New Reno/Tahoe concerts: Florence and the Machine, Foreigner & Styx
The summer show season kicks off in a big way this week, with everything from gritty rockers to classic soul singers on the list for the next two weeks. As for shows that are just announced, there are a pair of stage shows debuting soon, plus the lineup (or most of it) for the upcoming Nugget Rib Cook-Off. Plus, there are big indie rock acts, classic rock bands and a man with a marshmallow for a head. Only in Reno!
Here are the top shows that have either been announced in the past two weeks or are coming up in the next two weeks.
“Solid Gold Soul”
This new show at Harrah’s Tahoe features tributes to artists such as Aretha Franklin, Otis Redding, Diana Ross and Little Richard, plus Bobby Brooks Wilson, the son of the late Jackie Wilson. It takes place at 8 p.m. Thursdays through Mondays in the South Shore Room, Harrah’s Lake Tahoe, 15 Highway 50, Stateline.
The show runs from June 14 to Sept. 3 and costs $41.95, $26.95 for ages 5 through 12. More details at 800-427-7247 or harrahstahoe.com
Brent Amaker and the Rodeo
Playing country music with an indie-rock edge, this excellent Seattle band is playing this very under-the-radar show in Reno. With a new album on the way, Amaker and his group are a must-see for fans who want to see a great live band do something truly different in their own genre. They play at 9 p.m. at The Loving Cup, 188 California Ave.
The show is June 15 and the door price is $5 More details at 775-322-2480 or facebook.com/thelovingcupreno
The Four Tops
Featuring founding member Duke Fakir, this Motown vocal group was one of the most popular of its era, with his such as “I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch),” “Reach Out, I’ll Be There,” and “Ain’t No Woman Like the One I Got.” They perform at
8 p.m. at the Ballroom, Nugget Casino Resort, 1100 Nugget Ave., Sparks
The show is July 7 and tickets are $30-$60 at 775-356-3300 or nuggetcasinoresort.com
“Hot Jersey Nights”
Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons will be playing live in Reno this July, but fans of that band’s music will get tons of chances to hear their big hits in this tribute show. They’ve also added a tribute-within-a-tribute to The Beach Boys (who are not from Jersey, but just roll with it, OK?). The shows takes place Thursdays through Saturdays at Sammy’s Showroom, Harrah’s Reno, 219 N. Center St.
The show runs from July 12 to Oct. 6 and costs $27-$37. More details at 775-786-3232 or harrahsreno.com
Lionel Richie is long gone, but there are still several original members in this legendary pop-soul group. This current lineup includes William Orange, the guy who sang on “Brick House” and J.D. Nicholas, who powered the band’s last big hit, “Night Shift.” The band plays at 8 p.m. in the Grande Exposition Hall, Silver Legacy Resort Casino, 345 N. Virginia St.
The show is July 13 and tickets are $45-$65 at 775-325-7401 or silverlegacyreno.com
The casinos of Stateline are hosting lots of shows that take place right after Phish’s dates at Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena, including this one featuring the Stringdusters, who hail fro Virginia and have a traditional bluegrass sound that also mixes in the exploratory grooves of jam band music. The show takes place at 11 p.m. in the South Shore Room, Harrah’s Lake Tahoe, 15 Highway 50, Stateline.
Shows are July 17 and 18 at tickets are $28 at at 800-427-7247 or harrahstahoe.com
DJ/producers are sometimes beloved of costumes when they play to add to the visual element, and Marshello is no exception. Wearing a marshmallow-white mask with a cartoon face, Christopher Comstock has become known for bass-heavy remixes of acts like Ariana Grande, Adele and Future, as well as his own hits “Wolves,” “Friends” and
Silence.” Marshmello performs at 10 p.m. at Lex Nightclub, Grand Sierra Resort and Casino, 2500 E. 2nd St.
The show is July 20 and tickets are $40 at 775-789-1115 or lexnightclub.com
Bass Camp’s 6th Anniversary Party
The popular dance/electronic music promoters Bass Camp are throwing a huge party to celebrate weathering trends and keeping their fans on the floor. The headliners are Miami DJ/artists GTA, who are known for going beyond the bass/trap sound into a wide variety of styles. The show takes place at 8 p.m. at Cargo, Whitney Peak Hotel, 255 N. Virginia St.
The show is July 28 and tickets are $25-$35 at 775-398-5400 or cargoreno.com
Florence and the Machine
With a brand new album hitting stores this month, this UK band is trying to lead another resurgence. Led by distinctive singer Florence Welch, the Machine plays dramatic, modern rock with a dark moodiness that has led to some very loyal fans. The band’s hits include “Dog Days are Over,” “Ship to Wreck” and “Shake It Out.” The show is 7:30 p.m. at Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena, Harveys Lake Tahoe, 18 Highway 50, Stateline.
