Harrah's Tahoe

Roy Rogers and his Delta Rhythm Kings team appear with harpist Carlos Reyes at Harrah's Tahoe on Saturday.

Mel Shields: Slide guitar meets stringed harp at Harrah's Tahoe

Published: Friday, Apr. 26, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 26TICKET

Blues-rock slide guitarist Roy Rogers, a former member of John Lee Hooker's Coast to Coast Band, will be part of an unusual musical mashup Saturday when he and his Delta Rhythm Kings team up with Bay Area harpist and violinist Carlos Reyes at Harrah's Tahoe.

"It's not often you get a chance to hear a harp – and I mean a stringed harp, not a harmonica – with slide guitar," Rogers said. "It's very interesting to hear that combo.

"Collaboration helps drive the music," he said. "Otherwise you get stuck. I'm the kind of guy that goes for it."

Rogers has been in a collaborative mood for a while. He hooked up with the Doors' keyboardist Ray Manzarek on the 2011 album "Translucent Blues."

Another album from the two "is, as we say, on the way, completed, but we're not sure how we're going to release it the way the music business is these days," Rogers said. "It's not as bluesy as the first; (it's) more of a rockin' record. At this stage of the game, we've just got to play music that feels right. We don't aim for a hit."

Rogers, of course, shares a name with another Roy Rogers and he was, in fact, named for him.

"I was born in 1950 and (my parents) thought, 'Hey, let's name the tyke after (cowboy singer and actor) Roy Rogers.' It was always a joke in grade school but it contributed to my sense of humor.

"The most memorable time I met him was when I was nominated for a Grammy the same year he was. We were not in the same category and neither of us won, but we stayed in the same hotel and they kept mixing up calls and messages. I got a car to Kennedy and it was his limo instead of mine."

Rogers also recently completed a special for PBS, shot at KVIE in Sacramento. At Harrah's, he appears with Ramblin' Jack Elliott and Charley Musselwhite, among others (7:30 p.m.; $27.50; Ticketmaster).


Loverboy, playing at Jackson Rancheria on Saturday, has just completed 87 shows with Pat Benatar and Journey.

They're on their own at the casino, but that should be enough for fans – especially since, according to lead singer Mike Reno, "We do 13 hits in a row, all Top 40, with three encores."

Success was hardly calculated for the guys behind such early '80s anthems as "Working for the Weekend" (7 p.m.; $40, $20 with players card; jacksoncasino.com).


Boomtown, Reno – Events Center: The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Saturday (800) 648-3790.

Carson Valley Inn – Valley Ballroom: Baxter Black, Thursday. Cabaret Lounge: The McBride Brothers, today-Saturday; Steve Lord, Sunday-Wednesday; Sourdough Slim with Robert Armstrong, Thursday; Stew Stewart, next Friday-May 4. (775) 782-9711.

Eldorado, Reno – Showroom: "Menopause the Musical," Tuesdays- Sundays, through July 14. (800) 648-5966.

Grand Sierra - Grand Theatre: Whitney Myer, next Friday. (800) 648-3568.

Harrah's Lake Tahoe – South Shore Room: Roy Rogers and the Delta Rhythm Kings, Saturday; Sammy Hagar – Four Decades of Rock, next Friday-May 4. (800) 427-7247.

Harrah's Reno – Sammy's Showroom: The Four Tenors, Thursdays-Sundays, through May 28. The Stage @ the Zone: Rustlers Heat, today-Saturday. (800) 427-7247.

Harveys, Lake Tahoe – Improv: Vince Morris, today-Sunday; Rocky LaPorte, Wednesday - May 5. (800) 427-8397.

Horizon, Lake Tahoe – Illusion Fusion starring Alex Ramon, Thursdays-Tuesdays. (775) 588-6211.

Silver Legacy, Reno – Grand Exposition Hall: Tesla, May 4; Scott Weiland, June 8. (800) 687-8733.

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