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May 7, 2014

Boz Scaggs coming to Flood City fest

Grammy winner leads Aug. 2 acts

JOHNSTOWN — Singer, songwriter and guitarist William Royce “Boz” Scaggs will headline the AmeriServ Flood City Music Festival on Aug. 2.

The festival will run Aug. 1-3 at Peoples Natural Gas Park in Johns­town.

Thirty-six bands are scheduled to take the stage for the 25th annual festival, said Shelley Johansson, spokeswoman for Johnstown Area Heritage Association, which produces the event.

Bands range in style from blues, jazz and R&B to folk, rock and honky-tonk.

“The diversity in our lineup this year is really wonderful,” Johansson said. “There’s something for everyone to get excited about, no matter what kind of music they like.”

Scaggs joins Friday night headliner Leftover Salmon featuring Bill Payne of Little Feat.

Scaggs gained fame in the 1960s as a guitarist and sometime lead signer for the Steve Miller Band. He has had a successful solo career with several Top 20 hit songs in the United States, including “Lowdown” and “Lido Shuffle” from the critically acclaimed album “Silk Degrees.”

His music stretches from blue-eyed soul to blues rock and jazz rock.

Scaggs has more than 20 albums.

“That’s a name that’s going to have a lot of appeal to festival fans,” Johansson said. “He’s someone that appeals to everybody.

“He’s a Grammy winner and legend,” she said. “We’re very happy to have him as a Saturday headliner.”

Other performers announced Wednesday include Nahko and Medicine for the People, The Iguanas, Big Mean Sound Machine, Miss Melanie & the Valley Rats, Neon Swing X-Perience, The Greens, Swampcandy, Grand Piano, Good Brother Earl, Matt Otis & the Sound, Striped Maple Hollow, Amanda Barton & Bills Ward, and Tim Woods & the Woods Family Band.

More bands will be announced on Friday.

Patrick Buchnowski is a reporter with The Tribune-Democrat. Follow him on twitter.com/PatBuchnowskiTD.

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