Think of the smooth sounds of Boz Scaggs, Jackson Browne, Steely Dan, Hall and Oates, the Little River Band. Now think of the musical chops displayed by the Fabulous Armadillos. Put those two together, add the vocals of special guests, and you've got "Yacht Rock: Blue-Eyed Soul," a show filled with the hits of the '70s and '80s.

As part of the Central Lakes Community Performing Arts Center's Cultural Arts Series, the show will hit the stage at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 2 in the Tornstrom Auditorium in Brainerd.

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Series Producer Patrick Spradlin stated in a news release that the show is one of the most appealing events on this year's calendar.

"We've never been disappointed by the Armadillos, whether it's been their Eagles tribute show or one of their theme shows like last year's 'Lucky 7's," Spradlin stated. "When Armadillos front man Greg Armstrong told me about this show, I knew I had to bring it to town."

The Armadillos will recreate the sounds of the iconic hits, but 'Blue Eyed Soul' will also feature the vocal work of some special guests. Primary among them will be Alex Ligertwood, lead singer for Santana for 13 years. Ligertwood's work with Santana includes hits like "I'm Winning" and "Hold On." He also sang with the Average White Band and Jeff Beck. Ligertwood will sit in with the band as he did for their Woodstock tribute show.

"We'd kicked around the idea for this theme show for some time," Armstrong stated. "One of the Armadillos would bring up a lot of these kinds of songs to include in other shows, and they didn't make the cut. When we knew we would be able to include Alex and some other singers, it all fit together into this theme show."

Other guest vocalists will include John Scalia, a powerhouse singer who was last seen in Brainerd with the Armadillos "Lucky 7's" show. Richard Witteman never fails to stop the show when he performs "Take it to the Limit" as part of the Armadillos' Eagles tribute, Spradlin stated. And Pamela McNeill, a legendary Minnesota performer in various bands, including her own Fleetwood Mac tribute show "Rumors and Dreams," will bring her own virtuosity to the songs in the show.

The Armadillos are, in addition to Armstrong and McNeill, guitarist Paul 'Stretch Rocker' Diethelm, bassist Mike Zeleny, drummer Jay O'Donnell, guitarist/vocalist Billy Scherer, and horn players Pat Thorn and Mike Kreitzer.

"The 'dillos never fail to please," Spradlin stated. "This will be a great evening of music played by people who really know what they're doing."

Tickets for the Fabulous Armadillos "Blue Eyed Soul" are available online at or from the CLC Box Office at 218-855-8199.

The show is sponsored by Mickey's Pizza and Subs, Katie and Randy Lee of Edina Realty and the Jack Pine Brewery.