LOS ANGELES, CA (August 15, 2018) – Long considered to be the epicenter of California’s country music scene, The Palomino Club, (which closed in 1995) will re-open its doors for a one-night-only benefit concert at its original North Hollywood location on Monday, October 8 at 7:30pm. The event, to raise funds for the Valley Relics Museum, will showcase a stellar lineup of legacy and up-and-coming artists, with 100% of the proceeds going to continue the museum’s mission.
Rebelle Road Presents has booked Americana icons and Palomino veterans Jim Lauderdale (who also hosts a SiriusXM Outlaw Radio show), Rosie Flores, James Intveld and his Honky Tonk Palominos, as well as members from the original PALOMINO RIDERS house band. Original Barn Dance founder Ronnie Mack, who hosted a monthly showcase there until it closed, will help to MC the event. More names will be announced in the upcoming weeks. Tickets can be purchased at www.thepalominoclub.com. All tickets are fully tax deductible.
“The Palomino was the most important music venue for country music after the Ryman Auditorium,” said James Intveld. “Country music stars from Buck Owens to Merle Haggard and Gram Parsons to Dwight Yoakam recognized the difference in the freedom, lifestyle and the California upbeat sound that originated out here where the Palomino was its headquarters.”
Rosie Flores agrees, adding, “The Palomino was an integral part of my social and musical life. I saw some of my biggest Honky Tonk influences there; owner Tommy Thomas gave me my first break after I won the talent contest four time in a row. I’m thrilled to be part of a special evening with my fellow songwriters and musicians from the best times in my life.”
Blasters’ founder Dave Alvin, who often performed at the venue, offered this, “The Palomino was the Grand Temple of west coast country music and later on, all the various styles of roots music. It’s finally time to tell the rich and wild stories of one of American music’s great nightclubs.”
In addition to the concert performances, the Palomino Rides Again fundraiser will feature a BBQ dinner, as well as numerous artifacts from the museum’s collection of country music and Hollywood history including original pieces from the Palomino, Nudie Cohen items, and one of the famous “Nudie Mobile” cars. Music memorabilia and specially donated items will also be available for auction.
“The roots of California’s country music scene were first planted in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley,” said museum founder Tommy Gelinas. “No place represented that more closely than the legendary Palomino Club so we’re thrilled to show off memorabilia that hasn’t been seen in almost 40 years.”
Other Palomino Club-themed events, to celebrate the venue’s 70th anniversary and California’s country music legacy will be announced in the coming months including a panel discussion during AMERICANAFEST® 2018 with artists who played at The Palomino.
About The Palomino Club: Recognized as one of the country’s greatest nightclubs, it has been referred to as the west coast’s Grand Ole Opry. Popular artists from every decade considered it their musical home including: Johnny Cash, Rose Maddox, Buck Owens, Glen Campbell, Emmylou Harris, Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Linda Ronstadt, among others.
Located in an obscure, working class section of L.A. which was a far cry from trendy clubs of Hollywood, The Palomino was so popular that artists including Bob Dylan, Elvis Costello, George Harrison, and John Fogerty also gave impromptu performances.