Reno-Tahoe shows: Rob Zombie and Marilyn Manson, Travis Tritt
From heavy rock to mariachi sounds, recent show announcements truly cover the gamut of music being made available to Reno-Tahoe show-goers. While there are less big names in the Just Announced queue this time, there are several great cult or emerging artists to check out among the stars like Travis Tritt and the Rob Zombie/Marilyn Manson tour. There are also a host of shows being announced by Virginia St. Brewhouse, the new downtown Reno venue that is in the former Knitting Factory space.
As for the next few weeks, the early fall features rock legends, bracing newcomers and the early stirrings of spooky parties in time for Halloween. Here’s what’s taking place:
Grand Sierra Beer and Chili Festival
This two-day fest features brews, chili dishes and live music, including headliners blues-rock musician Shane Dwight (on Oct. 20) and well-known cover band the Spazmatics (on Oct. 21). The event takes place from noon to 5 p.m. both days at the Grand Sierra Resort, 2500 E. 2nd St. This free-admission event is on Oct. 20 and 21. Details: 775-789-1115 or gsrbeerandchili.com
The Easy Leaves and Karl Blau
These two modern country-indie acts are touring together under the “Haunted Honky Tonk” rubric, and while it is indeed close to Halloween, that description does fit their moodier, darker take on roots rock and traditional twang. They team up for this show at 8 p.m. at The Saint, 761 S. Virginia St. The show is Oct. 28 and tickets are $10-$12 at 775-221-7451 or thesaintreno.com.
You may not know the name of this singer-songwriter, but her work with her band Heartless Bastards is some of the best created in indie rock and roots rock. She’s back in Reno for a solo show at 8 p.m. at Virginia St. Brewhouse, 211 N. Virginia St. The show is Oct. 30 and tickets are $12 at renobrewhouse.com
An underrated band from Pennsylvania, this trio started in the skater community through some brotherly ties (drummer Jess Margera is the brother of famous skater Bam Margera), but they’ve since stretched out their sound from its punk origins to include heavier rock of many styles. They play at 9 p.m. at Blu Nightclub, Montbleu Resort Casino, 55 Highway 50, Stateline. The show is Nov. 9 and tickets are $20-$22 at 775-588-3515 or montbleuresort.com.
One of the survivors of the hair metal glut in the ‘80s, this band always had something different about it, from its Christian messages to its harder edge and progressive musicianship than many of its poppier brethren. They will play at 8 p.m. at Virginia St. Brewhouse, 211 N. Virginia St. The show is Nov. 11 and tickets are $27 at renobrewhouse.com
This mysterious band from Boise, Idaho, are making a name for themselves for their mix of indie music and electronic sounds, all delivered anonymously as the three musician wear masks and cloaks. They play at 8 p.m. at Jub Jub’s Thirst Parlor, 71 S. Wells Ave. The show is Dec. 4 and tickets are $13 at 775-384-1652 or jmaxproductions.net
Shadow of Intent
This newer death/hardcore metal band has been gaining a lot of steam on the tour circuit after earning some fans in the internet metal community. They headline this show at 7 p.m. at Jub Jub’s Thirst Parlor, 71 S. Wells Ave. The show is Dec. 9 and tickets are $12 at 775-384-1652 or jmaxproductions.net
Fresh from his show at the recent Nugget Rib Cook-off, this popular country artist anticipated that genre’s move to louder rock sounds as he built a cult following for more than a decade. He performs at 8 p.m. at Virginia St. Brewhouse, 211 N. Virginia St. The show is Dec. 14 and tickets are $18 at renobrewhouse.com
Piff the Magic Dragon
Another of the stars to came to prominence on “America’s Got Talent,” Piff dresses in a cheeseball dragon costume, has a cute dog for a sidekick and warps together comedy, magic and weirdness into a surprisingly compelling show. He was originally scheduled for early October, but now his show has been moved to the end of the year. It takes place at 7 and 9:45 p.m. at Sammy’s Showroom, Harrah’s Reno, 219 N. Center St. The shows are Dec. 21 and 22 and tickets are $34-$43 at 775-786-3232 or harrahsreno.com.