The show is Aug. 9 and tickets are $49.50-$99.50 at 800-342-7724 or harveystahoe.com
Geoff Tate’s Operation Mindcrime
Divorce is often painful, and that’s been the case for the musical separation of the band Queensryche from its longtime singer, Geoff Tate. Debates rage online about the worth of Tate’s solo band (named for a famous album by Queensryche), but he does still have loyal fans who love his sonorous voice and way with a prog-metal epic. Tate and Co. return to Reno for a show at 8 p.m. at Cargo, Whitney Peak Hotel, 255 N. Virginia St.
The show is Aug. 15 and tickets are $19 at 775-398-5400 or cargoreno.com
Phillip Phillips and Gavin DeGraw
This tag-team of pop-rock singer/songwriters are both riding the buzz of recent albums that have shown off some different sides to their sounds. Phillips won “American Idol” in 2012 and since has become a staple of adult alternative radio. DeGraw has been around even longer - close to 15 years - and has both written and sung top hits for pop artists. They both play at 8 p.m. at Grande Exposition Hall, Silver Legacy Resort Casino, 345 N. Virginia St.
The show is Aug. 17 and tickets are $50-$65 at 775-325-7401 or silverlegacyreno.com
Nugget Rib Cook Off entertainment
Every year, this event in Victorian Square in Sparks features a free, live headliner on its main stage. This year, it’s the usual varied styles, although there doesn’t seem to be a huge name or legacy act as before. Neo-country/rock artist Colt Ford opens things up on Aug. 29, while Mark McGrath, who sang with alt-rock band Sugar Ray, is on Aug. 30. It’s country again for singer Joe Diffie on Aug. 31, while alt-rock band 10,000 Maniacs is set for Sept. 1 (though in their lineup without former singer Natalie Merchant). Country singer Jana Kramer is the headliner on Sept. 2. All shows are at 7 p.m., and note that the Sept. 3 afternoon headliner after the rib winner is named hasn’t been announced at deadline. The shows take place on Victorian Square in downtown Sparks, near the Nugget Casino Resort.
Get more details on the Aug. 29-Sept. 3 entertainment at nuggetribcookoff.com
Original members Eddie Levert and Walter Williams are still leading this incarnation of the Philly soul titans, known for big hits like “Love Train” and “For the Love of Money.” They will play at 8 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom, Atlantis Casino Resort Spa.
The show is Aug. 31 and tickets are $55-$75 at 775-825-4700 or atlantiscasino.com
Shovels and Rope
This husband-and-wife duo from South Carolina is making a name of itself with its mix of folk, rock and country. Sometimes it’s delicate and beautiful; other times it is raucous and noisy. Expect the unexpected at their show at 8 p.m. at Cargo, Whitney Peak Hotel, 255 N. Virginia St.
The show is Sept. 18 and tickets are $23-$28 at 775-398-5400 or cargoreno.com
Band leader and guitarist Mick Jones brings this classic rock troupe back for another Reno-Tahoe show. They are best known for songs like “Waiting for A Girl Like You,” “Urgent” and “Hot Blooded.” Foreigner’s back at 8 p.m. at Grande Exposition Hall, Silver Legacy Resort Casino, 345 N. Virginia St.
The show is Sept. 22 and tickets are $79.50-$99.50 at 775-325-7401 or silverlegacyreno.com
The two guitarist/vocalists from this band’s ‘70s/‘80s pomp - Tommy Shaw and JY Young - still lead the group through its biggest hits on stage, and you may hear some new songs from their underrated 2017 album of new material, “The Mission.” Styx returns to Tahoe for a show at 7:30 p.m. in the South Shore Room, Harrah’s Lake Tahoe, 15 Highway 50, Stateline.
The show is Oct. 5 and tickets are $62-$82 at 800-427-7247 or harrahstahoe.com
Agent Orange, UK Subs and Guttermouth
This will be a wild one featuring longtimer punks from different eras. The UK Subs led in the second big wave of English punk post-Pistols, while Agent Orange was a leading light of the ‘80s Southern Cali skate/surf scene. Guttermouth has been a popular fave with modern Cali punk fans for their often funny, often breakneck tunes. The trio plays at 8:30 p.m. at Jub Jub’s Thirst Parlor, 71 S. Wells Ave.
