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Jackie Greene, seen here at Bimbo's in San Francisco on March 27, performs at 7 p.m. today at Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort.

Mel Shields: Eric Burdon and the Animals invade Tahoe

Published: Friday, Jun. 7, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 23TICKET

Eric Burdon and the Animals is one of the longest-running acts in music. There have been personnel changes here and there, of course, along with a few name alterations, but the basics have stayed the same for "The House of the Rising Sun" band – a solid wall of sound and Burdon's wicked sense of humor. They play Harrah's Lake Tahoe on Saturday.

In the 1960s, during the British Invasion and America's backlash to it, a whole lot of wannabe groups with negligible ability cropped up. The Animals, however, were different. They were a band with genuine talent and their music was solid. Their "House of the Rising Sun" cover, considered by many to be the first folk-rock hit, is one of the great songs of the decade.

Since that time, many fans have grown far too reverential of their '60s idols. The mere mention of some names brings near-worship. Go watch Burdon on stage and he'll knock that out of you in short order. Too many people forget that, in the midst of the peace movement and the sexual revolution, there was a whole lot of silliness in that decade (7:30 p.m.; $62.50; Ticketmaster).

Around the casinos

There will be more classic rock this weekend at Thunder Valley as its summer series gets underway. Cheap Trick, one of the power-pop stalwarts of the '70s and '80s (and the aughts and beyond – they perform "The Colbert Report" theme song), teams up tonight with "Heartbreaker" and glass-ceiling smasher Pat Benatar, along with her hubby, Neil Giraldo (7 p.m.; $39.50, $49.50, $59.50, $67.50, $73.50; thundervalleyresort.com).

The Super Summer Soul Jam jumps off Saturday at Thunder Valley and features Cameo, the Original Lakeside, Rose Royce and Evelyn Champagne King (7 p.m.; $39.50, $44.50, $52.50, $62.50, $74.50). Thunder Valley is also offering a multitude of options for season packages, including a 16-concert, $1,060 pass.

Jackie Greene released a limited-edition 7-inch single for the recent Record Store Day that featured versions of "Love Is a Shining Catastrophe" and "Sweet Somewhere Bound" (it also included five more downloadable tracks). But those who want to see him perform live can check him out tonight at the Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort.

While Greene is often all over area casinos, he's now touring as a member of the Black Crowes until the end of this year. Tonight's Rancheria performance is one of the few solo shows on his upcoming schedule (7 p.m.; $40, $20 with player's card; jacksoncasino .com).

Cache Creek brings Los Fiero, "Conciertos de Musica Latina," to its showroom Sunday (5 p.m.; $20 or free with player's card; cachecreek.com).


Carson Valley Inn – Cabaret Lounge: Chili Sauce, today-Saturday; Paul Covarelli, Sunday-Wednesday; After Dark, Thursday-June 15. (775) 782-9711.

Eldorado, Reno – Great El Dorado BBQ, Brews and Blues Festival, June 21-22. Showroom: "Menopause the Musical," through July 14. (800) 648-5966.

Grand Sierra - First Friday Festival, today; ESC4P3, today; Going Under Construction Party, Saturday; Reno Rockabilly Riot, next Friday-June 16. (800) 648-3568.

Harrah's Lake Tahoe – Eric Burdon and the Animals, Saturday. (800) 427-7247.

Harrah's Reno – Sammy's Showroom: Biggest Little Sideshow, today-Oct. 13. The Stage @ the Zone: Decoy, today-Saturday; M8trix, next Friday-June 15. (800) 427-7247.

Harveys, Lake Tahoe – Improv: Heath Hyche, today-Sunday; Steve White, Wednesday-June 16 Outdoor Arena: Steve Miller Band, June 22. (800) 427-8397.

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

MontBleu Resort, Lake Tahoe – Outdoor Event Center: Reggae Festival, June 29. MontBleu Theatre: The Virgins, Saturday. Blu: Gift of Gab (Blackalicious) and Pigeon John, next Friday. (888) 829-7630.

Silver Legacy, Reno – Grand Exposition Hall: Scott Weiland, Saturday. (800) 687-8733.

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