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June 2018

Event Preview: Shawn Colvin

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Best known for her Grammy Award-winning single “Sunny Came Home,” singer/songwriter Shawn Colvin will bring her unique storytelling style of folk-pop to the Bankhead Theater on Thursday, June 21st. For decades, Colvin has been known for her keen observations and ability to infuse even the toughest of tales with tenderness, empathy, and a sense of humor.

About Shawn Colvin

“Steady On,” Colvin’s debut album, won a Grammy for Best Contemporary Folk Recording and “A Few Small Repairs” followed a few years later, giving her a Top 10 hit and Grammys for both Song of the Year and Record of the Year. Since then, she has released 11 albums, collaborating with a number of artists. On top of that, Colvin has written a critically acclaimed memoir and was honored with the Americana Music Association’s Americana Trailblazer Award in 2016.

She continues to maintain a busy touring schedule, enchanting fans and winning new listeners with her deeply personal stories in song.

Colvin first started playing guitar at the age of 10 in Carbondale, Illinois. By the late 1970s, Colvin was singing in a western swing band in Austin, Texas. Soon after, she moved to New York to become a member of the Buddy Miller Band.

It was during this time that Colvin met producer, guitarist, and co-writer John Leventhal. Interestingly, it was Leventhal who inspired Colvin to find her own voice as a songwriter. Before you know it, Colvin signed with Columbia Records and released her first album.

In 1996, she released “A Few Small Repairs,” which would prove to be her breakthrough. The murder-ballad “Sunny Came Home” gave Colvin a top 10 hit, a platinum-selling album and two of Grammy’s biggest honors: Record of the Year and Song of the Year.

Colvin was recently recognized for her career accomplishments when she was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Trailblazer Award at the 2016 Americana Honors & Awards Show. Bonnie Raitt had the honor of presenting Colvin with this prestigious award. Said Raitt, “She’s simply one of the best singers I’ve ever heard – and a truly gifted and deep songwriter and guitarist.”

In celebration of the 20th anniversary of “A Few Small Repairs,” Columbia Recordings will be releasing a newly expanded edition of the album Friday, September 15th. This expanded edition will include seven rare live performances from the Sony Music archives, plus enhanced artwork including newly written liner notes by Colvin and producer John Leventhal and recently discovered archival photos. The tour will feature Colvin performing the album in its entirety alongside a variety of hits, personal favorites, and surprises from her repertoire.

The performance

The Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center is excited to welcome Shawn Colvin to the Bankhead Theater on Thursday, June 21st at 7:30 p.m.

Be sure to purchase a VIP package for access to an intimate pre-show acoustic performance with Q&A, plus a photo opportunity with Colvin. The VIP package includes early access to the venue, a premium seat in the first three rows, acoustic performance, meet and greet, as well as a gift bag.

Event Preview: Community4Education

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We invite you to join us in a music-filled, family-friendly event Saturday, June 16th at 4 p.m. to support the educational outreach efforts of the Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center and Livermore Valley Education Foundation. A free afternoon community concert on the Bankhead Theater Plaza will showcase local music groups including the Rhythmic Innovation Community Drum Circle, student jazz band Element 116, and Crowned in Chains. Keep reading for more information about this event.

In the evening, the music moves inside. Students from the Music Pathways program will perform in the lobby before the benefit concert begins at 8 p.m. with lively folk and bluegrass band Crawdad Republic and the soulful sounds of Meredith, Meshach & Friends. Both groups have donated their time in support of the event.

Please note that the afternoon community concert on the plaza is free. Be sure to come hungry, as food will be available for purchase!

Additional details

Tickets to the evening performance are just $20. Raffle prize drawings throughout the event and auction items inside the Bankhead will add to the fun and fundraising.

The Community4Education event is sponsored in part by a generous grant from Wente Foundation for Arts Education. Sponsors include The Independent and Altamont Beer Works. All proceeds from the event benefit LVPAC and LVEF programming.

More Than a Performing Arts Center

We hope you take some time this summer to check out a performance or two at the Bankhead Theater. At LVPAC, our mission is to offer a wide range of arts opportunities to engage our diverse Livermore community.

For more than a decade, artists have put on memorable performances at the Bankhead. Performances aren’t limited to just one or two genres, either. Over the years, audiences have been treated to music of all kinds, including class rock, smooth jazz, and world music.

There’s no question that exposure to the arts can be life-changing. For example, let’s say you take your son or daughter to a performance for the first time. Seeing, hearing, and taking part in a performance can ignite their imagination and fuel creativity for the rest of their life.

That’s why we invest so heavily in our educational outreach program. Ultimately, we want to make sure that every student in the Tri-Valley area is provided with a chance to experience the arts each year.

How do we make this possible? Well, it all starts with a combination of LVPAC Presents performances at schools and at the Bankhead. On top of that, we put on free monthly family events, as well as workshops and master classes with visiting artists.

We want you to know that portions of these activities are underwritten through generous contributions and matching gifts to our education fund.

LVPAC has several ways to contribute if you are interested. We make it easy to donate by phone or mail. It’s also a good idea to check out our Support for Education Programs (PDF).

Whether you’re interested in attending the Community4Education event or would like more information regarding our education outreach program in general, contact the Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center today.

Upcoming Events

Wed 19

On The Town (1949)

Wed, September 19 @ 7:00 pm
Fri 21
Fri 21

The Last Romance

Fri, September 21 @ 8:00 pm
Organizer: Encore Players
Sat 22

The Art of Drama

Sat, September 22 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Sat 22

The Last Romance

Sat, September 22 @ 2:00 pm
Organizer: Encore Players

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