The show is Oct. 13 and tickets are $20 at 775-384-1652 or jmaxproductions.net
Eric Burdon and the Animals
It may a newer set of Animals, but this rock band is still led by growling, blues-influenced belter Eric Burdon, who powered the band with a grittier style during the much poppier British Invasion of the ‘60s. Their biggest hits included “We Gotta Get Outta This Place,” “It’s My Life” and “House of the Rising Sun.” Burdon and The Animals play at 7:30 p.m. at the South Shore Room, Harrah’s Lake Tahoe, 15 Highway 50, Stateline.
The show is Oct. 13 and tickets are $58 at 800-427-7247 or harrahstahoe.com
This is the second time around in as many years for the Christmas show from this pop-rock vocal group. They perform holiday favorites at 8 p.m. at Grande Exposition Hall, Silver Legacy Resort Casino, 345 N. Virginia St.
The show is Nov. 10 and tickets are $49.50-$59.50 at 775-325-7401 or silverlegacyreno.com
With some fare a bit different than the dance/electronic fare usually at The BlueBird - although you can absolutely dance like crazy to Dirtwire if you so desire - this show is headlined by this Bay area trio that plays a mix of blues, rock and psychedelia that also brings in musical influences from Africa, Asia and South America. They play at 9 p.m at The BlueBird, 555 E. Fourth St.
The show is June 1 and tickets are $23-$25 at 775-499-5549 or facebook.com/bluebirdreno
Steely Dan and the Doobie Brothers
Just a glance at early summer’s offerings helps you sense a pattern: package tours with big names are back. Steely Dan is on tour for the first time after founding member Walter Becker died and are still being led by singer/pianist Donald Fagan. Their hits include “Rikki Don’t Lose That Number” and “Reelin’ in the Years.” The Doobies - who these days feature original vocalists Tom Johnston and Patrick Simmons - are best known for hits like “China Grove” and “Black Water.” Both bands play at 8 p.m. at the Grand Theatre, Grand Sierra Resort and Casino, 2500 E. 2nd St.
The show is June 2 and tickets are $140-$225 at 775-789-1115 or grandsierraresort.com
Lake Street Dive
This band’s mix of classic soul and indie-pop has led to a lot of success. The group’s best known songs include “Bad Self Portraits,” “You Go Down Smooth” and “Call Off Your Dogs.” They return to the area for this show at 8 p.m. at the Showroom, Montbleu Resort Casino, 55 Highway 50, Stateline
The show is June 2 and tickets are $34.25-$39.25 at 775-588-3515 or montbleuresort.com
Hailing from the Bay area, this group has evolved from a garage-punk sound in its earlier days to a modern approximation of the English post-punk sounds of the late ‘70s and early ‘80s. They play at 8 p.m. at The Holland Project, 140 Vesta St.
The show is June 2 and tickets are $5.50 at 775-742-1858 or hollandreno.org
The ubiquity of this R&B singer’s big late ‘90s hit, “Pony,” is unquestionable, but Ginuwine had other hits as well, including “Differences” and “In Those Jeans.” He performs at 10 p.m. at Lex Nightclub, Grand Sierra Resort and Casino, 2500 E. 2nd St.
The show is June 2 and tickets are $20-$30 at 775-789-1115 or lexnightclub.com
Cheney Gang Block Party
A group of Midtown businesses are getting together for this Sunday funday that will also feature some music from locals Silver, Limbo State and Jonny Rolling. It takes place at Noble Pie Parlor and Pinion Bottle, 777 S. Center St.
The free-admission party is June 3. Get details at 775-323-1494 or noblepieparlor.com
Rolling for more than three decades now, this UK reggae singer is back in the area and at a more intimate venue than some previous visits. Banton performs at 8 p.m. at Shea’s Tavern, 715 S. Virginia St.
The show is June 5 and tickets are $18-$20 at 775-786-4774 or sheastavern.com
From underground fame in their native Los Angeles to above-ground success this winter with their major-label debut, this hip-hop group is now on tour and will play at 8 p.m. at Jub Jub’s Thirst Parlor, 71 S. Wells Ave.
The show is June 6 and tickets are $20-$25 at 775-384-1652 or jubjubsthirstparlor.com
This show was just announced late last week, but it’s a don’t-miss for fans of this dynamic duo from Los Angeles. Big Business write and play big-sounding tunes on the metal/punk side of things that feature distorted bass guitar, intricate drumming and drop-dead stunning vocal parts that are a welcome surprise. It’s also a benefit for homeless veteran groups and features locals Elephant Rifle as the openers. The show is at The Saint, 761 S. Virginia St.
