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This week in music: Boz Scaggs, Rufus Wainwright roll into Twin Cities

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Among the artists coming Minnesota concert stages this week is '70s hitmaker Boz Scaggs, who is set to play Thursday at the State Theatre in Minneapolis.

Known for his hits "Lido Shuffle," "Lowdown," "It's Over" and "Harbor Lights" from his classic "Silk Degrees" album, Scaggs is currently touring in support of his new album "Memphis."

The Napa Valley Register said in a review of Scaggs' concert in Napa Valley, Calif., last month that the blues guitarist and "his crack traveling six-member ensemble delivered more than half of the blues and mellow jazz tunes from the new CD" along with classics from his halcyon days.

The publication also said Scaggs, 68, was also in "great voice" and his vocal range made the crowd "sit up and take notice."

On Saturday, the Irish Vocal Group Celtic Woman will perform two shows at the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis, while singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright will put on a solo show at the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul.

Also on Saturday, The Music of Abba will come alive at Mystic Lake Casino in Prior Lake through the tribute group Arrival, which like Abba, hails from Sweden.

On Sunday, Wainwright returns to the Fitzgerald along with comedian Kristen Schaal for Episode 22 of "Wits," a new weekly National Public Radio show from American Public Media and Minnesota Public Radio.

Playing Sunday in Minneapolis are Widespread Panic at the Orpheum Theatre and Christian musician Chris Tomlin at Target Center.

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