The soft-rocker owes a strong touring draw to 1976’s Silk Degrees, a masterpiece of disco-flirting, adult-contemporary pop. It has all the big radio hits—“Georgia,” “Harbor Lights, “Lowdown”—and for a sold-out and appreciative boomer crowd in an off-Strip ballroom, Scaggs and his remarkable six-piece band delivered them all. But not before performing grittier, post-heyday tunes—the angry blues of “Some Change” and the Big Sky Country-rock of “King of El Paso.” Recently, notable indie-rock bands (Beirut, Iron & Wine) have adopted soft-rock’s trappings (sax solos, cheesy keyboard frills, pseudo-funk beats). But none could ever match the effortless way in which Scaggs, 67, hangs his blue-eyed soulful voice on a few jazzy guitar chords. His fierce backup singer, Miss Monet Owens, nearly stole the show during a cover of Fats Domino’s “Sick and Tired.” Calm returned to the quiet storm that is Scaggs with the launch of his yacht-rock hit from the Urban Cowboy soundtrack, “Look What You’ve Done to Me.” If only Christopher Cross had shared the bill, I could’ve died with my penny loafers on. ★★★☆☆
A Peek at Life Is Beautiful 2017
Gorillaz are coming to Las Vegas for the first time ever. 2016’s Grammy winner for best new artist, Chance the Rapper, will return. English rockers Muse will bring their dizzying live show to the streets of Downtown. And that’s just the top of an eclectic bill that features more than 70 acts, along with comedy, interactive art installations, a group art exhibit featuring the work of Mark Ryden, Tara McPherson and Shepard Fairey and much more. Last year saw more than 137,000 attendees trod the festival footprint. Who’s ready for more?
Best of the City 2016
Our seventh annual celebration of all things Las Vegas, from the best place to fix your speeding ticket to the best Bloody Mary.