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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. She and her family band, "The Rain," play a mix of Americana, traditional Appalachian music, gospel and good old fashioned country.

Since her breakout at just nine years old, the singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist has garnered more than 14 Million YouTube views and a half million Facebook followers. 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 her father on upright bass, her brother on mandolin, and "Uncle Bobby" Hill on drums. The fearless entertainer has performed on The Today Show and The Grand Ole Opry (more than a dozen times), and numerous renowned festivals (CMA Fest and Merle Fest).

She is currently celebrating the release of her latest album, "Ragged Dreams."

Friday,September 8
The dance floor will be open!
 Patsy Cline Birthday Bash
with the Carolyn Sills Combo
Carolyn Sills ComboThe Palms is excited to take part in a beloved annual tradition for the first time: The Patsy Cline Birthday Bash with The Carolyn Sills Combo!

This special event will showcase a full night of Patsy Cline's most requested upbeat honky tonk numbers, as well as those classic ballads and lesser known gems, all sung and played with amazing authenticity by Carolyn and her ace combo. The band includes top Monterey Bay players Charlie Wallace (steel guitar), Jimmy Norris (drums), Gerard Egan (guitar) and Jerry Logan (bass).

Nominated for a 2016 and 2017 Ameripolitan Award for Western Swing Group of the Year and a 2016 Academy of Western Artist Award for Western Swing Group and Album of the Year, The Carolyn Sills Combo has fans across the country who turn out every year for their Patsy Cline birthday shows. The band's current release, Dime Stories Vol 2, was named by No Depression as one of the top new releases of 2016.

"Classic honky tonk lives on with Sills' band, featuring a lineup of stellar musicians." - Vintage Guitar Magazine

The dance floor will be open for this show.
Saturday, September 9
Golden State Lone Star Revue
with Mark Hummel, Anson Funderburgh, Mark Keller, RW Grigsby & Wes Starr
This is a blues show not to be missed!

The Golden State Lone Star Revue is an all-star, cross-country melding of musicians from California - Mark Hummel (harp-blower, vocalist, bandleader and Grammy nominee), R.W. Grigsby (stalwart Sacramento bass player) - and Texas - Anson Funderburgh (guitarist and Rockets bandleader), Wes Starr (Austin drummer who has played with a host of Texas music royalty), and Mike Keller (Fabulous Thunderbirds, Double Trouble, Marcia Ball).

Mark Hummel is one of the premier blues harmonica players of his generation. He has made over thirty recordings, including the Grammy-nominated 2013 Blind Pig recording "Remembering Little Walter," part of the Blues Harmonica Blowout series Hummel started in 1991.

Hummel is a road warrior - a true Blues Survivor. Along the way, he has crafted his own trademark harmonica sound - a subtle combination of tone, phrasing and attack combined with a strong sense of swing. Mark has released five albums with Electro Fi Records since 2000. Thanks to Mark's recordings, constant touring and appearances at major blues festivals, he's firmly established his solid reputation around the US and Europe.

"These guys have a sound as big as their combined resumes..."
Kevin Wierbicki -antiMusic
Saturday, September 16
Conjunto Liberación Website

Sacramento-based Conjunto Liberaci—n is a ten-piece salsa band comprised of musicians of different backgrounds who grew up listening to and now enjoy playing salsa music. Conjunto Liberaci—n love to share their passion and their music with dancers and listeners at live performances.

Led by Hector Conde (timbales) and Marco Valle (congas), the group consists of Jeremy Bolt (bass), Doug Matson (piano), Ness Guzman(vocals), and Ted Vega (vocals), and is backed by the experienced horn section of Mike Breit (trumpet), Steve Gonsoulin (trombone), David Bowman (trombone), and Kurt Pearsall (trumpet).

Conjunto Liberaci—n's repertoire is heavily influenced by the New York City sound of 1970s & 1980s groups like the Fania Allstars, Sonora Ponce–a, Gran Combo, and Willie Colon & Ruben Blades.

Their main objective is to bring enjoyment through their music and simply make you dance!

