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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.

Bankhead Presents 2018-19 Season Announced

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In just a few short months, the 2018-19 Bankhead Presents season officially begins. We will kick things off with the Brilliance at the Bankhead Gala with Grammy Hall of Fame legend BJ Thomas. Among the nearly 40 events that are scheduled through May 2019 are acclaimed artists such as jazz great Branford Marsalis, rock guitarist Don Felder, and singer/songwriters Jim Messina and Melissa Manchester, all of whom will make their first appearance in Livermore.

The Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center is proud to welcome back audience favorite including comedian Tom Papa, fiddle virtuoso Natalie MacMaster, and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy with their infectious feel-good swing sound. We will have music for everyone’s tastes as well as comedy, theater, and dance performances. Please note that tickets for all shows go on sale to the public beginning June 13th.

Excitingly different performances

Ready for some new and unique performances at the Bankhead Theater? Here are a few that hopefully pique your interest:

  • The Clairvoyants – This group of mind-blowing, mind-reading talents stunned the audience on “America’s Got Talent” in 2016.
  • Cirque Éloize “Saloon” – This is a musical acrobatic adventure of the wild, wild West.
  • Mayumana – You and your family will love the visually spectacular combination of dance moves, compelling rhythms, and lighting effects that tell the story of “Current.”
  • Mariachi Herencia de Mexico – Want to see the first youth mariachi band ever nominated for a Latin Grammy? Mariachi Herencia de Mexico will appear at the Bankhead in October on their first national tour.

More About Our Performing Arts Center

Executive Director Scott Kenison recently emphasized our commitment to making entertainment accessible to all audiences. Starting this summer and extending through the upcoming season, a new $20 seating level has been introduced for every single Bankhead Presents show. We hope the chance to enjoy great artists at an affordable price will allow everyone in the community to be impacted in a positive way.

Our performing arts center has established itself as a popular venue for comedy and a number of events that will keep audiences laughing. This season, a comic approach to nearly every holiday is offered from The Reduced Shakespeare Company’s “The Ultimate Christmas Show” and Second City’s Valentine-themed “It’s Not You, It’s Me” to Late Nite Catechism’s “Will My Bunny Go to Heaven?” Comedy and drama will merge in a single performance of L.A. Theatre Works’ powerful production of “Steel Magnolias” in October.

Keep in mind that LVPAC isn’t limited to the Bankhead Presents series. The Resident Companies of the Bankhead, such as Del Valle Fine Arts, Tri-Valley Repertory Theatre, and Valley Dance Theatre, offer nearly 50 performances and events of their own during the season.

LVPAC members are eligible for priority ticket purchase now and receive a discount on Bankhead Presents shows year-round as well as other benefits. An introductory membership offer for just $99 runs through the end of May 2018 and a new 35MM membership level has recently been established for those under the age of 35 at a cost of just $55.

We look forward to seeing you for the Bankhead Presents series!

What to Know About Third Party Ticket Resellers

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Searching for event tickets has never been easier. That said, finding authentic tickets is more of a challenge. As you can see for yourself on Billboard, Google announced at the beginning of the year that “any business in the secondary ticketing market looking to advertise through its massive Google Adwords service must first get certified.” So how exactly does a business go about getting such approval? For one thing, they must disclose at the top of an app or website they that they are, in fact, a secondary seller. By no means are they able to claim that they are the primary ticket provider. One more thing here: the company’s name or URL must not imply that it’s “official,” let alone include the name of a band or venue. Here are some tips to consider when buying event tickets:

