On Friday, March 18, Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks will premiere their new musical revue, “Kollege of Musical Knowledge,” for one night only at The Palms Playhouse, 13 Main St. in Winters.
This show is the latest in a series of Hicks-created musical productions that have paid homage to the singing cowboys, saluted the folk years and honored swing noir. In this show, Hicks pays tribute to the composers and artists he most admires, including Duke Ellington, Chuck Berry, Bob Dylan, Richard Rogers, Paul Simon and, of course, himself.
“Professor” Hicks and the Hot Licks will teach eager pupils some music history as well as a variety of musical styles. They’ll also present a repertoire of their much-loved signature tunes.
Hicks’ songwriting and blend of styles, folk-swing guitar playing and unmistakable sense of humor have made him a cultural icon, landing him on the cover of Rolling Stone twice and provoking Tom Waits to say, “Dan Hicks is fly, sly, wily and dry.” Elvis Costello proclaimed Hicks “an American treasure.”
Said the LA Weekly, “Dan Hicks has plowed deep furrows through some of the most fertile pop music territory known to man, and during it all has maintained both his own distinct, light yet emphatic touch and a pace that’s always kept him more than a few steps ahead of his colleagues.”
Tickets are $25, available online at http://www.palmsplayhouse.com or by calling (530) 795-1825. For more information about Hicks, visit http://www.danhicks.net.