Rissi Palmer one of six acts to headline Living Room Festival in March 2019 in Tampa, FL!!! 

The Living Room Festival announced their 2019 lineup and Rissi Palmer was chosen as one of six artists to headline!!! This one of a kind festival takes place in the Tampa Bay area March 26-31 and hosts 30 concerts during that time. Music fans and hosts from Canada, France, and all around the U.S. come to St. Petersburg FL to meet and experience an amazing week (or long weekend) of intimate and remarkable performances.The festival showcase is March 29th at the Palladium Theater in St. Petersburg.  Rissi's specific concert dates, times, and locations will be announced later this year. For more information about the artists and festival, please visit https://listeningroomfestival.com/

Rissi's making a video in the San Jose area and needs YOU to be in it!!! 

Attention San Jose friends: I will be in town shooting a video for my song Seeds with film maker Emil Gallardo on Saturday, August 18. As you may or may not know, Seeds was written to empower us to fight for social justice and recognize how powerful we are when we fight together rather than against each other. This short film/video is a collaboration between Emil and I to motivate people to get out and vote in the upcoming midterm elections. If you have been looking for a way to get involved, here's an opportunity. We are seeking extras to bring this story to life. We need all ethnicities, shapes, orientations, etc. Click on the link below for location information if interested: https://www.facebook.com/events/230792204272757/

Rissi headlines Kids for Change: End of Summer Celebration!!! 

Join Families Moving Forward, a wonderful organization helping families in the Durham area, for their Inaugural Kids for Change End of Summer Celebration from 3-5 pm on Sunday, August 26th, 2018 at the Durham Central Park! This is event is FREE and ALL ARE WELCOME! 

There will be family-friendly entertainment, affordable food/drinks and plenty of fun for the whole family. Headlined by Durham's own Rissi Palmer, Baron von Rumblebuss and Jeghetto! Visit https://fmfnc.org/kidsforchange/ for more info on the event and about Families Moving Forward!

A new original Rissi Palmer song included in The Durham Nutcracker!!! 

I have had the distinct pleasure of working with the amazing talent at Walltown Children's Theatre for three years now. Each Christmas, they put on "The Durham Nutcracker" (Tchaikovsky with a Durham twist) and I'm super excited because this year, Cynthia let me write a NEW song and scene for the play!!! I hope that you will check out these beautiful and talented children as they act, dance, and sing their hearts out. Tickets are on sale now and there are discounts for group tickets, you can purchase them HERE.

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Previous events

Rissi Palmer & Jenny Van West

245 East NC Highway 54, Suite 202 , Durham, NC

I'm excited to play with the truly fabulous singer and songwriter Jenny Van West on her tour of the Southeast. Please spread the word to any friends in the Raleigh / Durham area—it's going to be a VERY special night!!! Advance thanks to Dr. Brooke Jackson for opening her doors and beautiful space for this event. Space is limited for this intimate, acoustic show, so reserve your space today by emailing your RSVP to jennyvanwest@gmail.com. The suggested donation for the show is $15 and all money goes to the artists. 


Kids for Change: End of Summer Celebration

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Durham Central Park, 501 Foster St. , Durham, NC

Join Families Moving Forward for our Inaugural Kids for Change End of Summer Celebration from 3-5 pm on Sunday, August 26th, 2018 at the Durham Central Park! This is event is FREE and ALL ARE WELCOME!

We'll have family-friendly entertainment, affordable food/drinks and plenty of fun for the whole family. Headlined by Durham's own Rissi Palmer with other local talents to be announced.

RMG and Mike Hicks Present: SIX

3rd and Lindsley, Nashville, TN

The third installment of #SiX featuring performances by artists who helped build the foundation of the #Nashville independent music scene over the past decade. Join us July 12 @3rdandlindsley for this very special event.

Nina Revisted with Four Women

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West End Wine Bar, 601 W Main St, Durham, NC

On Wednesday June 20, 2018 we're highlighting the Start of Cool concert by teaming up for a community conversation about Nina Simone Revisited with Four Women (Carly P. Jones, Rissi Palmer, Yolanda Rabun, and Tamisha Waden) who will offer insight into their own creative process as well as Nina Simone's influence on their artistic legacy.

