By Patte Purcell

It never ceases to amaze me at some of the musicians who call the desert their home. Eve Holmes is one of those surprises. I saw her post on Facebook about “7 SISTAS & EVE” a new show she will be performing at Studio One 11, with the show dedicated to 7 famous Jazz singers

On Friday, Sept 4th at Studio One 11 in Cathedral City, she will be performing the songs of Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Dinah Washington, Lena Horne, Sarah Vaughan, Nina Simone and Etta James. For the duration of September and October she will continue Fridays at Studio One 11 with different shows and musical guests.

Eve is a singer/songwriter/actress/comedian that had her first standing ovation at age 6.  Born in New York City, New York from Spanish, German and Puerto Rican parents, she started her career in entertainment with dance training. She studied ballet and tap dancing and made her debut at Carnegie Hall at the age of 7.

It wasn’t until she moved to LA that she started her singing career. She auditioned for Disneyland and out of 150 girls they picked Eve.  While at Disneyland she and the band were chosen to perform with Kurt Russell for “The Wonderful World of Disney” TV show.

She was performing at age 19 for 3 years with the 12 piece band at Disneyland. What a way to start a career! Also after that she performed with great Jazz musicians in other big bands and combos, including at the Academy Awards Governor’s Ball where she performed for Barbara Streisand and Aretha Franklin.

She then put together her own show with her pianist David Benoit (yes THEE David Benoit) called Holmes Express. Eve did and has continued to book her own shows, and put them together.

In addition to jazz, which is her first love, she also sings the standards, blues, pop, Spanish and even a little Italian music.

Without any formal musical training and 2-3 fingers on the keyboard, she has written music her entire career and has a CD of her original songs.

She relocated to the desert about 6 years ago and loves the opportunity to restart her career.  She’s doing a show at 360 North with Doug McDonald and loves to perform with live musicians, which is tough in the desert as the venues pay little to musicians. She enjoys her gay following with their enthusiasm for her music and costumes.  She also enjoys jamming with Mikole Karr and his Jazz Jam.

When she arrived in the desert she performed at an “Open Mic” and was offered a gig at Club Trinidad (now The Purple Room). She’s been in some of the Belle of the Ball shows and chuckles that she’s a senior citizen performing with drag personalities.

She also did some comedy with Palm Springs comedy group ‘The Undies’ performing at Azul a few years ago. She has performed at Murph’s Gaslight, Club Trinidad, Oscar’s, AJ’s On The Green, Blame It On Midnight, Azul, American Legion, Studio One 11, La Tablita Restaurant in Cathedral City and Dink’s Restaurant in Palm Springs; plus is the darling entertainer for several Senior Assisted Living facilities.

Eve is also an actress and one of her appearances on a Lifetime network movie “My Haunted House” is going to be broadcast this Saturday Aug. 28th. She’s in the episode entitled “Black Magic” playing the old woman ghost and scaring everyone in and out of the house.

Her message to her fans is to “always love music, it soothes the wild heart”.

Check out Eve at her  7 SISTAS & EVE show at  67555 E Palm Canyon Dr #103 in Cathedral City on September 4, this is the start of an 8 week run. For bookings contact Eve at 1-818-314-7113.

Patte Purcell
Muze Muzic

  • Photo By Steve Ayers