Rob Zombie and Marilyn Manson
For the second time, these two hard rock acts are touring together, this time on the “Twins of Evil” tour. Zombie and Manson have a lot in common: a penchant for theatrical shows and musical influences from metal, electronic music and the heaviest classic rock. They perform at 7:30 p.m. at the Grand Theatre, Grand Sierra Resort and Casino, 2500 E. 2nd St. The show is Dec. 29 and tickets are $75-$125 at 775-789-1115 or grandsierraresort.com.
The Dan Band
This popular cover band led by Dan Finnerty draws crowds with its gleefully obscene takes on ‘70s and ‘80s radio hits. They are back in the region again, this time for a New Year’s Eve show. It takes place at 10 p.m. in the Celebrity Showroom, Nugget Casino Resort, 1100 Nugget Ave., Sparks. The show is Dec. 31 and tickets are $35-$75 at 775-356-3300 or nuggetcasinoresort.com
Fans of this blues-soul-rock group from Oakland, Calif., have two chances to catch them on this go-round to Tahoe: a Dec. 30 show and a New Year’s Eve celebration. They play at 9 p.m. both nights in the Crown Room at Crystal Bay Club Casino. 14 State Highway 28, Crystal Bay. Shows are Dec. 30 and 31 and tickets are $35 (Dec. 30) and $50 (Dec. 31) at 775-833-6333 or crystalbaycasino.com.
This fun cover-band-with-a-twist is back in town. Metalachi play metal and hard rock classics but with a traditional Mexican flair, and a tongue firmly in cheek. They peform at 8 p.m. at Virginia St. Brewhouse, 211 N. Virginia St. The show is Jan. 17 and tickets are $17 at renobrewhouse.com
This legendary country singer/songwriter is back for another go-round of his popular solo acoustic tour, where he not only plays hits like “Here’s a Quarter” and “Country Club” but also tells the stories behind them. He’s back at 8 p.m. at the Ballroom in Nugget Casino Resort, 1100 Nugget Ave., Sparks. The show is Jan. 25 and tickets are $50-$70 at 775-356-3300 or nuggetcasinoresort.com
This comedian has earned a big following with his specials such as “Disgraceful” and “Mostly Stories,” plus he’s started to appear as an actor in comedies. He’s back in town for this show at 8 p.m. at the Grand Theatre, Grand Sierra Resort and Casino, 2500 E. 2nd St. The show is Feb. 9 and tickets are $25-$52.50 at 775-789-1115 or grandsierraresort.com.
Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlan
One of the longest-running mariachi groups in the music’s history - it dates back to the turn of the 20th century - Vargas is known for its robust, six-person string section as well as a style that has brought modern Mexican sounds into its traditional bedrock. The group plays at 8 p.m. at Grande Exposition Hall, Silver Legacy Resort Casino, 407 N. Virginia St. The show is May 4 and tickets are $49.50-$69.50 at 775-325-7401 or silverlegacyreno.com.
The Wailin’ Jennys
This Canadian folk/bluegrass trio has more than just a talent for puns. Often featured on public radio, the Jennys have released five albums on acclaimed label Red House Records, with their last two -- “Bright Morning Stars” in 2011 and last year’s “Fifteen” -- making the top of Billboard’s bluegrass charts. They play at 7:30 p.m. at Cargo, Whitney Peak Hotel, 255 N. Virginia St. The show is Oct. 4 and tickets are $25-$27.50 at 775-398-5400 or cargoreno.com.
Led by two members of the band Slipknot, singer Corey Taylor and guitarist Jim Root, Stone Sour is considerably less heavier than their parent band, but there’s still plenty of grinding guitars in their more melodic hard rock style. They will play at 9 p.m. at the Grand Theatre, Grand Sierra Resort and Casino, 2500 E. 2nd St. The show is Oct. 5 and tickets are $29-$69 at 775-789-1115 or grandsierraresort.com.
