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The Palms Playhouse (530) 756-9901
 

Saturday, November 17
8pm
$25
Dan Hicks & the Hot Licks www.danhicks.net
The Swingin’ One and Only Dan Hicks is truly an American original. Since the early 1960s, Hicks has deftly blended elements of Swing, Jazz, Folk and Country music to create the appealing sound he sometimes calls "Folk Jazz". The lyrics of his songs range from the simply sublime to the sublimely ridiculous, all presented with his uniquely skewed and inscrutable touch. Dan's irresistible sense of rhythm, hip lyrical styling, laid-back vocalizing, and infamous on-stage wit will make most who listen fans for life.
 
Saturday, November 24
8pm
$20
Mumbo Gumbo www.mumbogumbo.com
The danceable music of Mumbo Gumbo is legendary around these parts. With much of it based in the Louisiana sound that was so prominent in their earliest years, their music has broadened to include Latin, African, reggae grooves, country and jazz style ballads as well as good old fashion pop/rock. Singer Tracy Walton takes on the lead vocals singing with both strength and beauty, while Chris Webster has returned to The songwriting is shared by many members of the band while the musicianship is taken on by the top level playing of drummer Rick Lotter, bassist Mike Palmer, sax player Reggy Marks, accordionist, pianist Steve Stizzo, and guitarist Jon Wood.

The dance floor will be open and seating will be limited.
 
Friday, November 30
8:30pm
$20
Tom Rigney & Flambeau www.tomrigney.com
Tom Rigney, the fiery, electrifying violinist/composer, joins forces with some of the finest musicians on the San Francisco music scene to form Tom Rigney & Flambeau. This great band specializes in blazing Cajun and zydeco two-steps, low-down blues, funky New Orleans groves, and beautiful ballads and waltzes. Most of the songs are composed by Rigney, but they also mix in a few classics from the Cajun/zydeco/New Orleans songbook. Rigney’s charismatic stage presence, humor, and high-energy showmanship pull the audience into his performances and make them feel that they are a part of the music and the show. Tom Rigney and Flambeau were voted Best Cajun/Zydeco Band of 2004 by the West Coast Blues Hall of Fame. The members of Rigney’s band are Rigney on violin, Danny Caron on electric guitar, Caroline Dahl on piano, Steve Parks on bass and Iian Hoffman on drums. Of course, the dance floor will be open.

"Never less than spellbinding. The eclectic and sizzling music runs the gamut from
gritty zydeco and funky blues to New Orleans jazz and lyrical waltzes. It’s hard to know whether to be more impressed by Rigney's playing, his compositions, or the back-up support he gets."
Paul D. Comeau, Dirty Linen Magazine
 

Saturday, December 1
8pm
 $20
Chris Thomas King-solo
 
www.christhomasking.com
This evening we present a very special solo show with guitarist, singer, and songwriter Chris Thomas King, who (amongst other accomplishments) is the musician who played the Robert Johnson-based character in "O Brother Where Art Thou?" and contributed to the ground-breaking, chart-topping, and award-winning soundtrack. Based in New Orleans, King is an extremely talented musician whose feet are planted in the blues (both vintage and new) and is well-versed in gospel and other folk and modern styles of music. King is celebrating the very recent release of his latest CD "Bona Fide"; the show will feature music from this album and his previous albums and King's extensive film work.
 
Saturday, December 8
8:30pm
$20
Guitar Shorty www.guitarshorty.org
 
Legendary guitarist/vocalist Guitar Shorty is a giant in the blues world. Credited with influencing both Jimi Hendrix and Buddy Guy, Guitar Shorty has been electrifying audiences for five decades with his supercharged live shows and his incendiary recordings. Like a bare knuckled boxer, Shorty strikes with his blistering, physical guitar playing and his fierce vocals, connecting directly with body and soul. What really sets Shorty apart is his absolutely unpredictable, off-the-wall guitar playing. He reaches for sounds, riffs and licks that other blues players wouldn’t even think of. Amazon.com says his guitar work “sounds like a caged tiger before feeding time. His molten guitar pours his psychedelicized solos like lava over anything in his path.” The Chicago Reader declares, “Guitar Shorty is a battle-scarred hard-ass. He slices off his phrases and notes with homicidal fury. He is among the highest-energy blues entertainers on the scene.”
 
