We are excited to celebrate the chart-topping hits of Sly & The Family Stone at the Bankhead Theater on August 10. Those expected to attend include Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee Jerry Martini, Phunne Stone (the daughter of Sly Stone and Cynthia Robinson), Swang Stewart, Blaise Sison, Nate Wingfield, Jimmy McKinney, and Frank Klepacki. As the first mixed-race, mixed-gender, mainstream band in rock and roll history, their legendary hits included “Everyday People,” “Dance to the Music,” “Family Affair,” and other songs that sent popular music on a new trajectory in the late 1960s.
Sly Stone got his start in Vallejo, California. Skilled on guitar, keyboards, bass, and drums, he and his siblings performed in a number of local bands and eventually emerged in 1967 as Sly and the Family Stone. Within a year, the group had jumped from clubs in the Bay Area to Las Vegas, where they released their first album. Their hit “Dance to the Music” made the top ten on both the pop and R&B charts the next year, followed by the beloved anthem to peace and diversity, “Everyday People” which soared to No. 1.
Upon their induction to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1993, Sly and the Family Stone were praised not just for their hits, but also for what the integrated band stood for in the music industry, and indeed the world, during the unsettled 60s and 70s. In 2015, their album “STAND” was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame, declared a National Treasure, and preserved in the Library of Congress.
Today, The Family Stone continues for a new generation, sharing sones that are still relevant and timely with a vibe that DC Metro Theater Arts called “sheer funky fun.” Nearly 50 years to the day after their appearance at the Woodstock Festival in 1969, the Family Stone’s infectious high-energy combination of rock, funk, and soul will bring “Hot Fun in the Summertime” to Livermore.
Join Us at the Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center
The Family Stone will be one of the most popular summer events at the Bankhead Theater. Remaining tickets start at just $35, but are going fast, so be sure to get yours as soon as possible before they’re gone! LVPAC is proud to offer student, military, and ADA tickets.
A Performing Arts Center Like None Other
Here at the Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center, we’re all about engaging our diverse community with various arts opportunities and experiences. Whether you’re interested in classic rock, smooth jazz, world music, opera, theater, or comedy, there really is something for everyone at LVPAC. Our performing arts staff has a passion for putting on events that engage, entertain, and inspire audiences of all ages.
For more than a decade, the Bankhead has been known as an intimate venue for artists and audiences alike. With plenty of incredible events still on the summer schedule, now is the perfect time to experience the Bankhead Theater for yourself! We look forward to seeing you at our Livermore performing arts center.