As Flint, Mich., is in the news thanks to its water crisis, it’s good to remember that the city gave us one of the pivotal bands of the 1970s.
Although never what you could call darlings of the critics, Grand Funk Railroad has managed to survive when a lot of rock bands of that era have not. Its hits include one of rock’s anthems, “We’re an American Band.”
Grand Funk also had strong players since the beginning with Don Brewer, Mark Farner and Mel Schacher. And the band’s fans have stuck with them.
Named with a pun after the Grand Trunk Western Railroad, which ran through Flint, the band, reformed since 2000, now includes both Brewer and Schacher, along with Max Carl (.38 Special, Jack Mack and the Heart Attack), Bruce Kulick (12 years with KISS), and Tim Cashion (Bob Seger and Robert Palmer).
Next door, Jonny Lang, who came on like a sudden blast 16 years ago at age 16, celebrates his new album at the MontBleu. “Fight for My Soul” reflects his own struggles and general injustices. (8 p.m.; $50-$60; Ticketmaster)
Thunder Valley celebrates the Year of the Monkey and Valentine’s Day, the first with a concert that includes Minh Tuyet, Margaret Yang, and Dan Nguyen Friday, Feb. 12 (9 p.m.; $40-$75; thundervalleyresort.com); the second with a “Valentine’s Soul Jam,” featuring the Temptations with Dennis Edwards and Dr. Funk’s Mind, Body & Soul, Saturday, Feb. 13 (7:30 p.m.; $69.75-$74.75).
The Eldorado is not likely to let the Lunar New Year pass unheralded, and so the White Crane Lion Dancers are performing in the casino at 2, 5, 8 and 10:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13; at 1,4, 7 and 9:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 14, and at 12:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 15.
The Silver Legacy has postponed the Cheech and Chong concert until Saturday, Feb. 27, but there’s still comedy in the casino as comedian Paul Rodriguez plays through Sunday, Feb. 14, in the Laugh Factory, of which he is part owner. (7:30 p.m., plus 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday; $27.45-$32.95; silverlegacy.com).
And the “Dancing With the Stars” live show arrives Friday, Feb. 12, at the Grand Sierra with a long cast of veterans, including Valentin Chmerkovskiy, Lindsay Arnold, Artem Chigvintsev and Sharna Burgess, among others. (8 p.m.; $30-$90; ticket availability is likely to be very limited; Ticketmaster)