Jo Koy is not afraid of playing with stereotypes. The comedian has honed his chops on multiple seasons of “Chelsea Lately” and numerous appearances on Adam Carolla’s podcast. Such are not milieus for reticence. Neither is a casino showroom like the one he will play April 3 at Thunder Valley.
Take those stereotypes. In one of his more popular routines, he recalls his own experiences being mistaken for Chinese and turns it into a full-scale onslaught of comedy that combines Chinese restaurants, Mexican cooks and orange chicken with a dash of cringe-worthy caricature – “unbereevable.”
Koy has multiple targets, though, and can take aim at any of them during one of his live appearances. He can dispense common-sense sexual advice, talk about sleep apnea or even provide a very funny and quite bittersweet account of dropping his son off at kindergarten on the first day.
There’s a musical side as well. He can dance, do a mean Michael Jackson impression and wax nostalgic about the unassailable greatness of ’90s R&B music. (7:30 p.m.; $44.75, $52.75; thundervalleyresort.com)
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Harrah’s Tahoe on April 4 hosts the inexhaustible Wailers, who recently celebrated their 35th anniversary. It was that long ago that Bob Marley teamed up with Bunny Wailer and Peter Tosh, bringing in Aston Barrett on bass and Aston’s brother Carly on drums. They created the most famous Rastafarian roots-reggae sound ever.
When Wailer and Tosh left, the Barrett brothers took the Wailers name and joined Marley on “Natty Dread.” They then became Bob Marley and the Wailers. Since both Marley’s and Carly’s deaths, Aston has continued to head the band and has played with so many artists that it’s almost impossible to track. He keeps the original sound but continues to upgrade its relevance with contemporary performers such as Kenny Chesney, Jason Mraz and Carlos Santana. (7:30 p.m.; $46.20; Ticketmaster)
Speaking of Chesney, he’s just been added to the Lake Tahoe Summer Concert Series, scheduled to perform July 22 ($79.50 to $149.50; Ticketmaster or apeconcerts.com). Also recently added: Imagine Dragons on July 18 ($89.50 to $179.50); Slightly Stoopid on Aug. 13 ($37.50); and Sammy Hagar and the Circle on Sept. 5 ($69.50 and $75).
Added to the Thunder Valley Summer Concert Series are Peter Frampton and Cheap Trick on June 6 ($37.75-$179.75; thundervalleyresort.com); 311 on June 12 ($29.75-$169.75); Tesla and Y & T on June 13 (32.75-$169.75; Willie Nelson with Alison Krauss and Union Station on July 17 ($42.75-$189.75); and finally back on tour Alice in Chains on July 25 ($32.75-$149.75).