Just-announced Reno concerts: Counting Crows, Willie Nelson
A show that merges music, acrobatics and dance is the featured attraction this week, as “Cirque Paris” continues its run at the Eldorado Resort Casino. On the new-shows front, big alternative rock acts from different eras return to town, as does a country legend. Here is what’s on tap for Reno-Tahoe in the next few months.
“Cirque Paris: The Passionate Side of Cirque”
This new stage show at the Eldorado Resort Casino is put together by the people who produced “The Illusionists,” and as such features a variety of different entertainment styles to please the eye. Set in a cabaret in Paris, “Cirque” has everything from a skating duo to trapeze artists to a speed juggler. Show runs at 7 p.m. Wednesday –and Thursday, 8:30 p.m. Friday, 5 and 8:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 and 5 p.m. Sunday.
Tickets are $29.95 to $59.95 at 775-786-5700 or eldoradoreno.com
This comedian was into magic before the wheel turned around to make it a popular attraction again. A winner of a recent Comedy Magician of the Year award from the Academy of Arts, Finney has appeared on variety and talk shows and even performing at the first inauguration for President George W. Bush. He performs at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. on April 6 and 7 and 7:30 p.m. on April 5 and 8 at the Laugh Factory, Silver Legacy Resort Casino.
The shows are now through April 8 and tickets are $20-$25 at 775-325-7401 or silverlegacyreno.com.
If it’s humor with a grim edge you are looking for, Kilmartin may be your best night out. She’s best known for a comedy special on Seeso called “45 Jokes About My Dead Dad,” and her new book is called “Dead People Suck,” a dark-humored look at grief. Her other work includes appearances on variety shows and Comedy Central. She performs at 9 p.m. during her run at The Improv, Harveys Lake Tahoe.
The shows are now through April 8 and tickets are $25-30 at 775-588-6611 or improvtahoe.com.
Quinones is known for turning his stand-up routines into wild character studies, including a man named Creeper, a cholo who has turned over a new leaf, and Juanita Carmelita, a woman with some serious diva tendencies. His work has been featured on Comedy Central and HBO Latino, as well as his own web series, “The Funny Drop” on the Mas Mejor YouTube channel. He performs at 8 p.m. April 5, 9:30 p.m. April 6, and 6:30 and 9:30 p.m. April 7 at Reno Tahoe Comedy in the Pioneer Underground, 100 S. Virginia St.
Shows are April 5-7 and tickets are $17-$20 at 775-322-5233 or renotahoecomedy.com.
Loud As Folk Seven-Year Anniversary
It’s evolved from several venues, but the venerable Loud as Folk series for regional and local singer/songwriters, led by international touring musician Spike McGuire, has found a comfy home at this downtown hotspot for music. Among the national headliners at this event, which is also a fundraiser for The Generator, are Willy Tea Taylor from the Modesto, Calif., band the Good Luck Thrift Store Outfit; and Portland, Ore., garage/blues duo Hopeless Jack. It takes place at 8 p.m. April 5, 9 p.m. April 6 and 7, and noon April 8 at Pignic Pub and Patio, 235 Flint St.
Shows are April 5-8 and door charge is $5 suggested donation at 775-376-1948 or facebook.com/pignicpub
Hail the Sun
The college town of Chico, Calif., is home to this band that’s signed to revered hardcore punk/indie label Equal Vision Records. Hail the Sun are definitely on the post-hardcore side of punk, playing progressive music that veers off into some interesting directions, including jazz and Latin styles. The group plays with Kurt Travis, Find Yourself and Mourning Eyes at 6:30 p.m. at Jub Jub’s Thirst Parlor, 71 S. Wells Ave.
The show is April 5 and tickets are $12-$15 at 775-384-1652 or jubjubsthirstparlor.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 also adds tricky illusions to its stage shows, which are produced by the team that brought you “The Illusionists” show on Broadway. 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
Winter Wondergrass at Squaw
It’s the return of this popular Tahoe festival for fans of the most traditional of twang. Among the headliners are Railroad Earth, a New Jersey jam/grass group; The Devil Makes Three, the edgy Santa Cruz, Calif., band known for its raw takes on traditional Americana; and The Infamous Stringdusters, the acclaimed Virginia group that won this year’s Best Bluegrass Grammy award. Plus there are “after dark” shows as part of the festival for some late night jamming. The festival takes place at Squaw Valley USA.
