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Thursday, June 1
Tom Brosseau and Garrett Pierce Tom Brosseau website
Garrett Pierce website

Tom Brosseau and Garrett Pierce

We're excited to offer you an evening of two critically acclaimed songwriters, Garrett Pierce and Tom Brosseau.  North Dakota-born and LA-seasoned, Tom Brosseau is a songwriter, guitar player & singer. He learned acoustic guitar from his grandmother. Brosseau has toured Japan, Canada, Portugal, Iceland, Australia; performed in bars, backyards, grand halls, subways, theaters, old folks homes; exchanged songs and poetry with many talented folks, including Susan Orlean, Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Patrick Marber, Bonnie Raitt and the late Sam Hinton. Brosseau also sings and plays guitar with Becky Stark and John C. Reilly in John Reilly & Friends

Garrett Pierce pens songs that are literary in style with well-worked lyrics and a voice that soars over dark, ethereal melodies. "Ranging from raving pop to solemn folk, from Shins-like exuberance to Mark Kozalek's charismatic sadness" - East Bay Express

Back to back, these two deliver an unforgettable evening of music with their thoughtful composition and songwriting.

Friday, June 2
Tom Rigney and Flambeau 
with Michael Doucet
Tom Rigney website
Beausoleil website

Michael Doucet and Tom Rigney Tom Rigney and Flambeau are one of the hottest bands on the American Roots Music circuit. Their sound is a scorching blend of Cajun, blues, and New Orleans grooves, featuring Tom Rigney's electrifying electric violin and his original compositions. Rigney's band of all-stars simmers and cooks with musical intelligence. Their high energy live show features tight ensemble playing, deeply infectious grooves, and rich soloing. Renowned guitarist Danny Caron (Marcia Ball, Clifton Chenier, Charles Brown), boogie queen Caroline DahlSteve Parks on bass and Brent Rapone on drums have carved evocative and powerfully uplifting music, led by that guy in the red boots.

Joining Tom & Flambeau is renowned cajun fiddler Michael Doucet. Since the mid-'70s, Doucet has been one of the dominant figures of the Cajun music revival, respected for his scholarship and admired for his showmanship. On the one hand, Doucet dredges up ancient Cajun tunes with medieval French roots, and on the other, plays flamboyant fiddle with his band Beausoleil. 

Saturday, June 3
Misner & Smith

Misner-and-SmithMisner & Smith are celebrating the vinyl release of their newest album "Seven Hour Storm". Featuring Sam Misner (guitar and vocals) and Megan Smith (upright bass, mandolin, and vocals), the lineup also includes the talented Josh Yenne on pedal steel/electric guitar, and Joe Shotwell on drums, with a sound rooted in a harmony-driven folk/rock/Americana style. Their songs yearn for connection, ache for understanding, relish in mystery, and rejoice in creation. In a world that often feels to be crumbling down around us, they dig deep, and find hope in simple things, in the beauty that surrounds us all. With soaring vocal harmonies and story-filled, poetic songwriting, Misner & Smith's sound harkens back to the bedrock of modern American rock & folk.

Sunday, June 4
4pm, 7pm      
Tickets available at Evenbrite

The End of an Era in Davis The Closing of The Palms
Documentary showing at Veterans' Memorial  Davis

Go to the Veterans Memorial Theatre in Davis, CA.

On June 4th, the Veterans Memorial Theatre will host the world premier of a documentary film about the original location of the Palms Playhouse, the rough old barn that became a legendary roots music venue. Filmed in 2002, 2008 and 2015-16, with additional archival footage, the film traces the Palms' history - how the place came about, organically grown out of the incredible energies of a troupe of creative artists known as the Bad Actors, to the dynamics of its gradual evolution from musical farces and Shakespeare to presenting national and international touring bands and performers. Its 28-year history includes over 2,000 shows featuring blues, folk, Celtic, swing, bluegrass, and more. The film features interviews with Palms founder Linda McDonagh, original Bad Actors members, long-time manager Dave Fleming, musicians who appeared on its legendary stage, and many Valley patrons who share their fond recollections and stories.

