Last month, when Michael Holmes announced that Palm Springs’ iconic Purple Room would reopen August 31 for the first time since COVID turned off the footlights, the result was immediate, heart-warming and challenging.
“The phones haven’t stopped ringing and the emails haven’t stopped,” said Holmes, who has been working overtime to get the venue up and entertaining post pandemic. “Running a supper club is the most gratifyingly exhausting experience during the best of times. With the ‘Delta Surge’, this is the most challenging of times. But, Labor Day, we’ll be ready.”
On Tuesday, August 31, the Purple Room will reopen with its usual format: Jazz and Blues focus on Tuesdays with Rose Mallett. Wednesdays swing with Michael Holmes and Darci Daniels and their music of the Rat Pack era. Jazz, Broadway and ‘60s pop takes the stage Thursdays with Sharon Sills. For Labor Day Weekend — Friday, Saturday and Sunday, September 3, 4 & 5, the great live jazz combo led by Mark Kahny will feature some of the area’s favorite singers. Also, for the first weekend, open dining — with reservations suggested although not required — will be instituted, the same as the Purple Room’s weekday format.
The Purple Room will require proof of vaccination for all guests and employees. Additionally, masks will also be required to enter and move about the club but may be removed at table while eating and drinking. During September, there will be a lot of both in celebration of the beloved nightspot coming back to life. Things start, appropriately enough, with an act fit for a King: the King himself.
“I gotta’ tell you, I’m all shook up about playing the iconic Purple Room,” says Scot Bruce whose critically acclaimed Elvis: The Early Years plays Friday, September 10 with additional performances scheduled in October. “I’ve ‘done’ Elvis all around the world, been in music videos with Faith Hill and Sheryl Crow, worked in Disneyland, appeared on Days of our Lives and been praised by CNN, but giggin’ for Michael Holmes’ is a real delight.”
On Saturday, September 11, things get jumpin’ with Palm Springs JUMP!: the musical revue homage to such legendary Palm Springs regulars as Bob Hope, Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, Lucile Ball, Keely Smith, Sonny Bono and more. Created by and featuring Michael Holmes, Charles Herrera and Darci Daniels, the evening features the musical flair of Palm Springs celebrated pianist, Joel Baker. Palm Springs JUMP! is an evening of high-energy entertainment and a hats-off salute to the Hollywood glamour for which the Desert is famed.
“We have more fun than should be legal,” says Holmes who first presented the popular show in 2019. “The spirit of classic Palm Springs lives when we’re all on stage together.”
Since one night isn’t enough to contain all the sequins and sensational singing, Friday and Saturday, September 17 & 18 brings Lee Squared! Liberace & Miss Peggy Lee – Coming Out of COVID.
“We had just begun our World Tour when the planet went into lockdown,” said Liberace and Peggy’s alter egos David Maiocco and Chuck Sweeney. “We’re ecstatic to be not in a Zoom Room but onstage at The Purple Room.”Rounding out the month September 24 & 25 is one of the world’s most-sought-after singers today, the incredible Jane Monheit: our generation’s Ella Fitzgerald.
“I am so thrilled to once again play Palm Springs and work with Michael Holmes and his incredible team,” said Monheit, a Purple Room regular and supporter of the GoFundMe campaign that helped the venue get through COVID. “There are very few world-class venues that define cabaret, and the Purple Room is one of them.”
Autumn falls into place with such favorites as Ann Hampton Callaway, Liz Callaway, Jonathan Karrant, Amanda McBroom, Sharon McNight, Marilyn Maye, Diane Schuur and Billy Stritch. The Holiday Season features crowd pleasers Branden & James: A Christmas Gift, Elvis: the Early Years & Blue Suede Christmas with Scot Bruce and the Skivvies: Say It Ain’t Snow. Plus, of course, weekly spectacles of “The Judy Show!” with Michael Holmes including a special “Old Fashioned Christmas” are guaranteed. In addition to these special guests, The Purple Room continues Jazz and Blues focus on Tuesdays with Rose Mallett. Wednesdays swing with Michael Holmes and Darci Daniels and their music of the Rat Pack era with. Jazz, Broadway and ‘60s pop takes the stage Thursdays with Sharon Sills.
“It takes more than the worst pandemic in 102 years to keep us down,” laughs the perennially optimistic Holmes who bought and restored the venue, site of the 1960s era ‘Rat Pack’s’ first performances, in 2015. “With the generous support of our friends and fans around the world, we’re getting through.”
The full schedule and ticket ordering information for the 2021 Purple Room season can be found online at www.purpleroompalmsprings.com with a link to Brown Paper Tickets.