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July 2018

We’re Going Green!

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The “Green the Bankhead” project has been launched! Major initiatives to save energy and reduce costs will make the Bankhead Theater more efficient and environmentally-friendly. The goal is to achieve LEED certification, a globally-recognized rating of a commercial building’s sustainability, by 2019, as well as WELL certification, which assesses measures taken to ensure the health and well-being of patrons and staff.

One of the first changes will be to replace incandescent lightbulbs with LED lighting. They will both reduce energy costs and generate far less heat easing demand on the building’s cooling system. In addition, some of the new fixtures have multiple color LEDs making them more flexible so programming lighting design changes is easier and less labor intensive. Energy costs could be reduced as much as $10,000 inside the auditorium, and closer to twice that amount on stage, for a potential reduction in energy costs of between 20 and 30 percent overall. Other changes include installing solar panels, a project that has long been on our wish list for energy savings, as well as adding low-flow water fixtures, replacing worn carpet with more environmentally-friendly materials, and modifying offices and other spaces to make better use of natural light.

“A potential reduction in energy costs
of between 20 and 30 percent overall.”

David Doyle of Doyle Construction, who has been advising LVPAC on the project, says that while overall LEED certification has become more common locally and many new construction projects incorporate it, the newest version, LEED v4, is significantly more challenging to obtain. The Bankhead would be one of the first theaters in California to achieve the new, higher level of certification. To reach these goals, LVPAC will be working with an experienced team from the Folsom office of Glumac, a sustainable design company of over 45 years who also helped certify the Gerding Theater in Portland, Oregon.

“Green the Bankhead” will both enhance the building’s sustainability and, through significant cost reductions, help the organization be more financially sustainable as well. Initial project improvements do require investment and several generous donors have already stepped up to provide needed resources and funding. Over half of the projected $700,000 cost has already been secured.

Several generous donors have already stepped up to provide needed resources and funding; over half of the projected $700,000 cost has already been secured. According to Chris Carter, Director of Development, not all changes will be made at once. “We’re excited to get the project underway, but are being strategic in balancing the cost against the efforts that provide the greatest value,” he said. “The Bankhead Theater has been a welcoming home for the arts in the center of downtown for more than a decade. We’re grateful to be able to make these changes now to ensure it will continue to serve the community well for years to come.”

If you’re interested in helping to Green the Bankhead,



Guitar Greats
at a Great Price

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Don’t miss the rich and versatile sounds of the acoustic guitar at the Bankhead Theater this season!  Three separate performances certain to please guitar lovers start in September with the flamenco-inspired style of Ottmar Liebert and runs into 2019 with International Guitar Night in February hosted by Luca Stricagnoli and Wyndham Hill founder Will Ackerman’s “The Gathering 4 Guitars” in March.  Three great nights … nine great  guitarists!

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Ottmar Liebert & Luna Negra:  Nouveau flamenco guitarist Ottmar Liebert is renowned worldwide for his innovative contemporary style incorporating musical influences from rock to reggae. He redefined the art form nearly three decades ago with his signature song “Barcelona Nights” off his double platinum debut album Nouveau Flamenco, which remains one of the best-selling guitar albums of all time. Since then his music has continued to evolve as he has explored different styles and rhythms, adding other instrumentation, but always staying centered on his intricate melodies. With 33 albums, half of which have gone Platinum, Liebert is considered one of the most successful instrumental artists in the world. His rich, sensual sound and relaxed, intimate performances continue to find enthusiastic audiences across all musical genres.  Saturday, September 15 at 8pm

“Music that moves the body while it touches the heart.” – Los Angeles Times

International Guitar NightAfter thrilling Bankhead audiences in 2017 with his showmanship, precision performance, and arrangements of heavy-metal songs, Italy’s innovative contemporary guitarist Luca Stricagnoli will return as host for International Guitar Night.  Founded by renowned Bay Area guitarist Brian Gore, IGN is now in its 18th year of touring. This unique and intimate annual event serves as a showcase for remarkable acoustic guitar talent from around the world. Joining Stricagnoli will be French Swing sensation Antoine Boyer, Flamenco master Samuelito, and Turkish fretless guitarist Cenk Erdogan. All four will present their latest works then perform together, sharing musical ideas through creative collaboration and exploring the diversity of the acoustic guitar world. Thursday, February 28 at 7:30pm

