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Dance to the music of the Family Stone at Thunder Valley

The Family Stone, with Cynthia Robinson, Jerry Matthis (Papa J) and Gregg Errico, play Saturday at Thunder Valley.
The Family Stone, with Cynthia Robinson, Jerry Matthis (Papa J) and Gregg Errico, play Saturday at Thunder Valley.

Don’t expect to see Sly Stone, but much of the clan will be there Saturday at Thunder Valley when the Family Stone takes the stage.

Group founders Cynthia Robinson, Jerry Matthis (Papa J), and Gregg Errico will be with Raw Syl (a.k.a. Phunne Stone, daughter of Robinson and Sly Stone), Alex Davis, Nate Wingfield, and Blaise Sison. The multigender, multiracial composition of Sly and the Family Stone and its multigenre approach continues.

The band’s beginnings are rooted in the Bay Area, starting with multi-instrumentalist Sly Stone’s earlier group Sly and the Stoners, which merged in 1967 with his brother and guitarist Freddie Stone’s group, (Freddie & the Stone Souls). The resulting band – Sly and the Family Stone – picked up more of their family members as well as other musicians.

By the late 1960s, Sly and the Family Stone had garnered a raft of hits with songs such as “I Want to Take You Higher,” “Everyday People,” “Dance to the Music,” and “Hot Fun in the Summertime.” Pop, soul, R&B, funk, and a later blues feel all mixed in their music and led to their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993. By then, though, the band had long since broken up.

Still, even without Sly, the band is one of the most solid congregations of players out there. Hearing Robinson play the trumpet is alone worth the price of admission. (8 p.m.; $32.75, $39.75; thundervalleyresort.com)

Elsewhere this weekend

  • Break some chains with the heavy metal band Dokken at the Hard Rock Tahoe on Saturday (9:30 p.m.; $30; hardrockcasinolaketahoe.com).
  • And celebrate the Beatles with the seemingly ubiquitous tribute Fab Four at Harrah’s Tahoe on Saturday (7:30 p.m.; $40.75; Ticketmaster).
  • Catch some advocacy comedy from Margaret Cho on Saturday at Cache Creek (7:30 p.m.; 10 p.m.; $35, $49; cachecreek.com).
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