Online sales of upcoming concerts are brisk, so it’s time to plan ahead, especially if you want to attend one of the more exciting events on the late winter entertainment calendar.
Some entertainers stand out simply because it’s been a long time since they appeared or they’re new to the scene altogether.
Take Roseanne Barr, for instance. Few entertainers have moved through a career like hers, from irreverent stand-up to a hit television series to being the darling of the tabloids to growing macadamia nuts in Hawaii. She will return to one of her strong suits Saturday, March 5 at Cache Creek. It’s been a long time since she first stood on that Caesars Tahoe stage in 1987 talking about having a sitcom being written for her and paying her wonderful tribute to American housewives whom she famously called “domestic goddesses.” (8 p.m.; $49-$65; cachecreek.com)
Another flashback takes place at Cache Creek later this month when the Lettermen return. Dating from when male ensembles were popular, the Lettermen have done everything right. They have not relied on hits that were big at the time and faded fast into memory, but have built a stellar live performance reputation and cultivated a large base of fan clubs. Much of what they do may seem a bit hokey to some, but their audiences eat it up. (9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 22, 8 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 23; $29-$45; cachecreek.com)
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There’s plenty of nostalgia available when Donny Osmond performs. He’s a little bit country, a little bit rock and roll, sure, but he’s also a little bit Broadway now, so there may be a few songs from “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” on his list. He’s at Cache Creek on Sunday, Jan. 10 (4 p.m.; $69-$89), also coming to Reno at the Silver Legacy Frodau. Jan. 29. (8 p.m.; $55-65; silverlegacy.com)
As strange as it may seem, Mike Tyson has been receiving some positive feedback on his live appearance tour, “Mike Tyson: The Undisputed Truth.” Judge for yourselves on March 6 at the Silver Legacy. (8 p.m.; $50-$65)
Also standing out
An evening of reggae and rock with Rebelution and superb Jamaican singer-songwriter Protoje at Thunder Valley on Friday, March 11 (8 p.m.; $32.75; thundervalleyresort.com); Whitney Cummings returning to stand-up at Thunder Valley on Saturday, March 26 (7:30 p.m.; $45.75- $55.75); a new arrival, country group Blackberry Smoke, at Jackson Rancheria on Friday, April 8 (7 p.m.; $35;jacksoncasino.com); and a very welcome return of Penn and Teller at Harrah’s Tahoe on Friday, March 4 (7:30 p.m.; $75; Ticketmaster)