Concert Review: Boz Scaggs

The Pearl, June 22

This was a night of EDC counterprogramming for the baby-boomer set, a bill featuring two of rock?s underrated craftsmen. Opener Dave Mason, a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer from his time in Traffic, brought a more notable catalog to the stage than most headliners. Performing his biggest hits—?We Just Disagree,? ?Dear Mr. Fantasy,? ?Feelin? Alright?—with only a percussionist and second guitarist accompanying him, the 67-year-old Mason was entertaining and engaging, ending with a cover of ?All Along the Watchtower? (he played acoustic guitar on Jimi Hendrix?s classic recording).

Boz Scaggs drew heavily from Memphis, his recent release of mostly R&B-tinged covers, in the early part of his set. Backed by a five-piece band, his gentlemanly soul-filled vocals and understated guitar playing provided a strong framework for the bluesy ?Dry Spell,? as well as the more delicate ?Corrina, Corrina,? and ?Rainy Night in Georgia.? He turned to the hits after that, with the 69-year-old still possessing enough underlying funk to give ?70s staples ?Lowdown,? ?Lido Shuffle? and ?What Can I Say? the faithful treatment they deserve. After continuing to swing with ?Breakdown Dead Ahead,? Scaggs closed the night with ?Loan Me a Dime,? a 10-minute-long blues burner that continued to smolder long after he left the stage. ★★★☆☆

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