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There are some big names in certain genres that were announced for Reno-Tahoe shows in recent weeks: Broken Social Scene, E-40, Jerry Springer. … Yes, it’s true! The former king of crazy talk shows is coming to town to perform, but it will be as a game-show host -- and we are not making this up.
Springer’s show probably takes the cake as the oddest of the recently announced ones, not to mention the shows that are coming up for the rest of June. Those do include the usual mix of classic rockers, emerging bands and a local hero or two. Here’s what’s on tap.
“Celebrity Golf” after parties
After this year’s American Century Celebrity Golf Championship in Tahoe, there will be two different shows at Montbleu Resort Casino, 55 Highway 50, Stateline. First, there is a return to the area for Larry The Cable Guy, the country-style stand-up comedian, at the Montbleu Showroom. This is followed by a DJ show featuring Tommy Lee, former drummer of metal band Motley Crue, and Aero. Larry the Cable Guy is at 8 p.m., while Lee and Aero start at 10 p.m. at Blu Nightclub.
The shows are July 14 and tickets are $69.95-$89.95 for Larry the Cable Guy and $30-$35 for Lee/Aero at 775-588-3515 or montbleuresort.com.
This Boston artist plays a mix of electronic music and classic soul. He had a hit last year with the song “Don’t You Cry For Me.” He performs at 7 p.m. at Jub Jub’s Thirst Parlor, 71 S. Wells Ave.
The show is July 28 and tickets are $12 at 775-384-1652 or jmaxproductions.net.
This stellar guitarist mixes country and rockabilly and had hits such as “Highway Patrol,” “Venom Wearin’ Denim” and “Better Call Saul” from the popular TV show. Brown is back in the area for this 18+ show at 7 p.m. at Cargo, Whitney Peak Hotel, 255 N. Virginia St.
The show is Aug. 4 and tickets are $25-$30 at 775-398-5400 or cargoreno.com.
Broken Social Scene
This is a big deal for fans of indie rock, as this Canadian collective that first brought singer Feist to prominence makes its first appearance in Reno. Famed for their ‘00s albums “You Forgot It In People” and “Broken Social Scene,” group leaders Brendan Canning and Kevin Drew reformed the Scene after a long hiatus for last year’s “Hug Of Thunder.” Canning and Drew (but not Feist at this point) will bring the troupe to Cargo, Whitney Peak Hotel, 255 N. Virginia St. for a 8 p.m. all ages show.
The show is Aug. 7 and tickets are $27.50-$31 at 775-398-5400 or cargoreno.com.
A popular reggae-meets-rock band from San Diego, Tribal Seeds are playing a show with another band in that style, Passafire, for a show at 9 p.m. at the Crown Room, Crystal Bay Club Casino, 14 State Highway 28.
The show is Aug. 11 and tickets are $28.50-$33 at 775-833-6333 or crystalbaycasino.com.
A huge hit with their first single, “Last Resort,” gave this Northern Cali rap-rock band a loyal following starting in the late ‘90s. They return to the area with this show at 6 p.m. at the Hard Rock Casino Lake Tahoe, 18 Lake Tahoe Blvd. in Stateline.
The show is Aug. 11 and tickets are $50-$95 at 844-588-7625 or hardrockcasinolaketahoe.com.
This popular Bay area rapper returns to Reno for this show that also features rapper Nef the Pharoah. The show is at 7:30 p.m. at Jub Jub’s Thirst Parlor, 71 S. Wells Ave.
The show is Aug. 31 and tickets are $30-$40 at 775-384-1652 or jubjubsthirstparlor.com.
This modern jazz singer who sings standards as well as contemporary folk and jazz tunes plays with the Reno Jazz Orchestra for this show. It takes place at 7:30 p.m. at Cargo, Whitney Peak Hotel, 255 N. Virginia St.
The show is Aug. 31 and tickets are $25-$30 at 775-398-5400 or cargoreno.com.
After Burning Man runs its course, those decompressing have a great show for which to come back to Reno. Thievery Corporation are a duo from Washington, D.C., that has released albums and toured for two decades, working with artists like David Byrne, Femi Kuti and Bebel Gilberto, among others. They perform at 9 p.m. at the Grand Theatre, Grand Sierra Resort and Casino, 2500 E. 2nd St.