The festival is April 6-8 and tickets range from $79 to $169 at winterwondergrasstahoe.com
Delhi 2 Dublin
From Canada is this band with a really distinctive sound. This quartet merges traditional Eastern Indian music with modern hip-hop and electronic music for a heady brew that’s a great and smart dancefloor alternative. They play at 10 p.m. in the Red Room at Crystal Bay Club Casino.
This free show is April 6 at 775-833-6333 or crystalbaycasino.com.
Teddy Bear Orchestra
From the twisted minds that brought you the post-apocalyptic punk band Captured by Robots, we have a bunch of disused children’s pizza parlor animatronic bears, who have been re-rigged to play something closer to industrial rock music, all led by a crazed (and maybe delusional) conductor. Except something decidedly different at this show at 9 p.m. at Jub Jub’s Thirst Parlor, 71 S. Wells Ave.
The show is April 6 and tickets are $10-$12 at 775-384-1652 or jubjubsthirstparlor.com
The Dead Beat
It’s a local headliner tonight at Holland, as The Dead Beat play a blend of harder rock and indie music for its own sound in a crowded field. They are joined by local emo-punk band Common Mishap and new psychedelic/doom metal band The Mothers (not Zappa’s old crew, by the way). The music starts at 8 p.m. at The Holland Project, 140 Vesta St.
The show is April 6 and tickets are $5 at 775-742-1858 or hollandreno.org.
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. Although you never know who from the dozens of singers Bradlee’s had as part of his Jukebox, the show itself is an entertaining romp through all styles of pop music, with tongue firmly in cheek. 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,” the show that’s almost like an avant-garde talk show with sound effects and a creative attitude behind every story. Abumrad is at this show with 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
This group started out in Victoria, Canada. Victor Micallef, Fraser Walters and Clifton Murray are like many of the other opera-meets-pop-rock groups out there, performing classical music as well as folk, pop and jazz standards and hits. They’ve also been featured on PBS, including a special called “Under One Sky.” The Tenors perform at 8 p.m. at Montbleu Showroom, Montbleu Resort Casino in Stateline.
The show is April 7 and tickets are $40-$50 at 775-588-3515 or montbleuresort.com.
Yuri’s Night 12
A huge night on the calendar of Burners, this combination show/costume party/art hang returns with a fun (and funny) theme: “Hipsters . . . in Space!” Costumes are encouraged (but how are you going to tell with a hipster theme?). Taking place to celebrate the birthday of the first cosmonaut (Yuri Gagarin), this show features DJs that are a part of the Burning Man community spinning all night long. Yuri’s Night is from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m. at The Bluebird, 555 E. 4th St.
The show is April 7 and tickets are $12-$20 at 775-499-5549 or facebook.com/bluebirdreno
Back in town is this rapper from the Bay area known for his modern take on West Coast rap. He has released many albums over the past few decades, includes his latest self-titled one that made it to No. 1 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart for indie-label artists. Nickatina performs at 7:30 p.m. at Jub Jub’s Thirst Parlor, 71 S. Wells Ave.
The show is April 7 and tickets are $25-$30 at 775-384-1652 or jubjubsthirstparlor.com
This DJ/producer is actually Los Angeles musician Jennifer Lee. She’s been earning a loyal following and critical notices for her recent turn toward more melodic, old-school-style dance music after previously mixing modern electro and hip-hop. She performs at 10 p.m. at 1up, 214 Commerical Row.
The show is April 7 and tickets are $18 at 775-329-9444 or freshbakin.com
Three Rounds and Black Crosses
It’s a night of straightforward punk with two traveling bands. Three Rounds are from Las Vegas, while Black Crosses are from Sacramento, while local garage/punk group Basement Tapes open things up. The show is at 8 p.m. at Shea’s Tavern, 715 S. Virginia St.
The show is April 7 at costs $5-$6 at 775-786-4774 or sheastavern.com.
DJ Lucky and DJ Basey
For dancefloor-ready fun tonight, there are these two women DJs who hail from Lake Tahoe. They perform at 10 p.m. in the Red Room at Crystal Bay Club Casino.
This free show is April 7 at 775-833-6333 or crystalbaycasino.com.
Shannon and the Clams
One of the touring bands that’s beloved by the all-ages crowds at Holland, this group from Oakland is also earning tons of great ‘net press for its music. Nostalgic oldsters will probably hear a trace of the earliest new-wave and ramshackle punk in the Clams’ sound, but the attitude is definitely 21st century. Also on the bill is Portland, Ore., bands Trash Romeo. It all starts at 8 p.m. at The Holland Project, 140 Vesta St.
The show is April 8 and tickets are $13-$15 at 775-742-1858 or hollandreno.org.
