Sam Dickey Trio brings jazz, West African, rock, New Orleans influences to The Palms on Aug. 18

Davis-bred, New Orleans-based guitarist Sam Dickey (pictured) will bring his trio to The Palms Playhouse (13 Main St., Winters) on Saturday, August 18 for a night of music with jazz, West African, R&B and rock influences. Tickets for the 8 p.m. show are $20. Courtesy photo

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From Davis to West Africa to New Orleans, Sam Dickey’s life has shaped his music. On Saturday, Aug. 18, the Davis-bred guitarist will bring his trio to The Palms Playhouse (13 Main St. in Winters) for a rare hometown show of music that blends jazz, West African music, rock and New Orleans R&B.

In addition to Dickey, the Sam Dickey Trio is Eamonn Flynn on Hammond B-3 organ and Brandon Etzler on drums. Tickets for the 8 p.m. show are $20.

Dickey grew up in both Northern California and West Africa, and first began playing guitar when he was 10. He attended the Berklee College of Music in Boston, and then returned to West Africa to live and study for a year under the mentorship of world-renowned kora player Toumani Diabate.

Now living in New Orleans, Dickey has performed and recorded with a wide range of musicians including Amadou & Mariam, Tank and the Bangas, Fatoumata Diawara, Dayna Stephens, Quiana Lynell, Weedie Braimah and Toubab Krewe.

Through his life experience and musical path, Dickey has developed a personal style that combines the harmonic sophistication of jazz with the rhythmic and melodic sensibilities of West African music.

Flynn was born into a musical family in Dublin, Ireland. His soulful mastery on piano, keys, and organ landed him on the 12 million-selling movie soundtrack for “The Commitments.”

Now living in San Francisco, California he has recorded and toured worldwide with artists including Michael Franti and Spearhead, Coco Montoya, Elvin Bishop, Michelle Shocked, Evelyn “Champagne” King, Bernard Purdie, Grant Green Jr., Michelle Shocked, Pee Wee Ellis, Donald Harrison, Maria Muldaur, Finbar Furey, Honey Island Swamp Band, Tony Lindsay (Santana), The Black Family, Under and a 10 year stint with Meters drummer Zigaboo Modeliste.

San Francisco-born Etzler is one of the most sought after jazz, funk and R&B drummers in the Bay Area. Drawing on influences such as Idris Muhammad, Elvin Jones, Bernard Purdie, and Roy Haynes, Etzler has forged a unique, syncopated yet melodic style of drumming. He has played and recorded with Will Bernard, Brian Coogan, Steppin, and Lake Street Recording Artist and Grammy nominee Betty Joplin.

Tickets for the Sam Dickey Trio’s Aug. 18 show are available at Pacific Ace Hardware in Winters, Armadillo Music in Davis, Davids Broken Note in Woodland, online via The Palms website and Eventbrite and at the door if not sold out.

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