The show is Sept. 4 and tickets are $29-$89 at 775-789-1115 or grandsierraresort.com.
The magic’s back as Franco returns to Silver Legacy Resort Casino. Franco has been doing magic since he was a kid, becoming a big draw on the college circuit and eventually winning on “America’s Got Talent.” Franco performs at 8 p.m. at Grande Exposition Hall, Silver Legacy, 407 N. Virginia St.
The show is Sept. 8 and tickets are $29.50-$39.50 at 775-325-7401 or silverlegacyreno.com.
A frequent visitor to Reno-Tahoe, Scaggs heads to the lake for his latest show. Scaggs was big in the ‘70s and ‘80s with jazzy soul-rock tunes like “Breakdown Dead Ahead” and “Lowdown,” and recently has added blues music to his styles. He plays at 8 p.m. in the Showroom at Montbleu Resort Casino, 55 Highway 50, Stateline
The show is Sept. 21 and tickets are $55-$65 at 775-588-3515 or montbleuresort.com.
Mixing country, rock and indie music, this popular L.A. band comes back to the area for a headlining show at 8 p.m. at Cargo, Whitney Peak Hotel, 255 N. Virginia St.
The show is Sept. 28 and tickets are $28.50-$33.50 at 775-398-5400 or cargoreno.com.
Little River Band
This band that started out in Australia had a bunch of big radio hits in the ’70s and ‘80s, including “Lonesome Loser,” “The Night Owls” and “Take It Easy On Me.” They play at 7:30 p.m. in the South Shore Room at Harrah’s Tahoe, 15 Highway 50, Stateline
The show is Sept. 30 and tickets are $55 at 800-427-7247 or harrahstahoe.com.
Not a band, this electronic/dubstep DJ/artist is Jeff Montalvo, and he has played all the big festivals in his genre and worked with artists like Ellie Goulding and Skrillex. He performs at 8 p.m. at Cargo, Whitney Peak Hotel, 255 N. Virginia St.
The show is Oct. 8 and tickets are $25-$30 at 775-398-5400 or cargoreno.com.
Billion Dollar Nightmare
The real Alice Cooper is playing in Reno in August, but fans around Halloween may want to go see this acclaimed tribute to the Coop, which includes lots of gruesome props and a full slate of the rocker’s hits. They play at Cargo, Whitney Peak Hotel, 255 N. Virginia St.
The show is Oct. 26 and tickets are $20-$25 at 775-398-5400 or cargoreno.com.
Going on tour with a show called “Choice Cuts,” the son of Frank Zappa and a strong guitarist in his own right will play his personal selections from his father’s vast catalog. Zappa returns to the area at 8 p.m. at at Cargo, Whitney Peak Hotel, 255 N. Virginia St.
The show is Dec. 7 and tickets are $28.50-$52.50 at 775-398-5400 or cargoreno.com.
“The Price is Right Live” with Jerry Springer
We imagine there won’t be any chairs being thrown or shoutfests at this show hosted by Springer — unless the winners of this interactive version of the popular game show hit it big. The show takes place at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. at Reno Ballroom, 401 N. Center St.
Shows are Dec. 15 and tickets are $55.50-$65.50 at at 775-325-7401 or silverlegacyreno.com
“Simply The Best”
There are only a couple of weeks of shows left for this tribute to Tina Turner. “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 show takes place at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at Sammy’s Showroom, Harrah’s Reno, 219 N. Center St.
Shows take place through June 30 and tickets are $29.50-$40.50 at 775-786-3232 or
This group from Seattle plays an artful mix of indie, psychedelic and electronic music and features several ex-Reno residents. The group’s homecoming is at 9 p.m. at 40 Mile Saloon, 1495 S. Virginia St.
This free show is June 14. Details at 775-323-1877 or facebook.com/40milesaloon.
