Boz Scaggs performs at ASU July 20

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Article Published: Jul. 18, 2013 | Modified: Jul. 21, 2013
Boz Scaggs performs at ASU July 20

Boz Scaggs will perform July 20 at ASU for An Appalachian Summer Festival.
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An Appalachian Summer Festival Lineup

July 18: Idina Menzel with the Eastern Festival Orchestra – Schaefer Center, 8 p.m.
July 19: Eric Carle: Lecture – Reich College of Education, 4 p.m.
July 19: Family Film Night – Schaefer Center, 7 p.m.
July 20: Boz Scaggs – Schaefer Center, 8 p.m.
July 21: Eastern Festival Orchestra: Andre Watts and Julian Schwartz – Schaefer Center, 8 p.m.
July 22: Broyhill Chamber Ensemble, Rosen Concert Hall, 8 p.m.
July 24: Lunch & Learn – Turchin Center for the Visual Arts, noon
July 24: Broyhill Chamber Ensemble – Rosen Concert Hall, 8 p.m.
July 25: Carolina Ballet: “A Balanchine Celebration, featuring Rubies” – Schaefer Center, 8 p.m.
July 26: Independent Films from Around the World: “11 Flowers” – Schaefer Center, 8 p.m.
July 27: 27th Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Walk – Schaefer Center, 10 a.m.
July 27: An Evening with Lyle Lovett and his Acoustic Group – Schaefer Center, 8 p.m.
July 28: Rosen-Schaffel Competition for Young and Emerging Artists – Rosen Concert Hall, 1 p.m.
July 29: Independent Films from Around the World: “La Rafle” – Schaefer Center, 8 p.m.
July 31: Lunch & Learn – Turchin Center for the Visual Arts, noon
Aug. 1: An Acoustic Evening with Mary Chapin Carpenter & Shawn Colvin with special guest Suzanne Vega – Schaefer Center, 8 p.m.

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An Appalachian Summer Festival continues this weekend with a concert by the legendary Boz Scaggs.

The bluesy and soulful singer and guitarist travels to Boone for the first time with a long history of recordings, including his latest album, “Memphis.”

Scaggs came onto the music scene in the late 1960s as a member of the Steve Miller Band. Then, in 1968, he began his solo career with a self-titled album of varied music that achieved additional fame because of the appearance on the project by the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Duane Allman. Allman, leader of the Allman Brothers Band before his untimely death in 1971, played the now-famous guitar solo on the cut, “Loan Me A Dime.”

It was in 1976, however, that Scaggs truly got a taste of the big time, when he released his album, “Silk Degrees.” With hits like “Lowdown,” “Georgia,” “Lido Shuffle,” “What Can I Say” and “We’re All Alone,” the project stayed on the charts for more than 100 weeks.

“The making of ‘Silk Degrees’ was really fun for me, and I loved being with those musicians,” Scaggs said. “We had a wonderful time. Of course, I had made a number of records before that, and I didn’t expect it to take off like it did. The album actually took off very, very slowly. But I didn’t know it would reach the height that it did. It was satisfying in a way, but we just worked. I had been on the road, working and supporting my band and recording for about five or six years, and I had learned from a few disappointments not to expect anything huge. Of course, I still had some hidden hopes for the record breaking through.”

And break through it did, as “Silk Degrees” reached No. 2 on the charts. That was a heady time for Scaggs, as worldwide success came knocking on the door.

“It’s always different than what you think it’s going to be,” Scaggs said. “The most important thing that I remember about (that time) was it gave me a chance to work more. It expanded my audience, which is every artist’s dream to some degree. You’re always looking for a wider audience and a little more comfortable way to travel, and maybe you could buy that next guitar.

“So, it gave us a chance to open up and spread out some and get more work. But it was only over the next two years that the fame part of it kicked in. You know, it’s an illusion. The world only came to me then. But I wish every artist could get a chance to taste that kind of so-called success.”

While this will be Scaggs’s first trip to the High Country, he is a long-time fan of the late Doc Watson, a native of Deep Gap.

“(Western North Carolina) is all new territory to me,” Scaggs said. “I saw Doc Watson at the New Orleans Jazz Festival. I was just kind of wandering around. This would have been 15 to 18 years ago. It was early on, and I was playing there, and I wandered around, checking the music out, and I wandered onto one of the smaller stages, and Doc Watson was singing that old Elvis line, ‘Treat me like a fool, treat me mean and cruel,’ and he just set me free. Oh, man, I just love Doc Watson.”

Boz Scaggs performs at 8 p.m. Saturday, July 20, at Appalcahian State University’s Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts, formerly Farthing Auditorium, located at 733 Rivers St. on campus.

Tickets cost $47 for general admission and $39 for students and children 3 and older. To purchase tickets, visit the Schaefer Center box office, call (828) 262-4046 or visit

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Boz Scaggs will perform July 20 at ASU for An Appalachian Summer Festival.
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