  1. Buy tickets from trusted sources – Want to avoid getting scammed? Then make it a point to purchase tickets at the theater box office. Can’t find time to make it there before the show? Then go directly to their website. At the Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center, the most secure place to buy tickets is our website. Another reason to go directly through LVPAC is that you don’t have to worry about additional fees and you can be 100 percent certain you will have a seat for the show.
  2. Avoid buying from unofficial sites – Let’s say that you go online to buy tickets for an event several weeks after they went on sale to the general public. As soon as you click to browse what’s available, you get a message that the event is sold out. Now what? Well, your first thought may be to try third-party resellers. Just remember, though, that ticket fraud is becoming more prevalent every day. There’s certainly a risk when you choose to buy from shady resale sites.
  3. Steer clear of scalpers – You know the guys near venues who hold up signs that say “I need tickets?” They’re scalpers. For those who don’t know, scalpers buy extra tickets at what’s usually a discounted price. They then try to sell those tickets at a price that’s higher than face value. Of course, there’s no surefire way to know what you’re getting from scalpers. Many people are duped into buying tickets that are fake or stolen.
  4. Be smart buying tickets to “sold-out” shows – If you absolutely have to do resale, shop Ticketmaster for Ticketmaster Verified Tickets. What’s nice about these is they come with the guarantee that the seat you buy is the seat you get.
  5. Use caution around hugely popular productions – If you’ve ever been to our performing arts center, you know that seats fill up quickly. We’ve seen recently that tickets for Bankhead shows are turning up on resale sites at ridiculously inflated prices. Be aware that if a third-party reseller fails to deliver or provides an invalid ticket, there’s nothing we can do to help. If you’re interested in checking out one of our more popular productions, be sure to inspect the site.

The next time you look to buy concert tickets or tickets for any of our musical shows, please make it easy on yourself and go through our box office. Don’t hesitate to come to us with questions.    

Event Preview: Family Fun Series at the Bankhead

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Get your popcorn ready! The Bankhead Theater recently introduced this summer’s Family Fun Film series, featuring three beloved films of the 1980s. The Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center will show “E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial,” “The Princess Bride,” and “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids” on the theater’s large screen. Keep reading as we drum up some nostalgia and provide further details regarding the showings.

E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)

The series opens in June with one of director Steven Spielberg’s most groundbreaking films. As a refresher, a spaceship leaves earth and unknowingly abandons one small and gentle alien. When a young boy named Elliot befriends and brings the alien back to his suburban house, he and his siblings decide to hide the alien from everyone. The ultimate goal is to get E.T. back home. However, this task is much easier said than done, especially when E.T. gets sick. Released in June of 1982, E.T. was an immediate blockbuster. In fact, it surpassed Star Wars to become the highest-grossing film of all time, only to be overtaken by Jurassic Park 11 years later. It’s no question why E.T. is considered one of the greatest films ever made. A timeless story of friendship, it ranks as the greatest science fiction film ever made in a Rotten Tomatoes survey.

We are thrilled to show “E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial Wednesday, June 20th at 7 p.m. at the Bankhead. Tickets are just $5.

The Princess Bride (1987)

Yet another iconic film of the 1980s, this one tells the classic tale of a young man who sets off to rescue his one true love. The two encounter quite the cast of characters in the enchanted land of Florin, including the evil Prince Humperdinck, Dread Pirate Roberts, giant wrestler Fezzik, as well as the vengeful Inigo Montoya. Each is responsible for helping or hindering the efforts along the way. As opposed to the aforementioned film, The Princess Bride garnered modest box office success. Through the years, though, the film became a cult classic. The film ranks No. 50 on Bravo’s “100 Funniest Movies,” No. 46 on Channel 4’s “50 Greatest Comedy Film” list. If you enjoy movies with romance, adventure, and comedy, then this is an absolute must-see.

The showing of “The Princess Bride” takes place Wednesday, July 25th at 7 p.m. at the Bankhead.

Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (1989)

A misdirected baseball brings four kids into an attic workshop where their dad’s latest invention accidentally shrinks them to just a quarter-inch tall. Ironically, Wayne believes the electromagnetic shrink-ray to be a failed experiment and throws it in the trash with the kids in it. As a result, the kids must make their way back to the house. They encounter bees, ants, scorpions, and a lawnmower before their dad finds them and brings them back to size. “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids” took the movie industry by storm, grossing in excess of $222 million worldwide. Not only that, but it became the highest-grossing live action Disney film ever, a record it held for five years.

