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Michael Gay, Marques Morel (Illinois) and Emmy Woods at Palmers

February 15 @ 8:00 pm - 12:00 am

Join us for a pre-weekend night of fantastic song weavers and awesome story telling!

Michael Gay is a country and folk singer-songwriter based in Minneapolis. Over the last 10 years he has established himself through honest and accessible, story-centric songwriting and a whole lot of fingerpicking. A magnetic presence on stage, Michael has occasionally been asked to open shows for national touring acts such as Margo Price, The Mavericks, Andrew Combs, Emily Scott Robinson, Kacy & Clayton and The Cactus Blossoms. Mostly though, he plays in midwest bars.

Marques Morel is a Midwestern American singer/songwriter, guitarist/harmonica-wailer, street-performer/wandering minstrel, woodcutter/woodworker, poet/author, and a friend to all. He has shared the stage with notable artists such as Charlie Parr, Arlo McKinley, The Hooten Hallers, Lillie Mae, and Jared Nieman to name a few. With roots running deep in the music of old America, Morel’s sound is thick with the nostalgic elements of vintage country, delta blues, dust bowl folk and the Texas Troubadour tradition. His interpretations of namesakes such as Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Woody Guthrie, Leadbelly, Townes Van Zandt and Colter Wall are unique and refreshing, while his original music feels humble and familiar in its lyricism and relatability. Known for his intense and infectious energy on stage and his gritty songwriting and delivery, Marques Morel has been described by fans and critics as “rustic and raw,” “guts on the floor,” and “wild, happy, dark and sad.” He will be found performing either as a one man show accompanied only by his old guitar, harmonica on the rack, and makeshift kick drum, or with his dynamically spirited band of characters who are known collectively as “The Midnight Wind.”

Emmy Woods was born and raised in rural North Dakota and currently resides in Saint Paul, Minnesota. With hints of country, folk, and blues, Emmy’s songs showcase both her knack for storytelling, her strengths in musical artistry, and her impressive vocal abilities. Audiences enjoy a collection of tunes that are at once soft and strong, fragile and fierce. When asked to describe her music in three words, lover of music Kyle Smith said “Queer Farm Vibes.”


February 15
8:00 pm - 12:00 am
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Palmer’s Bar
500 Cedar Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55454 United States
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Palmers Bar