Boz Scaggs Coming To The Lerner Theatre July 31
ELKHART — The Friends of The Lerner has announced Boz Scaggs will perform at 7:30 p.m. Monday, July 31, at The Lerner Theatre.
Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, April 28. Friends of The Lerner member tickets go on pre-sale at 10 a.m. Thursday, April 27. You can access all Lerner Theatre pre-sale tickets, including for Boz Scaggs, by becoming a Friend of The Lerner; visit friendsofthelerner.org/donate for information.
Boz Scaggs’ new album is “Out of the Blues,” and the blues first sparked his five-decade musical career.
Born William Royce Scaggs in Canton, Ohio, on June 8, 1944, he grew up in Oklahoma and Texas, where he spent his teenage years immersed in the blues, rhythm and blues, and early rock ‘n’ roll. While attending school in Dallas, he played in local combos. After several years as a journeyman musician around Madison, Wis., and Austin, Texas, Scaggs spent time traveling in Europe, the Middle East and Asia, eventually settling in Stockholm, where he recorded the album “Boz.”
Returning to the U.S. in 1967, Scaggs joined the Steve Miller Band in San Francisco, performing on that group’s albums “Children of the Future” and “Sailor” before launching his solo career with 1968’s seminal “Boz Scaggs” LP, recorded in Muscle Shoals, Ala., for Atlantic Records. Scaggs continued to mine a personalized mix of rock, blues and R&B influences, along with a signature style of ballads on such influential ’70s albums as “Moments,” “Boz Scaggs & Band,” “My Time,” “Slow Dancer” and 1976’s “Silk Degrees.” The latter release became a massive commercial breakthrough, reaching No. 2 and remaining on the album charts for 115 weeks. It spawned three Top 40 hit singles: “It’s Over,” “Lido Shuffle” and the Grammy-winning “Lowdown.” Subsequently, “We’re All Alone” from that same album, would become a No. 1 single for Rita Coolidge. “Silk Degrees” was followed by the albums “Down Two Then Left” and “Middle Man” and such hit singles as “Breakdown Dead Ahead,” “Jo Jo” and “Look What You’ve Done to Me.”
Despite his ’70s successes, Scaggs spent much of the 1980s out of the music business spotlight, traveling, opening a family business, fathering young children and founding the San Francisco nightclub, Slim’s. He returned to the studio after an eight-year hiatus and released “Other Roads,” “Some Change,” “Dig,” the Grammy-nominated “Come on Home,” the unplugged “Fade Into Light,” the in-concert retrospective “Greatest Hits Live” as well as a stint touring with Donald Fagen’s New York Rock & Soul Review — all while continuing to maintain a loyal audience in the U.S. and overseas, particularly in Japan. A pair of albums of jazz standards, “But Beautiful” and “Speak Low,” the latter topping the Billboard Jazz chart, demonstrated Scaggs’ style, as did the Southern-flavored “Memphis” and the rhythm and bluesy “A Fool to Care.”
“Music has been a constant companion and I’m feeling more free with it than ever,” Scaggs said. “I feel like I’ve found my voice through all these years, and I’ve gotten closer to where I want to be with my approach.”