It’s Mother’s Day weekend and, besides the obvious brunch, perhaps Mom can be taken to a concert. Be warned: mothers are more far more hip and far more diverse, right along with the selections in casino showrooms this weekend.
Thunder Valley, for instance, on Saturday is bringing in “Legends of Soul: An All Star Tribute Show,” featuring not one celebrity impression (as in “Strictly the Best,” the Tina Turner tribute still running at Harrah’s Reno) but many.
Tina’s here, too, along with Luther Vandross, James Brown, Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye, and Teddy Pendergrass, all the obvious choices. An added delight, however, are artists just as powerful but less remembered, like Bobby Womack, and the vastly underrated Frankie Beverly (7:30 p.m.; $32.95-$42.95; thundervalleyresort.com)
Maybe rock and roll, of the harder type, is Mom’s dish. So head for the MontBleu on Saturday where Chris Robinson, lead of the Black Crowes, brings a new band to the stage he calls appropriately As the Crow Flies.
He’s brought in some top players like Marcus King and Audley Freed on guitar, Andy Hess on bass, Adam McDougal on keys, and Tony Leone on drums. There will be plenty to hear beyond the obvious inclusions like “Jealous Again” and “Remedy” (8 p.m.; $30-$45; Ticketmaster).
Perhaps dance is on Mom’s card. If so, you can’t do much better than Maks, Val, and Peta at the Grand Sierra in Reno. “Dancing with the Stars” familiar artists Maksim and Valentin Chmerkovskiy and Peta Murgatroyd (Mrs. Maks) bring a cast of dancers for what is being described as “an evening of narrative of love and family life.” Whether this ends up being enchanting or self-indulgent, remains to be seen but there should at least be some pretty fancy stepping. (9 p.m.; $32-$87; grandsierraresort.com)
The Latin highlight this weekend is Espinoza Paz at Cache Creek tonight. It was in Sacramento where Paz first landed back in 1996 when he emigrated from Mexico and wound up working in the farms in Dixon. But he went back to Mexico, then to Oregon, and then back to Mexico again where he wrote some songs for the Sinaloan banda singer El Coyote, then debuted his own album, the perfectly titled “Paz En Tu Corazon.” Latin Grammy nominee “Del Rancho Para El Mundo” followed in 2010, with Number One on the Latin charts, “Canciones Que Duelen” following the next year. In 2012, he announced his retirement. Obviously, that didn’t stick. (9 p.m.; $75-$99; cachecreek.com)
Saturday Cache Creek brings in Season Three “American Idol” winner Fantasia, who scored when the show was a monster hit and virtually assured recording success for its top competitors. She managed to parlay the win into three Number One albums. (8 p.m.; $35-$75; cachecreek.com)
If classic rock is to Mom’s liking, they don’t get more dazzling than Harrah’s Tahoe’s Pink Floyd Laser Spectacular on Saturday. (7:30 p.m.; $26; Ticketmaster)
Or if comedy is her soft spot, with a hard edge that is, order her a ticket to the newly-announced addition to Harveys Lake Tahoe Summer Series, Amy Schumer and Friends, August 12. (8 p.m.; $62-$132; Ticketmaster or apeconcerts.com)