The '72 Redo to benefit Harmony Music School

Doodad Farm, 4701 Land Rd. , Greensboro, NC 27406

For the fourth year in a row, Doodad Farm has recruited a group of talented musical volunteers to support a local music-related nonprofit for our tribute show. This year we're trying something different -- a tribute to a year in history. We’re going to take a trip back to another era. 1972 was a pivotal year in terms of art, culture and history, with parallels to our current times. We invite everyone to come out, support Harmony Music School with your donations, and slip back into a simpler day.

Starting at 3pm, we'll have a steady stream of music as the area's best musicians recreate the songs that were released in 1972. We're talking the Rolling Stones, James Taylor, Seals and Croft, Alice Cooper, Tanya Tucker, Neil Young, Aretha Franklin -- all the songs you heard on the radio back when the stations played the whole spectrum of music. We'll also be celebrating other aspects of 1972 culture and history.

We don't charge admission, but we do hope you'll support Harmony Music School (www.harmonymusicschoolgso.org). Harmony was created by local musician and music teacher Lyn Koonce to provide free musical instruments and instruction to children who otherwise might have no exposure to the magic of playing music. Contribute however you can - we'd love to see $20 per guest, every cent of which goes straight to Harmony Music School.

Everyone is welcome to come join us for this unique celebration!

Other details: • Kids, dogs, and even mothers-in-law are always welcome as long as they behave themselves. • This is an outside, farm like setting (thus the name). Dress like you’re going camping and you’ll be fine. • We never allow weapons of any sort at the farm. If you think you need to protect yourself, you’re in the wrong place. • Bring your own beverages, and consume them responsibly. Other smart items include chairs, snacks, coolers, sunscreen, and bug spray. We'll have a food truck on site, but of course you're welcome to bring a picnic. No open fires, but grills are fine as long as you leave no trace of your cooking. • Smoking is permitted as long as you don’t bother anyone or do any butt-dropping. We ask that smoking take place away from the stage area so that others may enjoy the show. • Please clean up after yourself and treat the Farm as if it’s your own (in a way, it is!). • Portable toilets and drinking water will be available. • Let someone help you park, especially if the field is wet. • Please keep in mind that this is a family-friendly event, not a recreation of Woodstock. We will not tolerate any illegal activities on the premises.

Even the Losers Get Lucky Sometimes: A Tom Petty Tribute

The Pinhook, 117 W Main St, Durham, North Carolina 27701

A Tom Petty Tribute Concert


W/ MUSIC FROM Joe Hall | Kamara Thomas | Keil Jansen KYLE KEEGAN | Kym Register | Libby Rodenbough | Michael Taylor| Michael Libramento | Molly Erin Sarlé | Phil Cook | Rissi Palmer | Shirlette Ammons | Skylar Gudasz | Tamisha Waden


Paris of the Piedmont Concert with Wes Collins and Rissi Palmer

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Carrboro, NC

Plan for an exciting night of song-swapping with Rissi Palmer (Durham, NC) and Wes Collins (Pittsboro, NC) at our "Paris of the Piedmont" house concert. Doors open at 2:15 pm. Light beverages and snacks will be served (BYOB). Suggested donation of $15. RSVP to get house address (rmhathorn@yahoo.com).

Singer-songwriter Rissi Palmer experienced a lifetime of milestones when she released her self-titled debut album in 2007. As one of country music's most promising new stars, Rissi received widespread attention across all media platforms including print features in Ebony, GIANT, Newsweek, Parade, People, Rolling Stone and The Wall Street Journal, to name a few. She made numerous national television and radio appearances such as the CBS Early Show, NPR's Tavis Smiley, and Sirius XM's Dr. Maya Angelou's Show on "Oprah & Friends." Rissi also made music history as the first African-American female to chart a country song since 1987 with the release of her debut single, "Country Girl." (More... https://rissipalmermusic.com/)