Friday, June 9

Carolyn Wonderland

Carolyn WonderlandA musical force equipped with the soulful vocals of Janis and the guitar slinging skills of Stevie Ray, Carolyn Wonderland reaches into the depths of the Texas blues tradition with the wit of a poet. She hits the stage with unmatched presence, a true legend in her time.

Carolyn grew up in a musical family and began playing her mother's vintage Martin guitar when other girls were dressing dolls. She's gone from being the teenage toast of her hometown Houston to sleeping in her van in Austin amid heaps of critical acclaim. Along with the guitar and the multitude of other instruments she learned to play trumpet, accordion, piano, mandolin, lap steel. Wonderland even throws in a whistling solo on occasion.

Her breakthrough album release was 2008's "Miss Understood" (Bismeaux). From appearances on PBS's Austin City Limits to top slots at major festivals around the world, Wonderland's album quickly reached the Top 10 on Billboard's Blues chart and her live shows left a trail of screaming fans in its wake.

The follow up, "Peace Meal" (2011), was produced by a stellar cast including long-time supporter and inspiration, Ray Benson, and two-time Grammy winner Larry Campbell (the force behind The Band drummer Levon Helm and his recent comeback) and founding Monkee, Michael Nesmith.

Wonderland's latest release, "Live Texas Trio," was recorded in 2015 in a trio of Texas' most famous packed houses, Antone's in Austin, Kessler Theatre in Dallas and Last Concert Cafe in Houston. Carolyn shines brightest in live performance, winning legions of fans with her take-no-prisoners approach to the stage, so it made perfect sense to capture that energy in a live recording.

Wonderland's group includes Cole El-Saleh, whose keyboard work can be heard on Carolyn Wonderland's most recent three albums, as well as about a hundred other projects, and Rob Hooper, who has played drums for Jimmie Dale Gilmore, the Resentments, Seth Walker, Guy Forsyth, Monte Montgomery, and many more.

"The reigning queen of Austin blues, Carolyn Wonderland sparks fire on guitar and soulful fury in the force of her vocal grit." - Austin Chronicle

Saturday, June 10
Chris Webster and Nina Gerber
Chris Webster website
Nina Gerber website

Chris Webster and Nina GerberMusic fans know Chris Webster and Nina Gerber as two of the most skilled and artful musical talents. Webster's voice is uniquely compelling while Gerber's guitar is beautiful and powerful. Together they're magic. With originals, tasteful covers-soulful ballads, jazzy tunes and sweet folk, a great show.

With a career that began nearly two decades ago as a teen-aged lead singer for one of California's best known regional acts (Mumbo Gumbo), Chris Webster boasts a successful resume highlighted by four solo releases ("Drive," "Now Playing," "Something in the Water," "My Name is Christine") and one amazing traditional Bluegrass/Americana recording (The Webster's "10,000 Miles") with her sister Cassie and renowned guitarist Scott Nygaard. With astonishing power and passion, her voice reaches magical heights, yet effortlessly turns on a dime to deliver gut wrenching torch songs and gentle ballads. Combining elegance and grace with a foot-shuffling manner, Webster has a purity and beauty about her that is seldom seen and never forgotten. She can cut to the bone with tender, unrequited songs of love-gone-wrong then slap you upside the head with a fistful of lyrics and a take-charge melody that makes you step aside, stand back, and listen.

Since her accompaniment of Kate Wolf first earned her recognition, Nina Gerber's acute skills as performer, producer and arranger have continued to deepen. Nina has a unique ability to completely free herself within an eclectic range of styles. Presented with folk, country, bluegrass, rock, or blues, she is able to fall into leads which have rare reverence for the true feeling of a song, always emphasizing taste over technical display.  Nina has performed and/or recorded with: Karla Bonoff, Peter Rowan, Eliza Gilkyson, Nanci Griffith, Greg Brown, Lucy Kaplansky, Mollie O'Brien, Rosalie Sorrels, Laurie Lewis, and many others. Her soulful enhancement of their music easily explains why several return the favor by appearing on her 2001 album, "Not Before Noon" and Nina's live CD, "Good Music with Good People".  Nina continues to prove with her guitar that some of the truest and most emotional communication requires no words. Still, when combined with the voice of another musician of heart, the result is affecting in an unforgettable way.

