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Friday, November 15, 2019 by The Press in Focus

The “Lowdown”: It’s appropriate that Boz Scaggs’ latest album is “Out of the Blues” since the blues is what first sparked his five-decade musical career. For the second time, singer-songwriter Boz Scaggs takes the stage, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 19, State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton. The concert is rescheduled from the June 21 show that was postponed at the State. Tickets for that show are being honored for the Nov. 19 performance. Scaggs began his career as a vocalist and guitarist in the Steve Miller Band in the late 1960s before the success of his 1976 solo album, “Silk Degrees,” with the hit singles, “Lowdown,” which received a Best R&B Grammy; “Lido Shuffle,” and “We’re All Alone.” In 2015, Scaggs’ “A Fool to Care” hit No. 1 on Billboard’s Blues Album chart, as did “Out of the Blues.” Tickets: State Theatre Center for the Arts box office, 453 Northampton St., Easton; statetheatre.org; 1-800-999-7828; 610-252-3132

Noone better: Herman’s Hermits Starring Peter Noone is back for a career-encompassing concert, 8 p.m. Nov. 15, Penn’s Peak, Jim Thorpe. Doors open at 6 p.m. Noone, lead singer for 1960s’ chart-toppers Herman’s Hermits, is expected to sing the group’s hits, among them, “I’m Into Something Good,” “Mrs. Brown, You’ve Got A Lovely Daughter,” “I’m Henry VIII, I Am,” “Silhouettes,” “Can’t You Hear My Heartbeat,” “There’s A Kind of Hush” and “The End of the World.” Herman’s Hermits sold more than 60 million recordings and had 14 singles and seven albums that went gold. Noone was host of VH1’s “My Generation” and the PBS TV’s “The British Invasion Returns.” Tickets: Penn’s Peak box office, 325 Maury Road, Jim Thorpe; pennspeak.com; ticketmaster.com; 800-745-3000

Trio’s “Honor”: The Laurence Hobgood Trio performs in the “Jazz Upstairs” series 7:30 p.m. Nov. 15, Rodale Community Room, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown. The trio is Laurence Hobgood, above, piano; Sam Minaie, bass, and Jared Schonig, drums. Grammy recipient and multiple-Grammy nominee Hobgood has enjoyed a 30-year career that has taken him to many of the world’s most prestigious venues, including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. The trio’s debut CD, “Honor Thy Fathers,” is a tribute to Hobgood’s father. In his Downbeat magazine review, Howard Mandel wrote, “Overall, the ambiance is warm, dark and reflective, which is not to discount Hobgood’s strategically big, broad voicings, streaming glissandi and consistently perfect articulation.” Tickets: Miller Symphony Hall box office, 23 N. Sixth St., Allentown; millersymphonyhall.org; 610-432-6715