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June 2017

Explore the 2017-2018 Season and Buy Tickets Now!

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Top: Indigo Girls, Rita Rudner, OK GO, Manhattan Transfer.
Bottom: R. Carlos Nakai, Lisa Loeb, Catapult, Moscow Festival Ballet, Tom Rush

Tickets for some shows are already moving fast … Don’t miss this chance to get the best seats!

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Tickets for the 2017-2018 season at the Bankhead Theater are now on sale! Located at the heart of downtown Livermore, the Bankhead will welcome a range of artists from all musical genres, as well as comedy, dance, theater, and other performing arts. The season officially begins on Saturday evening, September 9, 2017 at the Brilliance at the Bankhead Gala featuring Grammy Award-winning folk rock duo the Indigo Girls. Other notable highlights among the three dozen events scheduled through June 2018 are viral-video pop hit makers OK GO, the smooth harmony vocals of the Manhattan Transfer, and comedian Vicki Lawrence, known for her character “Mama” from The Carol Burnett Show.

Folk balladeer Tom Rush makes a welcome return, as does Marc Cohn touring with The Blind Boys of Alabama. Among artists making their first appearance at the Bankhead will be Los Lonely Boys, Lisa Loeb, and the Irish group Danù in a special St. Patrick’s Day concert.

According to Executive Director Scott Kenison, the programming team focused on balance. “We’re always happy to welcome big name artists and returning favorites, shows we know will meet a receptive audience, but it’s also important to bring artists such as African Guitar Summit and R. Carlos Nakai, William Eaton and Will Clipman to Livermore,” he said. “It’s particularly exciting to be able to bring to the Bankhead entertainers such as OK GO or Catapult that people may have only seen on television or online. These shows, as well as the return of Olate Dogs, DLux Puppets and others, appeal to all ages. With our student ticket price of just $17, we encourage families to come out and enjoy a show together,” he added.

This season is particularly rich with comedic talent. In addition to Vicki Lawrence and Mama,  Rita Rudner and Dave Coulier will keep audiences laughing with their solo stand-up routines. The San Francisco Comedy Competition, Second City and Capitol Steps all return to the Bankhead and the Reduced Shakespeare Co. will present “William Shakespeare’s Long Lost First Play,” a hilarious mash-up of characters, famous lines, and unexpected plot twists.

The Bankhead stage is not just for professionals. Next May, local celebrities will spend a week practicing with a professional ballroom dance partner before demonstrating their newfound skills in pursuit of the Mirrorball Trophy in “Dancing with the Tri-Valley Stars.” The evening includes a professional dance showcase by national champions, The Utah Ballroom Dance Company.

In addition to LVPAC Presents shows, the Bankhead Resident Companies, including Del Valle Fine Arts, Livermore-Amador Symphony, Livermore Valley Opera, Pacific Chamber Orchestra, Rae Dorough Speakers Series, Tri-Valley Repertory Theatre, and Valley Dance Theatre, offer nearly 50 performances and events of their own during the season.

The 2017-2018 Season at the Bankhead follows the previously announced Summer Series which begins in July with the already sold out evening with Paula Poundstone on July 7th. Six other shows including The Lettermen, Robert Cray, New Christy Minstrels, Derik Nelson and Family, JD Souther and Keiko Matsui run through August.

Don’t forget to watch the preview video here, see the entire 2017-2018 Season list here, or view the Season Brochure here.

The more the merrier!  With such a great line-up,
you’ll want to join us at the Bankhead often.
Buy tickets for any FIVE shows
at the same time and receive a 10% discount.*

* Members receive a 15% discount on five or more shows. If you’re a member login here. If you’re not a member, consider joining today! Memberships start at just $125. In addition to supporting the arts, you’ll be among the first to hear about any new shows and you’ll receive 10% off single tickets all year long. Other benefits are available at higher levels.

 

Event Preview: The Lettermen

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When The Lettermen take the stage, it’s a trip down memory lane to a time when three young men in letter sweaters watched their first hit single “The Way You Look Tonight” soar to the top of the charts. For years, fans have taken in their more than 50 albums with popular tunes such as “When I Fall in Love” and “Put Your Head on my Shoulder.” The group has been creating musical memories for more than five decades, as their sweet harmonies and smooth, romantic sound simply never go out of style. The Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center is excited to announce an upcoming Friday night event from a group once described as “best thing that happened to romance since moonlight.”

Non-stop Harmony for 50 Years

There’s just something about the sound of The Lettermen that has enabled them to enjoy generational success. The group, comprised of Tony Butala, Donovan Tea, and Bobby Poynton, has sold out more than 10,000 shows, including international tours to Japan, the Philippines, Thailand, France, Mexico, and Saudi Arabia. As you can note on their official website, “the music of these entertainers transcends all language barriers as it romances the soul, and warms the hearts of millions.”  They have a particularly loyal fan following in the Philippines, where audiences appreciate their smooth style. Such Tagalog favorites as “Dahil Sa Iyo” and “Sapagka’t Kami Ay Tao Lamang” have earned them a place in Filipino hearts worldwide.

