Even with many of the big showrooms taking a break this weekend and entertainment schedules getting more and more spotty leading up to the holiday season, there still are some attractive offerings out there, including the debut of a group that has been anticipated for the past four years.
Home Free was the winner of the fourth season of NBC’s “Sing-Off” in 2014. The show, according to many observers, was in danger of offering too much of the same with its emphasis on a cappella groups, most of which went the pop route. The five fellows of Home Free offered something new – country. It was their fourth attempt to get on the show, finally winning with their version of Hunter Hayes’ “I Want Crazy.”
That made Home Free easily the most-talked about group of the now-gone show and led to its first album, also called “I Want Crazy,” on Columbia. There have been four since, culminating in last September’s release of “Timeless.” They can also be heard singing “Children Go Where I Send You” on Kenny Rogers’ 2015 Christmas album.
Most a cappella male groups follow the traditional barbershop quartet mix of voices and Home Free’s members are no different, except they add a percussion voice, in this case Adam Rupp. Austin Brown sings lead tenor, Rob Lundquist harmony tenor, Adam Chance harmony baritone and Tim Foust bass. The band is named for a boat owned by the grandfather of one of their original members. He also helped them get started with finances, by the way.
Home Free is singing Saturday night at Harrah’s Tahoe (7:30 p.m.; $35; Ticketmaster)
There is more country to be had on Sunday when Cache Creek hosts one of its free concerts at 5 p.m., this one featuring the Cripple Creek Band, Northern Californians who just released their second album, “Bonafide,” and have opened for the likes of Jim Pardi and Tyler Farr.
Saturday Cache Creek offers the delectable and historic teaming of Stephen Stills and Judy Collins, one month after they appeared at the MontBleu. Their songs and stories are a treasure trove of the early folk and rock movement of Greenwich Village, and each has had a long and productive career away from each other, Stills with Crosby, Nash, Stills and Young, of course, as well as solo, and Collins with a string of albums featuring her originals and copies. No matter who sings it, no version of “Send in the Clowns” has surpassed hers. (8 p.m.; $49-$79; cachecreek.com)
Fans of mixed martial arts have grown in number over the past five years and the competition has become a mainstay of much casino entertainment. Jackson Rancheria has Global Knock-Out 11 Saturday with a featherweight championship at stake between Tyler Diamond and Emilio Chavez. A co-main bout features Sam Toomer and Julian Erosa. (7 p.m.; $55-$105; jacksoncasino.com)