Bad Company is celebrating its 40th anniversary. The band was considered a “supergroup” from its outset because it was composed of musicians of already-established acts — in Bad Company’s case, Mott the Hoople, King Crimson and Free. The group’s musical inspiration went back another 40 years and included artists such as Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf and Albert King.
The result was one of the most impressive song rosters of the 1970s: “Can’t Get Enough,” “Movin’ On,” “Feel Like Making Love,” to name a few. Founding members Paul Rodgers, Mick Ralphs and Simon Kirke are still with Bad Company. (Bassist Raymond “Boz” Burnell died in 2006). They play Thunder Valley in Lincoln tonight (8 p.m.; $44.50, $54.50, $67.50, $83.50, $97.50; thundervalleyresort.com)
• Hometown boys Tesla are back on tour and playing Saturday at Thunder Valley. It was more than a decade ago in Sacramento that the band reunited, partly due to the influence of KRXQ’s Pat Martin. Their concert at Arco Arena in 2000 was a welcome return and their 2001 release of “Replugged Live” re-established them as a rock band to watch. Tesla was originally going to be called City Kidd but they were persuaded it wasn’t the best choice, so they went to inventor Nikola Tesla for inspiration. Worked out pretty well. (8 p.m.; $29.50, $39.50, $57.50, $67.50, $79.50)
• Back in the 1960s and 1970s, if someone had suggested Frank Sinatra Jr. tickets could go as high as $75, he or she would be greeted with howls of laughter. After all, the son of the famous crooner was singing for $5 minimums in cabarets, and even Dad didn’t command $75 for a ticket. That, however, was before Sinatra Jr. matured, before he listened to his father and conducted the orchestra for him for years, and before he put together his dandy package, “Sinatra Sings Sinatra,” which he performs tonight at Cache Creek in Brooks (8 p.m.; $52.50, $62.50, $75; cachecreek.com).
Elsewhere this weekend:
Pink Floyd gets a musical tribute with House of Floyd on Saturday at Jackson Rancheria (7 p.m.; $10; jacksoncasino.com).
• The Drive-By Truckers celebrate the re-release this year of a live album that pretty much sums up much of their appeal — “Alabama Ass Whuppin’ ” is available on vinyl. Their 2011 record “Go-Go Boots” is their latest release. They play a standing-room-only concert at Harrah’s Tahoe on Saturday (7:30 p.m.; $49.50; ticketmaster.com).
• And Reno will be anything but quiet this weekend as the country’s fourth-largest motorcycle rally, Street Vibrations, is in full force through Sunday with free music, rallies, parades and even celebrity autographs (look for Erik Estrada of “CHiPs,” who was known to look pretty good on a motorcycle).