“These four talented musicians bring so much diversity and passion to each performance –
a treat for every acoustic guitar fan.” –Arizona Reporter

The Gathering 4 Guitars:  Grammy Award-winning music producer and guitarist Will Ackerman is universally recognized as the preeminent pioneer in new age music. He single-handedly fostered the careers of generations of acoustic guitarists and pianists through his ground-breaking work at Windham Hill Records. In this intimate evening of acoustic music, Ackerman will be joined by kalimbatar/guitarist Trevor Gordon Hall, Imrat guitar/guitarist Todd Mosby and acoustic guitar maestro Vin Downes, each of whom was selected by Ackerman for their superlative skills and creative compositions. The four unite at the end of the evening to create a concert of unrivaled beauty, intrigue, artistry and wonder. Thursday, March 28 at 7:30pm

“Taking the acoustic guitar into new directions, too, exploring deeply felt, richly individualistic paths
that are striking for their warmth, clarity, and vision.” – Acoustic Guitar

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Best of the East Bay!

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We’re proud to announce that the Bankhead Theater was named Best of the East Bay: Performing Arts Venue by Diablo Magazine in their July Issue! Described as an acoustically perfect gem, the venue is honored for hosting the diverse Bankhead Presents series of musicians, dancers, acrobats, comedians and other artists, as well as our resident companies.

Derik Nelson & Family Return for Concert and Songwriting Workshop

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The Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center is excited to welcome back Derik Nelson & Family to the Bankhead Theater. Those in attendance will be treated to the group’s jazz- and folk-infused interpretations of original and cover songs, showcasing the perfectly blended harmonies that only siblings can deliver. Keep reading to learn more about this iconic group.

About Derik Nelson & Family

Raised in the Pacific Northwest, Derik, Riana, and Dalten grew up singing. Derik, the oldest, began performing at age 7. By age 18, he had appeared in over 60 productions.

He didn’t just limit himself to acting and singing, though. Starting at age 10, Derik learned to play the saxophone, the guitar, and the piano. Not long after, he began composing songs.

Derik was awarded the Brian Wilson Music Scholarship for songwriting and obtained his bachelor’s degree in Music Industry from the University of Southern California. While earning his degree, he engineered and produced five full-length original albums. Derik also worked closely with music faculty and was instrumental in shaping the curriculum for what became the school’s Popular Music program, the first of its kinds in the country.

In addition to his role on “Glee,” Derik has written songs and sung for television shows such as “Raising Hope,” “How I Met Your Mother,” and “The Voice.”

Let’s move on to Riana, who co-directed the popular coed a cappella group “Amazin’ Blue.” Through the years, Riana has appeared on screen in “Cinnamon Girl” and “Glee,” and has even been a lead vocalist for Princess Cruises.

Last, but certainly not least, is Dalten. The youngest of the sibling trio began appearing in theater productions and plays at age 4. In addition to performing, Dalten has extensive experience in the concept, design, filming, and editing of videos which, synchronized with music, help create the visually immersive experience at their performances.

Back for another year

Last year’s workshop with the Nelsons at the Bankhead Theater was very well-received, inspiring the student participants to stay in touch as they further their musical skills. This summer’s session is tailored for students in grades six through college and includes demonstration, small group work, and one-on-one coaching in various others. Cost for the weeklong program is $300.

The performance

Imagine three incredibly talented siblings combining their signature sound with stunning video displays in a musical journey that appeals to audiences of all ages. The three-part harmony arrangements of Derik Nelson & Family are as well suited to popular jazz standards from the ‘40s and ‘50s and pop hits of the ‘60s and ‘70s as they are to the chart-topping hits of today. As aforementioned, in the week leading up to the concert, the Nelsons will offer a songwriting workshop.

This camp takes place July 9 through July 13 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Scholarships are available, so please contact Kiran Guleria at 925-373-6100 ext. 112 for more information.

