Michael Holmes’ Purple Room Palm Springs Reopens August 30
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Michael Holmes’ Purple Room Palm Springs Reopens August 30
Hollywood Legend Marilu Henner Makes Her Purple Room Debut
Labor Day Weekend, September 2 & 3
15 August 2022 – Palm Springs, CA: Keep Palm and carry on! Starting Tuesday, August 30, Michael Holmes’ Purple Room in Palm Springs (www.purpleroompalmsprings.com) is back with all your revered favorites plus some rising new stars, and that’s just on the cocktail menu! Throughout September enjoy jazz legend Rose Mallett on Tuesdays & Thursdays with Darci Daniels & Charles Herrera serving up classic Rat Pack Era stylings on Wednesdays. And, of course, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday, the Desert’s best and most generous Happy Hour rules over Frank’s Bourbon Bar with no cover, 4pm – 6pm.
“We’re looking forward to really roaring into the ‘20s,” said Michael Holmes, owner and manager of the iconic Desert hot spot, having bought and refurbished the storied venue in 2015. “It’s been a challenging couple of years, but like that song in Follies goes: We’re Still Here!”
After the opening week, things really get worked up for Labor Day Weekend, Friday & Saturday, September 2 & 3 when Hollywood legend Marilu Henner makes her Purple Room debut in her acclaimed cabaret show Music & Memories that was such a smash at New York’s 54 Below. With the energy of a teenager, the wisdom of a sage, and the memory of a superhero, the star of “Taxi,” “Evening Shade,” and “Gettin’ the Band Back Together” takes you on a journey through her decades long career filled with Broadway shows, movies, two hit sitcoms, and three husbands! Hilarious and heartfelt, this is an evening you won’t forget!
Friday, September 9 Verve recording artist and Hollywood “It Girl” Brenna Whitaker returnsto the Purple Room with her signature sound and powerful vocals in an evening of jazz standards and classics from the American Song Book including songs made famous by Peggy Lee, Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, and more. Whitaker will also perform selections from her self-titled album released by Verve Records and her newest album recorded in Nashville.
On Saturday, September 10, another Purple Room Premiere as beloved American Idol finalist Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon takes our audience on a beautiful musical journey from his humble beginnings in Baltimore to his electrifying performances and “coming out” story as Top-6 finalist on the 17th Season of American Idol. Accompanying himself at the piano and with guitar, Harmon performs audience favorites from American Idol, songs that inspired his journey from Leonard Cohen to Fleetwood Mac, and his new original music set for release this year. You won’t want to miss this. To quote Sir Elton John: “Jeremiah’s performance took my breath away.”
Now, sit back for one of the Purple Room’s most popular artists, returning for the first time in more than two years for one show only on Friday, September 16: Clint Holmes in his Peter Allen tribute“Between the Moon and New York City”. The Grammy nominee is the consummate entertainer, writer, performer, recording artist, and one of the country’s finest vocalists. As the show’s director Will Nunziata says: “Clint is peerless when it comes to his acting, singing, and storytelling, and he also has a danger about him. Clint enters the stage and the molecules of the theatre change.”
Saturday, September 17 get ready to rock with Palm Springs’ favorite Scot Bruce in his acclaimed show Elvis: The Early Years – a rollicking, uncanny trip through the legendary songs of the King himself. As close as you can get to Elvis without visiting Graceland.
Beloved singer / songwriter Chadwick Johnson returns “home” to the Purple Room on Friday, September 23 in celebration of his new album ‘Unbreakable‘. Chadwick weaves together a message of love and resilience with both modern and classic songs from the Great American Songbook. With the voice of an angel, and the artistry of a master storyteller, Chadwick creates soul stirring compositions that unearth the complexities of the human experience. On Saturday & Sunday September 24 & 25, things get campy when New York City’s legendaryLady Bunny brings her new show “The Greatest Ho on Earth!” for a night of “udder mayhem” and filthy fun. A talented comedienne, actress and singer, Ms. Bunny has graced your TV screen on shows like Sex and the City and RuPaul’s Drag U, and she is the emcee and creator of Wigstock, the outrageous drag festival of drag and music which electrified New Yorkers every Labor Day for over 20 years. For “The Greatest Ho On Earth”, Ms. Bunny will titillate and maybe even traumatize you! Audiences can expect a hilarious night of comedy, storytelling and song. Armed with her glitzy outfits, sky-high wigs and razor-sharp wit, Lady Bunny will have you laughing uproariously in the Desert. NOTE: This show has mature content. No audio or video recording or social media postings will be allowed during the show.
The Purple Room closes out the month on Friday, September 30 as Broadway Barbara returns to Palm Springs for her Purple Room debut following a string of raucous, sold out shows in London, Los Angeles, and New York City! Everything’s Coming Up Barbarais the definitive Barbara Dixon experience, packed full of songs, stories, and (if you’re lucky) a Fosse dance move or two. You won’t believe your eyes (or ears) as Barbara over-shares her way through a whirlwind tour of her life and career, with ribald show biz tales and comedic interpretations of classic Broadway tunes. Leah Sprecher, as the fictional Barbara Dixon, satirizes the autobiographical cabaret shows of song-and-dance broads like Elaine Stritch, Liza Minnelli and Barbara Cook in this uniquely hilarious show.