“PAW Patrol Live”
If you have little ones at home, it’s likely you’ve already been bugged to let them see this live show that features the characters from the popular animated adventure show. Marshall, Rubble, Skye and their pals will perform at 6 p.m. April 10 and at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. April 11 at the Pioneer Center, 100 S. Virginia St.
The shows are April 10 and 11 and tickets are $21-$50 at 775-686-6600 or pioneercenter.com.
Portugal. The Man.
It was pretty inescapable: the big Portugal. The Man. hit titled “Feel it Steel.” With its falsetto vocals and retro-yet-new style, it was yet another type of sound for this creative Oregon band with the ultra-odd name. If its albums are any indication, expect everything from loud noisy rock to sweetly quiet melodies, all in one sitting. 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.
One of several new bands earning a big audience on hard rock radio, this Phoenix band has a throwback vibe to the nu-metal sounds of the ‘90s. It’s led to some emerging hits including the songs “Anti-Everything” and “Hate Me.” The group will share the stage with openers Hate To Share and Fate Awaits at 8 p.m. at Jub Jub’s Thirst Parlor, 71 S. Wells Ave.
The show is April 11 and tickets are $10.45 at 775-384-1652 or jmaxproductions.net
Based on a recent revival of the musical that gives it more contemporary staging, this touring company of the classic “Cabaret” still features the strong story of lives in Germany as it emerges into World War II. It will be staged at 8 p.m. April 13, 2 and 8 p.m. April 14 and 1 and 7 p.m. April 15 at the Pioneer Center, 100 S. Virginia St.
Shows are April 13-15 and tickets are $70-$85 at 775-686-6600 or pioneercenter.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 their ‘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.
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.
This popular actor known for TV roles such as “24” and films like “The Lost Boys” also plays his own blend of folk and rock music. He performs at 9 p.m. in the Crown Room, Crystal Bay Club Casino.
The show is April 20 and tickets are $25-$30 at 775-833-6333 or crystalbaycasino.com.
Mystical powers or not, Henry’s certainly become a modern pop culture mainstay as a best-selling author and starring in the E! Network’s “Hollywood Medium” show. His stage show makes a stop in town at 8 p.m. at the Grande Exposition Hall, Silver Legacy Resort Casino.
The show is April 20 and tickets are $59.95-$74.95 at 775-325-7401 or silverlegacyreno.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. 4th 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 Georgia rock band, known for hits such as “December” and “The World We Know,” announced a return to Reno for this show at 8 p.m. at Grande Exposition Hall, Silver Legacy Resort Casino.
The show is May 5 and tickets are $45-$55 at 775-325-7401 or silverlegacyreno.com.
The rock band Daughtry features its namesake singer Chris Daughtry, who gained fame on season five of “American Idol.” The group returns to Reno for a show at 8 p.m. May 18 at Grande Exposition Hall, Silver Legacy Resort Casino. Tickets are $49.50-$59.50 at 775-325-7401 or silverlegacyreno.com.
Steel Pulse, the long-running English reggae band with a political edge, plays on May 24 at Montbleu Theater, Montbleu Resort Casino, Stateline. Tickets are $25-$30 at 775-588-3515 or montbleuresort.com.
A double-bill that was at Grand Sierra Resort more than a decade ago – alternative rock bands Counting Crows and Live – is back, but this time the groups are playing indoors. The show is schedule for 7:30 p.m. July 2 at Grand Theatre at GSR. Tickets are on sale April 6 and start at $81 at 775-789-1115 or grandsierraresort.com.
Singer/songwriter James McMurty, popular in the region and known for his literate take on Americana music, returns for a show at 9 p.m. July 8 at Cargo Music Hall, Whitney Peak Hotel. Tickets are $30-$35 at 775-398-5400 or cargoreno.com.
Legendary country act Willie Nelson and Family are back in the region, with a show that features a big-name opening act, bluegrass musician Allison Krauss. It takes place at 8 p.m. July 29 at Grand Theatre, Grand Sierra Resort and Casino. Tickets are on sale April 6 and start at $75.25 at 775-789-1115 or grandsierraresort.com.
It’s time for more “Antmusic” in Reno as British singer-musician Adam Ant, known for hits like “Goody Two Shoes” and “Stand and Deliver,” performs at 8 p.m. Aug. 4 at Grande Exposition Hall, Silver Legacy Resort Casino. Tickets are on sale April 6 and are $49.50-$59.50 at 775-325-7401 or silverlegacyreno.com.