Mix a festival atmosphere with nostalgia and you have the basic ingredients for summer entertainment. There are three such offerings this weekend covering four decades of music with an impressive array of artists.
Start out Friday, July 22, at Thunder Valley for the “Happy Together Tour 2016” with six acts bringing back memories from the 1960s and 1970s.
The Turtles headline this concert with the inimitable Flo & Eddie at the helm. They are joined by Chuck Negron of Three Dog Night, Mark Lindsay of Paul Revere and the Raiders, Gary Puckett and the Union Gap, the Cowsills, and the Spencer Davis Group. (7 p.m.; $39.75-$139.75; thundervalleyresort.com)
Saturday, July 23, the decade changes to the 1980s with the “Last Summer on Earth ’80s New Wave” festival. Barenaked Ladies headline this group, joined by OMD (Orchestra Manoeuvres in the Dark), and Howard Jones. (6 p.m.; $35.75-$149.75)
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Now skip to Jackson Rancheria for the “I Love the ’90s Tour,” a veritable feast with Vanilla Ice (“Ice Ice Baby”), Tune Loc (“Wild Thing”), Coolio (“Gangsta’s Paradise”), Rob Base (“It Takes Two”), Young MC (“Bust a Move”), and Color Me Badd (“All for Love”). (Saturday, July 23, at 8 p.m.; $60-$90; jacksoncasino.com) If you regret not being able to attend this one – or want to see the show again – it is at Reno’s Grand Sierra on Sept. 10.
There is plenty of nostalgia in one group at Cache Creek on Saturday when UB40, the 11-piece (including the famed three brass section) rock band plays “Food for Thought” and other hits with lead Al Campbell, percussionist-trumpeter Astro, and keyboardist Micky Virtue. (8 p.m.; $55-$75; cachecreek.com)
Sunday, July 24, Cache Creek offers one of the best free shows of the year, Asleep at the Wheel. The country-swing band has given the genre three of its best albums over its 46 years, “Ride With Bob” (Bob being the giant of country swing, Bob Wills), “Remember the Alamo,” and “Reinventing the Wheel.” Just try not dancing. (5 p.m.; $20 or free with club card)
A complete change of pace is provided by Rob Schneider (Deuce Bigelow himself) at the MontBleu on Friday, July 22. He’s most recently joined his low-humor buddies like Adam Sandler in “The Ridiculous Six” made especially for Netflix. (8 p.m.; $25-$45; Ticketmaster)