"Webster's is an authoritative voice that manages to make existential angst, romantic confusion and spiritual longing sound uncommonly appealing. Each note she sings conveys a probing, acute sensitivity to the little complications of life and love, with a sexy edge to boot."  - No Depression Magazine

"The evening's real star... Gerber usually says little and lets her guitar do the talking. She is a not-so-underground legend. Her wide-ranging folk-country- jazz-blues stylings have backed dozens of performers on stage and record."  Oakland Tribune

Sunday, June 11
The Page Turners featuring Max Schwartz
Andy Lentz Trio
Page Turners website
Andy Lentz website

Page TurnersThe Page Turners, Carolyn Kendrick and Jake Howard, are an award-winning group (2016 Freshgrass Best Duo) who have a strong foothold in the acoustic music scene. They became musical friends as students of Berklee College of Music, and started playing together through the Berklee American Roots Program. From those experiences, they began to play music together more and grew from goofy friends who loved BBQ and bluegrass, into goofy band mates as well. The Page Turners write sharp and adept original music and put new twists on old favorites. They like to blend their love of bluegrass, whiskey-fueled old-time, country music, swing, and fearless song-writing into one all-purpose seasoning of good ole' fashioned Roots Music. The Page Turners will be joined by virtuoso bass-player Max Schwartz, who tours with Laurie Lewis & The Right Hands. Schwartz will begin his undergraduate studies this fall at the University of Miami's Frost School of Music, as the bassist in the Stamps Jazz Quintet, class of 2021.

"The Page Turners harness the best and deepest parts of bluegrass and old-time sounds as their own unique springboard for some wonderful new music. I love what Carolyn and Jake are doing and can't wait to hear more!" -Bruce Molsky

Andy LentzFiddler Andy Lentz has been playing music for most of his life. He's performed with many groups over the years, from the Mad Cow String Band, and The West Nile Ramblers, to Rita Hosking, and Silas Lowe.

National acts including "The Devil Makes Three" and "The Brothers Comatose" regularly rely on Andy as a hired gun. On stage, the fiddler delivers surging energy and easy chemistry with fellow musicians. His singing and playing ring true, simultaneously lively, disciplined and sincere.

Recently returned to California, Andy has assembled a trio with his wife, Emily Triplett Lentz, on bass, and longtime musical collaborator Danny Chaves on guitar and banjo. The group performs original material and thoughtful covers of bluegrass and country classics.
Thursday, June 15
The Freight Hoppers website
Freight HoppersThe Freight Hoppers are a four-piece string band presenting hard-driving old time music with an emotional, raw excitement that keeps one foot planted in the past and the other in the present. Of course, that's only when they keep their feet still!

The band started presenting their energetic take on fiddle band music four times a day, seven days a week at the Great Smoky Mountains Railway shortly after forming in 1992. Their repertoire includes music that was first recorded in the late 1920's and early 1930's and spans geographically from Mississippi to West Virginia.

The heart of the band is mountain fiddling complemented by the clawhammer banjo and vocals of Frank Lee, while the rhythm section of string bass and Allie Burbrink on guitar and vocals hold down the ensemble. For their show at The Palms Playhouse, they are pleased to have the band's original fiddler, David Bass, as well as guest bassist Chris DeVictor. Based out of the Smoky Mountains of North Carolina, The Freight Hoppers draw from a deep source of rural southern music for their inspiration, and they are proud to present this music that is still meaningful today.
Friday, June 16
Phoebe Hunt & The Gatherers website
Phoebe HuntAn accomplished Americana instrumentalist with foundations in jazz and swing, Phoebe Hunt will bring her group The Gatherers to The Palms for an evening of impressive musicianship, powerful lyrics, danceable rhythms, and cross-cultural musical exploration.