Great Eldorado BBQ, Brews and Blues Festival
It’s not remotely catchy, but this fest’s organizers may consider adding the words “90s hitmakers” to its fest, because for another year the headliner aren’t blues-rock artists. Friday’s headliner is the rapper Vanilla Ice, famed for his big selling debut, while Saturday features the Spin Doctors, the proto-jam band that had hits like “Two Princes.” There is a ton of blues music, though, including regional favorites like Shane Dwight, Tommy Castro and Jason King. The festival takes place outdoors at the Eldorado Hotel Casino, 345 N. Virginia St.
The festival is June 15 and 16 and admission is free. Details at 775-786-5700 or
Expect to hear a lot of still-great guitar work at this show, which features the ex-Eagles lead six-stringer. His solos on songs like “Hotel California” and “Life In the Fast Lane” powered those popular tunes. He performs at 8 p.m. at the Ballroom inside the Atlantis Resort Casino Spa, 3800 S. Virginia St.
The show is June 15 and tickets are $45-$55 at 775-825-4700 or atlantiscasino.com.
There is a country twist to this popular Reno folk-rock group’s latest EP, which they will release at this special show. The show takes place at 8 p.m. at Reno Little Theater, 147 E. Pueblo St.
The show is June 15 and tickets are $20 at 775-813-8900 or renolittletheater.org
Brent Amaker and the Rodeo
Playing country music with an indie-rock edge, this excellent Seattle band has a new album on the way. Amaker and his group are a must-see for fans who want to witness 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.
“Riff Eater” Book Release Show and Concert
Local musician Anthony Ashworth is releasing his first book, a memoir about being both a chef and a metal musician. His band Kanawha plays this show, along with locals Weight of the Tide and Blinded Youth. The show is at 8 p.m. at The Saint, 761 S. Virginia St.
The show is June 15 and the door price is $5. Details at 775-221-7451 or thesaintreno.com.
Slightly Stoopid and Pepper
The perennially popular Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena series begins with these two bands that merge rock, punk and reggae. The groups play at 5 p.m. at Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena, Harveys Lake Tahoe, 18 Highway 50.
The show is June 16 and tickets are $39.50 at 800-342-7724 or harveystahoe.com.
The Von Howlers
This band from Seattle describes itself as “psycho blues,” and that works perfectly. It’s a mix of the oldest form of rock with a huge shot of modern punk and garage rock energy. They play at 9 p.m. at Shea’s Tavern, 715 S. Virginia St.
The show is June 16 at costs $5-$6 at 775-786-4774 or sheastavern.com.
This L.A. group 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 and tickets are $5-$7 at 775-742-1858 or hollandreno.org.
Tomorrow’s Future Tour
A night of West Coast DJs, including SuDs, Mike Ill, Hypha and ChopsJunkie. It takes place at 9 p.m. at The BlueBird, 555 E. 4th St.
The show is June 16 and tickets are $10 at 775-499-5549 or facebook.com/bluebirdreno.
This alternative rock band from Texas earned an audience through emotional hits like “Hate Me” and “Into the Ocean.” They return to the area for a show at 7 p.m. at Cargo, Whitney Peak Hotel, 255 N. Virginia St.
The show is June 19 and tickets are $25 at 775-398-5400 or cargoreno.com.
One of the bigger names in alternative rock to play at Cargo, this legendary Wisconsin trio released enduring and quirky folk/punk songs like “Blister in the Sun” and “American Music.” They will play at 7 p.m. at Cargo, Whitney Peak Hotel, 255 N. Virginia St.
The show is June 20 and tickets are $49.50 to $55 at 775-398-5400 or cargoreno.com
Trampled by Turtles and Deer Tick
This potent double bill features two popular bands on the Americana/indie scene. Trampled By Turtles are from Minnesota and started as a speedy bluegrass band, but have since added more straightforward folk and rock elements. Deer Tick are from Rhode Island and have also added more melodic elements to their usually rough-and-ready rock-meets-country sound. They both play at 8 p.m. in the Showroom at Montbleu Resort Casino, 55 Highway 50, Stateline
The show is June 21 and tickets are $32-$35 at 775-588-3515 or montbleuresort.com.