In the 1960’s, the original singers of the group quickly became one of the top college concert attractions. From Percy Faith’s “Theme from a Summer Place” and Charlie Chaplin’s “Smile” to “Our Winter Love” and “Graduation Day,” The Lettermen were constantly winning over audiences with incredible love songs. In 1966, the group came out with “For Christmas This Year,” a love album that remains popular during the holidays. The next year, The Lettermen put together arguably their most loved and request hit: “Goin’ Out of My Head/Can’t Take My Eyes Off You.”

Though the group has seen some change over the years, their music has remained much of the same. Even now, The Lettermen continue to release albums and perform hundreds of concerts each year while traveling around the world. It’s safe to say that their beautiful harmony has withstood the test of time.

The Current Members

Today, The Lettermen consist of the following:

  • Tony Butala – As the group’s original and founding member, Butala remains the most recognized name of the bunch. He also opened the Vocal Group Hall of Fame and Museum in his hometown of Sharon, Pennsylvania.
  • Donovan Tea – The accomplished singer and songwriter from Houston joined the group in 1984. Prior to joining the group, he served as lead singer of The Young Americans, soloist at “The Horn” nightclub in Los Angeles, and solo production singer at The Dunes Hotel in Las Vegas.     
  • Bobby Poynton – The third member of The Lettermen started out with acting parts on shows such as “Days of Our Lives,” “Jake and the Fatman,” Walker: Texas Rangers,” and others. The music opportunity finally came for Poynton in 1988, when a well-known recording group sought an attractive male vocalist with a tenor voice. Before he knew it, Poynton was the newest member of The Lettermen. He recorded six albums with the group and performed in more than 1,000 concerts. After being away from the group for 15 years, Poynton returned to The Lettermen in 2011.

 There’s no doubt that these three men continue to wow audiences with the magic they create on stage.

The Bankhead Theater

Since 2007, the Bankhead has welcomed a wide range of artists and audiences, bringing them together to share the experience of live performance. From symphonies and ballet performances to opera shows and concerts, the Bankhead makes every event special. Rest assured that the extensive seating arrangement can accommodate nearly every patron’s tastes. The state-of-the-art facility was designed with extra attention geared toward acoustics. In fact, the Grammy Award-winning vocal group Chanticleer has praised the Bankhead for its “perfect” acoustics. It’s easy to see why so many artists seeking to make a career transformation choose to make the Bankhead a stop on tour.

The Performance

LVPAC is set to host The Lettermen Friday, July 21 at 8 p.m. in the Bankhead Theater. Tickets start at $40 with $16 tickets for students or active military personnel.

Event Preview: Jerry Jeff Walker with Special Guest Django Walker

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You may know Jerry Jeff Walker as a man who has broken more new ground in the field of having fun than anyone else. But it’s his indelible mark on the world of country music that has turned him into an icon. Known for the popular hit “Mr. Bojangles,” which has been covered by nearly four dozen artists from all musical genres, Walker has always brought a unique brand of folk rock to traditional country music. With song shot through with a touch of the “outlaw,” Walker has influenced multiple generations of musicians while earning himself a crowd of dedicated fans. The Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center is thrilled to welcome in Walker and his son, Django, to deliver a must-see Father’s Day show that unites their talents and celebrates two generations of music making.

Get to Know Jerry Jeff Walker

On his official website, it’s mentioned that there’s a photo on the back of a Jerry Jeff album that sums it all up. He’s outside a roadhouse on a desolate highway at nighttime. With his collar turned up against the wind as he hunches over to light a cigarette, his guitar is slung around his back. “It’s hard to tell if he’s entering or leaving the roadhouse, but either way you figure he’s got many miles to go before he sleeps.” Even during his wildly successful days in the ’70s and ’80s, it’s believed that this was the mindset of Jerry Jeff.

The country music star began his journey and quickly established himself as an up-and-comer in the musical community. Jerry Jeff’s career took off as he piled up records for MCA and Elektra before forming his own independent label, Tried & True Music, in 1986. Today, his album catalog sits at 33 in total.

Jerry Jeff’s accomplishments speak for themselves. He’s played for a handful of presidents and toured in Lear Jets. One would think that will all the fame, a musician would ditch his old ways. But none of it has prevented Jerry Jeff from continuing to see the world in the eyes of a troubadour. His website explains that “his songs are the way he makes the world make sense, how he passes on stories of the people he meets and the way he feels on a given morning.” Jerry Jeff is now back to his singer-songwriter roots, bringing his career full circle.

Like Father, Like Son

Django Walker took after Dad at a young age, learning to play guitar at age 15. Soon after, he wrote his first song, “The Road You Choose,” and performed it on stage at his father’s shows. Django’s debut album, Down the Road, was released in 2002. Similar to Jerry Jeff, Django went the independent route for his record label, forming Lazy Kid Music. The CD was recorded in a mere five days and Django wrote all but one of the songs himself. One of them, “Texas on my Mind,” even topped the Texas Music Chart at one point.

