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The smooth, soulful sounds of Boz Scaggs top the list of shows this week at area clubs and casinos. As for the future, there’s a bit lineup of ’80s stars that’s just been announced, as well as two favorites from the ’60s returning to town.
Here’s a look at what’s being offered.
A frequent visitor from the Bay, Scaggs always draws his loyal fans to the area. Scaggs began as a rocker and was once a member of the Steve Miller Band, but he soon moved from bluesy rock to funky soul music, especially on his run of ’70s hits such as “Lowdown, “Lido Shuffle” and “Breakdown Dead Ahead.” His latest album, 2015’s “A Fool to Care,” comes full circle as Scaggs goes back to covering blues classics. He performs at 8 p.m. in the Grande Exposition Hall, Silver Legacy Resort Casino.
The show is March 30 and tickets are $45 and $65 at 775-325-7401 or silverlegacyreno.com
G Love and Special Sauce
This Philadelphia band recently hit the 25-year mark. With the recent patronage of singer/songwriter Jack Johnson on his label Brushfire Records, G Love and Special Sauce have reached another career peak in recent years. The band is known for its mix of blues, R&B, indie rock and jam band music. They play at 8 p.m in the Crown Room, Crystal Bay Club Casino.
The show is March 29 and tickets are $35 at at 775-833-6333 or crystalbaycasino.com.
The Laugh Factory features another impressionist this week, but with a twist. Former Saturday Night Live actor Richards imitates celebs like Dustin Hoffman and Ozzy Osbourne, but he also has his own characters, including a typical ’80s teen movie meathead and even a “drunk girlfriend.” Richards makes them laugh at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. on March 30 and 31 and 7:30 p.m. on March 29 and April 1 at the Laugh Factory, Silver Legacy Resort Casino.
The shows are now through April 1 and tickets are $20-$25 at 775-325-7401 or silverlegacyreno.com.
Veteran comic Flynn is from Boston and is as known for his work in films as his standup routines. Flynn was discovered by comedy film directors the Farrelly Brothers and was featured in their films “There’s Something About Mary” and “King Pin.” He continues his dual career with recent roles in “Here Comes the Boom” and the TV series “Loudermilk.” Flynn performs performs at 9 p.m. during his run at The Improv, Harveys Lake Tahoe.
The shows are now through April 1 and tickets are $25-$30 at 775-588-6611 or improvtahoe.com.
Fans of sports TV and talk radio have seen Hofstetter before, as he’s been featured as a commentator on their programs, including the infamous “Quite Frankly.” He’s also released five albums, several reaching the top of the Billboard comedy charts. Hofstetter also writes a lot, sharing his wild and funny take on sports with sites like College Humor and Sports Illustrated. He performs at 8 p.m. March 29, 9 p.m. March 30, and 6:30 and 930 p.m. March 31 at Reno Tahoe Comedy in the Pioneer Underground, 100 S. Virginia St.
Shows are March 29-31 and tickets are $16-$19 at 775-322-5233 or renotahoecomedy.com.
Knuckle Puck and Free Throw
This punk show features two bands making a name for themselves in the scene (and both with a sports theme in their names). Knuckle Puck (from Chicago) plays a more melodic strain of the punk style. Free Throw is from Nashville but there’s no twang here: it’s closer to the classic emo-punk style that was big a decade or so ago. They play this all-ages show at 6:30 p.m. at Jub Jub’s Thirst Parlor, 71 S. Wells Ave.
The show is March 29 and tickets are $17 at at 775-384-1652 or jmaxproductions.net
“Cirque Paris: The Passionate Side of Cirque”
This is the new stage show at the Eldorado Resort Casino, mixing music, acrobatics and dance. Set in a cabaret in Paris, this show includes a variety of different style artists, from a skating duo to trapeze artists to a speed juggler. See the Eldorado’s website for specific dates and times.
Shows begin March 30 and tickets are $29.95 to $59.95 at 775-786-5700 or eldoradoreno.com
“Days of the Loud”
Jub Jub’s hosts this two-day festival that features a variety of band who have one thing in common: volume, and lots of it. March 30 headliners include Bay area hardcore metal band Name and another Bay area group, all-women punk rockers Viqueen. The March 31 show is led by Los Angeles hard rockers Sasquatch and Sacramento doom-metal band CHRCH. The music starts at 6 p.m. March 30 and 5 p.m. March 31 at Jub Jub’s Thirst Parlor, 71 S. Wells Ave.
The shows are March 30 and 31 and tickets are $10 at at 775-384-1652 or jubjubsthirstparlor.com
Sam Ravenna Band
Based in Lake Tahoe, this bassist and singer is a graduate from the prestigious Berklee School of Music. His bio describes his role as “a chef in a soul kitchen,” which means that the Ravenna quartet cook up a blend of soul, funk and hip-hop. They perform at 10 p.m. in the Red Room at Crystal Bay Club Casino.
This free show is March 30 at 775-833-6333 or crystalbaycasino.com.