Wednesday, December 12
7:30pm
$20
Rob Ickes and Jim Hurst www.robickes.com
www.jimhurst.com/bio/
Two of Nashville’s biggest musical heavyweights, Rob Ickes and Jim Hurst team up for an evening of stellar bluegrass music. We’re very familiar with Ickes who lived in the area here about twenty years ago playing in multitude of different bands. It’s when Ickes hit Nashville that his dobro playing made him the talk of that town. He is a founding member of premier bluegrass group Blue Highway and instantly became recognized as one of the most innovative Dobro players on the scene today, contributing signature technique and greatly expanding the boundaries of the instrument's sonic and stylistic territory. He won the International Bluegrass Music Association's Dobro Player of the Year award for a record-setting eleventh time in 2009; IBMA notes that he is the most awarded instrumentalist in the history of the IBMA awards.

As an active session player and touring musician, he has collaborated with a wide range of musicians, including Charlie Haden, Merle Haggard, Earl Scruggs, Tony Rice, David Grisman, Alison Krauss, Willie Nelson, David Lee Roth, Dolly Parton, Patty Loveless, Peter Rowan, Claire Lynch, and Mary Chapin Carpenter. Guitarist Jim Hurst’s unique picking style and mastery of bluegrass guitar wows audiences everywhere. To listen to Jim Hurst is to be amazed by his tasteful and flawless performances. He is a much sought after player, even playing in Trisha Yearwood’s band in the early 90’s. But it is love of bluegrass and his expertise in playing it that make greatly admired. We have seen him here during his days playing with Clare Lynch as well as him performing solo. He is a true master. This pairing will be an enormous treat.
 
Thursday, December 13
8pm
$15
California Honeydrops www.cahoneydrops.com
Digging deep into the roots of American music, The California Honeydrops embrace the traditions of Blues, Gospel, Second Line New Orleans Jazz, and early R&B. With stellar performances of traditional material as well as their own innovative music, The California Honeydrops get people out of their seats and onto the floor, dancing, sweating, and singing along. Since their formation 4 years ago in the subway stations of Oakland, CA, The California Honeydrops have completed 6 European tours, spread honey on crowds throughout the US, and recorded 2 full length albums of original music, all without the help of a record label or major booking agency. Their secret? An irresistible sound that blends the energy and intimacy of a street performance, undeniable talent and musicianship, and the soul and fervor of a spiritual street parade.
 
Saturday, December 15
8pm
$30
Kinky Friedman www.kinkyfriedman.com
Fact-finding mission by Texas’ beloved singer-songwriter, author, cigar and tequila mogul, and animal rescuer

The one and only Kinky Friedman returns to the West Coast on what he calls Kinky Friedman's Bi-Polar Tour--A Fact Finding Mission. Is Kinky Friedman, self-proclaimed author, columnist, musician, beautician and Governor of the Heart of Texas, really bipolar? Come and find out. Kinky’s BiPolar World Tour is nothing if not a fact-finding mission, as Kinky calculates national political views, particularly toward the Kinkster himself, as he considers a second run for Texas governor. After a plethora of gaffes by Texas’ Rick Perry, one of the nation’s least popular sitting governors, the Kinkster will bring a fresh view of Texas politics with him. Pollsters and the Kinky-ites believe he can win this time.
Aside from his pending political rebirth, Kinky is both energized and excited about all things Kinky, not least of which is his new book written with Willie Nelson, Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die. Kinky will also be hawking his new live solo CD, Live From Woodstock.

Prepare yourself to hear this infamous raconteur spin stories about any number of subjects as well deliver such infamous Kinky tunes as, “Ride ’Em Jewboy,” “Sold American” “"Get Your Biscuits in the Oven and Your Buns in Bed" and “They Ain’t Makin’ Jews Like Jesus Anymore.” Yes he is one of a kind.
 
