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Steve Miller Band kicks off Summer Concert Series at Harveys arena

“The Space Cowboy” is headed to South Shore for a Saturday show.

Steve Miller has been rocking crowds worldwide for more than 50 years with his pop-informed blend of rock and blues. Miller got started on his sound at a young age, growing up in a musical family in Milwaukee. He learned his first chords from none other than rock guitar icon Les Paul, who was a friend of Miller’s father. “Steve, you’re really going to go places,” Paul told the young musician, according to Miller’s website.

As a young man, Miller attended college at University of Wisconsin, Madison and Denmark’s University of Copenhagen before deciding to pursue a music career. He stepped into the Chicago blues scene in the early ‘60s, playing with the likes of Muddy Waters, Buggy Guy and Paul Butterfield, before landing in San Francisco.

Miller formed the Steve Miller Band there in 1967, releasing several albums in the following years. The group achieved commercial success with 1972’s “The Joker,” with the title track reaching No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart. This commercial success continued with 1976’s “Fly Like an Eagle” and 1977’s “Book of Dreams,” with well-known hit singles like “Take the Money and Run,” “Rock’n Me,” and more.

In 2010, Miller released his first album in 15 years, “Bingo!,” following up in 2011 with “Let Your Hair Down.” The two albums consist of covers of classic blues songs, recorded at George Lucas’s Skywalker Ranch in California’s Marin County.

Recently returned from a New Zealand tour with Carlos Santana, the Steve Miller Band is now out on its 2013 tour, with dates across the country through September. The Saturday show is the first installment of Harveys Summer Concert Series. Country musician Tim McGraw is the next artist to appear in the series. He will play the outdoor venue Tuesday, July 16.

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Tahoe Daily Tribune Updated Jun 21, 2013 03:24PM Published Jun 25, 2013 12:03PM Copyright 2013 Tahoe Daily Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.