Boz Scaggs Returns to Chumash Casino Resort
Playing Music From His First New Album In Five Years
L. Paul Mann
Boz Scaggs has played several concerts at the Chumash Casino resort in Santa Ynezin recent years, but his show Thursday night, September 12th, was a very special one in many ways. The concert comes on the heals of his first new recording in five years, “Memphis”. The album, recorded at the legendary Royal Studios in Memphis, (Scaggs father and grandparents were from Memphis), may be his finest R&B recording since his first solo studio album. That monumental album featured guitar legend Duane Allman on lead guitar. Scaggs latest concert featured a set list full of R&B classics, mixed with Scaggs biggest hits, in a consummate performance of American roots music. Backed up by a five member team of veteran musicians, and a truly talented R&B singer, Miss Monet, Scaggs delivered a 100 minute set full of timeless classic hits. The show started with several of Scaggs most well known hits mixed with some of the new material. He then switched the mood with a set of American classics on acoustic guitar, before returning to one of the many electric guitars he played during the set.
At this point the crowd was allowed to swarm the stage to get close to the band, evoking a festive dance fever. The opening of the stage at mid concert continues to be one of the great features, that makes the Santa Ynez venue such a fun and exciting place to see a concert. This unique stage access, combined with the near perfect lighting, sound and video production, makes the Chumash Casino venue, the best place to see live music on the Central Coast. While the audience moved forward, Ms. Monét ( Conesha Monét Owens) took over lead singing duties, performing a medley of hits from, R&B legends, Sly & the Family Stone, James Brown and Sam & Dave. Miss Monet belted out the songs to the delight of the surging crowd, while Scaggs led the band in an intense R&B jam.
Of course Scaggs played most of the slick hit songs like “Lowdown” and “Lido Shuffle” from his biggest hit album in 1976, Silk Degerees, to the delight of the crowd. But it was his frequent sojourn into the Memphis Blues that made this a special night of music for the near capacity crowd at the Chumash Casino Resort.