seen in quite a while. With a very talented, tight band, Scaggs opened up with Jojo. A crowed pleaser and a great choice to open up with, the crowd responded in kind. He went on to sing R&B songs like Mixed Up, Shook Up Girl, Rock and Stick, The Feeling is Gone. Scaggs entertained the crowd with not only great music but a fantastic light show. The blues, reds and purples were well ochastrated with each song as to create the mood that he was trying to put forth in his song and the message he was giving us. After giving us a great “Georgia”, he went on to do some of his new songs like Harbor Lights and Radiator 110. Scaggs concluded with three fantastic versions of “Look What You’ve Done to Me”, “Lowdown” and “Lido Scuffle”. His oncore songs of “What Can I Say” and “Loan Me a Dime” were just simply superb. I maybe would have not ended with Chuck Berry’s “You Never Can Tell” The whole evening was spectacular, from the band to the light show and on to the cheoriography, he was simply amazing. At 74 years old, Boz Scaggs voice was as good now as ever. His constant interaction with the audience gave the impression of his gratitude over his great and long career as a versatile, talented musician.

Boz Scaggs, over decades has been a multi talented musician. Scaggs has excelled not only in rock, but pop as well as R&B, as well as jazz. Boz Scaggs went more main stream in Silk Degrees and other albums but he is most respected in the jazz as well as Rhythm and blues. One would have to consider him right up there with the really great artists of that genre.

MPAC ,which is in Morristown New Jersey, has been putting on great performances for years. From ballet, to classical music and shows, MPAC is at the forefront of concerts as well. Tito, Bruce Hornsby as well as ELO and The Psychedelic furs were recent guests at MPAC. For over 80 years this venue has excited audiences with great entertainment.  The Beach Boys will be their on December 1st. MPAC have more great performers in 2019 with Alice Cooper, David Crosby and a Roy Orbison hologram concert next week.

 

 

 

 

Author: nobullwithragingrobert

Was a drama critic at Manhattan College. Wrote professionally for Bergen News, Sun Bulletin . Alpha Sigma Lambda, Beta Theta. Has seen over 600 shows worldwide, has published both on Theater and Politics. Avid reader on many subjects and writers. Chief Drama critic for Metropolitan magazine. Writes for Jerrick media, American conservative, The City Journal and Reason magazine. Has produced shows both on and off Broadway.

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