The two guitarist/vocalists from this band’s ‘70s/‘80s pomp - Tommy Shaw and JY Young - still lead the group through its biggest hits on stage, and you may hear some new songs from their underrated 2017 album of new material, “The Mission.” Styx returns to Tahoe for a show at 7:30 p.m. in the South Shore Room, Harrah’s Lake Tahoe, 15 Highway 50, Stateline. The show is Oct. 5 and tickets are $62-$82 at 800-427-7247 or harrahstahoe.com.
This oft-touring Reno folk-rock band is once again hitting the road and they are throwing themselves quite a send-off at Bartley Ranch. They will play at 7 p.m. at Robert Z. Hawkins Amphitheater, 6000 Bartley Ranch Road. The show is Oct. 6 and tickets are $15-$20 at thenovelists.com.
Official Burning Man Decompression Reno
This annual event is like the playa event in a club setting, including indoor and outdoor performances by DJ/artists, playa art, theme camps and a silent disco. It takes place at The BlueBird, 555 E. 4th St. The show is Oct. 6 and tickets are $20 at 775-499-5549 or thebluebirdreno.com
Red Cup Nation
This L.A. DJ/producer duo is known for some high-energy and party-intensive shows, mostly to packed college crowds. They perform at 11 p.m. at Lex Nightclub, Grand Sierra Resort and Casino, 2500 E. 2nd St. The show is Oct. 6 and tickets are $20 at 775-789-1115 or grandsierraresort.com.
Society of Seven
One of the remaining reminders to Reno’s rep as a variety-show mecca, Society of Seven returns to town. Featuring comedy, music and celebrity impersonations, the act is popular in Hawaii and among Filipino audience. They perform at 8 p.m. at the Grand Ballroom, Altantis Resort Casino Spa, 3800 S. Virginia St. The show is Oct. 6 and tickets are $45-$55 at 775-825-4700 or atlantiscasino.com.
With their tribute muse offering up “Hot August Nights III” recently, this band that recreates the music and sparkly vibe of Neil Diamond is gearing up for some more touring. The band plays at 8 p.m. at the Showroom at Montbleu Resort Casino, 55 Highway 50, Stateline. The show is Oct. 6 and tickets are $20-$25 at 775-588-3515 or montbleuresort.com.
David Bromberg Quintet
Hailing from Philadelphia, Bromberg has been going strong for more than four decades, blending pretty much every style of American music you can think of, from jazz to folk to blues and beyond. He and his current group play in the Crown Room, Crystal Bay Club Casino. 14 State Highway 28, Crystal Bay. The show is Oct. 6 and tickets are $25-$30 at 775-833-6333 or crystalbaycasino.com.
Reel Big Fish
With a big hit in the late ‘90s called “Sell Out,” this often tongue-in-cheek ska-punk band from Southern Cali has been reeling fans in ever since with a lot of tours, including frequent visits to Reno. They next land at 7 p.m. at Cargo, Whitney Peak Hotel, 255 N. Virginia St. The show is Oct. 7 and tickets are $22 at 775-398-5400 or cargoreno.com.
Not a band, this electronic/dubstep DJ/artist is Jeff Montalvo, and he has played all the big festivals in his genre and worked with artists like Ellie Goulding and Skrillex. He performs at 8 p.m. at Cargo, Whitney Peak Hotel, 255 N. Virginia St. The show is Oct. 8 and tickets are $25-$30 at 775-398-5400 or cargoreno.com.
Joe Jack Talcum
This guitarist and sometimes singer for the punk-rock satirical band the Dead Milkmen - he’s the one who sung their one-hit-wonder “Punk Rock Girl” - is back in town for another show after being here earlier this year. He plays at 8 p.m. at Shea’s Tavern, 715 S. Virginia St. The show is Oct. 12 at costs $7-$10 at 775-786-4774 or sheastavern.com.
