Micky Dolenz has a well-known story as one of the four legendary Monkees. He showed up in 1966, one of 400 applicants to be part of an as-yet-unnamed rock band and was chosen with Davy Jones, Peter Tork and Michael Nesmith in what would become part of one of the most fortuitous teamings in American music.
Four No. 1 albums were quickly to come – “The Monkees,” “More of the Monkees,” “Headquarters” and “Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn, and Jones, Ltd.” They were to yield three No. 1 – “Last Train to Clarksville,” “I’m A Believer” and “Daydream Believer.” Two days after “Last Train” was released, “The Monkees” TV show debuted and the immediate hit ran for two years.
Dolenz brings “A Monkee Christmas” to Jackson Rancheria on Friday, Dec. 4, and even though the other three are not on the bill (Jones died in 2012), this Monkee over the years has proved capable of providing plenty of entertainment on his own. He’s had the richest and most varied of the Monkees’ careers, having gotten a considerable headstart on the others in 1956 playing an orphaned elephant water boy in “Circus Boy.” He’s recorded on his own, played in multiple television series, performed on stage and along the way brushed shoulders with the soon-to-be-famous.
It was Dolenz who persuaded a young guitarist named Jimi Hendrix to perform on the Monkees’ first tour. Jack Nicholson was co-screenwriter for the group’s 1968 movie “Head.” He directed a stage version in London of “Bugsy Malone” and cast a young Catherine Zeta-Jones. And let’s never forget Syfy’s “Mega Python vs. Gatoroid” in which he appeared with Debbie Gibson and Tiffany.
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On stage, Dolenz has appeared in “Grease,” “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum,” “Pippin” and “Hairspray,” among others. Maybe Friday night, Dec. 4, along with carols and Monkees standards, he just might sing his great version of “D.W. Washburn” from his 2014 “A Little Bit Broadway, a Little Bit Rock ’n’ Roll” CD. (7 p.m.; $20 with club card; jacksoncasino.com)
Cache Creek on Friday, Dec. 4, brings in comedian Charlie Murphy, who cut his chops on “Chapelle’s Show” (9 p.m.; $35-$49; cachecreek.com). Saturday, Dec. 5, finds “Winter Vietnamese Concert” with eight performers (7 and 10 p.m.; free with club card; tickets distributed at 5 p.m.). Sunday features a free 5 p.m. Chad Bushnell concert.