Upcoming Reno shows: George Clinton, Boyz II Men
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One of the more crowded days for shows so far this year, St. Patrick’s Day is on a Saturday this year and features a variety of good-time options for music lovers. From two legendary soul groups to a pair of caustic comics to a classic musical, there’s plenty to entertain on that day, not to mention the rest of the week.
Here’s a look at what’s in the clubs and theaters this week and beyond.
Spacey comics are a genre unto themselves, and Fatel’s own angle on that has led to building success. As his bio states, “Is that a sparkle in his eye or is he just confused?” Either way, Fatel has been a regular on late-night talk shows and several Comedy Central specials have been popular among comedy fans. Fatel performs at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. on March 16 and 17 and 7:30 p.m. on March 15 and 18 at the Laugh Factory, Silver Legacy Resort Casino. The shows are now through March 18 and tickets are $20-$25 at 775-325-7401 or silverlegacyreno.com.
“Simply the Best”
Fans of Tina Turner now have place to see her essence captured nightly as part of this new show at Harrah’s Reno. “Simply the Best” features longtime casino performer Stephanya as the distinctive performer, and the set list for this show ranges from Turner’s earliest material such as “Proud Mary” and “River Deep Mountain High” to her comeback hits like “What’s Love Got To Do With It” and “We Don’t Need Another Hero.” The shows take place at 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at Sammy’s Showroom, Harrah’s Reno. The shows are now through June 30 and tickets are $29.50 to $40.50 at 775-786-3232 or harrahsreno.com.
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. First starting as Funkadelic and merging heavy rock with deep funk, eventually Clinton’s crew transformed into Parliament, which is more about the funky party jam. Both bands had separate careers throughout the ‘70s and scored hits such as “Give Up the Funk,” “Flash Light” and “One Nation Under a Groove.” The group returns to the area for a show at 9 p.m. in the Crown Room at Crystal Bay Club Casino. The show is March 15 and tickets are $37.50 at 775-833-6333 or crystalbaycasino.com.
Several big names of Christian pop-rock music are touring in this tour that keeps prices quite low for an arena show: $10 at the door while seats are available. It’s a diverse outing, too, headlined by pop-folk artist Matthew West, pop-rock duo For King and Country, and large vocal group Bethel Music, all of whom have their own takes on contemporary Christian sounds. Also on the bill are Natalie Grant, Zach Williams and Social Club Misfits. The Roadshow makes a stop at 7 p.m. at Reno Events Center, 400 N. Center St. The show is March 15 and it costs $10 at the door. For more info: 775-335-8800 or theroadshowtour.com .
The Ten Tenors
Operatic acts are at a peak in popularity now, and this group really piles on the expressive vocals with 10 singers that tread the boards during their shows. Hailing from Australia, the group’s current show features tributes to late music icons from outside the classical world, including Prince and David Bowie. The Ten Tenors perform at 7:30 p.m. in the Grand Theatre, Grand Sierra Resort and Casino. The show is March 15 and tickets are $29-$69 at 775-789-1115 or grandsierraresort.com.
The Bay area is still a hotbed for comedians that can take the country by storm, and one of its most promising is Sam Meeker. He’s a regular of the San Jose Improv troupe but often ventures out on his own tours. He performs with Reno comedian Sammy Solorio at 8 p.m. at Reno Tahoe Comedy in the Pioneer Underground, 100 S. Virginia St. The show is March 15 and tickets are $12-$15 at 775-322-5233 or renotahoecomedy.com.
An offshoot from the popular hard rock band Gypsyhawk, the trio known as Gygax shares that parent band’s affinity for the earliest styles of metal from the ‘70s. Earning plaudits for their mix of classic fantasy imagery and taut musicianship, the band’s become a popular draw all over the country, including Reno. They return to the area at 9 p.m. at Shea’s Tavern, 715 S. Virginia St. The show is March 15 at costs $7-$10 at 775-786-4774 or sheastavern.com.
