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Casinos: Boz Scaggs tours American music at MontBleu

Boz Scaggs will play at the MonBleu on Saturday night.
Boz Scaggs will play at the MonBleu on Saturday night.

In the career of Boz Scaggs, St. Mark’s School of Texas, in Dallas, proved pivotal in two ways. It was there a schoolmate gave him the nickname of Bosley which he later trimmed to Boz (real name: William Royce Scaggs). And it was there in 1959 he met another classmate, Steve Miller, with whom he joined in the Marksmen.

Scaggs next wandered a bit and attempted to establish a career in London. But in 1967 he arrived in San Francisco and fit neatly into the revolutionary musical movements of those psychedelic years. He reconnected with Miller and joined the Steve Miller Band on some legendary releases.

Scaggs, who plays the MontBleu May 23, made a few hits of his own, most prominently the “Silk Degrees” album on which he teamed with a group of musicians later to form the band Toto and scored top singles such as “Low Down,” “It’s Over,” “What Can I Say,” and “Lido Shuffle.”

Scaggs never again hit the top of the charts, but he has scored well with a few efforts, including “Look What You’ve Done to Me” for the “Urban Cowboy” soundtrack. His album “Dig” was buried upon its release – Sept. 11, 2001. He’s dug into the American Songbook, toured with the likes of Michael McDonald, and gone the blues route. His show, in its way, is a tour through American music for the past 50 years. (9 p.m.; $55.50, $65.50; Ticketmaster)

Outside the casinos

Virginia & Truckee Railroad: One of America’s historic railroads reopens May 23. The V&T, a mainstay in the Comstock era, features a chance to travel the same route and see the same scenery as did those in the 1860s.

The 24-mile Sisters in History route, complete with tunnels, passes historic cemeteries, abandoned mine shafts and most often herds of wild horses. The weekend trains feature a 1916 Baldwin Consolidation 2-8-0 or a 1914 Baldwin-Built Mikado 2-8-2 steam engine pulling three 1914 Pullman cars. Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 13, and Fridays starting July 3. Departures for the round-trip at 10 a.m. from the Eastgate Siding on Flint Drive off U.S. Highway 50 East in Carson City. ($52 adults, $48 seniors, and $32 children ages 3 to 16. vtrailesway.com)

Second Annual Chaw’se Day: The Jackson Rancheria Band of Miwuk Indians are hosts May 23 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at the Indian Grinding Rock State Historic Park. Enjoy Indian tacos, guided park tours, native dancing and shopping from local native vendors. ($8 per car, $7 for seniors)

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