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Casinos turn back the clock for classic rock ’n’ roll acts

Huey Lewis and the News, whose hits include “Power of Love” and “I Want a New Drug,” are at Thunder Valley today.
Huey Lewis and the News, whose hits include “Power of Love” and “I Want a New Drug,” are at Thunder Valley today. Huey Lewis and the News

The big emphasis in casino entertainment and special events this week is on nostalgia. Some of the top recording artists in history are making appearances and Reno’s Hot August Nights begins its seven-day celebration of classic cars Monday (kickoff at the Peppermill).

It doesn’t get more classic in rock and roll than Bay Area-based Huey Lewis and the News, appearing July 31 at Thunder Valley. Over the past few decades, the band has evolved into one of the finest live-performance ensembles ever (their recordings have become rare, although they may have a new EP out this year).

Audiences can expect rousing (and often extended) versions of all their hits, such as “Power of Love,” “Heart of Rock and Roll” and “I Want a New Drug.” There are other delights as well, such as a cappella versions of earlier rock with songs such as “Little Bitty Pretty One” and “It’s Alright.” (7 p.m.; $39.75-$169.75; thundervalleyresort.com)

Going back even earlier, Three Dog Night had more Top 10 hits from 1969-1974 than any other band, with three to hit No. 1 (“Joy to the World,” “Mama Told Me” and “Black and White”). “Shambala” made it to No. 3, “Easy To Be Me” to No. 4, and “Eli’s Coming” to No. 10. None has been forgotten, and all likely will receive warm welcomes at the MontBleu on Aug. 1 (9 p.m.; $38-$48; Ticketmaster).

Going back yet another decade, the Temptations were around when “American Bandstand,” “The Ed Sullivan Show” and “The Hollywood Palace” were changing television and musical tastes. They were the purveyors of huge hits such as “The Way You Do the Things You Do” and “My Girl.” They survived the move in Motown from smooth to funk with hits such as “Cloud Nine” and “Runaway Child.” Cache Creek on Saturday features “The Temptations Revue Featuring Dennis Edwards,” with the man who replaced original lead singer David Ruffin in 1968 (8 p.m.; $55-$75; cachecreek.com)

Once upon a time Hot August Nights brought an array of classic rock ’n’ roll entertainers, but its pickings have become a little slim of late and the bigger names (Blood Sweat & Tears, Herman’s Hermits Starring Peter Noone) are limited to its final weekend. The greater emphasis has been on the Barrett-Jackson Cup auctions and competition Aug. 6-8 in the Convention Center, 4590 S Virginia St., Reno. Overall, however, the festival remains a chance for classic automobile owners and restorers to show off what they have. Registration opens July 31 and the nights end Aug. 9.

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