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Friday, August 4

Pat Hull

Pat HullPat Hull is a singer and songwriter from Connecticut; he is currently based out of Chico, CA, where he is on the faculty at CSU Chico. His music intertwines melodic vocals and finger-picked guitar to create a dreamy landscape with its unpredictable hooks and interesting turns.

Hull has built a devoted following in Northern California and a burgeoning reputation nationwide as both an excellent songwriter and remarkable vocalist. The Nerdist podcast recently proclaimed that Pat "has the greatest voice that you probably haven't heard" and "His gentle folk missives feel like a time capsule to a lost era, or one that has yet to happen."

Hull will be accompanied on stage by Michael Bone (bass/vocals), Sean Raeside (percussion), and Evin Wolverton (guitar/vocals).

His latest album, "Marrow," will be released on July 26, 2017.

Thursday, August 10

Chris Thomas King

Chris Thomas KingChris Thomas King became the last major folk blues discovery of the 20th Century when he was "discovered" in 1985 by a folklorist from the Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C. He was introduced to the world the following year by venerable folk label Arhoolie Records as an authentic folk blues successor to Huddie Ledbetter, Muddy Waters, Mississippi John Hurt and Manse Lipscomb. King has recorded numerous albums and toured internationally for over 35 years. The acclaimed artist also maintains a residency at Blues Alley, the premiere Jazz club in Washington D.C.

King is also an actor. He was chosen by the Coen brothers to play the role of itinerant bluesman Tommy Johnson alongside George Clooney in the movie "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" (2000). King also appeared in the 2004 biopic "Ray," featuring Jamie Foxx as Ray Charles, and in the HBO series "Treme".

One of the greatest blues guitarists of his generation according to Guitarist Magazine, Chris Thomas King has a sound all his own. His new EP "Les Bleus Made In Louisiana" (2016) expresses the spirit of his New Orleans musical roots. Live, the Chris Thomas King trio consists of veteran drummer Jeff Mills, and Danny Infante on bass.

Friday, August 11

Anthony Gomes

Anthony GomesAnthony Gomes has been creating virtuosic, burning blues since his recorded debut in 1998. 12 releases and numerous awards and ecstatic accolades later, Gomes shows no signs of slowing down, with his latest musical offering being his most successful to date. The aptly-named, riff-laden "Electric Field Holler" has received highly acclaimed recognition, reaching #1 on both Roots Music Report's Blues Rock Chart and ReverbNation's Global Blues Chart as well as earning several nominations for Blues Rock Album of the Year.

The Toronto-born singer/songwriter/guitarist is propelling blues rock into the contemporary music culture with his unapologetic approach to reinventing the genre in relevant and fresh ways. "The blues is old, but not tired" says Gomes, adding: "It speaks as truthfully today, and for this generation, as it ever has." Blues Music Magazine writes, "the formidable guitar chops and authentic singing place him in the forefront of modern blues." This, along with his high-energy shows and dynamic stage presence, make him one of the top draws on the Rock/Blues circuit today. And the facts speak for themselves: Gomes has performed in 17 countries and has shared the stage with B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Robert Plant, Joe Bonamassa, Heart, Jonny Lang, Sammy Hagar, 38 Special, Robert Cray and Kenny Wayne Shepherd.

Believing that music can inspire the human spirit, Anthony founded the Music Is the Medicine Foundation in 2010.  This non-profit organization is dedicated to changing the lives of others through the healing power of music. Through private donations and sizable grants, the foundation has funded songwriting scholarships, offered music education programs, and donated musical instruments to those in need. 

"A very talented guitaristÉand where did that voice come from?" - B.B. King

Saturday, August 12

California Guitar Trio
with Montreal Guitar Trio

California Guitar Trio California Guitar Trio
The universe of guitar knows no boundaries for The California Guitar Trio. Since 1991, the trio's questing spirit has driven it to explore the intersections between rock, jazz, classical, and world music. Comprised of Bert Lams, Hideyo Moriya and Paul Richards, the group has established a unique, personal connection with audiences. In addition to dazzling musicianship and interplay, The California Guitar Trio's (CGT) shows are full of captivating stories and humor.

CGT's 15 albums, streamed over 59 million times on Pandora, offer diverse snapshots of the group's mercurial muse. The trio's most recent release, "Komorebi," showcases its acoustic side, with beautiful lush originals and innovative cover arrangements of Beatles, Beach Boys and more. Other highlights include "Masterworks," an album of classical works, with expansive takes on Bach, Beethoven, Arvo PŠrt, and Schubert; "Andromeda," which combines their many influences into a visionary album of original material; and "Echoes," which re-imagines timeless material by artists such as Mike Oldfield, Penguin CafŽ Orchestra, Pink Floyd, and Queen.

The trio's output has made a major global impact, having served as the soundtrack for Olympics coverage, and programs on CNN, CBS, NBC, and ESPN. They have fans in high places too: NASA used their music to wake the crew aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour.