This is a rescheduled show from earlier this month for this rapping founder of the Living Legends collective from the Bay Area. The Grouch (whose mom probably calls him by his given name of Corey Scoffern) has become a top live attraction and will likely play hits such as “No More Greener Grass,” “Hit ‘Em” and “All In.” The show takes place at 9 p.m. at Whiskey Dicks Saloon, 2660 Lake Tahoe Blvd., South Lake Tahoe.
The show is March 30 and tickets are $20-$25 at 530-544-3425 or lateniteproductions.net.
Mandarin pop’s Na Ying is well known in China not just for her vocal work but for being a judge on the Chinese version of the popular competition show “The Voice.” She started in the late ‘80s but then retired for a big chunk of the ‘00s, coming back with an album in 2011 that topped the charts in China. She performs at 8 p.m. at Reno Events Center, 400 N. Center St.
The show is March 31 and tickets are $68 to $188 at 775-325-7401 or silverlegacyreno.com.
Though they are local, this tribute to Pink Floyd is one of the most popular on the current circuit, adding great visuals to their pristine sound and musicianship. Featuring a range of scene vets in the classic and indie rock worlds, the group hits all eras of the Floyd, from early experimental works to classics from “Dark Side of the Moon.” They will play at 7 p.m. at Cargo Music Hall, Whitney Peak Hotel.
The show is March 31 and tickets are $10-$30 at 775-398-5400 or cargoreno.com.
This popular cover band from the Bay brings a high-energy kick to the most famous tunes from the ’80s. Wearing the wildest clothes from that era, they play rock, soul and punk in equal measure. They perform at 9 p.m. at the Crown Room, Crystal Bay Club Casino.
The show is March 31 and tickets are $25 at 775-833-6333 or crystalbaycasino.com.
Hailing from San Diego, Vokab Company have been a longtime favorite in the clubs in Reno-Tahoe. Merging funk and soul with electronic music, the group features two vocalists, Burke Baby and Rob Hurt. They’ve toured with Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe and have also played festivals such as Coachella and Snowgloble. They play at 10 p.m. at Blu Nightclub, Montbleu Resort Casino, Stateline.
The show is March 31 and tickets are $10 at at 775-588-3515 or montbleuresort.com.
Void Vator and Disastroid
Two heavy bands play at Shea’s on this night. Void Vator are from Los Angeles and play a mix of the noisier alternative rock with modern American metal. Disastroid, from San Francisco, is closer to the doom-metal end of things but also plays the more technical, progressive side of that genre. They both play at 9 p.m. at Shea’s Tavern, 715 S. Virginia St.
The show is March 31 at costs $6-$7 at 775-786-4774 or sheastavern.com.
The Get Ahead
Modern soul and funk is featured at The Saint for April Fool’s Day (no kidding!). The Get Ahead are a five-piece band from Portland, Oregon, who go a bit beyond the regular template for that style, adding New Orleans-style jazz and Gospel sounds to the mix. They play at 9 p.m. at The Saint, 761 S. Virginia St.
The show is March 9 and tickets are $5 at 775-221-7451 or thesaintreno.com.
With the Black Arm Band show canceled now, the Performing Arts Series has added this singer from Canada. She sings traditional French songs, but with lots of twists that bring in modern folk, electronic music and pop influences. Melisande performs at 7:30 p.m. at Nightingale Concert Hall, Church Fine Arts Center, University of Nevada, Reno.
The show is April 3 and tickets are $5-$35 at 775-784-4278 or unr.edu/pas
Solo artists working on their craft at home has become a trend again, and one of those emerging artists is Boyo, the nom de plumme of Robert Tilden. The Los Angeles singer/songwriter’s records so far veer between raucous garage rock and quieter indie pop. He performs at 7 p.m. at Holland Project, 140 Vesta St.
The show is April 7 and tickets are $5-$7 at 775-742-1858 or hollandreno.org.
Five Alarm Funk
Canada may not be known as a hotbed for modern soul music, but the band Five Alarm Funk are trying their best to have it be that way. The group tours a lot and recently earned plaudits for their latest album, which was produced by P-Funk legend Bootsy Collins. The band plays at 8 p.m. at The Saint, 761 S. Virginia St.
The show is April 4 and tickets are $8-$10 at 775-221-7451 or thesaintreno.com.
By going far on the famous talent TV show, “America’s Got Talent,” Thommy Ten and Amelie Van Tass brought the entertainment value of mind-reading to the masses once again. The duo performs at 8 p.m. at the Grande Exposition Hall, Silver Legacy Resort Casino.
The show is April 6 and tickets are $29.50-$49.50 at 775-325-7401 or silverlegacyreno.com
This alternative rock band had a huge hit in 1996 with the poignant and catchy tune, “Counting Blue Cars.” They’ll perform at 10 p.m. at Brew Brothers, Eldorado Resort Casino.
The free admission shows are April 6 and 7. More info at 775-786-5700 or eldoradoreno.com.
Winter Wondergrass at Squaw
It’s the return of this popular Tahoe festival with headliners such as Railroad Earth and The Devil Makes Three. The festival takes place at Squaw Valley USA.
The festival is April 6-8 and tickets range from $79 to $169 at winterwondergrasstahoe.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. at 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.
