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Iconic soft rock acts come to the region's casinos

Foghat
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Something must be in the late April air that generates nostalgia because this weekend in the casinos provides a bonanza for those who fondly remember the 1960s through the 1980s.

There is a lot of softly rocking iconic music involved.

Few bands are as indefatigable as Foghat. The group seems determined to tour forever and fans hope they do. The band has a huge playlist to choose from, given it has eight gold, one platinum and one double-platinum records.

Drummer Roger Earl has been with the group from the beginning and is joined at Jackson Rancheria on Saturday by Charlie Huhn on guitar, Bryan Basset on slide guitar and Craig MacGregor on bass.

“I Just Want to Make Love to You,” “Fool for the City” – there are plenty of great songs to enjoy here. However, “Slow Ride” is the reason the vast majority of the audience shows up: “I’m in the mood/The rhythm is right/Move to the music/We can roll all night” – one of the sexiest songs ever.

Earl has said it doesn’t take a degree in literary criticism to figure out what the song is about. A few touches are gone in live performance (they may have figured out how to include that old-style dial tone by now) but the song remains as visceral as ever. Plus the price is definitely right for this concert. (7p.m.; $15 for club members, $20 for non-members; jacksoncasino.com)

Romance is central to the music of Air Supply as well, and many a young person saw love bud to the soundtrack of “Lost in Love,” “The One that You Love,” “Sweet Dreams” and “Every Woman in the World.” Graham Russell’s songs rose past their deceptively simple appearances and Russell Hitchcock’s tenor voice lifted them even higher. Air Supply is at Harrah’s Tahoe on Saturday. (7:30 p.m.; $74.50; Ticketmaster)

Cache Creek adds another long-lasting rock band to the schedule with Blue Oyster Cult providing some rousers like “(Don’t Fear) the Reaper” and “Godzilla” on Saturday. (8 p.m.; $35-$55; cachecreek.com)

And, naturally, the phenomenon of those decades was the Beatles, receiving a tribute Friday night at the Grand Sierra in Reno by Rain, the best of the Beatles bands. It got its start in Northern Nevada casino cabarets way before blowing the show into impressive proportions with multimedia and other special effects and hitting the roadway. The band celebrates the 50th anniversary of “Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” this year. (9 p.m.; $27-$77; grandsierraresort.com)

In other entertainment, Thompson Square (Keifer and Shawna Thompson) and Sacramento-area local Rachel Steele bring their “This Is Us Acoustic Tour” to Thunder Valley on Friday night. (7:30 p.m.; $29.95-$42.95; thundervalleyresort.com). Hong Kong actress and singer Mimi Choo follows Saturday. (8 p.m.; $68-$108)

Comedian-ventriloquist-magician Andy Gross arrives at the MontBleu, not long after his visit on “Ellen,” on Saturday (8 p.m.; $25; Ticketmaster). And Harveys Lake Tahoe Outdoor Concert Series has added two bands guaranteed to have enough sound to scare the fish with the Scorpions and Queensryche set to play on Aug. 31. (7:30 p.m.; $69.50-$149.50; Ticketmaster or apeconcerts.com)

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