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Best options: Richard Marx, Boz Scaggs, Dave Koz & & Larry Graham Jr. and more for your Las Vegas weekend


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“/ > Denise Truscello LAS VEGAS, NV- AUGUST 15: Richard Marx carries out throughout his launching of “Satisfied: Only The Hits” concert residency at Flamingo Las Vegas of his on August 15, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Picture by Denise Truscello/WireImage)

Enormous sporting occasions and huge celebration vacations are coming quickly, so this weekend in Las Vegas is a fun time to unwind with some music. Explore your sonic alternatives here.

YOUNG THE GIANT & & COLD WAR KIDS Have you been taking notice of the Pearl? The acoustically ideal auditorium at the Palms has been generating some interesting programs recently, which’ll undoubtedly continue under the Station Casinos regime. Friday night includes a two-fer with indie rock favorites Young the Giant (” My Body,” “Cough Syrup”) and Cold War Kids (” First,” “Love is Magical”). August 18, details at 702-944-3200 or < a href="

http://www.palms.com/pearl-theater.html” target =” _ blank “> palms.com. RICHARD MARX– SATISFIED: ONLY THE HITS The Grammy winning pop songwriter and producer behind “Right Here Waiting,” “Hang on to the Night,” and “Forever” made his debut at the Flamingo’s Donny & & Marie Display room previously today to rave reviews. No surprises there– the person has sold more than 30 million albums. If you do not capture him this weekend, there are more opportunities to hear Marx play his hits in an intimate, old-school-Vegas environment. August 18 & & 19 (and continuing Tuesday-Saturday through September 2), details at 702-777-2782 or < a href="

https://www.caesars.com/flamingo-las-vegas/shows/richard-marx#.WZXnZHeGPBI” target= & “_ blank” > caesars.com. DAVE KOZ & LARRY GRAHAM JR. SLS music hall the Foundry moved to a smooth jazz focus months earlier and landed a super-solid duo for this mid-August weekend. Nine-time Grammy-nominated saxophonist Dave Koz has actually teamed with Sly & & The Household Stone and Graham Central Station bassist and vocalist Larry Graham Jr. for the summertime Side By Side Tour, which begins to unwind with these 2 Vegas shows. August 18 & & 19, info at 702-761-7617 or foundrylv.com.

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70s SOUL JAM Time to groove. Philadelphia soul legends The Stylistics take the stage at the Cannery Hotel & & Gambling establishment Saturday night, with support from Grammy-winning Chicago sister act the Emotions, R&B and funk group Bloodstone, and “Long lasting Love” and “She’s a Bad Mother Jama” vocalist Carl Carlton. August 19, details at 702-507-5700 or cannerycasino.com. BOZ SCAGGS From Duane Allman to Steve Miller to Michael McDonald to Steely Dan, Boz Scaggs has played with the greatest names in classic rock. And he’s never stopped, bringing Lucinda Williams and Bonnie Raitt into the fold for his 2015 album “A Fool to Care.” The vocalist and songwriter takes a trip to Henderson to carry out at Green Valley Ranch Resort’s Grand Occasions Center Saturday. August 19, information at 800-745-3000 or stationcasinosevents.com.

Here’s the filthy rundown on Boz Scaggs at the Smith Center


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Boz Scaggs performs throughout the Dukes of September Tour at the Seminole Acid rock Hotel and Casino on July 25, 2012, in Hollywood, Fla.

, “A Fool to Care. “He played to a conveniently crowded Smith Center audience, nine stops into a U.S. tour that continues into August. The majority of those in attendance were in their 50s and beyond and likely had actually been introduced to Scaggs in the mid -’70s when he released “Silk Degrees,”his top-selling cd that produced some of his most significant hits, consisting of

his hallmarks”Inside information “and”Lido Shuffle. “Even the opening act, solo artist Rayland Baxter, mentioned his introduction to Scaggs by means of “Silk Degrees.” “I have actually got hip to that album …

probably a little later than you people did,”the 31-year-old deadpanned.(My good friends, having actually born with me pulling out different Scaggs’cds during late-night songfests through the years, can attest to my appreciation of the Grammy Award winner’s music ). Alas, the stimulate that stired up listeners’enthusiasm for Scaggs many years ago never ever appeared to gain fuel during his 1-hour and 45-minute set Wednesday. Possibly

the location was to blame? After his first song, “Runnin Blue, “off the early ’70s album “Boz Scaggs and Band,”Scaggs marveled about the Smith Center’s beauty. But he also included,” I miss out on the cigarette odor and the ching, ching, ching that lets me understand I’m in Vegas. “It may have been that Scaggs didn’t unwrap any of his”Silk Degrees

“cuts until five tunes into his set with”Harbor Lights.” Not till his 12th tune did he unleash the first of his greatest hits,”Lowdown,”and by then the

audience had actually set its tone. There was little feeling in the Smith Center hall and even less soul. The musicians backing Scaggs were on top of their game. How couldn’t they be, playing a variety of music from country to retro rock to blues to Latin? Providing backup vocals was Conesha Monet Owens, aka “Ms. Monet, “and she provided a solid performance, including her cover of Bonnie Raitt’s “Something to Talk About.”Scaggs, at 70, still revealed the vocal abilities and wide range he showed in his heyday. However throughout the night, something was missing out on– most likely more of Scaggs ‘hits. Left for another concert were his well-known ballads”Look Exactly what You have actually Done to Me “and”We’re All Alone,”and, in spite of the late B.B. King’s advice to constantly leave them desiring more, Scaggs might have left his Las Vegas audience desiring a little too much Wednesday. The”A Fool to Care Tour”stop setlist:”Runnin ‘Blue”(1971), “Mixed Up, Shook Up Girl”

(2013), “I’m a Fool to Care”( 2015 ),”Hell to Pay “(2015),” Harbor Lights “( 1976 ),”Gone Child Gone”(2013 ), “Rich Female “(2015),”Georgia “(1976), “Hey Miss Sun”(1980),” Something to Discuss”(1991),” Last Tango on 16th Street”(2015), “Lowdown” (1976)and” Exactly what Can I Say?”( 1976 ). Repetition:”There’s a Storm a Comin'” (2015), “Lido Shuffle “(1976)and “Loan Me a Penny”(1969 ). Robin Leach of” Lifestyles of the Rich

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