Coming Reno concerts: Melissa Etheridge, Kiefer Sutherland
Rock star Melissa Etheridge talks about the surge of political activism in the United States and why she thinks that's a good thing for our democracy. Etheridge returns March 29-30 to Southwest Florida Event Center in Bonita Springs. Video and interview by Charles Runnells/news-press.com
Yes, there is life after teen idol stardom. This week’s featured show for Reno-Tahoe is All Time Low, a band that used to have the teens screaming but now has settled into a different groove as their music has evolved with their audience.
There were also a lot of shows announced in the last week, from classic rockers to a heavy metal icon to one of the biggest emerging pop-dance bands.
Here’s a look at what you can see in the clubs and theaters.
All Time Low
This group from Baltimore is one of the more popular ones in the last two decades that merged melodic rock with classic punk. All Time Low has hit the top 10 on the album charts for five records in a row, and their best known songs include “Weightless,” “Somewhere in Neverland” and “Dirty Laundry.” 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.
Parenting and marriage, in all its joys and absurdities, are front and center in the comic act of Friesen, who also talks a lot about the online world as part of his routines. He recently taped a special called “Ask Your Mom” for Showtime. Friesen makes them laugh at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. on April 20 and 21 and 7:30 p.m. on April 19 and 22 at the Laugh Factory, Silver Legacy Resort Casino.
The shows are now through April 22 and tickets are $20-$25 at 775-325-7401 or silverlegacyreno.com.
Iseman is a physician and he uses that part of his life as part of his standup routine. He’s also known for winning the first run of “The New Celebrity Apprentice” in 2017. Iseman performs at 9 p.m. at The Improv, Harveys Lake Tahoe.
The shows are now through April 22 and tickets are $25-$30 at 775-588-6611 or improvtahoe.com.
Joe Jack Talcum
As the name implies, this singer-songwriter from Philadelphia has his fair share of funny tunes. As one of the leaders of the uber-sarcastic punk band the Dead Milkmen, Talcum mixes wit that’s both lowbrow and surprisingly pensive. He performs at 9 p.m. at Jub Jub’s Thirst Parlor, 71 S. Wells Ave.
The show is April 19 and tickets are $8-$10 at 775-384-1652 or jubjubsthirstparlor.com.
This comedian is now touring the country performing a tribute to the late Robin Williams. His performance takes place at 8 p.m. April 19, 6:30 p.m. April 21, and 9:30 p.m. April 20 and 21 at Reno Tahoe Comedy in the Pioneer Underground, 100 S. Virginia St.
Shows take place April 19-21 and tickets are $15-$25 at 775-322-5233 or renotahoecomedy.com.
It’s a return to town for this Bay Area musician who combines early rock and roll and soul with modern indie verve. He performs at 7 p.m.. April 19 and 8 p.m. April 20 and 21 at the Terrace Lounge, Peppermill Resort Casino.
These free shows are April 19-21. Details at 775-826-2121 or peppermillreno.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. For this show, the group is taking advantage of the recent 50th anniversary of “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” to play it in its entirety as part of the show. 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.
Whether you think that Henry has mystical powers or not, he’s certainly become a modern pop culture mainstay. Henry is a best-selling author and stars in the E! Network’s “Hollywood Medium” show. His tour, where he will demonstrate his medium skills, 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.
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. That’s fine, because his take on country has many layers to it, from his early years of recreating the Bakersfield sound through his recent bluegrass-styled work (including a cover of Prince’s “Purple Rain”). Yoakam performs 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.
If you’re a fan of all types of metal music - especially the bands on the extreme place - this is the place you will likely be all weekend long. Organized by the local Born Dead Productions, this festival features dozens of bands, including popular national headliners The Faceless and Unmerciful (on April 20), Cattle Decapitation and Phobia (on April 21) and Arsis and Psychosomatic (on April 22). Music starts at 4 p.m. April 20 and 12:30 p.m. April 21 and 22 at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Stateline.
The shows are April 20-22 and tickets are $25 single day, $70 for a three-day pass at 844-588-7625 or hardrockcasinolaketahoe.com.
“The Magic Flute”
Nevada Chamber Opera returns to the stage for this performance of the classic Mozart work. In “The Magic Flute,” a prince wants to marry a princess, but has to undergo some trails before he gets there, including an evil queen. It takes place at 7:30 p.m April 20 and 21, and 2 p.m. April 22 at Nightingale Concert Hall, University of Nevada, Reno, 1335 N. Virginia St.
The shows are April 20-22 and tickets are $20, $5 for students with ID, at 775-348-9413 or renochamberorchestra.org.
