As summer begins to draw to an end, so does the the casino outdoor entertainment season, which this year has been particularly abundant with top talent.
Thunder Valley has extended its outdoor amphitheater season through September, and it has some high-powered talent in this part of its lineup, including Chicago, the Psychedelic Furs, R. Kelly, Heart, and ZZ Top. On the other hand, Harveys at Lake Tahoe will shut down earlier, having experienced in the past the unpredictability of the basin’s autumn weather, with the Dave Matthews Band on Sept. 9.
Thunder Valley on Aug. 29 offers a bit of a rock-post-grunge night with 3 Doors Down joined by Oleander. The members of 3 Doors Down formed the band in Mississippi in 1996, although their career didn’t take off in a big way until 2000 when their first single “Kryptonite” took off and their debut album “The Better Life” made its mark. The second album “Away from the Sun” with its conflictingly titled singles “When I’m Gone” and “Here without You” further advanced their popularity and the song “Be Like That” didn’t hurt when it fronted “American Pie 2.”
It’s been up and down since then, particularly the last two years as founding bassist Todd Harrell has been in and out of court with a vehicular-manslaughter case. Originals Brad Arnold (vocals, drums) and Chris Henderson (lead guitar) are bringing along Greg Upchurch on drums, Chet Roberts on guitar and Justin Biltonen on bass for this much-anticipated current tour.
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The Sacramento area welcomes back its own with Oleander, named for that ubiquitous and poisonous plant along the California highways. This post-grunge band found success in 1999’s “February Sun” with its single “While I’m Here.” (7 p.m.; $29.75-$139.75; thundervalleyresort.com)
Also this weekend
Few bands can claim a fan base quite as loyal as Los Lonely Boys, one of the few family groups still intact from the beginning, in this case since the 1990s. Brothers Henry, Jojo and Ringo Garza bring songs from “Heaven,” the hit lead single from their eponymous first album, up to their last recording, “Revelation,” to Cache Creek on Aug. 29. ($45-$59; cachecreek.com)
Finally, there’s a lot of tradition on stage Aug. 29 at the Grand Sierra, not only with the long career of country star Vince Gill, whose latest album, “Bakersfield,” is a tribute to the music of Buck Owens and Merle Haggard. (8 p.m.; $35-$75; grandsierraresort.com)