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Cheap Trick, Frampton perform at Thunder Valley

Peter Frampton performs during a 2013 concert.
Peter Frampton performs during a 2013 concert. The Associated Press file

Summer is definitely underway.

Thunder Valley kicks off its summer concert series Saturday with a potent combination of Peter Frampton and Cheap Trick, performing in the resort’s 5,000-seat outdoor amphitheater. For this concert, most of those seats should be filled with each act boasting an ardent following and a very rich history.

This combination grew out of a one-shot concert last year. Frampton and the Cheap Trick band enjoyed each other so much they decided to do a whole tour. The teaming is perfect for the season.

Frampton is best known for his 1976 landmark album “Frampton Comes Alive.” Since then he has become a potent force in rock. He grew out of a sort-of boy-wonderhood, during which he managed to start two seminal bands, The Herd when he was 16 and Humble Pie when he was 18.

Frampton has not been spending a lot of time in the studio since the mid-1990s, but last year’s “Hummingbird in a Box,” broke some new territory. It was written for the Cincinnati Ballet, which choreographed several numbers to the music.

Cheap Trick, performers of standards like “I Want You to Want Me,” “Dream Police,” and “Surrender,” comes out of Milwaukee. They bashed around the clubs of Wisconsin and Illinois for a few years, appealing to more diverse crowds than the usual bands. Their audiences were full of an eclectic mix of fans, including many cross-dressers and transvestites, which caused many clubs to vow not to book them back until they saw the packed houses in other clubs the band played and changed their minds. (7 p.m.: $37.75, $57.75, $74.75, $92.75, $179.75;


Harveys Tahoe also launches its Summer Concert Series on June 11 at the outdoor arena with Brad Paisley with guests Justin Moore and Mickey Guyton. (6:30 p.m.; $69.50-$135.50; Ticketmaster or

In regular venues, three shows Saturday:

  • Harrah’s Tahoe, Elvin Bishop (7:30 p.m.; $42.75; Ticketmaster);
  • Cache Creek, The Whispers (8 p.m.; $49, $59. $75;;
  • MontBleu, Foreigner (9 p.m.; $55.50, $65.50, $75.50; Ticketmaster).