Casino Entertainment

Memorial weekend at Tahoe: Two casinos hope to entice with entertainment

The Naked and Famous perform at The Montbleu during the Memorial Day weekend.
The Naked and Famous perform at The Montbleu during the Memorial Day weekend. Courtesy the Naked and Famous

Memorial Day weekend is the traditional start of the summer season at Lake Tahoe, once having marked when the rich of the Bay Area and Central California moved their social activities to the lake.

Not that there aren’t any more rich people in residence in the summer, but the season has become far more egalitarian. This year as tourists begin to flood in, they will find remaining snow banks (some ski resorts have talked about staying open all summer), record-high lake levels and fast-flowing streams.

They’ll also find some rich entertainment, although not of the usual ilk. The entertainment venues at the Indian casinos of Northern California are pretty much taking the holiday weekend off, but both Harrah’s Tahoe and the MontBleu will be up and running with some enticing acts.

Guitarist Robin Trower makes a rare and very welcome appearance in Harrah’s Tahoe’s South Shore Room Saturday, his first since 2011. Trower was the lead guitarist for Procul Harum during their hit years (that’s his guitar featured in “Whiter Shade of Pale,” but he left the band in 1971 because, as he explained, it was too keyboard-driven. His solo career led to the 1974 “Bridge of Sighs” which found him compared to Jimi Hendrix and parts of which were then covered by other artists who have acknowledged his influence, like Metallica and Opeth.

Trower is not a household name, but among guitar aficionados his is a very prominent name indeed. His latest album is this year’s “Time and Emotion.” (7.30 p.m.; $51; Ticketmaster)

The MontBleu goes for an eclectic niche Saturday, bringing in The Naked and Famous, the group that made a big splash in 2010 out of New Zealand with their debut album “Passionate Me, Aggressive You.,” and its hit songs like “Young Blood” and “Punching in a Dream” The 2013 album “In Rolling Waves” was noteworthy as well, but a split soon occurred putting the band into hiatus.

Since reuniting, their latest album is “Simple Forms.” ($32-$42; 8 p.m.; Ticketmaster)

Jackson Rancheria and its Miwok tribe celebrate the fourth annual Chaw’se Days from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and featuring Native American games, food and dance, plus tours of the venue, the Chaw’se Indian Grinding Rock State Historic Park in Pine Grove. The Miwok have put extensive efforts into restoring the park at 14881 Pine Grove Volcano Road. (free; 209-223-8102)

Cache Creek brings in two Filipino stars Saturday and Sunday: Anne Curtis and Mark Bautista (8 p.m.; $75-$125; cachecreek.com)

And country artist Joe Nichols (“Brokenheartsville,” “Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off,” and “Gimme That Girl”) makes his Reno debut at the Atlantis on Friday night ($49-$69; atlantiscasino.com).

  Comments