Reno/Tahoe summer concerts include Amy Schumer, I Love the '90s
Coolio and Vanilla Ice take part in 'I Love the 90's' UK tour. Rough Cut (No reporter narration) Video provided by Reuters
This month has been a big one for announced new shows for the summer and fall. Reno-Tahoe’s rooms will feature everything from outrageous comedians to popular modern rock bands to some of the biggest chart starts of the '70s, '80s and '90s.
On the show scene through the rest of May, expect that range to even widen. Shows from emerging rappers and rock bands share space with some classic rockers and a local hero or two.
Bringing pop-worthy melodies to progressive rock, this band is still carrying on despite losing huge chunks of their bandmates during their '70s and '80s peaks. At the same time, Kansas has earned recent critical acclaim for their first album in decades, and they do still perform the big hits live, including “Dust in the Wind, “Play the Game Tonight” and “Carry on Wayward Son.” The band plays at 7:30 p.m. at the Outdoor Plaza, Harrah’s Reno, 219 N. Center St.
The show is June 9 and tickets are $46 at 775-786-3232 or harrahsreno.com.
The Holland Project has been ace at bringing true bands of the future to their venue (see Future Islands below). That may be the case with this L.A. group that is earning a national following for its modern take on the UK’s post-punk rock and experimental synth scene. Sextile performs at 8 p.m. at The Holland Project, 140 Vesta St.
The show is June 16 at tickets are $5-$7 at 775-742-1858 or hollandreno.org.
Concerts at Commons Beach
This summer series at Tahoe is always a popular one, with a mix of national bands and local faves all playing outdoors right at the lakefront. Eclectic, too with everything from world music to bluegrass to alternative rock being offered. Among the highlights this year are opening group Dead Winter Carpenters from Lake Tahoe (June 17), Bay area Afropop-funk purveyors Sambada (July 22) and perennially popular country-rock-zydeco combo Mumbo Gumbo from Sacramento (Aug. 5). The shows are from 4-7 p.m. on Sundays and take place at Commons Beach, 400 North Lake Blvd, Tahoe City.
The free series is from June 17 to Sept. 2. Details at 530-583-3348 or concertsatcommonsbeach.com
Jeselnik catapulted from clubs to theaters mostly due to his acerbic work on the Comedy Central roasts of celebrities. His dark, often supremely offensive stance translates to his own shows, of which there have been three cable/streaming comedy specials, including his latest one called “Thoughts and Prayers.” Jeselnik performs at 8 p.m. at the Grand Theatre, Grand Sierra Resort and Casino, 2500 E. 2nd St.
The show is July 7 and tickets are $25-$65 at 775-789-1115 or grandsierraresort.com.
The words “reggae” and “New Zealand” don’t really spring to mind, but island music is island music no matter the continent from where its based. Katchafire is indeed a Kiwi band and they’ve earned a big international audience, especially in the States, with its traditional and tuneful take on classic reggae sounds. They perform at 9 p.m. at Blu Nightclub, Montbleu Resort Casino, 55 Highway 50, Stateline
The show is July 13 and tickets are $20-$25 at 775-588-3515 or montbleuresort.com.
I Love the '90s
Well, who doesn’t? Especially when it comes to the storied hip-hop of that era. This show salutes that sound, featuring hitmakers Salt-n-Pepa (“Push It”), Coolio (“Gangsta’s Paradise”), Kid ’N Play (“Funhouse”) and Rob Base (“It Takes Two”). These artists play at 9 p.m. at the Grand Theatre, Grand Sierra Resort and Casino, 2500 E. 2nd St.
The show is July 20 and tickets are $45-$115 at 775-789-1115 or grandsierraresort.com.
Nothing More and Bad Wolves
Some good timing for fans of hard rock radio: this show features two of the hottest newer bands in that format. Nothing More’s biggest hit is the recent “Go To War,” while Bad Wolves is known for their cover of the ‘90s hit by the Cranberries, “Zombie.” They both play at 7:30 p.m. at Cargo, Whitney Peak Hotel, 255 N. Virginia St.
The show is July 23 and tickets are $21-$23 at 775-398-5400 or cargoreno.com.
George Thorogood and the Destroyers
Right at the height of disco and new wave, Thorogood and his band made their names with guitar-driven blues rock. The group’s hits include “Bad to the Bone,” “I Drink Alone” and “Who Do You Love.” The group plays at 8 p.m. at the Grand Theatre, Grand Sierra Resort and Casino, 2500 E. 2nd St.
The show is July 27 and tickets are $25-$65 at 775-789-1115 or grandsierraresort.com.
This popular reggae artist has expanded his sound to include elements of hip-hop, jazz and modern rock in the two decades that he’s been performing. His best known songs include “King Without a Crown,” “Confidence” and “One Day.” He returns to the area at 8 p.m. in the Showroom, Montbleu Resort Casino, 55 Highway 50, Stateline.