2015 Kerrville Grassy Hill New Folk winner Wes Collins calls his music “guitar driven folk-pop with teeth”. He released his debut album, One Layer Down, in 2013 and is just about done writing the next one (look for it in the Spring of 2018). Since appearing at Kerrville, Wes has played throughout the Southwest, from the legendary Bluebird Cafe in Nashville to a formal showcase at the Southwest Regional Folk Alliance Conference in Austin. This year Wes took second place in Moravia Texas's 2017 Songwriter Serenade and received a songwriting fellowship from the North Carolina Arts Council. (More... https://www.wescollins.com/)

Rissi Palmer, Wes Collins, & Grady Crumpler on Pass the Hat

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WHUP, 117 W. King St. , Hillsborough, NC

Rissi Palmer and Wes Collins kicks us off at 6PM. Both are triangle-area locals and both bring fantastic songwriting and performing skills along with the many other tools in their kits. You will be thoroughly enthralled! More Rissi: https://www.rissipalmermusic.com/ More Wes: https://www.wescollins.com/

Grady Crumpler takes over at 7PM. Grady is another great singer/songwriter perfectly complimenting the first hour of the show with his own powerful musicianship and story telling. More Grady: https://www.reverbnation.com/musician/gradycrumpler

As always, feel free to join us in studio, listen live at 104.7FM or stream it live a whupfm.org. Best bet? Join us in the studio! All performances are archived and available to stream anytime at https://whupfm.org/show/pass-the-hat/

Many songs are recorded on video and posted to our youtube channel https://www.youtube.com/WHUPPassTheHat

Charley Crockett w/ Rissi Palmer

Motorco, 723 Rigsbee Ave., Durham, NC

Sonic Pie Productions and So When Do I Clap? present Texas roots/blues artist Charley Crockett. Full band format and first headlining show in Durham! Growing up with a single mother in San Benito, Texas, the hometown of Tejano star Freddy Fender was not easy for blues singer Charley Crockett. Hitchhiking across the country exposed Crockett to the street life at a young age, following in the footsteps of his relative, American folk hero Davy Crockett, who also lived a wild life on the American frontier. After train hopping across the country, singing on the streets for change in New Orleans’ French Quarter, busking in New York City and performing across Texas and Northern California, Crockett set off to travel the world and lived on the streets of Paris for nearly a year before searching for home in Spain, Morocco, and Northern Africa.

The blues artist returned home to Texas and released his debut solo album titled A Stolen Jewel in 2015, receiving critical acclaim in Dallas and ultimately landing him a Dallas Observer Music Award that year for “Best Blues Act”. A record “rich with Southern flavor, a musical gumbo of Delta blues, honky-tonk, gospel and Cajun jazz,” Jewel proved that Crockett, born into poverty in the Rio Grande, had come home to make his musical mark on the South. Crockett, who is self-described as elusive, rebellious and self-taught, has been compared to legends like Bill Withers, Merle Haggard, and Gary Clark Jr.

He released his sophomore record In The Night, an admirable nod to his Texas country and Louisiana blues roots, on June 4 and ended 2016 having played over 125 shows. “In the Night” and Crockett’s song “I Am Not Afraid” received international recognition from top tastemakers after being picked by NPR Music as one of the "Top 10 Songs Public Radio Can't Stop Playing” and selected by David Dye to be featured on World Cafe in late July. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram called it “an impressive calling card, full of Crockett's plaintive soulfulness and swinging tempos" and Central Track noted the artist as having "the well-rounded songwriting capabilities of Van Morrison and a vocal approach that finds common ground between Bill Withers and early Dr. John." Crockett graced the cover of Buddy Magazine in May 2016, who called him “the archetype of the new American vagabond.”

He has shared the stage with artists like Justin Townes Earle, Citizen Cope, Alejandro Escovedo, Joe Ely, Sean Hayes, Tab Benoit, Turnpike Troubadours, and Leon Bridges.

Durham's powerhouse southern soul outfit, the Rissi Palmer Band, opens the evening!

$12 adv, $14 day of show

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