The showing of “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids” takes place Wednesday, August 15th at the Bankhead Theater.

For your convenience, LVPAC will have concessions available in the lobby for each film. Our performing arts center strives to offer family-oriented entertainment for the whole family. Please note that all three movies in this series are rated PG by the Motion Picture Association of America. Parents should make their own decision regarding appropriate content for their children.  

This series builds on the success of the Classic Film Musicals Series which was launched earlier this year at the Bankhead Theater. If you didn’t attend, it included favorites from the Golden Age of film musicals, complete with newsreels and cartoons of the era. Only the award-winning classic “Singin’ in the Rain” with Gene Kelly and Debbie Reynolds (May 2nd) and “Shall We Dance” with Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers (June 6th) remain this season, but the Classic Film Musicals Series is scheduled to resume in September.

The Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center is your one-stop shop for movies, live music, and incredible performances all summer long. Check out our events calendar today!

Event Preview: Classic Albums Live: Led Zeppelin II

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Get ready for one of the “500 Greatest Albums of All Time” to come to life on the Bankhead Theater stage when Classic Albums Live arrives later this month. A Canadian-based group familiar to rock music aficionados, Classic Albums Live brings together world-class musicians to perform some of the most famous albums. The group will perform Led Zeppelin’s iconic second album in its entirety, including iconic hits such as “Whole Lotta Love,” “Heartbreaker,” “Moby Dick,” and “Bring It On Home.”

About Led Zeppelin

It wasn’t much longer after their first album that Led Zeppelin got to work on No. 2. The quartet of Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, John Bonham, and John Paul Jones pulled the album together over six months in 1969 while on tour throughout North America and London. Not surprisingly, “Led Zeppelin II” was one of the most eagerly anticipated albums of the time. It’s safe to say that the result lived up to expectations and more. In fact, Led Zeppelin II” topped U.S. charts by the end of the year, bumping the Beatles’ “Abbey Road.” Rolling Stone called the work “one of the greatest, heaviest, and raunchiest albums ever, steeped in both Delta and Chicago blues, Sixties psychedelia and gentle-to-bone-crushing dynamics.” In November of 1999, “Led Zeppelin II” was certified 12x Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America for sales passing 12 million copies.

What’s interesting about this album is that each song was separately recorded, mixed, and produced at various studious in the UK and North America. The album was basically written on tour during periods of few hours in between concerts. As you might have guessed, the result was a sound featuring spontaneity and urgency through necessity.

An Inside Look at Classic Albums Live

Craig Martin, the group’s producer, said that he founded Classic Albums Live in 2003 after hearing too many poor tribute bands. Ultimately, he wanted to provide the audience with a more musically authentic experience. Martin started with a small venue in Phoenix and gradually grew in popularity from there. Soon, Classic Albums Live was filling some of the most prestigious venues across North America. Of course, it took more than just the effort of Martin to take the group to uncharted territory. It’s why he makes it a point to select exceptional musicians who focus on playing the world’s most well-known and familiar rock albums with absolute detail and precision. Martin compares the group to a symphony orchestra performing the works of great composers. It won’t take long for diehard Led Zeppelin fans to realize that every note of the album, including vocals and sound effects, is faithfully recreated. This is what Classic Albums Live refers to as a “rock immersion experience.” As Martin says, this is music the band members grew up with. The group knows the songs inside and out and, in the preparation process, spends hours listening to each note carefully, finding ways to perform it live without any recorded elements. Classic Albums Live brings in as many musicians and instrumentalists as are needed to accurately recreate each album.

The Performance

Classic Albums Live: Led Zeppelin II is set to take place Saturday, April 21st at 8 p.m. Ticket prices start at just $40 with $17 tickets available for students or active military personnel.

The Bankhead Theater

For more than a decade, the Bankhead Theater has been bringing artists and audiences together to share the rich experience of live performance. Here at LVPAC, it’s apparent that exposure to the arts has the potential to transform lives. For example, seeing, hearing, and taking part in a performance can be exhilarating for young people as they grow and develop, fueling a new level of creativity.