This vowel-less band from Sacramento does add a lot to their style of metal music, from UK post-punk and slow doom music to heavier death and black metal elements, all in a dramatic stage show. They play at 8 p.m. at The Holland Project, 140 Vesta St.
The show is June 21 and tickets are $5-$7 at 775-742-1858 or hollandreno.org.
The Beach Boys
This present incarnation of the band features singer Mike Love and guitarist Bruce Johnston, and as such includes a lot of songs Love was featured heavily on, including hits like “Fun Fun Fun,” “California Girls” and “Kokomo.” They return to the area for a show at 7:30 p.m. at the Grande Exposition Hall, Silver Legacy Resort Casino, 407 N. Virginia St.
The show is June 22 and tickets are $79.50-$99.50 at at 775-325-7401 or silverlegeacy.com
Eli Young Band
Mike Eli and James Young are the titular leaders of this popular modern country band, who have scored such hits as “Crazy Girl” and “Drunk Last Night.” They play at 7 p.m. at Cargo, Whitney Peak Hotel, 255 N. Virginia St.
The show is June 22 and tickets are $30-$35 at 775-398-5400 or cargoreno.com
This band from Portland, Oregon, call themselves “foot stompin’ dance floor instigators,” and their take on eclectic jam band music is indeed a dance party. They play at 10 p.m. in the Red Room at Crystal Bay Club Casino, 14 State Highway 28.
The show is free and takes place on June 22. Details at 775-833-6333 or crystalbaycasino.com.
This Great State
A rock band from Sacramento with Reno roots, This Great State plays this show at The Saint, 761 S. Virginia St.
The show is June 22 and the door price is $5. Details at 775-221-7451 or thesaintreno.com.
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. His solo career began in the ‘80s, veering from straight-ahead rock to folk to world music. And he still does an occasional Zeppelin song live, though count on it being rearranged. This show takes place at Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena, Harveys Lake Tahoe, 18 Highway 50.
The show is June 23 and tickets are $55-$128 at 800-342-7724 or harveystahoe.com.
One of the bigger success stories in dance music will play in Reno for the first time. This duo of producer/artists have remixed songs by Katy Perry and Bruno Mars and have also scored their own hits with songs like “Take Me Home” and “Surrender.” They play at 10 p.m. at Lex Nightclub, Grand Sierra Resort and Casino.
The show is June 23 and tickets are $15-$25 at 775-789-1115 or grandsierraresort.com.
Nothing Like a Dame
For a fair chunk of the ‘00s and ‘10s, this group from Reno was a big draw with its distinctive take on acoustic pop-rock. They are back for a reunion show which also features the Monique Jade Band at The Saint, 761 S. Virginia St.
The show is June 23 and the door price is $5. Details at 775-221-7451 or thesaintreno.com.
Sierra Nevada Lavender and Honey Festival
The first edition of this event was successful last year, so organizers are back to Sparks to being these two popular farmers-market-style products to all ages. The music stage includes Britt Straw, Sierra Bohnet, Christine Tence and Grace Hayes. Excellent national indie-folk artist Dawn Landes also has this festival listed on her own website, and she’s a don’t-miss performer, but there’s no indication that’s she playing on the actual festival site. Maybe it’ll be a nice surprise! It takes place from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Victorian Square, 764 Victorian Ave., in Sparks.
Admission is free for this event on June 24. Details at 775-690-2581 or lavenderandhoneyfest.com.
For years, Snodgrass has led the excellent Colorado roots-rock band Drag the River. His solo shows are equally as fun and intense as his work with his band. He plays with the California punk band Gods of Mount Olympus, and with more solo performances from Pears’ Zach Quinn and Boss’ Daughter guitarist Chris Fox. They all play at 8 p.m. at Shea’s Tavern, 715 S. Virginia St.
The show is June 26 at costs $5-$6 at 775-786-4774 or sheastavern.com.
Holland hosts this band’s that receiving a lot of acclaim for its latest album, “Plum.” Wand is from Los Angels and play a mix of psychedelia and noisy punk/garage music. The show takes place at 8 p.m. at The Holland Project, 140 Vesta St.
The show is June 27 and tickets are $8.50-$10.50 at 775-742-1858 or hollandreno.org.