Courtesy of Burt Bacharach

Burt Bacharach, whose prolific musical career has produced 73 Top 40 songs thus far, is slated to play Cache Creek on Saturday.

Casinos: Play ‘He wrote that?’ this weekend with Burt Bacharach

Published: Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014 - 5:28 pm

Usually, casino showrooms are occupied by the hit makers, not the hit writers, but Burt Bacharach has become so associated with his music, he’s an exception.

Besides, anyone who has seen him perform knows he plays terrific piano and croons a pretty mean tune himself. He also interacts effortlessly with his audience and is a walking encyclopedia of song – and stage (“Promises, Promises”) and film (“Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid”).

At one point in the not-too-distant past, Bacharach was being introduced by a film clip of Mike Myers from “Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery.” Bacharach made an appearance in that movie, in part inspired by the 1967 spy comedy “Casino Royale,” which features original music from Bacharach.

Story often goes within story like that when it comes to Bacharach’s career, and when his music is played, audience reaction invariably includes a few sudden starts and comments like: “I didn’t know he wrote that! ” and “He wrote that?”

Understandable, considering his first hits were as early as Marty Robbins’ “The Story of My Life” and Perry Como’s “Magic Moments.” (For those keeping count, Bacharach has had 73 Top 40 songs so far.)

Most of his big tracks are associated with Dionne Warwick, but she really represents a small percentage of his total output. After all, Tom Jones sang “What’s New, Pussycat?”; the Fifth Dimension sang “One Less Bell to Answer”; Jack Jones sang “Wives and Lovers”; and the list goes on and on.

Over the years, Bacharach has performed on area stages with some top talents – Anthony Newley, Jane Olivor and, of course, Warwick. Saturday night at Cache Creek, he does full duty himself. The help is nice, but he really doesn’t need it. (7:30 p.m.; $55, $65, $75;

Lake Tahoe

On the North Shore, a full-tilt party is set to take place Saturday from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. with “Late Night Electro” at the Crystal Bay. It all kicks off with Chango, followed by Black Boots, Sex Panther and micah j in the Crown Room, while Cryspylicious, Tre Tuna and Multipleks play the Red Room. ($18, $25 booth seating;

On the South Shore, Pablo Cruises’ classic mellow California pop hits Harrah’s Tahoe on Saturday. (7:30 p.m.; $40.70;

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