Fergie’s Fergalicious, and Boz is just delicious

By in July 14, 2008 • Filed in: Uncategorized

The woman who inspired Bluesfest to declare its 15th-anniversary edition ‘funkalicious’ appeared at the top of a staircase on the Bank of America mainstage last night, and what she was wearing wasn’t very funkalicious.Sporting a plain white pantsuit, Fergie could have passed for someone heading to their cubicle in Tower C, except for the hat and rhinestone baton. Of course, with a truly funkalicious band grooving behind her, four back-up dancers strutting their stuff, and some 25,000 screaming fans out front, there was no mistaking the Fergalicious one.Fergie is not a singer with a strikingly distinctive voice but, what she lacks in vocal ability, she makes up for by putting on a show. With the anthemic opener Here I Come, she established a party atmosphere, priming the audience for signature songs such as London Bridge, My Humps and of course, Fergalicious.It was a completely different atmosphere on the Rogers stage earlier in the evening.Say the name Boz Scaggs, and the Lido Shuffle will spring to mind, more than 30 years after it was a hit. But don’t be too quick to write Scaggs off as an aging one-hit wonder.Backed by a classy seven-piece band, the 64-year-old singer-songwriter-guitarist dug into some laidback summertime blues at Bluesfest last night. In a white shirt, the soft-spoken Scaggs exuded a quiet command of the stage, a Southern gentleman of the blues who was probably right at home on the steamy evening.An easy-going version of It All Went Down the Drain set the table for an unhurried feast. Songs like the Southern-flavoured Slow Dancer, the elegant Lowdown and a tasty version of Allen Toussaint’s Hercules served as a reminder that Scaggs developed in the same circles as Steve Miller and Duane Allman, and soaked up the same range of influences.The blues-guitar highlight of the night occurred during Loan Me a Dime, which featured Scaggs’ Southern-style electric-guitar licks against the Chicago blues-style soloing of his band members. The pace got a little slicker with Georgia, treading a bit too close to middle-of-the-road casino fare, but Scaggs reclaimed ground with an inventive version of the old hit, Lido Shuffle, to the delight of a rapt audience. [Source]

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