Let’s talk about the Bankhead briefly. This 507-seat facility makes the perfect environment for live music, theater, dance, and other performances. Artists at all levels agree that performing in such an intimate venue provides a number of benefits. In fact, the Grammy Award-winning vocal group Chanticleer praised the Bankhead for its incredible acoustics. Not surprisingly, artists looking to make a transformation of their own have chosen to make it a stop on their tour.

We hope to see you for what should be a fun evening with Classic Albums Live. Check out our events calendar today!

Bay Area Children’s Theatre Musical Camp Added to Summer Enrichment Programs

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Each year, the Bothwell Arts Center and Bankhead Theater are home to summer arts and music programs for students from elementary school to high school and above. These interactive, hands-on classes provide opportunities for discovery and exploration in art, acting, music, writing, TV production, and more. Things will be a bit different in 2018 as a two-week intensive musical theatre camp is brought to the Bothwell Arts Center by Bay Area Children’s Theatre (BACT). This program is guided by professional instructors and concludes with a student production of “Madagascar, A Musical Adventure, JR” on the Bankhead stage. A new Television Production camp through Giraffe Space has also been added to a summer lineup that includes the following:

  • The return of Livermore Shakespeare Festival’s acting camp
  • Derik Nelson & Family’s music workshop for teens
  • Creative writing
  • Art Camp at the Bothwell

More About the Program

What exactly can your child expect? Well, students will learn vocal technique, basic dance vocabulary, and storytelling skills as they prepare and rehearse for the fully produced student musical production August 9th and 10th. These aren’t the only areas of focus, though. For example, students learn how to support one another on and off the stage. Your son or daughter will also further develop their creative thinking and problem-solving skills, as well as increase self-confidence. Believe it or not, BACT has already reached more than 110,000 children and adults throughout the Bay Area. It’s our hope that the program will have a similarly positive impact on those in Livermore in 2018.

Let’s dive into what’s new for this year’s program. The weeklong production camp at Giraffe Space teaches media skills such as writing and camera techniques, live-cam production and on-air performance and will end in a 30-minute television talk show. The LVPAC is excited to welcome back the trio of Derik, Riana, and Dalten Nelson to put on a music workshop for teens geared toward singing, songwriting, and performance skills. After the educational showcase on Friday, July 13th, the group will perform at the Bankhead Theater with their folk-pop music in a show that highlights their unique sibling harmonies.

Led by artists from Livermore Shakespeare Festival, “Some Have Greatness Thrust Upon Them” is designed to help students find their inner actor through theater games, improvisation, costume creation and rehearsals, ending in a student performance. The Bothwell, meanwhile, is home to a weeklong camp intended to enrich creative writing skills, as well as the popular summer art sessions which offer students the chance to explore media from watercolor and clay to fabrics and acrylic. Whether students are enrolled in a full or half-day camp, they will undoubtedly enjoy creating different projects each session. An artist’s exhibit showcases completed works at the close of each week.

Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center – 2018 Summer Enrichment Programs

Event: TV Production Camp
Location: Giraffe Space

Dates: June 11-15, June 18-22

Ages: Grades 6-12

Event: Summer Art Camps

Location: Bothwell Art Center

Dates: June 18-22, June 25-29, July 30-Aug 3

Ages: 4-6 (half day), 7-10, and 8-17

Event: Creative Writing Camp

Location: Bothwell Arts Center

Dates: July 9-13

Ages: Grade 3-12

Event: Music Workshop with Derik Nelson and Family

Location:  Bankhead Theater

Dates:  July 9-13

Ages: Grade 6 – College

Event: Shakespeare “Some Have Greatness Thrust Upon Them”

Location: Bothwell Arts Center

Dates: July 16-27

Ages: 8-10 and 11-14

Event: Bay Area Children’s Theatre Musical Theater Camp

Location: Bothwell Arts Center/Bankhead Theater

Dates: July 30 – August 10

Ages: Grades 2-8

Education Outreach at Our Center for Performing Arts

Here at the Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center, we want every student in the Tri-Valley area to have the chance to experience the arts. Whether it’s the Bay Area Children’s Theatre or a free family event, it’s our hope that your son or daughter is able to tap into their creativity. For years, we have made it a priority to subsidize $17 student tickets for all LVPAC Presents performances. It’s important to know that portions of these activities are underwritten by generous contributions and matching gifts to our education fund.

