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Leo Ku hits the high notes at Thunder Valley this weekend

Entertainer Leo Ku
Entertainer Leo Ku Courtesy of the artist

This early autumn week provides one of the most varied mixes of live entertainment offerings we’ve seen all year, not only a little bit of country and a little bit of rock and roll but also a whole range of eclectic and infrequent offerings.

Topping the attractions is a niche-market concert but one with a ticket-price list that shows how powerful that market is and the entertainer’s appeal. Leo Ku is a Hong Kong singer-dancer with an enviable reputation in both Cantopop (“Never Too Late”) and Mandopop (“Really Want” from his television series “Romance in the Rain”).

Not a household name in non-Chinese culture, the amiable Ku, who often sings in falsetto and has released well over 30 albums, delivers a style of music very accessible to everybody. For proof, check out his “Golden Song Medley 1” on YouTube. His “Amazing World Tour” stops at Thunder Valley on Saturday. (7:30 p.m.; $68-$228; thundervalleyresort.com)

In rock, the metal offerings are top of the line, commencing with Skid Row bringing their ’80s and ’90s slam and crash to Cache Creek on Saturday, reviving the power of “Slave to the Grind” and “Youth Gone Wild,” and with ZP Theart, who filled in during 2016 but is now the official lead singer. (8 p.m.; $25 general admission standing, $45 reserved seating; cachecreek.com)

The metal gets heavier big time on Tuesday when the Scorpions “Rock You Like a Hurricane” in their “Crazy World Tour,” joined by equally powerful and a bit thrashier Megadeth and their “Countdown to Extinction” at the Grand Sierra in Reno. (8 p.m.; $87-$161; grandsierraresort.com)

The most talked about Reno concert is also at the Grand Sierra, with Janet Jackson bringing her “State of the World Tour” to the giant stage Sunday. Her production is famous and her vocals and moves diverse, from the dance-inducing hits like “Nasty” and “What Have You Done for Me Lately” to the sultrier “If” and “All for You.” (8 p.m.; $114-$345)

Those two are only half of the Grand Sierra’s offerings in this busy week. Bone Thugs-N-Harmony relive their ’90s power with a tour that says it all: “Straight Up Old-Skool.” Lots of “Thuggish, Ruggish Bone” in Lex Nightclub on Saturday. (10 p.m.; $23-$27)

And indie rockers Weezer, rumored to be about to release a new album, play the big room next Thursday with their alt-pop rock anthems “Buddy Holly” and “Pork and Beans.” (8 p.m.; $55)

The little bit of country comes from a big contemporary artist, Jake Owen, who celebrates his new album, “American Love,” which returns him to his Florida roots, at the Reno Events Center on Friday night. (8 p.m.; $45.50-$54.50; Ticketmaster)

Finally, there are even some laughs on the menu Friday night as the MontBleu hosts a round of the 42nd annual San Francisco Comedy Competition, not as prestigious as it used to be but still a showcase for what can be surprising up-and-comers. (8 p.m.; $20-$35; Ticketmaster)

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