25 years and 1,800+ gigs later, the CGT remains intensely committed to explore, evolve and communicate a wide-ranging musical worldview.

Montreal Guitar Trio
Described by the CBC as the "hottest" guitar ensemble in Canada, MG3 has quickly established itself as a force to be reckoned with. For over 15 years, the trio's virtuosity, rigor, creativity and impressive stage presence have been winning over audiences around the world. The trio, composed of guitarists Marc Morin, SŽbastien Dufour and Glenn LŽvesque, has given hundreds of concerts in some of the most prestigious venues across North America, Europe, New Zealand and Australia, including the BB King Blues Club in New York, the RundetŒrnet in Copenhagen, and the legendary Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.

Throughout the years, the trio has collaborated and shared the stage with world-renowned ensembles and artists, such as the Orchestre symphonique de QuŽbec, and Jorane et Solorazaf. Winner of the 2011 Opus Award for "concert of the year" in the Jazz / World Music category, MG3 has released six albums. "Der Prinz," under the Analekta label, was launched in February 2014, during the 15th edition of the MONTRƒAL EN LUMIéRE Festival.

CGT+MG3 features all six virtuoso guitarists from California Guitar Trio and Montreal Guitar Trio. Representing four countries (Japan, Canada, Belgium, and the U.S.), they fuse over 40 years of combined performing experience into one unique six-by-6-string Ôphenomensemble". CGT's steel stringed-guitars blend naturally with MG3's nylon-stringed guitars, as each trio's fret boards chase the others' original compositions and new arrangements of progressive rock, world, jazz and classical music.

Thursday, August 17
Nicola Són
Nicola Són is a French musician with a passion and talent for Brazilian music. As a teenager he discovered the work of João Gilberto and Stan Getz, which inspired him to learn to play Brazilian guitar. A few years later, he flew to Rio de Janeiro to hone his skills in a variety of Brazilian styles, and in 2013, he settled permanently in São Paolo.

Són has received accolades for his playing in both France and Brazil. He is playlisted on National French Radio and has participated in talk shows in France and Brazil. His latest album was selected by the French magazine Les Inrockuptibles as one the 10 best Latin albums in 2016. Són has recorded with some of the best-known Brazilian musicians, including master percussionists Marcos Suzano and João Hermeto, bass player Rodrigo Villa and guitarist Gabriel Improta. The beloved samba band Casuarina collaborated with Són on a track on his latest album.

This summer, Són is touring the U.S. for the first time, to present the third in his trilogy of albums dedicated to Brazilian music: samba and bossa nova from Rio de Janeiro ("Parioca," 2010), Northern Brazilian rhythms ("Nord Destin," 2013) and the latest, "Sampathique," (2016), which celebrates the urban grooves of São Paulo.
Friday, August 18
Coco Montoya Website
The old Willie Dixon quote, "blues is truth," perfectly describes the searing, contemporary blues-rock of world-renowned guitarist and vocalist Coco Montoya. Taught by the "Master of the Telecaster," Albert Collins, but with a hard-edged sound and style all his own, Montoya mixes his forceful, melodic guitar playing and passionate vocals with memorable songs, delivering the blues' hardest truths.

He earned his status as a master guitarist and soul-powered vocalist through years of paying his dues as a sideman with Collins (first as a drummer) and then with John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, before launching his solo career in 1993. Five years of constant touring with Collins and ten years with Mayall turned him into a monster player and dynamic performer.

Montoya has released eight solo albums - including three for Alligator Records between 2000 and 2007 - and has played at clubs, concert halls and major festivals all over the world. Guitar Player Magazine says Montoya plays "stunning, powerhouse blues with a searing tone, emotional soloing, and energetic, unforced vocals."
, August 19
Joe Holt
The Person I Admire
Joe HoltJoe Holt is an up-and-coming singer-songwriter from Worcester, UK. He graduated from the Berklee College of Music in 2015, and has been building a following across the country. His inspired and intricate guitar style and provocative storytelling combine to make a highly dynamic show.

Holt has released two EPs and two full length albums. His second full length album, "The Person I Admire," has received airplay on radio stations across the country, and charted at #3 at KMUD in Humboldt County. Holt has toured extensively, playing venues like Club Passim (Boston), the Hard Rock Cafe (Boston), Rockwood Music Hall (NYC), the Bluebird Cafe (Nashville), and the Whisky A Go Go (Los Angeles), and has received airplay on over 60 radio stations internationally. Indie Minded Magazine praised Joe as "a gifted young talent who is sure to leave his mark on the folk music scene." Other credits include opening for nationally touring acts including Parker Millsap, Davina and the Vagabonds, and Ian Fitzgerald, scoring the short film "The Race," and driving 13,000 miles in a month.

