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Casinos: Taylor Dayne returns with newfound notoriety

Taylor Dayne is set to play Cache Creek. on Saturday, March 14, 2015. with a new album, and renewed visibility thanks to comic Tig Notaro.
Taylor Dayne is set to play Cache Creek. on Saturday, March 14, 2015. with a new album, and renewed visibility thanks to comic Tig Notaro. Courtesy of Taylor Dayne

“Excuse me, I’m sorry to bother you, but I just have to tell you I love your voice.”

Followers of comedy and fans of YouTube will recognize the routine of Tig Notaro and be able to tell the highlights of her continuing story of encounters with Taylor Dayne, something she’s worked into a popular 12-minute monologue. That notoriety, along with Dayne’s new album, has helped put the 1980s singer back in the spotlight.

Dayne, who appears at Cache Creek on Saturday, has remastered her “Greatest Hits” album, and she’s had plenty of them, dating back to the mid-’80s when her first two albums yielded three No. 1 songs – “Tell It to My Heart,” “Love Will Lead You Back” and “Prove Your Love to Me.” Overall, she has accumulated 19 songs that made the top 10, including her monster dance hit “Beautiful.”

Attendees at Dayne’s show may not move like Notaro’s robotic depiction of them in her routine, but they are very likely to be moving a lot. It’s difficult not to with songs like “Floor on Fire.” (8 p.m.; $35, $49; www.cachecreek.com)

Elsewhere

▪ At the Hard Rock on Saturday, one of the most under-appreciated guitarists in rock will perform.

It isn’t as though Frank Hannon, who co-founded Tesla back in 1985, has been ignored. Not by a long shot. It’s just that he’s one of the most exciting players out there, and yet somehow he flies under most radars.

For proof of his enduring talent, check out “World Peace,” his most recent album with his current band Gypsy Highway, a record that runs the gamut of emotions, from the bitter “Electric Chair” to the more positive “Lucky 13.” His Hard Rock show has got to be one of the best bargains around, classic rock for tickets at $10 and $15. (9 p.m.; hardrockcasinolaketahoe.com)

▪ In the mid-1970s, a duo popped up on the Reno-Tahoe cabaret scene calling themselves Gary and Sandy. Eventually, as their popularity grew, they ended up using their complete names – Gary Raffanelli and Sandy Selby. For three decades they seemed to be everywhere, and then they decided to go an entirely different direction. They became Abbacadabra, a group that recreates, as carefully as possible, every nuance in ABBA’s vocals and theatrics.

They haven’t stopped working since. It’s mostly Raffanelli now heading the group as they tour several countries, travel on countless cruise lines and occasionally come home to perform a concert, as they will at Harrah’s Tahoe on Saturday. (7:30 p.m.; $33; Ticketmaster)

▪ Every now and then it’s good to be reminded that Red Hawk Casino is one of the few spots still carrying on the free-cabaret-entertainment tradition, and this weekend is a great one. On stage is Motown music master Nathan Owens, performing from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Friday and 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday (redhawkcasino.com).

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