Performing Friday at 8 p.m. in the Reno Events Center, Bonamassa has been called the present and future of the blues. In 2009, Bonamassa was awarded the Breakthrough Artist of the Year Award at the U.K.’s prestigious Classic Rock Roll of Honour Awards. He was also named Best Blues Guitarist in Guitar Player Magazine’s 2009 Readers’ Choice Awards for the third consecutive year. Guitar Player writer Matt Blackett has said, “He’s an old soul, and that comes through in his bends, vibrato, singing voice, and note choices, which — which each passing year — get more restrained and refined.” As Bonamassa grows his reputation as one of the world’s greatest guitar players, he is also evolving into a charismatic blues-rock star and singer-songwriter of stylistic depth and emotional resonance. His ability to connect with live concert audiences is transformational, and his new album, “Black Rock,” brings that energy to his recorded music more powerfully than ever before.
Tickets cost $69 and $79.
On Saturday at 8 p.m. in the Silver Legacy’s Grande Exposition Hall, multi-platinum Grammy winning singer-songwriter, actor, director and country music pioneer Yoakam returns to Northern Nevada. Yoakam has sold more than 25 million albums, has 12 gold albums and nine platinum or multi-platinum albums, including the triple platinum “This Time.” Five of his albums have topped Billboard’s Country Albums chart with another 14 landing in the Top 10. More than 30 singles have charted, with 22 going Top 20, including the incomparable hits “Honky Tonk Man,” “Please Please Baby,” “Little Ways,” “I Sang Dixie,” “It Only Hurts When I Cry,” “Fast as You” and “Thousand Miles from Nowhere.” Yoakam has won two Grammy Awards and earned 21 nominations.
Tickets cost $80, $65 and $55.
To purchase tickets to both shows, visit www.silverlegacyreno.com.