Joe lives in New York City. This will be his third tour around the U.S., and his first time at The Palms.
Thursday, August 24
Peppino D'Agostino & David Wilcox Peppino D'Agostino Website
Dave Wilcox Website
Peppino D'Agostino doesn't just play the guitar. He composes, arranges, improvises, collaborates, and has even been known to sing a song here and there in both English and Italian. With innovative techniques and impeccable tone, D'Agostino brings a playful virtuosity to his music.

D'Agostino has been hailed as "a guitarist's guitarist" by Acoustic Guitar magazine as well as "a giant of the acoustic guitar" (San Diego Reader), and holds many top guitar awards, but the San Francisco Chronicle captured D'Agostino's music best when it dubbed him "a poet." D'Agostino has released 15 albums; his latest release is "Penumbra."

"Peppino writes wonderful guitar pieces. He's one of my favorite composers for this cranky instrument. Plus, he's a tone player. I love his sound... he gets the resin and the wood." - Leo Kottke

Cleveland native David Wilcox is a father, a husband, a citizen and a songwriter. His lyrical insight is matched by a smooth baritone voice, virtuosic guitar chops, and creative open tunings, giving him a range and tenderness rare in folk music.

Wilcox released an independent album in 1987, was a winner of the prestigious Kerrville Folk Festival New Folk Award in 1988, and by 1989 he had signed with A&M Records. His first release on the label, "How Did You Find Me Here," sold over 100,000 copies the first year.

Reflecting on his career, Wilcox says, "Music still stretches out before me like the head-lights of a car into the night. It's way beyond where I am, but it shows where I'm going. I used to think that my goal was to catch up, but now I'm grateful that the music is always going to be way out in front to inspire me."
Friday, August 25
Greg Loiacono Band,
Lee Bob + The Truth opens
Greg Loiacono Website
Lee Bob Website
Greg Loiacono, founding member of The Mother Hips, released his first full-length solo album, "Songs From a Golden Dream," on September 23, 2016. The album finds Loiacono delivering his boldest and most accomplished release to date. Loiacono's songs are bright-eyed, present, sincere and a bit psychedelic.

Loiacono takes us on a sonic journey filled with rich imagery, sultry textures and straight- up rock 'n' roll. He threads together his last decade of experiences into a single, intricate, beautiful tapestry. The album closes with the gorgeous, Vivaldi-by-way-of-Simon-and- Garfunkel track "The Day's Long Wind." The "day" Loiacono is reflecting upon is his whole life up until now - the "Golden Dream."

Loiacono will be joined on stage by a group of talented and accomplished musicians, including Todd Roper (drums/vocals) and Gabe Nelson (bass/vocals), both alumni of Sacramento's Platinum-selling band, Cake; Alex Koford (guitar/vocals/multi-instrumentalist), also a member of Phil Lesh's (Grateful Dead) Terrapin Family Band; and Dave Zirbel (pedal steel), who also plays with Phil Lesh, Sammy Hagar, and Commander Cody.

Lee Bob + The Truth

Lee Bob + The Truth is a rock 'n' roll band from the San Francisco Bay Area. Frontman Lee Bob Watson, also known for his work in Sacramento band Jackpot, is a direct and emotive singer and songwriter who channels previous eras of rock 'n' roll and roots music while staying true to his own musical ideals. In the span of three years, Lee Bob + The Truth have recorded and released three full length LPs. "Life Is A Miracle" (2017) is the third album of this trilogy.

Lee Bob Watson will be appearing with his full band.

"San Francisco psychedelic has a new champion, and it is Lee Bob + The Truth." - American Standard Time
Friday, September 1
EmiSunshine Website
We're excited to present the exceptional talents of EmiSunshine, the 13-year-old prodigy from East Tennessee who has captured the nation's attention with her powerful voice, gifted musicianship, and remarkable stage presence.

Born Emilie Sunshine Hamilton, the singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist embraced the classic country, blues and folk music that echoed throughout her Madisonville, TN home. Steeped in Appalachian music, and influenced by country legends like Loretta Lynn, Tanya Tucker, and The Louvin Brothers, EmiSunshine wrote her first song at age 5. Since her breakout at just nine years old, Emi has garnered more than 14 Million YouTube views and a half million Facebook followers. The young songwriter self-produces all of her music (live and in the studio). Emi plays a wailing guitar; she can make the mandolin cry and the ukulele sing, and she is a true vocal stylist.

The crooner now plays more than 50 dates a year backed by a group made up of those closest to her. Her father plays upright bass, her brother (John Letner) accompanies her on mandolin and "Uncle Bobby" Hill plays drums. The fearless entertainer has performed on The Today Show and The Grand Ole Opry (more than a dozen times), at the Ryman Auditorium and numerous renowned festivals (CMA Fest and Merle Fest).

Personal musical heroes have been captivated by her commanding stage presence; Loretta Lynn, Emmylou Harris, Tim McGraw, Ricky Skaggs, and Marty Stuart have stepped forward to sing the praises of EmiSunshine as her biggest applauders.