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LA’s Iconic Palomino Country Music Club Returns For One Star-Studded Night Only

The San Fernando Valley legend reopens for charity

The Palomino club signage
Clay Larsen
Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor at Eater LA and the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. He covers restaurants in every form, from breaking news to the culture, people, and history that surrounds LA's dining landscape.

Fans of bygone restaurants and classic country music have reason to rejoice today, as it seems the famous Palomino Club is coming back to greater Los Angeles for one night only. The San Fernando Valley country music club ran for many decades before shutting its doors back in the ‘90s, and is now being reborn for a fundraiser to benefit the Valley Relics Museum.

As Billboard correctly points out, the Palomino Club was, at its height, “the most popular country music club in Southern California.” The venue spanned from roughly 1950 to 1995, an era that saw incredible growth in the genre, meaning the Palomino played host to everyone from Buck Owens and Bob Dylan to Merle Haggard, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Dwight Yoakam, and beyond.

Now, on the eve of what would have been the venue’s 70th anniversary, former owners and the team behind the Valley Relics Museum are plotting a one night comeback. The October 8 event will feature a slew of live acts as well as a barbecue dinner, an auction, and a peek at some of the lasting details and bits of ephemera still kept around from the old Palomino days. The party is even taking place inside the original building on Lankershim Boulevard, which is now an events hall.

100% of the proceeds from the night will go to benefit the Valley Relics Museum, a warehouse in the San Fernando Valley that acts as a final resting place for much of the discarded history of the region — including the neon signage from the original Palomino Club, as seen above. Ownership is currently expanding the museum to a new location in Van Nuys, so the funds raised will help with relocation costs and upkeep. For everyone else, it’s a good excuse to go revel in the glory days of the vibrant music scene of greater Los Angeles from last century.