The show is Aug. 4 and tickets are $27-$32 at 775-588-3515 or montbleuresort.com.
The Drifters, Cornell Gunter’s Coasters and The Platters
Fifties music fans get an extra post-Hot-August-Nights treat with this triple-group show. Original or classic band members are scarce (as there have frequently been more than one of each group on the road over the decades) but if you want to hear classics like “Under the Boardwalk” (Drifters), “Yakety Yak” (Coasters) or “Smoke Gets In Your Eyes” (Platters), this is the place to be. The show is 7:30 p.m. at the Pioneer Center, 100 S. Virginia St.
The show is Aug. 11 and tickets are $46 to $66 at 775-686-6600 or pioneercenter.com.
Comedian and actress Schumer turns some fans into enemies in Reno when she called the city “a dump” in a BBC interview two years ago. She must be OK with Tahoe, though (and being able to charge more than $100 for arena seats). This tour is billed as Amy Schumer and Friends, which means you may see comedians who were involved in her popular Comedy Central show, “Inside Amy Schumer.” The show is 8 p.m. at Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena, Harveys Lake Tahoe, 18 Highway 50, Stateline.
The show is Aug. 12 and tickets are $62-$132 at 800-342-7724 or harveystahoe.com
The kinetic dance/indie rock of this NYC band is returning to Reno, but in a much larger venue than before. Wild singer Sam Herring will lead Future Islands through hits like “Seasons” and “Ran.” The group will play at 8 p.m at Cargo, Whitney Peak Hotel, 255 N. Virginia St.
The show is Sept. 10 and tickets are on sale May 18. Tickets cost $20-$25 at 775-398-5400 or cargoreno.com.
Rodrigo y Gabriela
Two of the best acoustic guitars on the scene today, this duo from Mexico made waves in the ‘00s when their self-titled debut sold well and a subsequent tour in America was sold out. Their music blends everything from jazz to world music to heavy metal (including covers of bands like Metallica). Rodrigo y Gabriela play at 8 p.m. at Grand Theatre, Grand Sierra Resort and Casino, 2500 E. 2nd St.
This show is Sept. 22 and tickets are on sale May 18. Tickets start at $45 at 775-789-1115 or grandsierraresort.com.
Skid Row and Warrant
Hair metal fans rejoice! It’s a package tour featuring these two bands, although the lineups have changed from the groups’ commercial heyday (fans mourned when Warrant singer Jani Lane died of alcohol poisoning in 2011). Both groups continue to write and play new songs to join hits like Skid Row’s “I Remember You” and “18 and Life” and Warrant’s “Down Boys” and “Cherry Pie.” The bands play at 8 p.m. at Grand Theatre, Grand Sierra Resort and Casino, 2500 E. 2nd St.
This show is Sept. 29 and tickets are $25-$55 at 775-789-1115 or grandsierraresort.com.
Only in the surly ‘90s could a band named Garbage hit it big. But there was more to this UK/US group than just moping. Strong and catchy alternative rock songs like “Only Happy When It Rains” and “Special,” powered by singer Shirley Manson and band member and noted producer Butch Vig, led to some big shows. Now on the comeback trail, the group plays at 7:30 p.m. at Grand Theatre, Grand Sierra Resort and Casino, 2500 E. 2nd St.
The show is Oct. 2 and tickets are $30-$75 at 775-789-1115 or grandsierraresort.com.
Over the past five years, this Michigan hard rock band has become a mainstay of rock radio, while hits like “Trenches,” “Footsteps” and “Waking Lions.” They play at 8 pm. at Cargo, Whitney Peak Hotel, 255 N. Virginia St.
The show is May 21 and tickets are $21-$23 at 775-398-5400 or cargoreno.com.
This long-running English reggae band first came to prominence in the punk era, and such had a political edge that has stayed with it from its earliest days. They are still touring around the world and will play at 8 p.m. at the Showroom, Montbleu Resort Casino, 55 Highway 50, Stateline.
The show is May 24 and tickets are $25-$30 at 775-588-3515 or montbleuresort.com.
Electronic/dance music fans will be flocking to this show that features one of the more popular groups in that style. Glitch Mob has released five albums, including their latest called “See Without Eyes,” and have made noted remixes for bands like Daft Punk, White Stripes and Metallica. The L.A. trio is also known for their elaborate stage setup, which features one piece that has lights as well as their instruments. They return to Reno at 8 p.m. at Cargo, Whitney Peak Hotel, 255 N. Virginia St.
The show is May 24 and tickets are $27.50-$31.50 at 775-398-5400 or cargoreno.com.