Is your child interested in attending BACT this summer? Click here for information regarding specific fees, registration, and other program information. There are a limited number of scholarships available through the LVPAC Education Fund.

Contact us today.   

Speakers Announced for Livermore Innovation Fair 2018

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The Annual Livermore Innovation Fair will expand the list of speakers in 2018 to include three leading science and technology pioneers, NASA Ames Research scientist Peter Graube, Jack McCauley of Oculus Rift, as well as fifth-generation winemaker Karl Wente. This completely free family-friendly event is set to take place Saturday, April 14th from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Bankhead Theater. For those who aren’t familiar with the event, the Innovation Fair fosters a unique connection between the five STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) disciplines. Not only that, but the Innovation Fair combines a science fair with a high-tech exhibition, art show, and community celebration. Keep reading to learn more about this one-of-a-kind event.

About the Speakers

This year, three local science and technology leaders will share their insights on creativity and innovation. Peter Graube, a trained engineer with a fascination for machine automation, brings more than three decades of experience at NASA working on wind tunnels, jets, centrifuges, and rockets among his many projects. Karl Wente, vice president of winemaking at the Wente Family Estates, holds degrees in chemical engineering, viticulture, and enology. Wente is an expert when it comes to combining current technologies with the hands-on traditions of his winemaking family. Last, but certainly not least, is Jack McCauley. The co-founder and chief engineer was instrumental in taking the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset from prototype to build but is equally well-known for designing the guitar and drums in the popular video game Guitar Hero.

Why Attend the Event?

There are countless ways art and technology intersect in the world around us. It’s our hope that this event sparks the imagination in your entire family. Those who attend can enjoy everything from scientific displays and visual art to technology experiments and so much more. On top of all that, there will be live music performances on the plaza as well. In 2017, more than a thousand students from Livermore communities took part in the Innovation Fair. They took advantage of the opportunity to explore new innovations in robotics, 3D printing, rocketry, telepresence, remotely operated, vehicles, and more.

Educational Outreach

Kelly Bowers, superintendent of Livermore schools, recently mentioned that the Innovation Fair is enthusiastically embraced and appreciated by the entire district. Said Bowers: “At all grade levels, students are excited by hands-on activities that challenge and inspire them to solve problems or to create new products. The Innovation Fair is a welcome community opportunity for all of our families to explore arts and technology.”

Even though the event is free, the LVPAC staff encourages online registration. All registered attendees will automatically be entered into a drawing to win special prizes. Keep in mind that admission to the theater for the speaker sessions is first-come, first-served and limited to space available. The Second Annual Livermore Innovation Fair “Art in Technology” is made possible through the generosity of major sponsors such as Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories, Topcon Positioning Systems, Lam Research, Black Lab, and a number of other companies who have provided invaluable resources and support.

More than Just a Center for Performing Arts

As aforementioned, we want everyone to have the opportunity to experience the arts. It’s why LVPAC presents performances at schools and at the Bankhead Theater while also providing free monthly family events. All year long, LVPAC funds plenty of cultural arts programs, master classes, and the East Bay Jazz High School All-Stars program. Our staff also helps subsidize $17 student tickets for all LVPAC Presents performances. It’s important to know that portions of these activities are underwritten by generous contributions and matching gifts to our education fund.