Wolves & Wolves & Wolves & Wolves
The above band name is not a weird typo. It's the actual moniker of a punk band from Winston-Salem, N.C., that has been gaining a steady and loyal following over the past five years. The group has a bit more of a classic, loud rock flavor than some of its more hardcore contemporaries, which has helped the group stand out among the punk rock crowd. They play at 9 p.m. at Jub Jub’s Thirst Parlor, 71 S. Wells Ave. The show is March 15 and costs $5 at 775-384-1652 or jubjubsthirstparlor.com
“Dancing with the Stars Live”
This is the “Light up the Night” tour for this popular TV franchise. Still a ratings winner after 13 years, the stage version of “Stars” features rotating cast members. For the Reno show, it’s actors Jordan Fisher and Frankie Muniz, both finalists during their seasons on the show, being joined by cast dancers such as Lindsay Arnold, Witney Carson and Gleb Savchenko. It takes place at 9 p.m. in the Grand Theatre, Grand Sierra Resort and Casino. The show is March 16 and tickets are $32-$68 at 775-789-1115 or grandsierraresort.com.
“The Sound of Music”
The Pioneer Center will be alive with … well, you know… during this touring production of one of the most beloved musicals of all time. The Sound of Music” features classics such as “Do-Re-Mi,” “My Favorite Things” and “Climb Every Mountain.” It tells the story of the musical Von Trapp Family as they form bonds with their new nanny Maria, fresh from the convent, as well as escape political oppression on the precipice of World War II. Performances are 8 p.m. March 16, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. March 17, and 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. March 18 at the Pioneer Center, 100 S. Virginia St. The shows are March 16-18 and tickets are $49-$95 at 775-686-6600 or pioneercenter.com.
For St. Patrick’s Day weekend, Reno Tahoe Comedy has booked a comedian who takes a lot of cues from her Irish Catholic upbringing — and subsequently bawdy fall from grace. Tracy Smith has been hitting the comedy clubs for decades and is also known as a writer for Roseanne Barr. She’s been featured over the years on late-night talk shows as well as Comedy Central specials. Smith performs at 9 p.m. March 16 and 6:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. March 17 at Reno Tahoe Comedy in the Pioneer Underground, 100 S. Virginia St. Shows are March 16 and 17 and tickets are $17-$19 at 775-322-5233 or renotahoecomedy.com.
This show is a fundraiser for Special Olympics Nevada and is on the eve of the annual Tahoe Polar Plunge. “Hue, Man” is a variety show including music, comedy and daredevil acts for a different slant on the usual charity event. It takes place at 7:30 p.m. at the Theater at Montbleu Resort Lake Tahoe. The show is March 16 and tickets are $25-$35 at 775-588-3515 or montbleuresort.com.
Tahoe Improv Players
This longtime local comedy troupe will be celebrating what they call “a quarter century of making stuff up” at this show. This show will feature former members such as Kevin Sommerfeld as well as members of the group who have been there all along, including Colin Burrows, Gerry Orton and Frank Riley. The players’ family-friendly show takes place at 7:30 p.m at the Lake Tahoe Golf Course Banquet Room, 2500 Emerald Bay Road, South Lake Tahoe. The show is March 16 and tickets are $15-$20 at 530-318-2180 or brownpapertickets.com
Boyz II Men
Hailing from Philadephia, Boyz II Men were one of the more popular musical acts of the ‘90s. Featuring tight harmonies that were a throwback to the classic R&B singing groups, the Boyz had enormous hits on the charts, including “End of the Road” and their duet with Mariah Carey, “One Sweet Day.” Their latest album, “Under the Streetlight,” features classic R&B and pop songs like “I Only Have Eyes for You” and “Tears on My Pillow.” They perform at 8 p.m. at the Grand Theatre, Grand Sierra Resort and Casino. The show is March 17 and tickets are $28-$73 at 775-789-1115 or grandsierraresort.com.