Four years later, Walker released his second CD, Six Trips Around the World. It was produced by the Mark Bryan of Hootie and the Blowfish and was recorded at Bryan’s home.

In terms of style, Django’s works reflect a number of different influencers. From Bob Dylan and The Beatles to Merle Haggard and Willie Nelson, the 35-year-old features a style that some reviewers have labeled as “unique country” and “classic cock with undertones of good old Southern comfort.”

The Perfect Way to Spend Father’s Day

What better way to spend time with Dad than by taking in a rare father-son show featuring two of the most well-known names in country music? “Jerry Jeff Walker with Special Guest Django Walker” will take place Sunday, June 18th at 3 p.m. at the Bankhead Theater. All seats are $40 with $16 tickets  available for students and active military personnel.  If you’ve never been to the Bankhead, you’re in for a treat. The design of this venue promotes an intimate feel for both performers and audience members alike. Our center for performing arts offers student and active military prices for all performances.

Make this Father’s Day one to remember with live music! Please call or visit the box office to book your tickets. Don’t forget to check out the rest of LVPAC’s musical shows, entertainment shows, and so much more.

Pitfalls of Buying Performance Tickets from Third Party Vendors

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With a highly anticipated list of events on the calendar this summer, there’s no doubt that folks will be looking to come to the Bankhead Theater in Livermore. That, unfortunately, brings plenty of opportunity for third-party ticket vendors. Recently, our staff at the Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center has seen patrons fall victim to these shady practices. In this blog post, we will dive into the dangers of purchasing from such vendors and how you can avoid them altogether.

Keep in mind that third party sources sell tickets at highly inflated prices, offering no real value to the customer. Plus, they have no ties to the event or venue. These vendors may try selling tickets to events before the event has even been finalized, so there’s no guarantee that you will actually get the tickets you purchased. That said, if the event happens to get canceled, you’d be hardpressed to obtain a refund since you won’t be able to point to who sold you the ticket. In today’s digitized world of entertainment, third party vendors have been forced to create professional looking websites if they want to look legitimate. Believe it or not, it can be challenging at times as you attempt to decipher between verified ticket sites and fake ones. Keep reading for some tips to avoid being tricked into buying from a shady third party vendor.

  1. Do your research – The Better Business Bureau advises that you do your homework ahead of time when purchasing tickets through an online broker. It’s a good idea to look for the BBB seal on their website and check its BBB Business Review. You will also want to assess the company’s policy for customer satisfaction and what happens if the tickets purchased happen to be fake or not as advertised.
  2. Watch for fees – It’s almost become common practice for entertainment venues to have convenience fees that raise the total price. Be sure that you’re aware of any additional charges, shipping, handling, insurance, and taxes prior to making payment. If you have coupons or other discounts, the total price should be deducted accordingly.
  3. Don’t fall for the too-good-to-be-true scam – Let’s say that the box office price for a ticket to an upcoming event is $80. Instead of dealing with the venue directly, you choose to shop around to see if you can find a better deal. You come across a site that advertises tickets to the same event for just $30. This is very likely a classic case where a third party vendor price is too good to be true.
  4. Pay with credit card or PayPal – When it comes to buying tickets, consumers should avoid paying by cash, check, or wiring money to a seller. Scammers absolutely love when buyers pay with cash, as there’s no way to get back your money should the tickets not arrive or be fake. When you use a credit card or PayPal account, you get the additional protection you need and the chance for reimbursement if the seller fails to cooperate or doesn’t follow through with sending the tickets.
  5. Keep a record of your purchase – As you would other major online purchase, seriously consider saving information such as receipts, product description, delivery date, cancellation policies, etc. This information may be required if you wind up disputing the charges.
  6. Ask for proof of purchase – It’s imperative to have some sort of purchase confirmation that lists your seats, the dates of the event, venue, etc. This helps ensure the tickets were purchased from an authorized source. If the third party source does not offer proof of purchase, it’s best to just steer clear at that point.

The Better Way — Purchase Tickets directly from Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center

As long as you buy event tickets directly from our venue — our website, by phone or at the box office — there’s no need to worry about third party vendor problems. We recommend that you avoid putting yourself at risk. Our ticket buying process is simple and user-friendly. Plus, you can rest assured knowing that your personal information will be safe and secure.  

We don’t want you to worry about whether or not your tickets will be authentic when you arrive at the door. We encourage you to buy tickets directly from us so you can relax and enjoy the variety of live music, theater, comedy, and other entertainment we offer. The Bankhead Theater is at the center of Livermore with exciting shows and fun for the whole family.

See our event list for upcoming shows.

2017-18 Season Brochure

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Check out the Season Brochure for 17-18 and find out what’s coming to the Bankhead Theater.  You’ll also get an overview of everything else we do … from visual arts at the Bothwell Arts Center to educational programs and cultural events.

Upcoming Events

Sat 25

The Snow Queen

Sat, November 25 @ 2:00 pm
Sun 26
Dec 02
Dec 02

Call 925.373.6800 or email websales@livermoreperformingarts.org for tickets and information