“Come on down!” Those words have become some of the most famous in television history, marking the chance to win prizes for generations of studio audiences.
Two live shows of “The Price Is Right,” the longest-running game show on television, will play at Thunder Valley on Saturday, June 3. There will be no cameras and the show will not be broadcast, and barring an unforeseen surprise, there will be no famous host, but the atmosphere of the show will be recreated, and all audience members will have the chance to compete.
In “The Price Is Right,” contestants from the audience compete for the chance to get on stage where there is a chance to win by playing a version of a game like Plinko, Cliffhangers or the Big Wheel, all of which will be parts of the live version. Win at that level and a contestant goes into the Showcase where the prizes are large.
The format has undergone only minor chances since the show debuted in 1956, created by television game-show giants Mark Goodson and Bill Todman. It was hosted by Bill Cullen. It was then revamped in 1972 with the affable Bob Barker. In 2007 Drew Carey took over. Its combination of competitive spirit and blatant product placement has proved amazingly resilient. It has versions in 43 other countries. (4 and 8 p.m.; $47.95-$67.95; thundervalleyresort.com)
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The coveted spot at lead guitarist of the Yardbirds has been occupied by Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page. Now it belongs to Johnny A (shortened from Antonopoulos).
The English band, formed in 1963, put out a rash of hits in those rebellious years, from “For Your Love” to the wonderfully titled “Over Under Sideways Down.” The band reformed in 1992 just before its induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
The current Yardbirds lineup includes only one founding member, drummer Jim McCarty, but the band has held fast to its excellent reputation as a performance powerhouse, always with that dynamic guitar. The band is at Harrah’s Tahoe on Saturday, June 3. (7:30 p.m.; $46; Ticketmaster)
Added to summer lineup
Harveys Lake Tahoe has added two major concerts to its summer lineup in the outdoor amphitheater – Linkin Park’s “One More Light World Tour” with special guest Machine Gun Kelly to start Labor Day weekend on Friday, Sept. 1 (7 p.m.; $72.50-$128.50; Ticketmaster), followed by two nights of country singer Eric Church, opened by Margo Price, Saturday-Sunday, Sept. 2-3 (7:30 p.m.; $69.50-$129.50).
Country performer Jackson Michelson gives a free live performance Sunday June 4 at Cache Creek (5 p.m., www.cachecreek.com/entertainment).