Naughty by Nature
If you want the party to continue after the Boyz II Men, look no further than a few yards away at the GSR. Right after that show it’s Naughty by Nature, the hip-hop trio who like the theater-headlining vocal group had some big hits in the ‘90s. Songs like “OPP” and “Hip Hop Hooray” still earn radio play on contemporary hip-hop stations. Naughty by Nature plays at 10 p.m. (although expect it to start later than that) at Lex Nightclub, Grand Sierra Resort and Casino. The show is March 17 at tickets are $20 and $30 at 775-789-1115 or grandsierraresort.com.
The Isley Brothers
It’s getting increasingly rare to find bands who have been playing shows since the ‘50s, but singer Ron Isley is still leading a group and still is in fine voice after that many decades. Starting as more of a straight-forward R&B group with hits like “This Old Heart of Mine” and the original “Twist and Shout,” the Isleys evolved a lot over time, including adding the heavier rock guitars of Ernie Isley (still in the group) for ‘70s tunes like “That Lady” and “Harvest for the World.” The Isleys play 8 p.m. at Grande Exposition Hall, Silver Legacy Casino Resort. The show is March 17 and tickets are $59.50-$69.50 at 775-325-7401 or silverlegacyreno.com.
Jeff Ross and Dave Attell
If you have delicate sensibilities, this is not the place to be on St. Patrick’s Day. Ross and Attell are two popular comedians with a caustic edge that usually draw pretty well on their own. Ross is best known for leading the controversial and wild comedy roasts on Comedy Central, while Attell hosted the popular Comedy Central show “Insomniac” during a chunk of the ‘00s. The duo takes the stage at 8 p.m. in the Showroom at Montbleu Resort Casino in Stateline. The show is March 17 and tickets are $35-$55 at 775-588-3515 or montbleuresort.com.
Reno Chamber Orchestra: Kuchar/Spacek
The guest for the RCO’s March performance is Josef Spacek, a violinist who was a highlight of the Nevada Chamber Music Festival in 2016. He returns for this concert to perform “Scottish Fantasy” by Bruch. Also on tap are pieces by Tchaikovsky and Dvorak. The orchestra performs at 7:30 p.m. March 17 and 2 p.m March 18 at Nightingale Concert Hall, University of Nevada, Reno, 1335 N. Virginia St. Shows are March 17 and 18 and tickets are $30-$55 at 775-348-9413 or renochamberorchestra.org
Two of the more popular progressive/hard rock bands on classic rock radio get merged in this group that features singer David Victor, who sang for the band Boston during the band’s most recent work. In Bostyx, Victor lends his soaring voice not only to his former band’s hits but also those of the group Styx, who certainly share some rock DNA. It takes place at 8 p.m. in the Celebrity Showroom, Nugget Casino Resort in Sparks. The show is March 17 and tickets are $20-$35 at 775-356-3300 or nuggetcasinoresort.com
With a recent, critically acclaimed album produced by Shooter Jennings under its belt, this band from Reno is continuing to make a name for itself all across the country. Hellbound Glory combines straight-forward rock with traditional country twang for its sound. The show also features a reunion of Reno band Deadly Gallows as well as locals Werewolf Club and Pink Awful. It takes place at 8 p.m. at Shea’s Tavern, 15 S. Virginia St. The show is March 17 at costs $10 at 775-786-4774 or sheastavern.com.
It’s a return to the other side of the lake for this group that’s led by popular Tahoe guitarist Stan Charles. The Tribe blends jam-band rock with reggae overtones and has opened for groups such as the Wailers and Reel Big Fish. The band plays at 10 p.m. in the Red Room at the Crystal Bay Club Casino. The show is March 17 and is free at 775-833-6333 or crystalbaycasino.com.
The Regrettes and Mt. Eddy
Two bands with some increasing buzz in indie rock circles team up for this Holland show. The Regrettes are a woman-led band from Los Angeles that play bracing punk rock, while Oakland band Mt. Eddy also has early punk as a signpost for its sound and features Jakob Armstrong, son of Green Day singer/guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong. The show takes place at 7 p.m. at the Holland Project, 140 Vesta St. The show is March 18 and tickets are $8.50 at 775-742-1858 or hollandreno.org.