Winner of NBC’s The Voice Alisan Porter makes her Purple Room debut on October 1 and then hang onto your swizzle sticks as the legendary Marilyn Maye returns for three shows October 7, 8 & 9. Another Purple Premiere takes place October 14 & 15 withNiki Haris in Simply Classic in which this former Madonna backup artist owns the stage in a tour-de-force of pop, R&B, dance music and jazz. The high energy quintet Black Market Trust, Desert favorites, return October 21 & 22. On Sunday, October 23 (and again on November 20), Palm Springs JUMP! pays tribute to the legendary stars who called Palm Springs home or performed in Palm Springs — from Bob Hope, Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby to Lucille Ball, Keely Smith, Elvis Presley, Sonny & Cher and many more featuring the talents of veteran singers Charles Herrera, Darci Daniels and Michael Holmes, plus the musical flair of Palm Springs celebrated pianist, Joel Baker.
Finally, no tricks, but a real treat on Halloween weekend for three shows, Friday, Saturday & Sunday, October 28, 29 & 30 the unforgettable and unstoppable cabaret and stage superstar Sam Harris in Openly Gray! What a great way to kick off Pride Week in Palm Springs! November 4 & 5 brings a bundle of cuddly cabaret royalty back to our stage with the incomparable Christine Andreas whose Manhattan performances at Feinstein’s/54 Below had the NY Times accusing her of “electrifying her audiences, transforming them with pure alchemy and delicately killing with the sheer beauty of her voice.”
On November 11 & 12, Amanda McBroom returns to the fabulous Purple Room (her Palm Springs home away from home), with her amazing musical director, Michele Brourman, in an evening of her very favorite songs covering the musical galaxy, from standards by such greats as Cole Porter, Stephen Sondheim, Jaques Brel and Joanie Mitchell, to brand-new McBroom tunes…with a few Amanda classics thrown in for good measure, of course. Amanda McBroom has been called “the greatest cabaret performer of her generation, an urban poet who writes like an angel and has a voice to match.” Her name first came to the attention of the music public when Bette Midler’s version of Amanda’s song THE ROSE hit number one all over the world in 1979.
Described by The New York Times as a “one-of-a-kind performer who combines the sass of a classic blues mama with the skill of a Broadway star,” Lillias White brings her “glorious” voice and “slightly superhuman” ability to communicate the heart of a song (The New York Times) to her Purple Room debut for two performances November 18 & 29. Her turn in Cy Coleman’s Broadway musical, The Life, won her the TONY® Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical.
The Holidays officially start on Friday, November 25 (and again on December 23) with Scot Bruce in Elvis’s Blue Suede Christmas followed on Saturday, November 26 with the suave, crowd pleaser Jonathan Karrant, returning to the Purple Room for the release of his special new Holiday album, a collaboration with The Joe Alterman Trio.On December 2 & 3, raise your glasses and drop your pants for the very naughty and very nice The Skivvies: Sleigh My Name, a night of eclectic seasonal tunes and comedic, genre-hopping mashups. Lauren Molina and Nick Cearley not only strip down the arrangements on cello, ukulele, glockenspiel and melodica, they literally strip down to their underwear as they perform.
Always a sensation, the incomparable and loveable Diane Schuur returns for two shows, December 9 & 10, with her show “Happy Birthday, Deedles!” in reference to her childhood nickname. Schuur captures the essence of Dinah Washington on her newest album with a reflective version of Washington’s well-known “This Bitter Earth.” Co-produced by Schuur and Grammy winning saxophonist Ernie Watts, the project entitled Running On Faith features Schuur’s piano performance throughout.
Handsomely attired and talented to boot, Branden & James with special guest Effie Passero from Postmodern Jukebox return to The Purple Room after their wildly successful festive shows last season. Come fill your spirit with the holiday season as the three powerhouse performers present classic Holiday songs, as well as some lesser-known carols and feel good hits! Youtube sensation Jonah Wei-Haas will join on the keys.
“It’s a season to put into your stocking and hang it up for Santa,” Holmes laughs. “As always, the Purple Room staff – front of house, back of house, onstage, off, in the wings, in the kitchen and behind the cocktail shakers say Thank You! See you at the bar.”
About Michael Holmes’ Purple Room
The sophistication and glamour of the Rat Pack era comes alive at Michael Holmes’ Purple Room, the desert’s premier supper club. Tucked away in the Club Trinidad Hotel, The Purple Room is where Frank, Sammy, Dean, and their pals cavorted on and off the stage in the swinging 60s. Step in and you’ll be transported back to the elegance of the era: an intimate and inviting room, classic cocktails with a modern twist, world-class cuisine, and the best in live entertainment – six nights a week! Hobnob with celebrities, locals, and visitors alike at Michael Holmes’ Purple Room — where Palm Springs plays! Michael Holmes’ Purple Room Supper Club can accommodate any type of event from Birthday celebrations to Anniversary parties to corporate buyouts. For parties of 10 or more, please call (760) 322-4422.