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The Ohio Players an American funk and R&B band By Andrew Potter www.andrewpotterphoto.com

Casino Entertainment: R&B greats Ohio Players at Jackson Rancheria

Published: Thursday, Jun. 5, 2014 - 12:00 am

Casino entertainment this week is a veritable nostalgia buffet, with appetizing acts from several different decades under the heat lamps.

Most notable is the return of the Ohio Players, the R&B group that managed to chart three consecutive platinum albums in the 1970s (“Skin Tight,” “Fire” and “Honey”) and score two No. 1 singles (1975’s “Fire” and 1976’s “Love Rollercoaster”). Few groups had such an innate sense of what the R&B genre was all about or what fun it could be.

The Ohio Players chose a name full of connotations. “Ohio” because they formed in Dayton, and “Players” because of their skills not only as musicians, but as Lotharios as well. Even though most original members are now gone, the current configuration is still worth checking out. They’re set to play Jackson Rancheria at 7 p.m. Thursday ($20 with players card; jacksoncasino.com).

Thunder Valley brings a three-punch-combo to open its summer festival Saturday – Rick Springfield joined by Loverboy and Eddie Money. Any of the three is a popular headliner when single billed. Together, they provide one of the most-anticipated shows of the season. The mention of three songs alone should bring about powerful memories – “Jessie’s Girl,” “Turn Me Loose” and “Two Tickets to Paradise.” (6:30 p.m.; $29.25-$84.75; thundervalleyresort.com)

In any pop-culture dictionary, Neil Sedaka would be worthy of a several-page entry. His career has spanned six decades and counting, starting back when Connie Francis recorded his “Stupid Cupid.” That led his being able to record his own songs, from the early teeny-bopper hits like “Calendar Girl” and “Happy Birthday Sweet Sixteen” through the more mature “Bad Blood” and “Laughter in the Rain.”

Sedaka is also one of the few surviving veterans of the glory days of casino entertainment when he was playing two shows a night seven days a week at Harrah’s. He returns to Harrah’s Tahoe Saturday. Only one show, though. (7:30 p.m.; $82.50; Ticketmaster)

Reno hosts its Street Vibrations Spring Rally today through Sunday, a mini-version of and precursor to its larger September motorcycle party. This one features free live entertainment (Adrenalin, Jason King Band, Blues Monsters), all kinds of bike competitions and more than 80 vendors.

Cache Creek hosts a Korean concert starring Kang Sung Park Saturday (8 p.m.; ) and Los Plebes Sunday (5 p.m.; cachecreek.com).

Read more articles by Mel Shields



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