“Gut Churn” featuring Jad Abumrad and Zoe Keating
In what’s sure to be a very different kind of stage show, “Gut Churn” features Abumrad, the host and creator of the NPR show “Radiolab,” and experimental pop-rock musician Zoe Keating. it takes place at 8 p.m. the Pioneer Center, 100 S. Virginia St.
The show is April 7 and tickets are $27-$55 at 775-686-6600 or
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.
First famous for his work with the nu-metal band Staind, Lewis has since shifted gears completely to modern country music. He plays at 8 p.m. at Grande Exposition Hall, Silver Legacy Resort Casino.
The show is April 13 and tickets are $55-$65 at 775-325-7401 or silverlegacyreno.com.
Gaining ground in Nashville as a top songwriter was just an opening act for Janson, who has scored his own country radio hits once he started keeping some songs for himself. He performs at 8 p.m. at Grande Exposition Hall, Silver Legacy Resort Casino.
The show is April 14 and tickets are $45.50-$49.50 at 775-325-7401 or silverlegacyreno.com.
The Marshall Tucker Band
This Southern rock group has many hits during its ’70s heyday, including “Fire on the Mountain” and “Heard It In a Love Song.” They play at 7:30 p.m. at the South Shore Room at Harrah’s Tahoe.
The show is April 14 and tickets are $45 at 800-427-7247 or harrahstahoe.com.
Vance Joy is an emerging folk/indie singer-songwriter who has earned a lot of recent radio play for his tuneful style. He performs at 7:30 p.m. at the Grand Theatre, Grand Sierra Resort and Casino.
The show is April 18 and tickets are $32.50-$42.50 at 775-789-1115 or grandsierraresort.com
All Time Low
This group is one of the more popular ones that merged melodic rock with classic punk in the past 10 years. They will play at 8 p.m. at Cargo Music Hall, Whitney Peak Hotel.
The show is April 20 and tickets are $26-$28 at 775-398-5400 or cargoreno.com
Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles
It’s a return to Reno for this group that salutes the Fab Four. Rain had its roots in the city’s casino culture but eventually made to Broadway. Rain returns at 9 p.m. in the Grand Theatre, Grand Sierra Resort and Casino.
The show is April 20 and tickets are $28-$51 at 775-789-1115 or grandsierraresort.com.
Did this popular country artist move to Reno-Tahoe or something? He has been playing here multiple times in a year for several years now and returns for this show at 8 p.m. at the Ballroom in the Nugget Casino Resort in Sparks.
The show is April 20 and tickets are $45-$85 at 775-356-3300 or nuggetcasinoresort.com
Whitney Myer and Grace Hayes
Two contestants on singing contest shows team up for this one. Myer was a Reno resident who was featured on “The Voice” and now lives in Los Angeles, while Hayes still lives in Reno and is on the current “American Idol” season. They perform at 7:30 p.m. at The Bluebird, 555 E. Fourth St.
The show is April 21 and tickets are $20-$42 at 775-499-5549 or facebook.com/bluebirdreno
Known for his story songs like “The Devil Went Down to Georgia,” this fiddle player and singer returns to town with his band for a show at 8 p.m. at the Ballroom in the Nugget Casino Resort in Sparks.
The show is April 27 and tickets are $35-$65 at 775-356-3300 or nuggetcasinoresort.com
This legendary pop and country singer, whose hits include “Lady” and “The Gambler,” is on his final world tour. He returns to Reno for a show at 8 p.m. in the Grande Exposition Hall, Silver Legacy Resort Casino.
The show is April 28 and tickets are $69.50 and $99.50 at 775-325-7401 or silverlegeacy.com
Diplo, the popular electronic/dance music producer known for his work with Beyonce and MIA among many others, will be the DJ for a Memorial Day dance party at 9:30 p.m. May 25 at Lex Nightclub, Grand Sierra Resort and Casino. Tickets are $30 and $50 at 775-789-1115 or grandsierraresort.com.
The Beach Boys, currently featuring singer Mike Love and guitarist Bruce Johnston, return to the area for a show at 7:30 p.m. June 22 at Grande Exposition Hall, Silver Legacy Resort Casino. Tickets are $79.50 to $99.50 at at 775-325-7401 or silverlegeacy.com
Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, known for hits over three decades including “Walk Like a Man” and “December 1963 (Oh What a Night),” perform at 9 p.m. July 13 in the Grand Theatre, Grand Sierra Resort and Casino. Tickets are $49-$99 at 775-789-1115 or grandsierraresort.com.
Latin R&B-pop artist Pitbull has been added to the concert series at Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena. His show will be at 8 p.m. July 13 at the arena, Harveys Lake Tahoe. Tickets go on sale April 6 and are $69.50-$149.50 at 800-342-7724 or harveystahoe.com
The Life Tour features three artists who were big in the ’80s: Boy George and Culture Club, The B-52s and Tom Bailey, leader of the Thompson Twins. The tour makes a stop at 7 p.m. Sept. 22 at Reno Events Center, 400 N. Center St. Tickets are $55-$82 at 775-325-7401 or silverlegacyreno.com.