March concerts in Reno/Tahoe: Anderson East, Slightly Stoopid
Two of the biggest names on the pop charts in the ’80s are the highlights of this week’s concert and show calendar. There’s also a lot of unusual fare, from internet stars to some pop-rock acts making names for themselves.
Here’s a look at what’s being offered.
Now to March 4: Bob Zany
A familiar face to Reno comedy-show-goers, Zany has gone to a lot of different places in his career, from the ’70s “Gong Show” to radio work to hosting up-and-comers on his own night in Los Angeles. Zany performs shows at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. on March 2 and 3 and 7:30 p.m. March 1 and 4 at the Laugh Factory, Silver Legacy Resort Casino. Tickets cost $25. Info: 775-325-7401 or silverlegacyreno.com.
March 1-3: Skyler Stone
Stone is still touring his live act while he also pursues an acting and writing career. He got his start with two different TV shows, “Con” on Comedy Central and “Skyler’s Revolution” on Fox. Stone makes them laugh at 8 p.m. March 1, 9:30 p.m. March 2 and 6:30 and 9:30 p.m. on March 3 at Reno Tahoe Comedy in the Pioneer Underground, 100 S. Virginia St. Tickets cost $12 advance, $15 day of show on March 1; and $17 advance, $20 day of show March 2-3. There are also discounts at the door for students and the military with ID. Info: 775-322-5233 or renotahoecomedy.com.
March 1-4: Raj Sharma
This week’s featured comedian tells funny tales from his childhood growing up in a traditional Hindu household in Texas. He’s been featured in several groups that promote diverse comedy, including The Gurus of Comedy, The United Colors of Comedy and the Next Generation of Evil Comedy Tour. Sharma’s shows are at 9 p.m. at The Improv, Harveys Lake Tahoe. Tickets cost $20, $22 on Saturday. Info: 775-588-6611 or improvtahoe.com.
March 2: Olivia Newton-John
One of the most successful pop stars of the ’70s and ’80s, Newton-John is currently on a rare U.S. tour. Born in England but raised and first gaining fame in Australia, Newton-John started more like a country star with hits like “Let Me Bet There” but eventually entered the pop realm with hits like “Physical,” “I Honestly Love You,” “Twist of Fate” and her popular ballad from her film role in “Grease,” “Hopelessly Devoted To You.” She performs at 9 p.m. at the Grand Theatre, Grand Sierra Resort and Casino. Tickets cost $36 to $90. Info: 775-789-1115 or grandsierraresort.com.
March 2: Ethan Bortnick
This 17-year-old pianist has become a top attraction during PBS fundraising drives, as he plays everything from classical to pop to jazz. His latest tour has ties to his latest PBS special, last year’s “Generations of Music,” and he plans to do some fundraising for public television at all of his tour shows this year. It takes place at 7:30 p.m. at the Pioneer Center. Tickets cost $40 to $55. Info: 775-686-6600 or pioneercenter.com.
March 2: Exhumed
This show at Shea’s is a mini-festival of sorts, featuring touring and local extreme metal bands. The headliner is Exhumed, a San Jose band that was one of the original death metal groups on the West Coast and took close to a decade to get national attention. They split soon after their first break in the early ’00s only to come back stronger (and gorier) than ever starting in 2010. The show takes place at 8 p.m. at Shea’s Tavern, 715 S. Virginia St. Tickets cost $13 advance, $15 day of show. Info: 775-786-4774 or sheastavern.com.
March 2: Spafford
Eclecticism is the key to the success of this Arizona band, which has built a steady following in clubs that cater to the jam-band faithful. Songs can have influences from ska to techno to progressive rock. Spafford is led by founding members Brian Moss on guitar and Jordan Fairless on bass. They play at 9 p.m. at the Crown Room in the Crystal Bay Club Casino. Tickets cost $17 advance, $20 day of show. Info: 775-833-6333 or crystalbaycasino.com.
March 3: Starship Featuring Mickey Thomas
Thomas first earned some mainstream fame as the singer for blues-rocker Elvin Bishop, lending his soulful style to the big hit, “Fooled Around and Fell in Love.” A few years later, he joined the-then-Jefferson Starship and scored another big hit right away with “Jane.” He is leading this incarnation of Starship, which had some other hits Thomas including “We Built This City,” “Sara” and “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now.” The show takes place at 8 p.m. at the Celebrity Showroom, Nugget Casino Resort. Tickets cost $45 to $80. Info: 775-356-3300 or nuggetcasinoresort.com.
March 3: “I Mom So Hard”
Facebook has gone into the web series business, and one of its first successes is “I Mom So Hard,” which features comedians Kristin Hensley and Jen Smedley. The duo talk about motherhood from a variety of angles, all of them laced with humor, as part of their series as well as their live appearances. “I Mom So Hard” in its stage version comes to Reno at 8 p.m. in the Grande Exposition Hall, Silver Legacy Resort Casino. Tickets cost $39.50 to $59.50. Info: 775-325-7401 or silverlegacyreno.com.