Wednesday, December 19
7:30pm 
$20
Christmas Jug Band www.christmasjugband.com
Join us once again for some off-beat holiday cheer as an all-star lineup of north Bay Area musicians, Paul Rogers (of Those Darn Accordions!), various Commander Cody alumni, and other Mill Valley musicians, join together to perform original holiday numbers, parodies of unlikely classics, and raucous jugbandizations of seasonal favorites. The Christmas Jug Band has been performing around the Bay Area in various incarnations for over twenty years. Their material ranges from holiday pop and jazz classics such as "Winter Wonderland" and "Merry Christmas, Baby" to more off-beat tunes as "Daddy's Drinkin' Up Our Christmas," "Somebody Stole My Santa Claus Suit," “Santa Lost a Ho” and "Santa Don't Do It," a song campaigning that Santa not shave off his beard even though Mrs. Claus wants him to. Think of evening as big-time fun in the form of woozy vocals accompanied by harmonicas, rubboards, washtub basses, jugs, kazoos, accordions, and scuffed-up guitars.
 
Friday, December 28
8pm
$28
Trailer Hoppin’ at The Palms with
Antsy McClain & the Trairler Park Troubadours
 
www.unhitched.com
Tonight Antsy McClain and the Trailer Park Troubadours return to The Palms for another nutty evening of songs about all things “Trailer Park.” This evening there will be prizes for best dressed (by trailer park standards, of course) as well as a Trailer Park Beauty Pageant. Who will be crowned Ms. Pine View Heights? And as far as music goes there will be a batch of new songs off their new album Living the Dream. Antsy & the Troubs are a hoot. McClain’s good-humored, audacious performance style is a hallmark of his shows: from his pompadour hair to polyester clothes, from his no-holds-barred dancing to serio-comic delivery, this is a performer at the top of his game. Partner this with the witty lyrics and catchy melodies of McClain’s off-beat crowd-pleasers (including “It Ain’t Home ‘Til You Take The Wheels Off”, “Living in Aluminum”, “Prozac Made Me Stay”, “Wreck of the Bookmobile”, “I Was Just Flipped Off By A Silver-Haired Old Lady With A ‘Honk If You Love Jesus’ Sticker On The Bumper Of Her Car”, and “Cubic Zirconium in the Rough”) and the excellent musicianship of the Trailer Park Troubadours explains how McClain can earn and keep an audience’s attention like few others.
 
Monday, December 31
9:30pm
$45
New Year’s Eve w/
Roy Rogers & the Delta Rhythm Kings
 
www.roy-rogers.com
Celebrate the turning of the New Year at The Palms with one of favorite bands Roy Rogers & the Delta Rhythm Kings. Rogers is widely recognized as one of the world's finest practitioners and innovators of modern slide guitar. Rogers has been nominated for 8 Grammy's as producer, songwriter and performer. An exciting live performer, he has performed with Carlos Santana, Bonnie Raitt, Steve Miller, Linda Ronstadt, Sammy Hagar and many others. Rogers' has appeared at the worlds most prestigious festivals including Montreux, North Sea, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Featival - and festivals in Norway, Australia, France & Italy. He has been covered by major media including NPR's Morning Edition, Rolling Stone, USA Today, Billboard & Guitar Player.

"Rogers is both a sensational and a sensitive blues guitarist - certainly among the finest slide guitarists playing today. His wailing slide guitar sound (and churning rhythms, when needed) mark him and his work as of the highest caliber." - San Francisco Chronicle
"Rogers is an exceptionally articulate slide guitarist, either he's scorching Robert Johnson's 'Ramblin' Blues' or taking a lovely, lyrical journey...or rockin' it out. One of the rare guitar heroes who values feeling over flash."
- Rolling Stone

"Many guitarists dabble in slide guitar, but the number of modern masters can probably be counted on one hand - Roy Rogers is surely one of them..." - Guitar Player

The dance floor will be open.  Party favors and champagne toast provided.