The Palms, a longtime institution in the Yolo County arts scene announced on Tuesday it was closing its doors indefinitely and refunding tickets.
“We are writing to let you know that The Palms is going on indefinite hiatus,” said an email from owners owners Andrew Fridae and Nora Cary. “We’re so grateful for your support over the last 45 years!”
Opening in a South Davis barn in 1975, the venue hosted a wide range of musical acts including blues, folk, Celtic, swing and bluegrass. It was forced to find a new home in 2002 due to encroaching development and moved to the Winters Opera House. Fridae and Cary bought it in 2017.
“Since the early days in the barn, you’ve put your trust in The Palms to bring you good music,” they wrote, “whether the band was a Grammy-winning national treasure or an indie group from down the street.”
Entertainment venues all over the country have been hit hard by the coronavirus outbreak, and The Palms is no different. It posted a string of cancellations as the pandemic stretched from spring into summer, and with the numbers getting worse, it’s unlikely health authorities will allow mass events like concerts anytime soon.