Drew Shafer’s “Conquering Cancer with Comedy” Fundraiser
Shafer, a comedian from Fernley, hosts this showcase of regional comedic talent, all to benefit the Relay for Life from the American Cancer Society. It takes place at 6:30 p.m. at Pioneer Underground, 100 S. Virginia St.
The show takes place April 20 and tickets are $14-$17 at 775-322-5233 or renotahoecomedy.com.
Alborosie and the Shengen Clan
It’s a night of reggae in Tahoe as the bill is topped by Alborosie, an Italian reggae artist who now is based in Jamaica, and his Jamaican backing group the Shengen Clan. They play a style of reggae that will get the audience dancing. They perform at 9 p.m. at Blu Nightclub, Montbleu Resort Casino.
The show is April 20 and tickets are $20-$25 at 775-588-3515 or montbleuresort.com.
This Reno trio plays radio classics and modern hits. They perform at 10 p.m. April 20 and 21 and 8 p.m. April 22 at the Cabaret Bar, Atlantis Resort Casino Spa.
These free shows are April 20-22. Details at 775-825-4700 or atlantiscasino.com.
In the ‘80s, this Australian group was ubiquitous on the radio with hits such as “All Out of Love” and “The One That You Love” (and yes, lots of songs about romance). They return to the area for a show at 7:30 p.m. at the South Shore Room, Harrah’s Lake Tahoe.
The show is April 21 and tickets are $65 at 800-427-7247 or harrahstahoe.com.
This group from Boston has been making fans with their mix of emo-ish rock and electronic music. With a new album on the way soon, they are touring the country including a stop at 7:30 p.m. at Cargo Music Hall, Whitney Peak Hotel.
The show is April 21 and tickets are $21-$23 at at 775-398-5400 or cargoreno.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.
Marshall Charloff and The Purple Xperience
There was a buzz amongst Prince fans after rhe Purple Xperience last appeared at the Atlantis. Combining costumes with a a faithful recreation of hits like “1999” and “KIss,” this popular tribute band has the dance moves as well as the great tunes. They return for a show at 8 p.m. at the Ballroom inside the Atlantis Resort Casino Spa.
The show is April 21 and tickets are $35-$45 at 775-824-4467 or atlantiscasino.com.
This is a DJ set from this famed producer who had hits with Usher (“My Way,” “Burn”) and Mariah Carey (“Don’t Forget About Us”) and also discovered the fun hip-hop duo Kris Kross (“Jump”). He’s only the second hip-hop musician to be elected to the Songwriters Hall of Fame (Jay Z was the first). Dupri spins at 10 p.m. at Lex Nightclub, Grand Sierra Resort and Casino.
The show is April 21 and tickets are $20-$30 at 775-789-1115 or grandsierraresort.com.
This longtime New York City traditional reggae band is headlining the Island Vibes Spring Tour, which also includes Fiji, Maoli and Nomad. The tour makes a stop at 10 p.m. at Blu Nightclub, Montbleu Resort Casino, Stateline.
The show is April 21 and tickets are $20-$25 at 775-588-3515 or montbleuresort.com.
Earning a YouTube following for his prank-heavy videos, Gross combines comedy, magic and ventriloquism in a distinctive act that’s not for the faint of heart. He performs at 8 p.m. in the Showroom at Montbleu Resort Casino, Stateline.
The show is April 21 at tickets are $25 at 775-588-3515 or montbleuresort.com.
Thicker Than Thieves
This So Cal band with roots in Hawaii plays a rock-reggae blend. They perform at 10 p.m. at the Red Room, Crystal Bay Club Casino.
This free show is on April 21. Details at 775-833-6333 or crystalbaycasino.com.
“Classix Six: 100 Years of Bernstein”
Three guest vocalists - Elena Perroni, Olga Perez Flora and James Flora - will join the Philharmonic and its chorus for its season-ending tribute to the late Leonard Bernstein. Being performed are pieces from “West Side Story,” “Chichester Psalms” and “Candide.” Shows are 4 p.m. April 22 and 7:30 p.m. April 24 at the Pioneer Center, 100 S. Virginia St.
Performances are April 22 and 24 and tickets are $33-$92 at 775-323-6393 or renophil.com.
Chico, California, is home to this acoustic musician who combines folk-rock sounds from different eras. He performs from 6-10 p.m. at the Terrace Lounge, Peppermill Resort Casino.
These free shows are April 22-25 Details at 775-826-2121 or peppermillreno.com.
This longtime Reno casino band plays R&B classics. They perform at 8 p.m. April 23-26 and 4 p.m. April 27 and 28 at the Cabaret Bar, Atlantis Resort Casino Spa.
These free shows are April 23-28. Details at 775-825-4700 or atlantiscasino.com.
