“You’re the real tough cookie with the long history” is a lyric that could sum up Pat Benatar.
It’s, of course, from her 1980 song “Hit Me With Your Best Shot.” Now, as Benatar and her husband-guitarist-composer-lyricist Neil Giraldo enter their 35th year, another one of their hits could well describe the pair – “Invincible.”
As their 35th anniversary special airs on PBS stations, the two are set to play Jackson Rancheria on April 10, continuing their history of strong live performances that show off their rock-hard delivery.
Benatar was nominated for a Grammy in nine of the 10 years during the 1980s. She won best rock vocal performance, female, four years in a row (1980-83), and songs like “Love Is a Battlefield,” “We Belong,” and “Heartbreaker” are exemplars of classic rock.
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Although it’s unlikely, one can only hope she still occasionally sings the song that first got her noticed. Back in 1975, she appeared in an open-mike competition at Catch A Rising Star in New York. Her belting of “Rock-A-Bye Your Baby With a Dixie Melody,” made famous by Judy Garland and later Jerry Lewis, brought her a huge ovation and large notice.
Two years later she received even more attention at the club when she showed up on Halloween with a costume she adapted from one of the cheesiest movies ever made, “Cat Women of the Moon.” It was to become, in various ways, her signature look.
Giraldo has a rich history as well, having been guitarist for the Rick Derringer Band and partly responsible for hits by Rick Springfield, Kenny Loggins and John Waite. When he met Benatar, her career was just taking off. They became one of the best duos in music, still out there even though 2003’s “Go” was their last original-material album.
This show kicks off Jackson Rancheria’s outdoor concert series. (8 p.m.; $50, $70, $90; jacksoncasino.com)
Cache Creek has a couple of free concerts: Choi Jin Hee’s Korean music April 11 (8 p.m.; tickets distributed first-come, first-served at Guest Services at 6 p.m.); and Grupo Dubai’s Mexican banda music April 12 (5 p.m.; $20 for those without club cards).
Alt rockers Lit play “My Own Worst Enemy” and “Lipstick and Bruises” from their late ’90s and early 2000s heyday, along with music from their most recent album “The View From the Bottom,” at the Hard Rock on April 11. (9 p.m.; $25, $35; hardrockcasinolaketahoe.com)
Finally, it’s a wide spectrum at Thunder Valley this weekend with the Beatles-tribute show Fab Four on April 10 (7:30 p.m.; $34.75, $44.75; thundervalleyresort.com) and a Chinese variety show featuring Amanda Lee and Joe Tay on April 12 (6:30 p.m.; $55, $75, $118).