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Casinos: Eric Burdon, Pat Travers lead a classic-rock weekend

Musician Eric Burdon will be at Thunder Valley on Friday.
Musician Eric Burdon will be at Thunder Valley on Friday. Elmets Communications

Music fans have three chances to catch some truly great classic rock in Northern California and Lake Tahoe casinos this weekend, rock that spans five decades and includes songs etched in the national consciousness.

If Eric Burdon, who performs with the Animals at Thunder Valley on March 6, were to sing his catalog, he would be onstage for well over 24 hours. The song that defines the Animals – “The House of the Rising Sun” – became an essential part of the British Invasion when that band joined the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and the Kinks to revolutionize music.

Even though the original group soon broke up, Burdon continued with the New Animals and then simply with the Animals. Later, he hooked up with War, a band that gave audiences hit songs such as “Spill the Wine” and “Tobacco Road.” He followed that with a solo career, a group called the I Band, and recordings with other big artists, among them Ringo Starr, Billy Preston and Bon Jovi.

Burdon continues to be known as an artist who delivers during his live performances, mixing musical skill with a commanding (and witty) stage presence. Goodness knows, he’s had enough experience. (7:30 p.m.; $44.75, $54.75; thundervalleyresort.com)

Then there’s the Pat Travers Band, fresh from its third Rock Legends Cruise, which benefits the Native American Heritage Association. It was “Live! Go for What You Know” in 1979 that first brought Travers to national attention, an album highlighted by a cover of Little Walter’s “Boom, Boom, Out Go the Lights.”

Most recently, the band released 2013’s “Fidelis” and this year’s “Pat Travers Live at the Iridium NYC,” featuring his current lineup: bassist Rodney O’Quinn, guitarist Kirk McKim, and drummer Sandy Gennaro. They play Harrah’s Tahoe on March 7. (7:30 p.m.; $33; Ticketmaster)

Just one week after Paul Kantner brought Jefferson Starship to Harrah’s Tahoe, an original member of the band, Craig Chaquico, performs at the Hard Rock’s Vinyl on March 7. (9 p.m.; $20, $30; hardrockcasinolaketahoe.com)

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