Hunt will be celebrating the release of her latest album, "Shanti's Shadow," to be released June 2. The album marks an arrival for Phoebe Hunt, whose artistic and personal journey has deep storylines. These masterfully crafted songs are brought to life by the musicians Hunt has gathered, each a virtuoso in their own right: Dominick Leslie (mandolin, harmony vocals), Roy Williams (guitar, harmony vocals), Jared Engle (upright bass), Sam Reider (accordion/keys) and Nick Falk (percussion). Prior to recording this album, the entire band traveled to India to study at an ashram outside of Pune with master violinist Kala Ramnath. In India, they practiced music, meditation and philosophy - sometimes playing music 10 hours a day. This intense, experiential study is apparent in the seamless musical play and improvisation on the album.

Phoebe is skilled at taking seemingly disparate elements and pulling them together into a dazzling kaleidoscope of lush, coherent sound and rhythm patterns. The result is music that swells, crashes and breathes organically under Phoebe's soulful, plaintive voice. Sounds of Americana and Texas Tinged Swing are woven with exotic rhythmic concepts culled from Phoebe's time in India.
Saturday, June 17
Blair Crimmins & The Hookers website
Blair CrimminsBlair Crimmins & The Hookers are musical time-travelers, bringing you fun, danceable songs that channel the hot jazz, Dixieland and ragtime of the 1920s, complete with a New Orleans-style horn section, four-string banjo, piano and accordion. Blair Crimmins is a former rock 'n' roller who turned to the music of the 1920s after an accident made him re-examine his musical career. Crimmins (vocals, tenor banjo, guitar) is joined by Justin Roberts (bass), Colin Agnew (drums), Taylor Kennedy (sax/clarinet), Darren English (trumpet), and Dustin Cottrell (piano). You won't hear any electric guitar, but Blair Crimmins & The Hookers still have the energy and enthusiasm of a rock band. This is going to be a fun show!

"The very first note immediately sends the listener back to a 1920s Vaudeville theatre, where Blair Crimmins intoxicates an audience with his smooth voice and the band supports him with flawlessly appropriate musical accompaniment." - Performer Magazine

The dance floor will be open, and seating will also be available.
Thursday, June 29
NRBQ website
NRBQThere aren't many bands that have lasted for 50 years, and the list of those still at the top of their creative game is even smaller. Over the past half century, NRBQ has proven to be a group of peerless and unique musicians, songwriters and performers, continuing to prove it with each new album and live performance. Omnivore Recordings celebrated this legendary band with the 2016 release of "High Noon: A 50-Year Retrospective" consisting of five CDs of classic recordings all carefully remastered along with many rare and previously unissued gems.

A good-time spirit runs through the music of NRBQ, which stands for New Rhythm and Blues Quartet (initially Quintet), although the group has never been bound to R&B or any other genre. Formed in 1966, NRBQ is known for its live performances, containing a high degree of spontaneity and levity, blending rock, pop, jazz, blues and Tin Pan Alley styles. The band is made up of founder Terry Adams (vocals and keys), Scott Ligon (guitar and vocals), Casey McDonough (bass and vocals), and John Perrin (drums).

They have attracted fans as diverse as Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney, Elvis Costello, Keith Richards, and Penn & Teller. NRBQ songs have been performed by Bonnie Raitt, Los Lobos, Dave Edmunds, and many others. The group served as the unofficial "house band" for The Simpsons for seasons 10-12, during which NRBQ fan Mike Scully was head writer and executive producer.

This is a night you don't want to miss.
Friday, June 30
Austin Lounge Lizards
Austin Lounge LizardsSince 1980, the Austin Lounge Lizards have been spoofing the topics American families try to avoid at the Thanksgiving table: subjects like politics, religion, romance, and themselves. With pointed lyrics, precise harmonies and instrumental expertise, the band has become legendary for its satirical skewering through song.

With their unique blend of highly literate Ivy League roots; an appreciation for folk, country, bluegrass, and rock and roll musical styles; creative influences such as Frank Zappa, Spike Jones, George Jones, Homer & Jethro, and the Rolling Stones; and an unquenchable thirst for the absurd, the Lizards specialize in musical eclecticism, excellence and extreme entertainment.

The Lizards are: Hank Card (vocals, rhythm guitar), Conrad Deisler (vocals, lead guitar, mandolin), Tim Wilson (fiddle, mandolin, vocals) and Kirk Williams (electric bass, vocals).