We are more than just another local arts center that puts on occasional performances. LVPAC plays an integral role in the community, helping share the performing arts with children. If you’re interested in learning more about these programs, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.The Second Annual Innovation Fair is shaping up to be our largest educational outreach effort for 2018! Those who register now will be automatically entered for prize drawings. What are you waiting for? The Innovation Fair is the perfect opportunity to get out with the whole family and do something different that’s completely free.  

Get Your Tickets to the 2018 LVPAC Summer Series

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The Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center just announced the Summer Series at the Bankhead, which opens June 21st and runs through the beginning of September. The seven-show series includes the return of favorites such as legendary pop icon Rita Coolidge, the pure a cappella magic of Rockapella touring with The Company Men, the folk harmonies of Derik Nelson & Family, as well as Keiko Matsui’s smooth jazz. A number of artists will make their first visit to the Bankhead Theater, including singer/songwriter Shawn Colvin and the American blues-rock band Indigenous featuring Mato Nanji with Chris Duarte. The Summer Series comes to a close September 1st with the Southern Fried Chicks’ hilarious take on life and love in their Cage Free Comedy Tour!”

Performing Arts Center Tickets

Tickets for all shows in the Bankhead Presents went on sale to the public about two weeks ago. We are proud to announce that, for the first time ever, every show will have a limited quantity of seats priced at just $20 each. Of course, our center for performing arts will continue to offer the discounted tickets available for students and active military personnel.

Live Music and Much More

We use the Summer Series as a way to welcome returning artists who are popular with local audiences. In 2012, the two-time Grammy Award-winner Coolidge filled the Bankhead with her timeless, chart-topping hits such as “Higher and Higher” and “We’re All Alone.” Those in attendance were also treated to Rita’s take on classic jazz tunes and music that pays tribute to her Native American heritage. This summer’s appearance will be a third visit for the powerful full-band vocal sound of Rockapella, on tour this year with The Company Men, whose voices blend in incredible mash-ups of hit songs, both classic and modern.

How would you like to hear the perfectly blended folk and jazz harmonies only a family can deliver? If so, then be sure to make plans to check out Derik, Riana and Dalten Nelson for what is expected to be an unbelievable Friday evening at the Bankhead. As they did in 2017, the group will lead a weeklong interactive music workshop tailored to teens that focuses on musicianship, songwriting, and performing techniques prior to their concert.

These performances aren’t the only highlights of the summer, though. Make your next visit to the Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center a family night as everyone takes in Disney’s “The Little Mermaid.” For your convenience, there are seven performances from July 21st through August 5th.

Livermore’s Premier Arts Center

For more than a decade, the Bankhead Theater has welcomed a wide range of artists and audiences, bringing them together for exceptional performances. In addition to the shows in the Summer Series, we are planning to present a showcase of local bands on the Bankhead stage in mid-summer. Executive Director Scott Kenison explains that the family-friendly, low-cost concert would partially replace the free ‘Evenings on the Green’ community concerts that were previously offered on the Shea Homes Stage in front of the theater.

Said Kenison: “As an independent non-profit arts center, our goal is to share a love for the arts and enhance the cultural life and economic vitality of Livermore, while remaining fiscally balanced. For shows we present inside the theater, ticket sales typically cover just the cost of putting the artist on stage, not opening the theater on keeping the light on. We’re actively seeking a sponsor the ‘Evenings on the Green’ and exploring other options but, unlike Pleasanton which can offer city-sponsored concerts each Friday evening in the summer, we must work to seek opportunities where we can cover our costs.”

Educational Outreach

Education is a big piece of our performing arts center. It’s no secret that the arts can have a significant impact on our lives, especially young people’s. It’s why we work to keep ticket prices affordable for everyone.

“We are always looking to make live entertainment more accessible,” said Kenison. “We want everyone to be able to enjoy seeing a performance at the Bankhead.”

In addition, LVAC underwrites $20 student tickets year-round through the Education Fund. Both the Bankhead Theater and Bothwell Arts Center offer free events as well as other performances, visual arts, and cultural events all year long.

We look forward to seeing you and your entire family at the Bankhead this summer. Check out our events calendar today!  

