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Boz Scaggs, Wilson Phillips bring the hits

Some stage names just resonate.

Would Liberace be as remembered a performer if his name was Harry?

Would Weird Al Yankovic be as potent as Weird Al Smith?

And, when it comes to a legendary singer who’s performing in two area venues this weekend, would Boz Scaggs trigger as potent a response as Bill Scaggs?

Boz is a shortened version of William Joyce Scaggs’ childhood nickname of Bosley and it certainly has a ring to it, a sort of British hail-aristocratic-fellow-well-met just as it did in Dickens’ early “Sketches by Boz,” which would be a great album title for Scaggs.

None of this is to discount his music, of course; his career probably would have been as long and successful if he were simply Bill. He did, after all, start off as a guitarist and singer for the Steve Miller Band.

When, in 1976, he recorded his solo album “Silk Degrees,” using studio musicians who would later form Toto (returning on tour this summer, commencing at Reno’s Grand Sierra on August 7).

The singles from that album remain as strong as when they were fresh – “It’s Over” and “What Can I Say?”

“Lowdown” sold over a million copies and “We’re All Alone” proved gained even more potency when covered by Rita Coolidge and Frankie Valli.

More came – “Breakdown Dead Ahead,” “Jojo,” “Look What You’ve Done to Me” (from “Urban Cowboy”), and “Miss Sun.”

His album of two years ago, “A Fool to Care,” is distinguished by duets with Bonnie Raitt (“Hell to Pay”) and Lucinda Williams (the almost prayerful “Whispering Pines,” which closes the album).

Boz Scaggs does a little “Lido Shuffle” tonight at Reno’s Silver Legacy (8 p.m.; $40-$50; silverlegacy.com) and Saturday night at Cache Creek (8 p.m.; $55-$89; cachecreek.com).

Cache Creek also brings in a new show for its Sunday afternoon free concert series, “Friends: A Tribute to Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers” with Sandy Vee Anderson and Richard Hampton doing the imitations (4 p.m., also April 8, 15, 22, and 29).

When Wilson Phillips formed they were giant killers of sorts. Their eponymous first album sold so many copies it became the biggest album by a female group to that date, displacing the Supremes. Its first single “Hold On” took Madonna’s “Vogue” of the top of the charts.

The daughters of Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys (Carnie and Wendy) and John and Michelle Williams of the Mamas and Papas (Chynna) were as hot as they come.

A less successful album followed and they broke up, reunited, released a Christmas album, separated again, reunited, sold their next album “Dedicated” on QVC, and Chynna competed in “Dancing with the Stars.” They perform at Thunder Valley tonight (7:30 p.m.; $44.95-$54.95; thundervalleyresort.com)

The MontBleu is all-movie the next few days, the 15th Annual Wild and Scenic Film Festival tomorrow (3 p.m.; $7); and the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour Monday and Tuesday (7 p.m.; $17-$20; Ticketmaster).

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