This is one of the most jammed entertainment weeks of the summer in Northern California and Northern Nevada casinos, featuring heavy metal, smooth country, comedy, lasers and even a few fireworks.
Russell Peters brings his stand-up Friday to Thunder Valley’s summer festival. Peters calls this his Almost Famous Tour even though there’s not much “almost” to his fame after Netflix’s first stand-up special (“Notorious”) and a judge gig on “Last Comic Standing.”
He promises plenty of new material this tour, but don’t expect him to stay entirely away from comments on his heritage or on dating. (8 p.m.; $42.75-$179.75; thundervalleyresort.com)
Saturday night at Thunder Valley the 1990s heavy metal band Alice In Chains takes the stage. Having begun in the grunge era in Seattle, Alice In Chains has had an off-and-on history and a series of top hits (“Would?” “Rooster,” “Down in a Hole”). Original lead vocalist Layne Staley died in 2002 as a result of substance abuse, but co-founder Jerry Cantrell still leads the band. (7 p.m.; $32.75-$149.75)
Harrah’s Tahoe goes classic rock Saturday with the Pink Floyd Laser Spectacular. The first half is usually dedicated to “Dark Side of the Moon.” (7:30 p.m.; $18; Ticketmaster)
Also on Saturday Lake Tahoe’s new Hard Rock hosts the first Bass Camp Fest III in its outdoor arena. Electronic dance music is the feature here with bands Zed’s Death, Kill the Noise, and Drums on Acid among the performers. ( 11 a.m. $70; hardrockcasinolaketahoe.com). The arena makes room by July 30 for the dynamite teaming of Ziggy Marley and Trombone Shorty. (7:30 p.m.; $40)
Adam Carolla, whose podcast is among the most downloaded in the country, comes to Cache Creek Saturday. During his long run, he’s managed to upset a lot of people, but he’s dead on with motorcycles and sports. His live shows are not so much stand-up as they are commentary by a raconteur. (8 p.m.; $45-$55; cachecreek.com)
Finally, Reno’s Silver Legacy celebrates its 20th anniversary this month. The hotel-casino was the first in downtown Reno to set off fireworks from its roof, and it will do so again Saturday at 9:30 p.m.