Of all the shows in Northern California and Nevada this week, one opportunity not to be missed is provided by Roberta Flack, who has been a musical force since the late 1960s.
Her biggest songs, “Killing Me Softly With Your Song” and “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face,” were natural results of her early musical influences.
Flack developed her chops in nightclubs, first at The Tivoli Club in our nation’s capital, where she played piano for opera singers who made tour stops there; then at another Washington location, Mr. Henry’s, frequented by the major artists of the day, including Bill Cosby, Burt Bacharach, Johnny Mathis and Woody Allen. She once was joined at the piano by Liberace.
She went on to make musical history, being the only single artist to win two Record of the Year Grammy Awards in consecutive years, for “First Time” in 1973 and “Killing Me” in 1974. She has made more than 15 albums, and in 2012, she released a wonderful collection of Beatles covers called “Let It Be Roberta.” Cache Creek offers two chances to hear this lovely songstress, at 8 p.m. Feb. 13-14. ($75, $89; cachecreek.com)
Jefferson lands at Harrah’s
Other legends on stage this weekend include Jefferson Starship at Harrah’s Tahoe on Feb. 14. Paul Kantner and Marty Balin are still on board as the Starship celebrates what they call “40 Years in Space.” Their music went absolutely stratospheric with “Surrealistic Pillow.” (7:30 p.m.; $44; Ticketmaster)
Also worth seeing: the Chi-Lites, led by the amazing Marshal Thompson. They’ve been around since 1959 when they were the Hi-Lites, soon changing their name to honor their hometown, Chicago. They perform at Jackson Rancheria on Feb. 13. (7 p.m.; $30, $40, $50; www.jacksoncasino.com)
Thunder Valley hosts a tribute band Feb. 13 that has gotten a lot of notice recently: “Music of Abba: Arrival from Sweden,” an entire evening of dancing-worthy music that will sit in your brain for weeks. (8 p.m.; $32.75, $42.75).