Cache Creek welcomes the world of original Philippine music this weekend with the OPM Hitmakers Friday-Saturday, Oct. 14-15. The Philippine islands have a thriving television industry that includes their versions of hit American formats for singing contests. All three of the participants in this weekend’s concerts have been big winners: Bugoy Drilon, KZ Tandingan and Jovit Baldivino.
Drilon, for example, was a canteen janitor when he achieved the status of “Second Star Dreamer” on “Pinoy Dream Academy’s” second season. His singing there has led to hit songs such as “Paano Na Kaya” and “Muli.”
Tandingan (Kristine Zhenie) won the “X Factor Philippines” and has since served as a mentor on “We Love OPM: The Celebrity Sing-Offs.”
And Baldivino won Season 1 of “Pilipinas Got Talent” but nevertheless is studying to be a criminologist. (9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14; 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15; $55-$95; cachecreek.com)
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On Sunday, Oct. 16, Cache Creek presents Los Mismos with “Conciertos de Musica Latina” (5 p.m.; free with club card)
Jackson Rancheria on Saturday hosts its annual Sierra Foothill Harvest Brewfest with the proceeds going to Second Generation, an organization to help the children of agricultural workers in the community. Craft beers, food and beer teamings, and live entertainment are featured for $25 ($30 on Saturday, Oct. 15); $10 for designated drivers. (Must be 21 or older; 2-5 p.m.)
Casino showrooms are usually for musical and comedy talent, but the past few years have seen the rise of the mixed martial arts competition. A big one takes place Saturday, Oct. 15, at Thunder Valley with “Warpath: Gladiator Challenge Returns.” (7 p.m.; $55-$150; 21 or over, 13-20 accompanied by parent or guardian; thundervalleyresort.com)
Upgrades at three properties
The Eldorado, Silver Legacy, and Circus Circus are investing more than $50 million in upgrades and changes, including the renovation of 4,100 guest rooms. The Eldorado will be home to a luxury spa and Hidden Pizza. The Silver Legacy will have a new 8,500-square-foot sports book, a Carter’s Delicatessen (from Los Angeles), and an all-new interactive experience in its big dome. Circus Circus is changing its buffet into a food court and will welcome Kokopelli’s Cantina (combining flavors of Mexico and Japan). It is also changing its Midway from the feel of an American circus to a more European feel.