How much would you pay to sit at the feet of a master?
If $100, give or take a few bucks, isn’t too much, then you’re in luck. Music legend Boz Scaggs is playing the historic State Theater on Saturday, and although you can’t sit literally at the master’s feet, you can get close enough to hear what’s made him great all these years.
Those years have had peaks, out of which came stellar hits known the world over. Just say “Lowdown,” or “Lido Shuffle,” or “We’re All Alone,” and folks know who you’re talking about. There’s only one Boz.
Sure, there have been the valley years, too, but the consummate professional, who some might even remember from the Steve Miller Band, has made a solo career out of constantly searching for the music that best fits him and his voice. And, even though he didn’t venture out on his own right away, his career started in the late 1960s. Which means he brings a lot of history, heartache, and heavy influences of jazz, soft rock, soul, and blues along with him wherever he travels.
Although a generation will remember his blazing hits from the 1970s, Scaggs has only intermittently paused from his work. His 2013 collection of personal favorite covers, the album “Memphis,” and his ensuing tour, were extremely popular, as was his hit original blues number “Hell To Pay,” which also features fellow legend Bonnie Raitt.
Scaggs’ eternal search for style in his music has pushed him across several genre frontiers, and if he hasn’t always been a critical darling, he’s been embraced by his professional peers, and certainly by audiences.
That’s what a master does, and those who trek to Minneapolis aren’t likely to regret, or forget, a night with Scaggs.
And, for the record, his full name is William Royce Scaggs. But, come on, we all know there’s only one Boz.