There is no better way to usher in the holidays than with a new seasonal album and two live appearances by the group that’s recorded it. “Let It Snow” is the second Christmas album by 98 Degrees, coming nearly 20 years after its first (“This Christmas” in 1999), and the quartet is launched on an extensive promotional tour, arriving this weekend at both Cache Creek in Brooks and the Silver Legacy in Reno.
The album contains some intriguing recordings beyond the traditional – Joni Mitchell’s “River” and the Beach Boys’ “Little Saint Nick,” for example.
The group is celebrating its 20th anniversary, two decades not of continuous performance (there was a hiatus between 2003 and 2012). The group formed when Jeff Timmons moved to Los Angeles from Ohio to score in the music industry. He met Nick Lachey, also from Ohio, who connected him with Justin Jeffre. The trio invited their fourth, Lachey’s younger brother Drew, to join. They signed with the correct promoter, opened for Montell Jordan, signed with Motown and began making hits.
Their first hit single was “Invisible Man,” but their biggest success was to come with their second album, “98 Degrees and Rising,” which delivered three Top Tens – “The Hardest Thing,” “I Do Cherish You,” and “Because of You.”
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The original four are still together after going in several independent directions. Drew Lachey won Season 2 of “Dancing with the Stars,” for instance, and brother Nick recently competed on the show. (Cache Creek: Friday at 9 p.m.; $55-$85; cachecreek.com); Silver Legacy: Saturday at 8 p.m.; $49.50-$59.50; silverlegacy.com)
Speaking of dancing, there’s plenty of it on stage at the Grand Sierra in Reno Saturday when the cast of the 14th season of Fox’s “So You Think You Can Dance” arrives, featuring the top 10 dancers plus a few of the professionals, like Jasmine Harper and Marko Germar. (8 p.m.; $50-$195; grandsierraresort.com)
Cache Creek follows 98 Degrees with two specialty shows, both free: a winter Vietnamese concert Saturday at 7 and 10 p.m. (for this one, you have to get tickets at the guest services counter beginning at 5 p.m.); and Show Bros, a combination of illusion and hypnotism, Sunday at 5 p.m. Players cards are required for both.
Thunder Valley features some local talent Friday with singer Tyler Rich joined by Rachel Steele and Road 88. (7:30 p.m.; $24.95; 21 or over, 13-20 with an adult; thundervalleyresort.com)
He’s voiced Jokey in “Smurfs: Lost Village,” Jimmy in “Nut Job 2,” and appeared in the decidedly-different two “Magic Mike” movies. In his last world tour, “FluffyBreaksEven,” Gabriel Iglesias managed to sell out both Madison Square Garden and the Microsoft Theater. Saturday, he arrives at the Reno Events Center. (8 p.m.; $40-$89; 888-288-1833 or Ticketmaster)