Jeff Lawson

Piolo Pascual will sing at Harrah’s Tahoe tonight.

Casinos: Filipino heartthrob Piolo Pascual romances audiences at Harrah’s Tahoe

Published: Thursday, Apr. 10, 2014 - 5:55 pm

Fans of Filipino entertainment have some choices to make Friday, as both Harrah’s Tahoe and Thunder Valley feature performers beloved by the island nation.

On Friday, Tahoe hosts Piolo Pascual, the definitively handsome acting/singing/modeling talent often tagged as the “Filipino Heartthrob.” Pascual, who got his start in the biz on the the teen variety TV program “That’s Entertainment,” has become a fixture of Filipino feature films, benefiting from his country’s love of romance.

Romance has also been the through-line of his recording career, starting with his first release “Paolo,” which went platinum.

His fifth recording, “Timeless,” went triple platinum.

Pascual recently made headlines by joining in on highly-publicized PETA efforts to provide better accommodations for an elephant named Mali in the Manila Zoo. (7:30 p.m.; $55, $77;

Thunder Valley goes the comedy route with Rex Navarrete, whose DVDs have been top sellers in the Filipino market, beginning in 2003 with “Hella Pinoy.” His most recent effort, “Live at Cobb’s“ – filmed in San Francisco’s Cobb’s Comedy Club – has also won the Bay Area-based standup fans both at home and abroad.

While his comedy is often framed by the Filipino American experience, it’s also designed to get everyone laughing.

Dennis Gaxiola, a Comedy Central comedian and writer for the likes of Paul Rodriguez, opens for Navarrete. (8:30 p.m.; $29.50, $39.50;


Cache Creek gets its banda on Sunday with Santa Rosa’s Los Astros Del Ritmo (5 p.m., $20 or free with club card).

Few do blues and rock better than the Fabulous Thunderbirds. The band is celebrating 40 years with a series of concerts, including one Saturday at the MontBleu (9 p.m.; $20;

Two more additions to the Lake Tahoe Summer Concert Series at Harveys: Sammy Hagar and Friends, Aug. 16 ($69.50, $75); and a double bill of Rascal Flatts and Sheryl Crow, Aug. 24 ($59.50 to $135.50). Get tickets through Ticketmaster or

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