The show is June 6 and tickets are $13 at 775-221-7451 or thesaintreno.com
Swigs and Pink Awful
The locals’ concert series at The Brew Brothers sponsored by radio station NV89-FM continues with two of the more popular alt-rock/indie bands around town right now. Swigs have a quirked-out but tuneful style that will remind fans of the best Olympia/Seattle DIY bands in the mid ‘90s, while Pink Awful bring huge guitars to the fore for their exuberant and wild tunes. They play at 9 p.m. at The Brew Brothers inside the Eldorado Hotel Casino, 345 N. Virginia St.
This free show is June 6. Get more details at 775-786-5700 or eldoradoreno.com
Fans of competition shows know all about this senior comedian, who was featured as a finalist on “America’s Got Talent” and a performer on “Last Comic Standing.” She entertains at 8:30 p.m. both night at Pioneer Underground, 100 S. Virginia St.
Shows are June 8 and 9 and tickets are $12-$18 at 775-322-5233 or renotahoecomedy.com
Making a return trek to Reno are Adrian Uribe and Omar Chapparo, two popular film and television stars in Mexico. As Imparables, the duo perform famous characters they have played in the past. The show is 8 p.m. at the Grand Theatre, Grand Sierra Resort and Casino, 2500 E. 2nd St.
The show is June 8 and tickets are $35-$75 at 775-789-1115 or grandsierraresort.com
The Monkees Present: the Micky and Michael Show
Boy, is June 9 a busy one for Reno-Tahoe. There are a ton of big acts in the casino world as well as some big ones in the clubs. This one is for the fans of ‘60s pop and rock, as two Monkees members tour together to play the hits. As one of its primary lead singers, Monkees drummer Micky Dolenz powered the group through hits like “I’m a Believer” and “Pleasant Valley Sunday.” Dolenz is joined by guitarist Michael Nesmith, who wrote several of the band’s hits and later became a country-rock pioneer. They play at 7:30 p.m. at the South Shore Room, Harrah’s Lake Tahoe, 15 Highway 50, Stateline.
The show is June 9 and tickets are $72-$176 at 800-427-7247 or harrahstahoe.com
Slightly Stoopid and Pepper
It’s outdoor concert season at Harveys, with lots of big names on the horizon. The series begins with two groups that, while they aren’t chart-toppers, do have pretty big followings in the reggae-rock scene. They play at 7 p.m. at the Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena, Harveys Lake Tahoe, 18 Highway 50, Stateline.
The show is June 9 and tickets are $39.50 at 800-342-7724 or harveystahoe.com
This hip-hop group had individual members play a lot in the Reno-Tahoe area in recent years, but this is a more rare show of the four Bone bandmates together onstage, playing hits such as “Look Into My Eyes” and “Tha Crossroads.” They play at 10 p.m. at Lex Nightclub, Grand Sierra Resort and Casino, 2500 E. 2nd St.
The show is June 9 and tickets are $40 at 775-789-1115 or lexnightclub.com
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. Their biggest hits include “Dust in the Wind, “Play the Game Tonight” and “Carry on Wayward Son.” Kansas 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
Since the ‘80s, this rapper has been telling his “Freaky Tales,” with plenty of raw language and even rawer beats in the mix. He’s back in town for this show at 7:30 p.m. at Jub Jub’s Thirst Parlor, 71 S. Wells Ave.
The show is June 9 and tickets are $30 at 775-384-1652 or jubjubsthirstparlor.com
Dead Country Gentlemen and Sit Kitty Sit
We have several duos on the list this round, and there are two duos - both from the Bay area - that are playing together for this show. Both have been to the area before. Dead Country Gentlemen play bluesy-but-loud indie rock, while Sit Kitty Sit are a piano-powered rock band with plenty of fun twists and turns. The show is at Pignic Pub and Patio, 235 Flint St.
The show is June 9 and admission is free. Details at 775-376-1948 or facebook.com/pignicpub
Average White Band
Known for their funky and danceable hits of the ‘70s like “Cut the Cake” and “Pick Up The Pieces,” this English band still features its two original guitarist/vocalists, Alan Gorrie and Onnie McIntyre. They play two shows - 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. at Boomtown Casino Hotel, 2100 Garson Road, Verdi.
The shows are June 9 and tickets are $50-$90 at 775-345-8520 or boomtownreno.com
This group from the Bay area plays a mix of funk and psychedelic music but with a modern, raucous spin that belies the group’s roots in heavier bands like Comets on Fire and Saviours. They play at 8 p.m. at the Red Room, Crystal Bay Club Casino, 14 State Highway 28, Crystal Bay.
This free show is on June 10. Details at 775-833-6333 or crystalbaycasino.com