Friday: Restless Heart
Friday night’s band, Restless Heart, has been playing together for more than two decades. Keeping with the western theme of the “best in the west” cook-off, Restless Heart will bring its country music with a touch of pop to the main stage. Restless Heart has a sound reminiscent of the Eagles mixed with some Brooks and Dunn and a pinch of Fleetwood Mac.
Signed to RCA Records in 1984, Restless Heart released its first, self-titled album in 1985. The band consistently released albums until 1998 and it looked like the end when the band released a greatest hits album. Not letting down its fans, Restless Heart released “Still Restless” in 2004 and a live album in 2007.
Restless Heart will perform on the main stage in Victorian Square at 7 p.m. The show is free.
For more information and to hear a few songs by Restless Heart, visit www.myspace.com/restlessheartband.
Saturday: the Fixx
On Saturday, a little European flair will heat up the Rib Cook-Off when British band the Fixx plays on the main stage.
Popular in the 1980s, the new wave band is something of the Cure meets the Modern English, complete with heavy bass lines and moody guitar licks. Although singer Cy Curnin does not sound like the Cure’s Robert Smith, Curnin brings a deep yet touching sound to the music with a voice reminiscent of Morrisey. The group is most widely recognized for such hits as “Saved By Zero” and “One Thing Leads To Another.”
The Fixx formed in 1980 and released its first album, “Shuttered Room,” in 1982. Seeing a revolving door of bassists who left the band, the Fixx never had a solid bassist until the band’s bass player from 1994, rejoined the band in 2008.
Never letting the inner workings of the band get in the way of playing music, the Fixx has recorded nine studio albums and four live albums.
The Fixx will perform on the main stage in Victorian Square at 7 p.m. The show is free.
For more information and to listen to songs by the Fixx, visit www.myspace.com/thefixx.
Sunday: Jonny Lang
Sunday’s performance will be provided by the gifted guitar virtuoso Jonny Lang, who at the age of 15 saw his album “Lie To Me,” launch him onto the charts in 1997. Although Lang’s musical career was taking off, the modern blues musician never felt the pressure to keep pumping out records, never compromising the quality of his music.
Lang’s career launched him into the spotlight as a gifted guitarist and soulful singer. With a strong voice that could sing lyrics that seem beyond his very young years, Lang was given opportunities like performing at Mick Jagger’s 56th birthday party and even snagged himself a few Grammy nominations.
Lang has released three more albums since “Lie To Me.” His latest release in 2006, “Turn Around,” saw a different focus. Now 28, Lang said he is searching for more in life, according to his official Web site.
“With this album, I want to focus, more than ever before, on my purpose in life,” Lang said on www.jonnylang.com. “I’ve been so incredibly blessed.”
Lang will perform on the main stage in Victorian Square at 7 p.m. The show is free.
For more information on Lang and to hear some of his music, visit www.jonnylang.com or www.myspace.com/jonnylang.
Taking the stage to close out the Rib Cook-Off will be a band that seems to embody the spirit of the festival with its style of music that combines many ingredients.
The Iguanas will perform on Monday, the last day of the festival, by bringing the band’s Latin, Caribbean, R&B, blues and jazz mix to the stage.
Lively and funky, the Iguanas will perform on the main stage at 3 p.m. on Monday.
For more information about the Iguanas, visit www.iguanas.com.
Entertainment side dishes
If the main stage acts don’t appeal to someone’s musical taste buds, there will be other entertainment at the Great Basin Brewing Co. and at Vixen in Victorian Square this weekend.
Shows at Vixen are 21 and over, since it is a bar and the performance will be held inside.
Great Basin has scheduled some stellar musical entertainment for the Rib Cook-Off weekend. All the bands will perform on the Basin’s outdoor stage at 7 p.m. and the performance are free.
Tonight: Pink Floyd tribute band Eclipse will take to the outdoor stage to perform its spot-on covers of the original band’s classics. Eclipse performs with an amazing light show when possible.
Friday: South Lake Tahoe band Blue Turtle Seduction will perform. The band has accrued a large fan following, which will undoubtedly pack around the Basin’s outdoor stage, so get there early to listen to the funky, soothing and harmonious beats of Blue Turtle Seduction.
At Vixen, just east of the Basin, Kenney Fresno and his unique brand of observational lyrics placed to rock beats, will perform. Call Vixen for performance times.
Saturday: Also hailing from Lake Tahoe, the Trey Stone Band will perform on Saturday. Well known in the community for his amazing Jimi Hendrix covers and guitar playing, Trey Stone will bring good vibes to Victorian Square.
Also, Shaka Robbison will perform. Call Vixen for performance times.
Sunday: Reno’s own Bad Neighbors will perform at the Basin’s stage on Sunday night. A little bit funky and a little bit funny, Bad Neighbors will perform songs that can only be penned in the unique setting of northern Nevada. Bad Neighbors has a sound that’s country mixed with comedy and works great for anyone with a good sense of humor or has lived in the surrounding area long enough to understand all it’s little quirks.
Also, Vixen will host Bay Area rapper Nump Trump at 7:30 p.m. Sunday. This show is $7 in advance at $10 at the door.
For show times or other information at Vixen, call 358-6969.