The summer season in Northern California and Nevada showrooms gets underway this weekend with several big splashes, including the return of two veteran acts, both absent for a long time.
On Saturday, Louie Anderson plays Harrah’s Tahoe and the Righteous Brothers arrive at Cache Creek.
It can be argued that Anderson is the perfect stand-up. He fills all the requirements. He’s able to lift audiences up and up on a roll. He doesn’t need to descend into blue material for the sake of blue material; he has always worked clean on stage. And he brings an essential honesty to his act. He does not make up scenarios.
Audiences always get the impression they’re watching the genuine article, the perfect observational comedian mining his life for gems.
Furthermore, Anderson is enjoying new fame. After decades on the comedy circuit, most notably teaming with Rita Rudner, plus three years hosting “Family Feud” before it became more adult than necessary, he popped up on FX’s “Baskets,” playing the family’s matriarch Christine and winning an Emmy for outstanding supporting actor in a comedy series.
Anderson has not been around this territory for seven years. He plays Harrah’s Tahoe on Saturday, June 10. (7:30 p.m.; $34.50; 21 or over; Ticketmaster)
It’s been a long time since the Righteous Brothers played Harrah’s cabarets in Reno and Tahoe for a $5 minimum that included two drinks. That was, of course, before corporate bean counters took over and before the release of “Ghost,” which revived the country’s love of “Unchained Melody.”
Bobby Hatfield is no longer with us, sadly, but Bill Medley troops on, joined by Bucky Heard, and the sound is the same from “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin” to “Rock and Roll Heaven” to Medley’s own “Time of My Life.” They’re at Cache Creek Saturday, June 10. (7:30 p.m.; $45-$75; cachecreek.com)
Thunder Valley kicks off its summer amphitheater series with two big attractions this weekend.
George Lopez begins Friday, June 9, with his sharp and very physical comedy; the man can be a dynamo on stage. (8 p.m.; $39.95-$89.95; thundervalleyresort.com) And Saturday, June 10, finds a teaming of Kenny Loggins (the enchanting “House on Pooh Corner” and, of course, “Footloose”) with Michael McDonald bringing a raft of Doobie Brothers hits. They will likely team on their joint “This Is It.” (7 p.m.; $47.95-$189.95)
Classic rock arrives at Jackson Rancheria Saturday, June 10, with Blue Oyster Cult, now in their 45th year (“Don’t Fear [the Reaper],” “Godzilla,” “Burnin’ for You”). (7 p.m.; $35; jacksoncasino.com)
And comedian Tom Segura (“Completely Normal,” “Mostly Stories”), a Netflix staple, debuts at Reno’s Grand Sierra Saturday, June 10 (8 p.m.; $22-$60; grandsierraresort.com).