Thunder Valley on Friday, June 10, brings together two singers who made monster splashes in the 1980s and became categorized because of their initial hits even though both have proved far more diverse.
Mention the names Michael Bolton and Christopher Cross, and “When a Man Loves a Woman” and “Sailing” immediately come to mind. The first ballad was Bolton’s initial Grammy winner, as the second was for Cross.
Bolton has significantly expanded his repertoire since the 1980s. He’s kept to the ballads in part (his second Grammy came for “How Am I Supposed To Live Without You”), but he’s gone on to record with Bob Dylan, do some Frank Sinatra and even dip into opera.
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Cross dropped into virtual obscurity during the 1990s. “Sailing” was followed by “Arthur’s Theme” (“Stuck Between the Moon and New York City”) and a few minor hits (“Think of Laura,” “All Right”). He’s hung in there, however, and has since turned out several more albums. His fans remain loyal. (7 p.m.; $37.75- $159.75; thundervalleyresort.com)
Saturday, June 11, brings music of an entirely different sort to Thunder Valley with V101’s Summer Jam, packed with talent – Keith Sweat, K-Ci & JoJo, SWV and Doug E. Fresh, among them. (5:30 p.m.; $47.75-$169.75)
There’s a varied double bill at Cache Creek this weekend as well, starting with the remarkably versatile impression talent of Frank Caliendo on Friday, June 10 (9 p.m.; $45-$65; cachecreek.com), and continuing Saturday, June 11, with one of the original New Jack Swing groups, Guy, purveyors of songs with titles that tell it all – “I Like,” “Groove Me” and “Spend All Night” – (8 p.m.; $45-$75).
One of Reno’s biggest weeks gets underway Wednesday, June 15, with the Reno Rodeo Kickoff Concert, this time featuring Billy Carrington (nine No. 1 country hits), Canaan Smith (current hit “Hole in a Bottle”), and Rudy Parris (“The Voice,” Season 4). (7 p.m.; Reno Rodeo Grandstand; $35.50 seating; $45.50 GA standing; kbul.com)
The concert kicks off one of the West’s main rodeos, including Xtreme Bull Night on Thursday, June 16; nightly performances Friday, June 17, through June 25; and the big parade goes down Virginia Street on Sunday, June 19, at 10 a.m. Find the schedule at renorodeo.com.
And the Temptations are still at it, playing the MontBleu on Saturday, June 11 (8 p.m.; $50-$60; Ticketmaster); and Reno’s Grand Sierra has Michael McDonald on Saturday, June 11 (9 p.m.; $45-$75; grandsierraresort.com) and the dynamite Killers on Thursday, June 9 (9 p.m.; $75).