California's Iconic Palomino Club Set to Rise Again For Oct. 8 Benefit: Exclusive

 The Palomino sign on display at the Valley Relics Musuem.
Photo credit: Tommy Gelinas, Valley Relics Museum

 The Palomino sign on display at the Valley Relics Musuem.

Jim Lauderdale, Rosie Flores and James Intveld and his Honky Tonk Palominos are among the artists who have signed on to play The Palomino Rides Again, an Oct. 8 concert celebrating the 70th anniversary of Los Angeles’ storied Palomino Club.

The concert, a benefit for the Valley Relics Museum, will take place in the original North Hollywood location that the club, now a banquet hall, occupied from 1949 until it shuttered in 1995. Members from the original Palomino Riders house band as well as  Original Barn Dance founder Ronnie Mack, who hosted a monthly showcase at the Palomino, will also appear. Several more acts will be announced soon. 

In its heyday, the Palomino was the most popular country music club in Southern California, hosting everyone from Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, George Jones and Merle Haggard to the Everly Brothers, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings and Linda Ronstadt. Dubbed Grand Ole Opry West, it  was seminal in the development of the ’80 cowpunk scene that gave birth to acts like Dwight Yoakam, Lone Justice, the Blasters and X. 

 “The Palomino was an integral part of my social and musical life,” Flores says. “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 times 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.”   

“The Palomino was the most important music venue for country music after the Ryman Auditorium,” adds 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.”

The fundraiser will feature a BBQ dinner, as well as numerous artifacts from the Valley Relics 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. Tickets are available here.

Rebelle Road Presents, a female-founded production company dedicated to strengthening the California country community and increasing gender equity at venues and festivals, is booking the event. “Rebelle Road is thrilled to partner with the Valley Relics Museum to present a historic show at this legendary venue,” says Karen Rappaport McHugh, Rebelle Road co-founder. “There are so many legacy and new country artists who consider California home and are receiving national attention again, so the timing is right to honor and celebrate the strong country community that exists here.”

McHugh will also moderate a panel on the Palomino Club’s legacy at September’s Americana Fest in Nashville as part of the 70th anniversary festivities.