Event Preview: Sense and Sensibility

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Jane Austen remains one of the most popular and beloved authors of all time. She wrote with insight and wit about her own 18th century English upper middle class. In “Sense and Sensibility,” Austen describes the economic uncertainty created by the rules of male inheritance and the limited choices for women of the time. Based on one of her best novels, Aquila Theatre brings to life the story of the sisters’ complex circumstances and their pursuit of eventual happiness. This one-of-a-kind production takes place March 22nd at the Bankhead Theater. Keep reading to learn more about the event and the Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center as a whole.

Let’s take a closer look at the plot of “Sense and Sensibility.” Basically, it revolves around the uncertainty brought about by the traditional practice of the first-born male inheriting the entire family fortune. As you might have guessed, this often left the rest of the family to fend for themselves. Women of the era didn’t have much say about their future. Their choices were limited and dictated by circumstances beyond their control. Frankly, the best hope for a secure future was a profitable marriage. Austen’s classic romantic comedy takes an inside look at the levelheaded, sensible Elinor and the hopelessly romantic Marianne. Along with their mother, the sisters are forced to leave their home and comfortable way of life soon after their father unexpectedly dies. The story is filled with hope, heartbreak, and unexpected twists as the characters struggle to find a new, successful future for themselves.

Now that you know a bit more about “Sense and Sensibility,” it’s important to understand Aquila Theatre. Based in New York, Aquila Theatre is critically acclaimed worldwide for skillful reinterpretations of classic plays in productions designed to captivate audiences. This particular version of “Sense and Sensibility” is directed by Desiree Sanchez and incorporates her unique use of space, movement, design, and sound. Take it from New York Theater Review, who describes the work of Sanchez as “polished and laser sharp. She gets the maximum amount of potential out of every stage moment and has exceptional attention to detail.”

For nearly three decades, Aquila has made the live theater experience more accessible for all audiences. When artistic director Peter Meineck founded Aquila, he wanted to share a deeper understanding of the plays we all know and love. It was Meineck’s hope that everyone could enjoy the ancient Greek dramas, the works of Shakespeare, and of course, new American classics. Members of Aquila Theatre tour on a regular basis and have been awarded for their creative, multidisciplinary, educational programs, and their outreach to underserved audiences in all sorts of communities. LVPAC is excited to partner with Aquila Theatre for what is expected to be an incredible performance.

The Performance

“Jane Austen: Sense and Sensibility” takes place Thursday, March 22nd at the Bankhead Theater. Ticket prices range from $40 to $80. Please note that the Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center offers discounted tickets for both students and active military personnel. We ask that you call or visit the box office to book these tickets.

The Bankhead Theater

The Bankhead Theater isn’t your average performing arts center. Since 2007, the Bankhead has welcomed countless artists and audiences, bringing them together to share the rich experience of a live performance. Our center for performing arts is proud to put on more than 40 events throughout the year. We present just about every genre you can think of, from authentic western swing and the Great American Songbook to smooth jazz and classic rock. That said, the Bankhead is more than just a concert venue. We encourage you to bring the entire family for dance, acrobatics, theater, opera shows, and comedy performances.

We continuously strive to make the arts accessible and affordable for everyone. When you bring a group of 10 or more people, you can save 10 percent on select LVPAC shows. So the next time you think about going to the arts, be sure to invite your family, friends, business associates, or club members to a performance.

If you’ve never been to the Bankhead Theater in Livermore, now is the time. The venue provides a truly intimate experience for artists and audiences alike.

See our events calendar for upcoming performances.

Upcoming Events

Sat 19

The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Sat, January 19 @ 8:00 pm
Organizer: Tri-Valley Repertory Theatre
925.462.2121
Sat 19

Django Shredders

Sat, January 19 @ 8:00 pm
Mon 21

Branford Marsalis Quartet

Mon, January 21 @ 7:30 pm
Tue 29

Jake Shimabukuro

Tue, January 29 @ 7:30 pm

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