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R&B stars at Thunder Valley

Boyz II Men
Boyz II Men Courtesy of Thunder Valley Casino Resort

Thunder Valley on Aug. 22 taps into a rich musical and emotional legacy when Boyz II Men teams up with Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds for an R&B lover’s delight. Teamings of performers who have intersecting histories and huge appeal come along all too rarely. This one is all the more rare considering Boyz have been restricting most of their live appearances to the Mirage in Las Vegas.

Boyz II Men have been around almost 25 years and the band members boast of being the best-selling R&B recording artists ever. Could be. They’ve sold more than 60 million albums, and they are one of only four recording acts – with Elvis Presley, the Beatles and Mariah Carey – to score 50 weeks at the top Billboard spot. One Boyz song, “End of the Road,” was in that position for 13 weeks. It was co-written by Babyface, as was one of their other major hits, “I’ll Make Love to You.”

Babyface is a phenomenon by himself – a singer, record producer (Madonna, Whitney Houston, Ashanti, Ariana Grande and Barbra Streisand, on whose “Partners” album he joins in “Evergreen”), songwriter, movie producer (2001’s “Josie and the Pussycats” still pops up with some regularity), and guitarist. Edmonds holds another rare honor as well, as an R&B artist with a highway named after him, a 25-mile stretch of Interstate 65 through Indianapolis.

There is a lot happening with both the Boyz and Babyface. Boyz just released “Collide,” on iTunes, and buyers get a bonus track of a new song, “Ladies’ Man.” Babyface is working on an album, the first since his duet last year with Toni Braxton (“Love, Marriage, & Divorce”). The first single of “Return of the Tender Lover” is out now, “We’ve Got Love.” (7 p.m.; $43.75-$189.75; thundervalleyresort.com)

Rhythm and blues, along with some funk, some disco and a few spatters of rock are on display at Cache Creek as well. The Pointer Sisters made a considerable mark in their day, moving through hits like “Yes We Can, Can” and “Neutron Dance,” to becoming one of the top club acts in the country. The current incarnation of the Pointers would more accurately be called Two Pointer Sisters and a Granddaughter. Sadako Pointer joins her grandmother Ruth and great-aunt Anita. (8 p.m. Aug. 22; $55-$75; cachecreek.com)

There are several summer tours that can be called “Girls Night Out, Boys Can Come Too” but that is the actual title of Colbie Caillat and Christina Perri’s teaming Aug. 22 at Reno’s Grand Sierra. (7 p.m.; $35-65; grandsierraresort.com)

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