The Derik Nelson & Family concert is set for Friday, July 13 at 8 p.m. Feel free to purchase tickets online or directly through the LVPAC website.  

Event Preview: Rita Coolidge

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In celebration of her recently released album “Safe in the Arms of Time,” legendary singer Rita Coolidge brings her tour to the Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center next month. Coolidge, one of the most versatile singers of the rock generation, soared to popularity with a string of chart-topping hits such as “We’re All Alone,” “(Your Love Has Lifted Me) Higher and Higher,” and “One Fine Day.” The clear, pure voice of the two-time Grammy Award-winner has graced every musical genre from rock, pop, and country, to jazz and folk.

About Rita Coolidge

Born near Nashville, Coolidge first sang in the church where her father was a minister. Though she always wanted to be a teacher, Coolidge chose to explore the music world after earning an art degree from Florida State University. It wasn’t long before Coolidge quickly landed a job as a backup vocalist and moved to Los Angeles, where she sang with the likes of Eric Clapton, Stephen Stills, Joe Cocker, and others before earning her own recording contract.

Together with country singer/songwriter Kris Kristofferson, Coolidge turned in a string of hit songs and the Best Country Duo Grammy Awards for “From the Bottle to the Bottom” and “Lover Please.” Coolidge broke out as a solo artist with 1977’s “Anytime, Anywhere,” and climbed the charts, filling the radio with popular hits such as “All Time High.” Those who have followed Coolidge throughout her career know that, recently, she has been involved in projects that call attention to the Native American Cherokee culture.

Her illustrious 50-year career has seen the release of more than two dozen albums, including the most recent “Safe in the Arms of Time.” The album brings her full circle, making a return to her songwriting roots, and coincides with her relocation from Southern California back to Florida. As she did in her acclaimed 2015 memoir, Delta Lady, Coolidge drew inspiration for new material from her personal journey.

It is this album that features creative collaborations with the songwriting talents of Graham Nash, Chris Stapleton, and Stan Lynch.

The performance

Singer/songwriter Chelsea Williams will open for Coolidge at the Bankhead Theater. Williams quickly earned a following the old-fashioned way, playing guitar and singing her country-folk songs along the Santa Monica Promenade. While singing on the Promenade and at local gigs, Williams managed to move an unprecedented 100,000 copies of her indie records and, in 2017, released her first major-label album called “Boomerang.”

The Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center is excited to welcome Rita Coolidge and Chelsea Williams to the Bankhead Theater for what’s expected to be a memorable evening. The performance takes place Saturday, July 7 at 8 p.m. in the Bankhead Theater.

Ticket prices range from $30 to $60. LVPAC also offers $20 tickets for students and active military personnel. Please note that all patrons, regardless of age, must have their own ticket to enter the theater.

Join us for the “Safe in the Arms of Time” Tour at the Bankhead! We hope to see you there.

Multicultural Exhibit Now Open at the Bankhead

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The Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center is proud to announce the opening of “Seen/Hear: A Multicultural Exhibit Celebrating Heritage” at the Bankhead Theater Gallery. This one-of-a-kind gallery will showcase works of art representing Native American, Hispanic, and African cultures. The exhibit, which opened June 27, will remain on display for two months and feature the works of seven artists: John Balloue, Harry Fonseca, Daniel Camacho, Francisco Franco, Fortune Sitole, Wawi Amasha, and Nana-Dictta Graves.

About the artists

Balloue, a Bay Area native, said that he finds in his art a way to understand, honor, and keep alive his Cherokee heritage. Not only that, but Balloue has the freedom to add vibrant color and his own contemporary style.

Fonseca’s early pieces reflected the creation myth of the Nisenan Maidu people. His subsequent works have highlighted other iconic images of Native American culture, influenced by basketry designs and dance regalia.

An art teacher at the elementary and middle school levels in Oakland, Camacho promotes awareness of Mexican and Latino culture through his artwork, as well as his active involvement with community groups. After witnessing the 9/11 attacks in New York, Franco found healing in artwork that builds on the Day of the Dead traditions of his heritage.