March 3: One Night of Queen
It can’t be easy to be a tribute band to the rock band Queen. The members were all great musicians and they were led by one of the genre’s most acclaimed and revered singers, the late Freddie Mercury. This group, though, goes for as faithful recreation as they can and are led by singer Gary Mullen, who won a British TV talent show with his Mercury impression. The show is 7:30 p.m. at the South Shore Room, Harrah’s Lake Tahoe. Tickets cost $35. Info: 800-427-7247 or harrahstahoe.com.
March 3: “Dancing with the Tahoe Stars”
Make sure you read that title carefully -- this is not the show based on the popular TV program that is going to be in Reno in a few weeks. Instead, it is a show that benefits the Tahoe Arts Project and features some local couples in a competition-style show. It will also feature some performances from local dance troupes. The show takes place at 6:30 p.m. in the Showroom at Montbleu Resort Casino, Stateline. Tickets cost $40 to $60 for reserved seating, $25 for general admission and $10 for children. Info: 775-588-3515 or montbleuresort.com.
March 3: Dragondeer and Moondog Matinee
This double-bill at Crystal Bay features two bands that harken back to the ’70s blues-rock style. From Denver, Dragoneer mixes blues and Americana and recently released music it recorded with famous Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson producer Mark Howard. From Reno, Moondog Matinee is a longtime favorite that has also earned a following outside of the Biggest Little City. The groups play at 10 p.m. in the Crown Room at the Crystal Bay Club Casino. The show is free. Info: 775-833-6333 or crystalbaycasino.com.
March 5: Palm
Are you seeking a challenge with your indie rock? Look no further than Palm, a band from Philadelphia that’s been earning raves for their unconventional style of indie rock. Overlapping vocals, wild time changes and equally loud and quiet moments make Palm a interesting band on record, and it probably translates well to the stage. The band will perform at 7:30 p.m. at The Holland Project, 140 Vesta St. Tickets cost $8 advance, $10 day of show. Info: 775-742-1858 or hollandreno.org.
March 6: Anderson East
This singer/songwriter from Nashville has earned plaudits for his work, and now it’s translating to radio hits and anticipated tours. So far, East has released two albums and last year he earned a big adult-alternative radio hit with the song “All on My Mind.” East performs 9 p.m. at the Crown Room, Crystal Bay Casino. Tickets cost $17 in advance, $20 day of show. Info: 775-833-6333 or crystalbaycasino.com.
March 9: Squirrel Nut Zippers
It’s been a long time since this group played in Reno, but they are back to bring their distinctive blend of early jazz and experimental rock. The show takes place at 9 p.m. at The Saint, 761 S. Virginia St. Tickets cost $30 advance, $35 day of show. Info: 775-221-7451 or thesaintreno.com.
March 10: Psychedelic Furs
The Furs are a band from the UK who went from punky noise to tuneful pop-rock with hits like “Love My Way” and “Pretty in Pink.” It takes place at 7:30 p.m. at the South Shore Room at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe. Tickets cost $38 to $58. Info: 800-427-7247 or harrahstahoe.com.
March 10: Rob Schneider
“Please join me for an evening of lies,” Schneider entreats on his tour poster for his latest stand-up comedy tour. The actor/comedian performs at 8 p.m. in the Showroom at Montbleu Resort Casino in Stateline. Tickets cost $25 to $35. Info: 775-588-3515 or montbleuresort.com.
March 11 and 13: Reno Philharmonic
The selections for this latest Phil concert are all-Italian, including works by Verdi, Paganini and Rossini, plus the guest conductor and violin soloist are from Italy. It takes place at 4 p.m. March 11 and 7:30 p.m. March 13 at the Pioneer Center, 100 S. Virginia St. Tickets cost $33 to $89. Info: 775-323-6393 or renophil.com.
March 15: Opening night of 'Simply the Best: A Tribute to the Music of Tina Turner'
The spring/summer show at Sammy’s Showroom features a full-on Vegas-style homage to Turner, from her early years through to her astonishing comeback in the ’80s. Shows take place at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays. Tickets range from $27 to $37. Info: 775-786-3232 or harrahsreno.com.
March 15: George Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic
A true legend of funk music, Clinton still leads a very big band of P-Funk members through their classic hits such as “Flash Light” and “One Nation Under a Groove.” The group performs at 9 p.m. in the Crown Room at Crystal Bay Club Casino. Tickets cost $37.50. Info: 775-833-6333 or crystalbaycasino.com.
March 16-18: 'The Sound of Music'
The travels (and travails) of the Von Trapps return to the stage for this touring version of the classic musical, featuring such beloved songs as “Climb Every Mountain” and “Do Re Mi.” Performances are at 8 p.m. March 16, 2 and 8 p.m. March 17 and 1 and 7 p.m. March 18. Tickets start at $49. Info: 775-686-6600 or pioneercenter.com.
March 17: Jeff Ross and Dave Attell
Two popular comedians that have a caustic edge team up for this tour, which makes a stop in Tahoe. The show takes place at 8 p.m. in the Showroom at Montbleu Resort Casino in Stateline. Tickets cost $35 to $55. Info: 775-588-3515 or montbleuresort.com.