Grand Sierra Resort hired a pretty decent DJ for its Memorial Day dance party. Diplo will likely be spinning a lot of his own production and recording work during this appearance at Lex. His best known productions include “Paper Planes” by MIA, “Too Close” by Alex Clare and “Hold Up” by Beyonce, along with his own hits “Earthquake” and “Be Right There.” Diplo hits the decks at 9:30 p.m. at Lex Nightclub, Grand Sierra Resort and Casino, 2500 E. 2nd St.
The show is May 25 and tickets are $30-$50 at 775-789-1115 or grandsierraresort.com.
Third Eye Blind
Diplo’s not the only music star at GSR on the Friday of Memorial Day weekend. This San Francisco group wove gritty lyrics about drug addiction and chronic depression into ‘90s hits like “Semi-Charmed Life” and “Jumper.” They perform at 9 p.m. at Grand Theatre, Grand Sierra Resort and Casino, 2500 E. 2nd St.
The show is May 25 and tickets are $39.50-$79.50 at 775-789-1115 or grandsierraresort.com.
Singer Bucky Heard is the new “brother” joining longtime duo member Bill Medley, and both pay tribute to the late Righteous Brothers member Bobby Hatfield during their shows. Expect big hits like “You Lost That Lovin’ Feeling” and “You’re My Soul and Inspiration.” The show is 7:30 p.m. at TJ’s Corral, Carson Valley Inn, 1627 Highway 395 North, Minden
The show is May 25 and tickets are $49-$65 at 775-782-9711 or carsonvalleyinn.com.
Harrah’s Reno revives its summer concert series with this group from New Orleans. Popular in the jam band crowd, the band mixes traditional folk and jazz with indie rock. They play at 7:30 p.m. at the Outdoor Plaza, Harrah’s Reno, 219 N. Center St..
The show is May 25 at tickets are $36 at 775-786-3232 or harrahsreno.com.
Larry and His Flask
Returning to Reno after some time away, this popular folk-meets-punk band from Bend, Ore., is known for its rambunctious yet tuneful music. Together since 2003, they have toured extensively and were made a name for themselves in the punk scene with their involvement in the Warped Tour. The group plays at 7 p.m. in the Showroom at Jub Jub’s Thirst Parlor, 71 S. Wells Ave.
The show is May 25 at tickets are $15 at 775-384-1652 or jubjubsthirstparlor.com
About two dozen local bands and artists are teaming up for this two-day benefit show for local resident Brian Smith, who is recovering from a heart attack and faces more treatment. Everything from the loudest metal or punk to the quietest folk is represented. Shows begin at 5 p.m. May 25 and 2 p.m. May 26 in the Barroom at Jub Jub’s Thirst Parlor, 71 S. Wells Ave.
It takes place May 25 and 26 and a $10 donation is suggested. Details at 775-384-1652 or jubjubsthirstparlor.com.
Tom Arnold and Steve Hytner
Reno-Tahoe Comedy is expanding from its usual near-Pioneer-Center digs with this show featuring Arnold, known as much for his tumultuous marriage to Roseanne Barr as his movie roles in “True Lies” and his standup routines. He’ll be on the bill with Steve Hytner, whose claim-to-fame beyond comedy shows is a recurring role on “Seinfeld.” Arnold and Hytner perform at 8 p.m. in the Grand Theatre, Grand Sierra Resort and Casino, 2500 E. 2nd St.
The show is May 26 and tickets are $30-$40 at 775-789-1115 or grandsierraresort.com.
This popular Reno hard rock band is celebrating the release of their latest album, “Hunk,” with two shows in one night. First, they headline a show at 7 p.m. at the Holland Project, 140 Vesta St., with great San Francisco band Pins of Light and local group Rob Ford Explorer. Then, the party moves to 11 p.m. at Shea’s Tavern, 715 S. Virginia St., with Pins of Light following them over.
The shows are May 26. Tickets for the Holland Project show are $8; tickets for the Shea’s Tavern show are $5, with free entry for proof of purchase of the first show. Details at 775-742-1858 or hollandreno.org.
Trevor Hall is a singer-songwriter who has earned a following among folk and reggae fans. After several years on both major and indie labels, Hall’s latest album, “The Fruitful Darkness,” was a self-release funded by his fans. He performs at 9 p.m. in the Crown Room, Crystal Bay Club Casino, 14 State Highway 28, Crystal Bay.
The show is May 27 and tickets are $25-$30 at 775-833-6333 or crystalbaycasino.com.
Hillbilly Moon Explosion
This band from Switzerland plays early rock and roll with a very distinctive tone to it. Not merely rockabilly, the band interweaves modern punk influences as well as a love of ’50 sci-fi and ‘60s psychedelia. They play at 8 p.m. at Shea’s Tavern, 715 S. Virginia St.
The show is May 30 and tickets are $12-$15 at 775-786-4774 or sheastavern.com.