Sitole, a self-taught artist, uses a variety of materials to recreate and preserve visions of everyday life in the townships of South Africa. Amasha folds her culture into every aspect of her colorful, but wearable art, helping her serve as a cultural ambassador for Kenya and all of Africa. Last but certainly not least is Dictta Graves, who brings glorious images of everyday items into visionary micro-mosaic works of fine art, inspired by her African heritage.

The exhibit

“Seen/Hear” will be on display in the Bankhead Theater Gallery through August 27. Note that a reception for the artists will be held Saturday, July 14 from 1 to 3 p.m, providing an opportunity to admire the works and meet some of the artists. Those in attendance will be treated to music and dance demonstrations by Cheza Nami and Livermore’s American Indian Center, as well as light appetizers.

The exhibit is free of charge and open to the public. The Gallery, located in the lobby of the Bankhead Theater at 2400 First Street, is open Monday through Wednesday from 1 to 4 p.m. and by appointment.

Here at the Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center, we make it a point to honor the rich cultural heritage in the local community. Throughout the year, the Bankhead holds free family-oriented events where you can share traditions of music, dance, art, crafts, and food. Scheduled for the coming year is Native American Day (Sep. 21), Taste of Africa (Oct. 6), Filipino Barrio Fiesta (Oct. 7), Diwali Festival of Lights (Nov. 2), and Lunar New Year (Feb. 10).

Our staff is more than happy to answer any questions you may have regarding this exhibit. We hope to see you and the rest of your family at the “Seen/Hear” exhibit!

Event Preview: Lee Greenwood

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Start making plans to celebrate Independence Day at the Bankhead Theater. Grammy Award-winner Lee Greenwood will deliver a patriotic finish to the week, filling the venue with familiar country music such as his iconic song “God Bless the U.S.A.” Keep reading to learn more about Greenwood, as well as ticket information.

About Lee Greenwood

Let’s go back to Greenwood’s hit “God Bless the U.S.A.” for a moment. Not only was it named the 1985 Country Music Association Song of the Year, but “God Bless the U.S.A.” remains the only song in any genre to reach the top five on the country singles chart three times. Of course, Greenwood’s most famous song had quite an impact in the wake of 9/11.

According to Greenwood, his goal was to write something that could unite Americans from coast to coast and instill pride in the United States.

“The song represents my family, my community, and those men and women who have paid the price for the freedoms we all love and enjoy,” Greenwood said.

Without question, “God Bless the U.S.A.” continues to touch a chord in the heart of all who hear it.

Music has always been a part of Greenwood’s life. A native Californian, he started playing piano at age 7 and, by the end of high school, he could play most of the instruments in the orchestra. Interestingly, Greenwood passed on college sports and music scholarships and even opted out of his graduation ceremony to play at a casino in Reno, Nevada.

It was only a matter of time before Greenwood made the jump straight to Nashville.

Longtime fans of Greenwood are familiar with popular crossover tunes such as “Touch & Go Crazy,” “I.O.U.,” as well as his duet with Barbara Mandrell, “To Me.” Greenwood was named Male Vocalist of the Year from the Country Music Association in 1983 and earned a Grammy Award for “I.O.U.” His CD “American Patriot,” recorded and released in 1992, went Platinum in just three months.

Most recently, Greenwood released a book, “Does God Still Bless the USA?” He is also a member of the National Endowment for the Arts Council, a presidential appointment.

The performance

Lee Greenwood will be taking the stage at the Bankhead Theater Friday, July 6 at 8 p.m. Ticket prices range from $20 to $100.

Please note that everyone, regardless of age, must have their own ticket to enter the theater. If you need student, military, or ADA tickets, please contact the LVPAC box office. It’s worth reminding audience members that ADA seats or spaces are designated for wheelchairs only.

The Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center is an independent 501 (c)3 non-profit offering wide-ranging programs that provide access to the arts for the Tri-Valley community and beyond. The Bankhead Theater, together with the Bothwell Arts Center, is home to eight resident performing arts companies and over 40 studio artists and cultural arts instructors.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us with questions.

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Call 925.373.6800 or email for tickets and information