Whether it truly has been “Worth It All” can only be answered by Jeffrey Osborne, but that’s the title of his new album, coming out on May 25. He’s described it as a return to old-school R&B and that is, of course, where any effort by Osborne is most at home.
With a little luck, he’ll perform a couple of songs from it this Saturday when he appears at Cache Creek.
Even if he doesn’t, there’s plenty to hear. This is the man who significantly contributed to the 1980s and is best known today for the song “On the Wings of Love.”
Ironically, that was not his top-charted solo tune which was “You Should Be Mine” in 1986. He surpassed that the next year with “Love Power” but he had a little help on that one with Dionne Warwick.
Osborne’s father was a trumpet player with the likes of Duke Ellington, Count Basie and Lionel Hampton, and his musical inspiration showed when his son began his own career in 1970 with L.T.D. (Love Men Ltd.), scoring a few hits.
He went on to more solo hits like “I Really Don’t Need No Light,” the double negative proving the need exists, “Don’t You Get So Mad,” and “Stay with Me Tonight.” As a lyricist, he scored with Whitney Houston’s “All at Once.” (8 p.m.; $49-$75; cachecreek.com)
Aaron Lewis was to appear this weekend at Jackson Rancheria with his “Songs and Stories Tour,” but he has been rescheduled for Sept. 28 and 29. Get tickets early; he is known to sell out this venue. (7 p.m.; $35-$55; jacksoncasino.com)
Elsewhere this weekend:
Since 2006, the experimental indie pop group Portugal, the Man, has moved from their home base in Wasilla, Alaska, to Portland, Ore., and along the way managed to release 10 albums, and develop an ardent following.
Largely quiet for the last three years, they have released the project they have been working on all that time, a new album “Woodstock,” reflecting on that 1969 event and featuring a single that sums it up: “Feel It Still.” They play Reno’s Grand Sierra next Wednesday, April 11, and will be opened by garage punkers Cherry Glazerr. (8 p.m.; $32-$50; grandsierraresort.com)
The Silver Legacy in Reno brings back two of its most popular and contemporary acts, beginning Friday with the Clairvoyants, known most for their competition on “America’s Got Talent” where they came in second, allowing them a chance to tour with their mentalism and illusions. (8 p.m.; $29.50-$49.50; silverlegacy.com).
They are followed Saturday by the YouTube phenomenon (not an understatement with 740 million views and 2.7 million subscribers) Postmodern Jukebox, sending modern music back in time, like Miley Cyrus’ “We Can’t Stop” as ‘50s doo-wop. (8 p.m.; $44.50-$64.50)
Add these two big concerts to your summer schedule, both just announced for the Lake Tahoe Summer Concert Series at Harveys Outdoor Arena: “An Evening with Pitbull,” July 13 (8 p.m.; $69.50-$149.50); and “An Evening with Donny & Marie” Aug. 24 (7:30 p.m.; $59.98-$126.02).
All tickets are available at Ticketmaster or apeconcerts.com.