Sunday, September 17


Film Screening 
Closing The Palms Playhouse:
The End of an Era in Davis


Join us for a special event celebrating The Palms Playhouse's 15-year anniversary in Winters. We take a fond look back on the beginning of the Palms with a screening of filmmaker Alvin Remmers' documentary, Closing the Palms Playhouse - the End of an Era in Davis.

Filmed in 2002, 2008 and 2015-16, the 112-minute documentary recounts the improbable saga of the Palms' early years... from a playhouse-in-the-rough to an Americana and traditional music venue that was and continues to be a must-stop for touring world-class musicians. The film also documents a moving time in the history of the Sacramento Valley music scene - end of the Palms Playhouse's first home at the Old Barn in south Davis.

You'll be able to see captivating interviews and performances from such favorites as Utah Phillips, Dave Alvin, Mumbo Gumbo, Nina Gerber, Golden Bough, Steve Seskin, and many more.

Wednesday, September 20

Anna & Elizabeth


We don't normally host performances on Wednesday evenings, but we had to share this music with you! If you love folk music, modern or traditional, you don't want to miss this show. Please note: music starts at 7pm.

Anna & Elizabeth are storytellers, historians, and visual artists bringing traditional songs to life with riveting vocal harmonies and atmospheric instrumentation. Through their immersive creative process and bold interpretations, Anna & Elizabeth's visionary partnership pioneers new ways of presenting old songs and stories to modern audiences. 

The duo has appeared on NPR's beloved series Tiny Desk Concerts, as well as on stages across the world, including the Cambridge Folk Festival, Brighton Festival, and Newport Folk Festival. They have released two acclaimed full-length albums: "Sun to Sun" (2012) and "Anna & Elizabeth" (2015), which features Grammy nominee and legendary folk singer Alice Gerrard. 

"Simply amazing." - No Depression Magazine

"Heartbreakingly great." - Jeremy Gara (Arcade Fire)

Thursday, September 21
Corky Siegel and Matthew Santos Website

Corky Siegel is considered to be among the best blues harmonica virtuosos in the world. He is also a superb jazz pianist, and the only bluesman to record on the prestigious label Deutsche Grammophon. Siegel is perhaps best known as one half of the great blues duo The Siegel-Schwall Band. After after a storied career playing with blues and classical greats, and releasing three solo albums, Corky founded Corky Siegel's Chamber Blues. The novel ensemble performed Siegel's pioneering blues-classical music compositions and released its first album, Corky Siegel's Chamber Blues, on Chicago's famed blues label Alligator Records in 1994. The album gained rave notices from publications like Billboard and Stereophile, and has been followed by two more albums.

For his latest project, Corky has teamed up with two-time Grammy nominee Matthew Santos, whose meteoric career was launched as the voice on the certified platinum selling hit, "Superstar" with Lupe Fiasco.  Santos has a powerful voice with an amazing range and versatility. He is also a skilled acoustic guitar player, a talent he uses to great effect in his performances with Siegel. 

This will be a show like no other!

Friday, September 22
Hot Club of San Francisco Website

One of the vanguards of the current gypsy jazz revival, Hot Club of San Francisco (HCSF) has integrated Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli's jazz manouche style with their own varied influences to create a unique sound. HCSF is the brainchild of guitarist Paul Mehling, who after years of playing with the famed country swing bandleader Dan Hicks, went out on his own to form a gypsy jazz band. 

The band released their first album in 1993, and since then they've put out eleven more fine albums of gypsy-flavored jazz including Lady in RedSwing This and Postcards from Gypsyland. HCSF is currently celebrating their latest release, "John, Paul, George and Django," an album of Beatles songs reinterpreted in the gypsy jazz style. 

In addition to Mehling, the band consists of Evan Price (violin, viola), Jordan Samuels (rhythm guitar), Isabelle Fontaine (rhythm guitar, vocals, washboard and French stuff), and Sam Rocha (string bass, tuba, vocals, cornet).

The dance floor will be open for this show.