March 17: Boyz II Men
In the late ’90s, this R&B singing group were one of the most popular chart acts of the day, with hits such as “End of the Road” and their duet with Mariah Carey, “One Sweet Day.” They perform at 8 p.m. at the Grand Theatre, Grand Sierra Resort and Casino. Tickets cost $28 to $73. Details: 775-789-1115 or grandsierraresort.com.
March 17: The Isley Brothers
Having hits since the late ’50s, the Brothers currently feature main singer Ron Isley and guitarist Ernie Isley, who powered much of the group’s ’70s music. It takes place at 8 p.m. at Grande Exposition Hall, Silver Legacy Casino Resort. Tickets cost $59.50 to $69.50. Info: 775-325-7401 or silverlegacyreno.com.
March 24: Puddle of Mudd
This hard rock band known for its hits “Blurry,” “Psycho” and “She Hates Me” has made stops in Reno-Tahoe before and return for a show in Reno. It takes place at 8 p.m at Cargo, Whitney Peak Hotel. Tickets cost $23 advance, $28 day of show. Info: 775-398-5400 or cargoreno.com.
March 24: 38 Special
From Southern-fried rock hits to melodic pop-rock, this Florida band definitely made its own way during its ’80s heyday. They perform at 7:30 p.m. at the South Shore Room, Harrah’s Lake Tahoe. Tickets cost $45. Info: 800-427-7247 or harrahstahoe.com.
March 25: Galactic
New Orleans is home to this popular band that merges funk, soul and jazz with alternative rock. They play at 9 p.m. in the Crown Room, Crystal Bay Club Casino. Tickets cost $30. Info: 775-833-6333 or crystalbaycasino.com.
March 25: Motionless in White/Every Time I Die/Chelsea Grin
This very stacked bill of modern metal bands - all with their own sound, but all popular with younger audiences — will team up for a show at 7 p.m. at Cargo, Whitney Peak Hotel. Tickets cost $23.50. Info: 775-398-5400 or cargoreno.com.
March 25: TSOL
TSOL — which stands for True Sounds of Liberty — are one of the few of the original L.A. punk bands still standing, playing their oldies as well as tunes from their now-decades-long comeback stint. They play at 8 p.m. at Shea’s Tavern, 715 S. Virginia St. Tickets cost $15 advance, $17 day of show. Info: 775-786-4774 or sheastavern.com.
March 30: Boz Scaggs
A frequent visitor from the Bay, Scaggs’ career has ranged from bluesy rock to funky soul music, especially on his run of ’70s hits. He performs at 8 p.m. in the Grande Exposition Hall, Silver Legacy Resort Casino. Tickets cost $45 to $65. Info: 775-325-7401 or silverlegacyreno.com.
- Eldorado Resort Casino features a new stage show, “Cirque Paris: The Passionate Side of Cirque,” starting March 30 in the Eldorado Theatre. Tickets cost $29.95 to $59.95. Info: 775-786-5700 or eldoradoreno.com.
- Dishwalla, an alternative rock band best known for its big 1996 hit “Counting Blue Cars,” performs free shows at 9 p.m. on April 6 and 7 at Brew Brothers, Eldorado Resort Casino. Info: 775-786-5700 or eldoradoreno.com.
- Joyce Manor, a popular modern punk/alternative rock band from the L.A. area, plays at 8 p.m. on April 30 at Jub Jub’s Thirst Parlor, 71 S. Wells Ave. Tickets cost $15. Info: 775-384-1652 or jmaxproductions.net.
- Morgan Heritage, the longtime New York City traditional reggae band, will headline the Island Vibes Spring Tour. It makes a stop at 10 p.m. April 21 at Blu Nightclub, Montbleu Resort Casino, Stateline. Tickets cost $20. Info: 775-588-3515 or montbleuresort.com.
- Country artist Billy Ray Cyrus, known for his ’90s hits as well as being an actor and father to singer Miley Cyrus, performs at 8 p.m. May 25 at the Ballroom inside the Altantis Resort Casino Spa. Tickets cost $55 and $75. Info: 775-825-4700 or atlantiscasino.com.
- The Monkees, featuring Mickey Dolenz and Mike Nesmith, return to the area for a show at 7:30 p.m. on June 9 at the South Shore Room, Harrah’s Lake Tahoe. Tickets cost $72 to $150. Info: 800-427-7247 or harrahstahoe.com.
- Announcements for the summer series at Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena continue, as reggae-rock bands Slightly Stoopid and Pepper have been tapped for the season opener on June 9. Their show takes place at 7 p.m at the arena, Harveys Lake Tahoe. Tickets cost $39.50. Info: 800-342-7724 or harveystahoe.com.
- Josh Turner, a country singer known for the hits “Punching Bag” and “Time is Love,” plays at 8 p.m. Sept. 7 at the Grande Exposition Hall, Silver Legacy Resort Casino. Tickets cost $45 to $54. Info: 775-325-7401 or silverlegacyreno.com.