Dirk Hamilton celebrates release of 'Live at The Palms' at The Palms on Friday, April 5

Singer-songwriter Dirk Hamilton will celebrate the release of “Dirk Hamilton Band Live at The Palms” at the venue at which it was recorded on Friday, April 5 (8 p.m., $22 general/$12 students). Courtesy photo.

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“The Palms is not a nightclub. The Palms is a magic-spot!” proclaimed singer-songwriter Dirk Hamilton from The Palms’ stage in April 2016. Hamilton will return to the venue on Friday, April 5 for a show celebrating the release of “Dirk Hamilton Band Live at The Palms.” Tickets for the 8 p.m. concert are $20 ($12 with student ID). “It’s a long story,” said Hamilton, “but it’s from a show we did there in 2009.” He is pleased with how the recording, which which IAC Records released, turned out. Hamilton’s music ranges from a powerful rock intensity to a blues feel to a light folk-music beauty. He is a prolific artist who has released 18 previous albums under various labels, including his own, Acoustic Rock Records. His previous studio album is “Touch and Go.” In the mid to late 1970s, Hamilton recorded four critically acclaimed albums for major labels: two while at ABC Records, and two while at Elektra/Asylum Records. These albums were highly regarded and he was on the verge of a very big break, working with the likes of Steely Dan producer Gary Katz. Hamilton stepped away from music for a while in the 1980s, working various jobs including as a counselor for emotionally-disturbed teenagers and as a rent-a-cop to guard sugar until the music bug bit him again. Since re-entering music in the 1980s, then, Hamilton has continued writing and performing, always delivering on a show that is viscerally exciting, often funny, and many times poignant and introspective.   Hamilton is a poet and musician known for his uniquely intelligent lyrics and passionate performance style, earning praise such as the LA Times dubbing him “a brilliant live performer.” His music is difficult to pigeon-hole and spans indie rock, alt-rock, roots music, Americana and folk rock. His lyrics and performances earn him comparisons to Bob Dylan, Van Morrison and John Hiatt. Hamilton’s music and the immediacy of his concerts and have won him dedicated national and international followings, fueled with frequent tours of Europe as well as the US. Tickets 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. For more information, visit palmsplayhouse.com and dirkhamilton.com.]]>

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