Saturday, September 23
Jim Kweskin and Meredith Axelrod Jim Kweskin Website
Meredith Axelrod Website

Jim Kweskin is best known as the leader of the groundbreaking Jim Kweskin Jug Band. The original "Americana" band, playing everything from classic blues to hillbilly country, ragtime, jazz, and rock 'n' roll, they perfectly captured the legendary 1960s mix of exuberant anarchy and heartfelt sincerity. No other group attained their unique blend of youthful energy and antiquarian expertise, tight musicianship, loose camaraderie, and infectious swing. 

Kweskin played with scores of big names in folk, rock and blues, including Geoff and Maria Muldaur, Janis Joplin, Linda Ronstadt, Bob Dylan, Mississippi John Hurt, and Maybelle Carter. He continues to break ground with his incredible guitar work and vocals, while keeping American music traditions vibrant. As Kweskin says,"We are the elders now, whether we want to be or not. And we like a lot of different styles, and play a lot of different things, but we feel like we have a duty to introduce younger people to this music, to keep the tradition alive."

Delightfully engaging and unassumingly comic, Meredith Axelrod envisions the limitless potential of early twentieth century music, whether it be Ragtime, Music Hall, Pop Standard, Boogie Woogie, Tin Pan Alley, String band, Jazz, Country, Blues, or Jug Band music, and embodies the spirit that brought the music into existence in the first place.  She learned to sing by listening to how folks did it a century ago - through the medium of cylinders and 78-rpm records.

Thursday, September 28

Kathy Kallick Band Website

Kathy Kallick has been leading bands in her brand of West Coast bluegrass for many years, and continues to evolve as one of the music's extraordinary composers and vocalists. The Kathy Kallick Band is based along the west coast - San Francisco Bay Area, Portland, Seattle, and Anchorage - but their powerful mixture of original and classic material, mirroring their distinctive combination of traditional and contemporary sensibilities, has great appeal everywhere.

"Foxhounds" is the fifth album for the Kathy Kallick Band. Each of their four previous releases has spent a year on the national bluegrass charts, and Foxhounds promises to be no exception. The material is compelling and varied, the instrumental playing is dazzling and inventive, the vocals luminous and extraordinary. And they're truly a band, listening to and sparked by each other, contributing to the songs and the sound as a whole. Just like at one of their shows!

In addition to Kallick, the band is made up of Annie Staninec (fiddle, vocals), Cary Black (acoustic bass, vocals), Greg Booth (dobro, banjo, vocals), and Tom Bekeny (mandolin, vocals).

"Jaw-dropping awesome!!!" -Delaware Valley Bluegrass Festival

Friday, September 29

BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet Website

For the past 42 years, Louisiana's world-renowned group BeauSoleil has been making some of the most potent and popular Cajun music on the planet. Born out of the rich Acadian ancestry of its members, and created and driven by bandleader Michael Doucet’s spellbinding fiddle playing and soulful vocals, BeauSoleil is notorious for bringing even the most staid audience to its feet. Inspired by traditional Cajun and Creole musicians like Dennis McGee, Canray Fontenot, Dewey Balfa, Amédéé Ardoin and Freeman Fontenot, BeauSoleil has also daringly blended zydeco, Tex-Mex, western swing, blues, jazz, bluegrass, and Caribbean calypso into their framework.

Since their inception in 1975, the group has brought domestic and international acclaim to Cajun music, performing around the world – from the Jazz and Heritage Festival in New Orleans, to Carnegie Hall, then all the way across the pond to Richard Thompson’s Meltdown Festival in England. Along the way, they have appeared regularly on Garrison Keillor's A Prairie Home Companion (Keillor dubbed them “the best Cajun band in the world”) and garnered two Grammy wins and twelve Grammy nominations. In 1998, they became the first Cajun band to win a Grammy for their album L'Amour Ou La Folie in the traditional folk category. BeauSoleil were also featured on the New Orleans–based hit HBO program Treme (look for an on-camera performance during the final season of the show).

BeauSoleil's most recent album, and their 25th overall, is From Bamako to Carencro, which explores the cultural, musical, and migratory connection between West Africa and Louisiana.
Critics unanimously agree that it is “bon temps, every time they play,” (New York Times).

The dance floor will be open.