Dead Winter Carpenters
This Tahoe band has transcended the regular bars-and-clubs scene in the area to become a draw in larger rooms. The group blends folk, country and rock into a style that’s become beloved among the jam-band crowd. They play at 7 p.m. at Cargo, Whitney Peak Hotel, 255 N. Virginia St. The show is Oct. 12 and tickets are $23-$28 at 775-398-5400 or cargoreno.com.
Casting Crowns and I Am They
Two of the most popular contemporary Christian bands currently on the scene are touring together this fall. They stop in Reno at 7 p.m. at Reno Events Center, 400 N. Center. St. The show is Oct. 12 and tickets are $19.50-$35 at 775-335-8800 or renoeventscenter.com
Toadface and Milano
Two of the biggest names in bass music are teaming up for the “Bugs for Breakfast” tour. They perform at 10 p.m. at at The BlueBird, 555 E. 4th St. The show is Oct. 12 and tickets are $10-$20 at 775-499-5549 or thebluebirdreno.com
This indie rock artist’s real name is Sophie Allison, and her work in the past few years has received critical acclaim. She plays at 8 p.m. at The Holland Project, 140 Vesta St.
The show is Oct. 12 and tickets are $10-$12 at 775-742-1858 or hollandreno.org.
Elvin Bishop, Roy Rogers and Marcia Ball
Blues fans are likely rejoicing at this talent-packed triple bill featuring ace guitarists Bishop and Rogers, as well as pianist and singer Ball. The show is at 8 p.m. at the
Showroom at Montbleu Resort Casino, 55 Highway 50, Stateline. The show is Oct. 13 and tickets are $25-$50 at 775-588-3515 or montbleuresort.com.
Reno Zombie Prom
Get ready to get undead as you are encouraged to look your zombified best and dance (probably erratically) to songs from local band Decoy. The prom, for ages 21 and up, takes place at 8 p.m. at Cargo, Whitney Peak Hotel, 255 N. Virginia St. The event is Oct. 13 and tickets are $10-$30 at 775-398-5400 or cargoreno.com.
Agent Orange, UK Subs and Guttermouth
This will be a wild one featuring longtimer punks from different eras. The UK Subs led in the second big wave of English punk post-Pistols, while Agent Orange was a leading light of the ‘80s Southern Cali skate/surf scene. Guttermouth has been a popular fave with modern Cali punk fans for their often funny, often breakneck tunes. The trio plays at 8:30 p.m. at Jub Jub’s Thirst Parlor, 71 S. Wells Ave. The show is Oct. 13 and tickets are $20 at 775-384-1652 or jmaxproductions.net.
Eric Burdon and the Animals
It may a newer set of Animals, but this rock band is still led by growling, blues-influenced belter Eric Burdon, who powered the band with a grittier style during the much poppier British Invasion of the ‘60s. Their biggest hits included “We Gotta Get Outta This Place,” “It’s My Life” and “House of the Rising Sun.” Burdon and The Animals play at 7:30 p.m. at the South Shore Room, Harrah’s Lake Tahoe, 15 Highway 50, Stateline. The show is Oct. 13 and tickets are $58 at 800-427-7247 or harrahstahoe.com.
This producer/DJ from Montreal is known for elaborate stage setups to accompany his mix of dance, hip-hop and bass music, and this latest tour, being dubbed “The Shell 2.0,” should be no exception. Snails starts the party at 8 p.m. at Cargo, Whitney Peak Hotel, 255 N. Virginia St. The show is Oct. 15 and tickets are $30-$35 at 775-398-5400 or cargoreno.com.
Bob Weir and Wolf Bros.
The ever-evolving career of Grateful Dead guitarist/singer Weir continues with Wolf Bros., a new trio featuring ex-Primus drummer Jay Lane and super-producer and musician Don Was. They plan to play new material as well as Dead classics on this first big tour. They play at 7:30 p.m. at the Grand Theatre, Grand Sierra Resort and Casino, 2500 E. 2nd St. The show is Oct. 16 and tickets are $40-$50 at 775-789-1115 or grandsierraresort.com. Tickets go on sale Aug. 10.