This Indiana jam band is a popular and frequent draw in Reno-Tahoe, finding fans for its diverse sound that merges everything from folk to jazz to hard rock. The band plays at 7:30 p.m. at the South Shore Room at Harrah’s Tahoe. The show is March 22 and tickets are $27 at 800-427-7247 or harrahstahoe.com.
Guy is still touring at age 81 and is one of the last living ties to the big Chicago blues boom. He performs at 8 p.m. at the Grande Exposition Hall, Silver Legacy Resort Casino. The show is March 23 and tickets are $54.50-$64.50 at 775-325-7401 or silverlegacyreno.com.
The Los Angeles band with roots in the punk rock world has earned a loyal following with its raucous take on traditional Irish music. The group returns to the area at 8 p.m. in the Showroom at Montbleu Resort Casino in Stateline. The show is March 23 and tickets are $35-$40 at 775-588-3515 or montbleuresort.com.
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. The show is March 24 and tickets are $45 at 800-427-7247 or harrahstahoe.com.
Insane Clown Posse and Atilla
Two of the more riotous and controversial groups in recent memory - rappers Insane Clown Posse and extreme metal band Attila - team up for this all-ages show. It takes place at 8 p.m. at Jub Jub’s Thirst Parlor, 71 S. Wells Ave. The show is March 24 and tickets are $28.50 at 775-384-1652 or jmaxproductions.net
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. The show is March 25 and tickets are $23.50. Info: 775-398-5400 or cargoreno.com.
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. The show is March 30 and tickets are $45-$65 at 775-325-7401 or silverlegacyreno.com.
“Cirque Paris: The Passionate Side of Cirque”
This is the new stage show at the Eldorado Resort Casino, mixing music, acrobatics and dance. The shows begin on March 30 in the Eldorado Theatre. Tickets are $29.95 to $59.95 at 775-786-5700 or eldoradoreno.com
Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox
This musical troupe has made its fame with YouTube videos that put classic jazz and pop twists on modern tunes. They perform at 8 p.m. the Grande Exposition Hall, Silver Legacy Resort Casino. The show is April 7 and tickets are $44.50-$64.50 at 775-325-7401 or silverlegacyreno.com.
Portugal. The Man.
They may have an ultra-odd name, but this group from Oregon is actually one of the most popular bands around, especially from its ubiquitous single from last year, “Feel it Still.” The band plays at 8 p.m. at the Grand Theatre, Grand Sierra Resort and Casino. The show is April 11 and tickets are $32.50 at 775-789-1115 or grandsierraresort.com.
- Kiefer Sutherland, the popular actor who also plays folk and rock music, has been announced for 9 p.m. April 20 at the Crown Room, Crystal Bay Club Casino. Tickets are $25 advance, $30 day of show at 775-833-6333 or crystalbaycasino.com.
- Kenny Rogers, the pop and country singer who is on his final world tour, returns to Reno for a show at 8 p.m. April 28 in the Grande Exposition Hall, Silver Legacy Resort Casino. Ticekts are $69.50 and $99.50 at 775-325-7401 or silverlegeacy.com
- Bee Gees Gold, a tribute act to the Brothers Gibb and their many ‘60s and ‘70s hits, has been announced for 7 and 9 p.m. May 11 at the Sierra Room, Baldini’s Casino. Tickets are $21.95 at 775-358-0116 or baldinissports.com
- Trevor Hall, a modern singer-songwriter who earned a following among folk and reggae fans, has been announced for 9 p.m. May 27 at the Crown Room, Crystal Bay Club Casino. Tickets are $25 advance, $30 day of show at 775-833-6333 or crystalbaycasino.com.
- Robert Plant, the former lead singer of Led Zeppelin and Grammy-winning solo artist, will perform with his band the Sensational Shape Shifters and opening act Los Lobos. The show takes place at 7:30 p.m. June 23 at Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena, Harveys Lake Tahoe. Tickets are $54.59 to $127.98 at 800-342-7724 or harveystahoe.com