Peter Case brings career-spanning show to The Palms Saturday, July 20

Case will perform at The Palms Playhouse on Saturday, July 20 at 8 p.m.
Peter Case will bring music from his time with the Nerves, the Plimsouls and his solo career to The Palms in Winters on Saturday, July 20 at 8 p.m. ($22 general/$12 students). Courtesy photo

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Three-time Grammy nominee Peter Case sets the bar for authenticity, passion and imagination, whether he’s playing folk, blues or rock.  Case will perform at The Palms Playhouse on Saturday, July 20 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $22 ($12 with student ID).  When Case was in high school in Buffalo, New York, his stated career goal was to be an itinerant bluesman. He dropped out of school after ninth grade (later earning a GED) in order to pursue music full time. Case arrived in the Bay Area in 1973, first working as a street musician and then playing in the seminal power-pop group the Nerves, noted for their song “Hanging on the Telephone” (made famous by Blondie) and being an important element in early punk and power pop scenes in San Francisco and Los Angeles.  Once in Los Angeles, Case formed the post-punk group the Plimsouls, landing a deal with Geffen Records. The Plimsouls achieved success with the hit single “A Million Miles Away,” which got them a role in the cult hit movie “Valley Girl” as the band performing during the club scenes.  Since then, Case has had a prodigious and eclectic solo career. His 1986 solo Geffen Record debut revealed deep roots in folk and blues, earned him his first Grammy nomination for the song “Old Blue Car” and won the Number 1 spot on the New York Times’ 1986 Best CDs list.  Six albums later, Case earned another Grammy nomination for “Let Us Now Praise Sleepy John,” a collection of songs that features Case’s voice and a single guitar.  The most recent of Case’s 15 solo albums are “On the Way Downtown: Recorded Live on FolkScene” (2017), “Lost Songs & Outside Favorites” (2016) and “Hwy 62” (2015). Dubbed “one of rock’s greatest voices and songwriters” and “one of the most hard-working and consistently innovative songwriters in the hard-rockin’ folk section” (Denise Sullivan, AllMusic), Case delivers his songs with intense passion and introspective nuance whether performing solo or with a full band.  A complex, original lyricist, Case fuses many of the diverse quintessentially American musical styles—blues, rock ‘n’ roll, country, soul, R&B and folk—and has a penchant for giving voice to underdogs and the downtrodden. On July 20, Case will play favorite songs from all stages of his career, including with the Nerves, the Plimsouls and as a solo artist. 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 and]]>

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