The world of celebrity impersonation changes as fast as the entertainment industry itself, and recent years have seen a decline in the traditional.
Elvis Presley impersonators, for instance, have found themselves significantly less in demand than before. The number of would-be Michael Jacksons is going down. And even a new generation of drag queens don’t know from Carol Channing.
The Jan. 10 death of David Bowie made him a suddenly very hot property in this world. But Bowie – which Bowie to impersonate? The romantic, the pop star, Ziggy Stardust, the Thin White Dude? The serious or the self-parodying? And how can you do it without all the trappings?
Saturday offers a chance to catch David Brighton in the South Shore Room at Harrah’s Tahoe. He has parlayed appearances in “Legends in Concert” at Harrah’s Las Vegas into this production, “Space Oddity: A Tribute to David Bowie.” Brighton appeared alongside Bowie in a Vitell Mineral Water commercial and also has some serious cred as George Harrison in Beatlemania, the Fab Four, and Twist and Shout, among other bands.
The show promises a large production, including costume changes and live band. (7:30 p.m.; $23 general, $28 reserved; Ticketmaster)
Those Aussies are back. The line of male strippers called Thunder from Down Under appears twice at Cache Creek. Thunder, like Chippendale’s, can run several casts around the world at the same time. Of the two headliner groups, Thunder has always been the most fun, the men never taking themselves too seriously. (Friday at 9 p.m., Saturday at 8 p.m.; $25-$45; cachecreek.com)
A little bit of the festival world comes to Reno next Thursday. Of Monsters and Men is the folk-pop band from Iceland that has become a regular in many of the world’s top music gatherings like Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, and Scotland’s T in the Park. They’ve topped the alternative music charts with “Little Talks” and have developed a following based on that song and the album it’s in, “My Head Is an Animal.” They play the Grand Sierra. (8 p.m.; $35; grandsierraresort.com)
Russell Peters restarts his “The Almost Famous Tour” Saturday at the Silver Legacy in Reno. Peters has been becoming more prominent in the stand-up world lately, largely because of his joining the panel of judges (with Roseanne Barr and Keenan Ivory Wayans) for “Last Comic Standing,” doing celebrity voices for “Family Guy” and “Bob’s Burgers,” and generating more than 120 million views on YouTube. (8 p.m.; $49.50-$59.50; silverlegacy.com)