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Casinos: Styx visits MontBleu; ‘Lord of the Dance’ to Grand Sierra

The current version of Styx features, from left, James “JY” Young, Tommy Shaw and Ricky Phillips. Occasionally, original bassist Chuck Panozzo shows up to chip in.
The current version of Styx features, from left, James “JY” Young, Tommy Shaw and Ricky Phillips. Occasionally, original bassist Chuck Panozzo shows up to chip in. Associated Press file

Styx, a rock band that’s mellow by most standards, plays Friday, March 18, at the MontBleu, fitting for this season that traditionally sees quiet weekends in casino showrooms.

One of the premiere touring bands, Styx still thrives even though its last original-material album was released 13 years ago, 2003’s “Cyclorama.” Since then there was a cover album (2005’s “Big Bang Theory”) and live albums, most notably the 2015 “Live at the Orleans Arena Las Vegas,” a compilation of hits such as “Lady,” “Come Sail Away,” and “Rockin’ the Paradise.” The “Styx: The Grand Illusion and Pieces of Eight Live” DVD includes footage from a 2010 tour.

Current members are Tommy Shaw, James “JY” Young, Lawrence Gowan, Todd Sucherman, and Ricky Phillips. Maybe original bassist Chuck Panozzo will pop up; he’s been known to do so.

At each venue, the band sells chances to win a signed Styx guitar, the contributions going mostly to local charities. Late last year they raised a considerable amount of money to help the families of the victims of the Bataclan bombing in Paris. (8 p.m.; $55.50-$75.50; Ticketmaster)

Elsewhere

Michael Flatley, creator of “Lord of the Dance,” brings a show to the Northern Nevada area for the first time since “Celtic Tiger” in 2005. “Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games” plays Reno’s Grand Sierra tonight. Flatley chooses to produce and not dance the demanding choreography. There has been a lot of innovation since that first production, so look for holographs and even some robotics this time around. (9 p.m.; $27.52-$50.46; grandsierraresort.com)

The Knitting Factory Concert House Reno, in operation for seven years, has shut its doors. Over that span it has featured the likes of Marilyn Manson, Willie Nelson, Cake and Social Distortion. The Knit will continue its operations in Boise, Spokane, Brooklyn, and Los Angeles/Long Beach. Reno’s space is due to reopen under the auspices of RockBar Theater, operator of a concert venue in San Jose.

The Nugget in Sparks has been purchased for the second time in three years, its new owners being Marnell Gaming, operators of the Colorado Belle and Edgewater in Laughlin. Perhaps the hotel-casino will get some loving care after a decline over the past decade.

Newly announced for the summer: The Steve Miller Band, Thursday, Aug. 18, at the Harveys Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena ($39.50-$139.50 Ticketmaster or apeconcerts.com) and the irresistible combo of Steve Martin and Martin Short. Friday, Aug. 12, at Thunder Valley ($59.75-$199.75; thundervalleyresort.com).

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