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. ★★★☆☆
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