The Palm Springs Cultural Center is proud to announce the second season of the Sand, Stars and Guitars Music Series that debuted at the Palm Springs Cultural Center in 2022/23. The series, which is Executive Produced by Keith Barnacastle, CEO of Turnberry Records and PSCC Board Member, includes the very best in Americana, Country, Bluegrass, NewGrass, Country Gospel, American Folk and even a little bit of ole time Blues. Award-Winners, Up and Coming Talent and Legendary Performers all come together for this uniquely Southern California Music Series!
Grammy-nominated and Dove Award winning Country music singer and songwriter Ty Herndon opens the new season on Saturday, October 7th. Herndon burst onto the country music scene and made his chart debut in 1995 with “What Mattered Most,” which became his first No. 1 song and garnered a Song of the Year award (Music Row Magazine). Between 1995 and 2002, Herndon charted 17 singles, including his three No.1s and numerous top 10 hits, such as “I Want My Goodbye Back,” “Loved Too Much,” “A Man Holding On,” and “Hands of a Working Man.” He topped the charts in 1996 with the single “Living in a Moment” and again in 1998 with “It Must Be Love.” In 2014, Herndon became the first major male country artist to publicly come out as gay in an exclusive with People magazine. He received an outpouring of support that only strengthened his relationship with fans and the country music community, all while expanding his reach to new and diverse audiences. In 2020, Herndon found himself back at No. 1 — this time on iTunes with his remake of “Orphans of God,” a collaboration with Kristin Chenoweth and Paul Cardall featured on his holiday release, Regifted.
Next up in the series, on November 11th, are Becky Buller & Ned Luberecki. She’s the 2016 IBMA Fiddler and Female Vocalist and he’s the 2018 IBMA Banjo Player, and together, they have created a true bluegrass concert filled with amazing music, musical wit and whimsy. Becky Buller has written songs for the likes of The Traveling McCourys, The Infamous Stringdusters, Special Consensus, Rhonda Vincent, Doyle Lawson, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, Kenny & Amanda Smith, Darin & Brooke Aldridge, and many more. She also heads up the Becky Buller Band (of which Ned is a member). Ned Luberecki is one of the favorite voices on Sirius/XM Satellite Radio’s Bluegrass Junction, heading up Saturday’s “Derailed” show and “More Banjo Sunday”, which includes the ever popular “Sunday Banjo Lesson”.
On December 8th, Tony Award Winner Levi Kreis returns to Palm Springs with his ninth annual Home for the Holidays Tour! His stunning piano/vocal holiday show infuses gospel, country, rockabilly and jazz into a fresh and flawless collection of Christmas classics and holiday favorites. His storytelling and comedic timing keeps audiences laughing in stitches while his ability to embody a song brings them to tears. This is a unique and intimate holiday concert from one of Broadway’s Tony award winning talents.
Sand, Stars and Guitars returns on January 19th with a musically magical concert featuring Grammy Award winning former Steel Drivers Lead singer Gary Nichols and number one hit singer/songwriter Billy Droze. It’s a mash-up of Blues, Rock, Country and Bluegrass all in one!
On February 10th, the series takes a turn back to traditional bluegrass with the Grammy award-winning bluegrass musician, composer, and living legend Peter Rowan. In a career spanning six decades, Rowan, who spent his early years playing under the tutelage of Bluegrass veteran Bill Monroe, later embarked on solo career before becoming a beloved bandleader singing, playing, and even yodeling his way through traditional bluegrass, contemporary folk and progressive bluegrass.
Sand, Stars and Guitars heats up on March 9th with Grammy-nominee and American Music Award winner Billy Gilman! Gilman, who burst onto the national stage in 2000 releasing the hit single “One Voice,” was included in the Guinness Book of World Records for being the youngest singer to ever reach #1 on the Billboard Top Country Album charts. He has sold ten million albums worldwide and garnered awards and nods from The Grammy’s, the Academy of Country Music, the Country Music Association, Billboard Magazine, and the American Music Association.
Bluegrass and Americana artist Rebekah Speer takes the Sand, Stars and Guitars stage on April 13th. Speer, who was married to gospel music legend Ben Speer, combines traditional bluegrass with the classic gospel music that made The Speer Family a household name for over a century.
May 25th brings a very special treat: John MeEuen! And if that name seems familiar, it’s probably because John was a founding member and award-winning outstanding performer of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. The legendary performer has made over 46 albums (7 solo) that have earned four platinum and five gold records, multiple Grammy Awards and nominations, CMA and ACM awards, an Emmy film score nomination, IBMA record of the year award, and performed on another 25 albums as guest artist.
Wrapping up the 2023/24 season of Sand, Stars and Guitars on June 15th is Reverend Peyton and his Big Damn Band! Peyton is considered the world’s foremost country blues finger-style picker, and his band, while just s trio, consistently deliver a sound that lives up to their name, with thick, bass-heavy, blues-based guitar and growling vocals accompanied by muscular but minimal drumming and the metallic percussive scratch of a washboard (making them one of the first rock bands to regularly feature the latter instrument since Black Oak Arkansas).
The 2023/24 Sand, Stars and Guitars music series is bringing the very best of American Music to Sunny Palm Springs. It’s a true Southern California phenomenon that is sure to quickly earn its place among national and International music series.
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