If after all the coverage of the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ arrival in this country there remains a thirst for more, Thunder Valley is hosting a concert Saturday called “Brit Beat: Tribute to the Beatles.”
It promises to recreate Beatles recordings from the past, including performances at the Ed Sullivan Theater and the Abbey Road recording studio.
It’s difficult to determine who first came up with the idea of an entire show dedicated to the Beatles. “Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles” was the first to play northern Nevada, enjoying multiple engagements at Harrah’s cabarets.
The band has since taken their show to Broadway, where “Beatlemania” enjoyed long success in the late ’70s. Along the way, there have been innumerable other groups, from the Fab Four to Penny Lane to the current “Beatles vs. Stones” shootout.
But one thing is for sure: Performing as the Beatles is no easy task. It takes four impersonators (as opposed to just one Elvis, for instance), and they usually have to look cute with mop-top hair before maturing through a career that changed more than any other in music history.
And then there’s the actual music. Beatles fans know the catalog down to each beat of Ringo’s drums. Sloppy playing brings yawns and sometimes hoots of derision.
It helps, of course, to have props, and Brit Beat promises projected backdrops, video and even an Ed Sullivan. Even a force as strong as the Beatles needed an Ed Sullivan. (8:30 p.m.; $29.50, $39.50; thundervalleyresort.com)
One of the masters of political observation, Will Durst is playing the Improv at Harveys through Sunday.
Durst likes to call himself the “burr under the saddle,” and his mission is to irritate those in power and make them uncomfortable.
He has weathered many an administration, from Reagan to Obama, and his jibes go both left and right, delivered without smirk. (Tonight and Sunday at 9 p.m., Saturday at 8:30 and 10:30 p.m.; $25, $30; harveystahoe.com)
One of ski season’s better spectator events is scheduled for Wednesday at the Tahoe City Winter Sports Park: The Cobblestone Relay, a fast paced, cross-country race, starts at 5:30 p.m. The relay is part of the Alpenglow Winter Festival, which runs through March 3. ( alpenglowsports.com)
Kirkwood gets in on the action and post-Olympics interest with the Rahives’ Banzai Tour, a ski and snowboard competition, Saturday and Sunday. ( www.kirkwood.com)
No matter how many directions it has taken or how many other genres of music it’s been mixed with, reggae is still largely defined by the songs of Bob Marley and the Wailers. The sounds of “one-drop” reggae carry on with the Wailers, who are headlining Harrah’s Tahoe Saturday. (7:30 p.m.; $41.80; Ticketmaster.com)