“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 take place Wednesday through Sunday and tickets are $29.95-$59.95 at 775-786-5700 or eldoradoreno.com.
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.
Less Than Jake and Face To Face
A double bill of veteran bands featuring ska-punk combo Less than Jake and melodic punk group Face to Face makes a stop in Reno on their national tour. They play at 7 p.m. at Cargo Music Hall, Whitney Peak Hotel.
The show is April 30 and tickets are $27.50 to $30 at 775-398-5400 or cargoreno.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.
“Beauty and the Beast”
This ballet with its famed Tchaikovsky score is performed by the AVA Ballet Theatre for its first show of the season. Shows are 8 p.m. May 5 and 2 p.m. May 6 at the Pioneer Center, 100 S. Virginia St.
The shows are May 5 and 6 and tickets are $49 to $54 at 775-686-6600 or
Bee Gees Gold
A nationally known tribute act to the Brothers Gibb and their many ‘60s and ‘70s hits has been announced for 7 and 9 p.m. at the Sierra Room, Baldini’s Casino.
The show is May 11 and tickets are $21.95 at 775-358-0116 or baldinissports.com.
This Bay area group that combines electronic music with Gypsy-style folk and experimental rock, returns to town for a show at 8 p.m. at Cargo Music Hall, Whitney Peak Hotel.
The show is May 12 and tickets are $27.50-$32 at 775-398-5400 or cargoreno.com
This classic rock band had some huge hits in the ‘70s and ‘80s, including “Keep on Lovin’ You” and “Ridin’ The Storm Out.” They play at 8 p.m. in the Ballroom, Nugget Casino Resort, Sparks.
The show is May 12 and tickets are $55 to $95 at 775-356-3300 or nuggetcasinoresort.com.
This rock band 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. at Grande Exposition Hall, Silver Legacy Resort Casino.
The show is May 18 and tickets are $49.50-$59.50 at 775-325-7401 or silverlegacyreno.com.
Poison and Cheap Trick
It’s a friendly rock battle between the ‘70s post-punk/classic rock era with Cheap Trick (“I Want You To Want Me,” “Surrender”) and the ‘80s hair metal wildness of Poison (“Unskinny Bop,” “Talk Dirty To Me”). They share this show at 8 p.m. at Grand Theatre, Grand Sierra Resort and Casino.
The show is May 20 and tickets are $70 to $125 at 775-789-2000 or
- The Fever 333, a new hardcore punk band with roots in the groups Letlive and The Chariot, will perform at 8:30 p.m. May 31 at Jub Jub’s Thirst Parlor, 71 S. Wells Ave. Tickets are $13.33 at 775-384-1652 or jmaxproductions.net
- Don Felder, famed guitarist with the Eagles for much of their career, is now solo and performs at 8 p.m. June 15 at the Grand Ballroom, Atlantis Casino Resort Spa. Tickets are $45-$55 at 775-824-4467 or atlantiscasino.com
- Diamond Rio, the classic country band with hits such as “Meet in the Middle” and “One More Day,” will perform at 7:30 p.m. June 29 at the Outdoor Concert Venue, Baldini’s Casino, 865 S. Rock Blvd., Sparks. Tickets are $20 at 775-358-0116 or baldinissports.com.
- Dylan Scott, the new country music star with hits like “My Girl” and “Crazy Over Me,” plays at 8 p.m. July 12 at the Grand Theatre, Grand Sierra Resort and Casino. Tickets are $19.50-$65 at 775-789-1115 or grandsierraresort.com.
- X Ambassadors, the popular dance/rock group with his such as “Unsteady” and “Renegades,” performs at 8 p.m. July 20 at Grande Exposition Hall, Silver Legacy Resort Casino. Tickets are $44.50-$54.50 at 775-325-7401 or silverlegacyreno.com.
- Melissa Etheridge, the guitarist and singer who has merged alternative rock, blues and pop for decades, performs at 8 p.m. July 20 at the Showroom, Montbleu Resort Casino, Stateline. Tickets are $65-$85 at 775-588-3515 or montbleuresort.com.
- A double bill featuring two longtime metal bands -- Scorpions and Queensryche -- has been added to the summer series in Lake Tahoe. It takes place at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 31 at Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena, Harveys Lake Tahoe. Tickets are $69.50-$149.50 at 800-342-7724 or harveystahoe.com.
- Foreigner, the classic rock group that scored hits like “Cold As Ice,” “Hot Blooded” and “Waiting for a Girl Like You,” returns to the area for a show at 8 p.m. Sept. 22 at Grand Exposition Hall, Silver Legacy Resort Casino. Tickets are $79.50-$99.50 at 775-325-7401 or silverlegacyreno.com.