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Rhythmic Circus “Feet Don’t Fail Me Now”

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Mixing hard-hitting percussive dance and a live rock band, “Feet Don’t Fail Me Now!” premiered in 2008 and has gone on to rave reviews, numerous awards, and sold-out venues across the country. The dancers of Rhythmic Circus joined forces with the seven-piece band’s big, brass sound and together they integrate an inventive style of rapid-fire tap with a variety of musical genres. Their exhilarating and dynamic show presents a wildly creative view into the indomitable power of the human spirit.

Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center is proud to host Rhythmic Circus for an evening of a cappella singing, a percussive chair routine, tap number, and so many other lively performances. As you can see on the show’s website, “Heatbox” the human beatbox joins the swingin’ seven-piece funk band to accompany each tap, shuffle and stomp.

History of the Show

“Feet Don’t Fail Me Now!” debuted in the summer of 2008 in Minneapolis when the group’s dancers and founders teamed with a number of well-known musicians in the Twin Cities. What resulted was an inventive, unique style of tap with a variety of musical genres to create a wildly engaging show. For years since its debut, the show has garnered rave reviews and packed venues. “Feet Don’t Fail Me Now!” took home a pair of SAGE Awards for Outstanding Ensemble and Performance, a Spirit of the Fringe Award, two Upper Midwest Emmys and was named “Best Dance Performance” by City Pages.

If you’ve never been to your local performing arts center or just want to enjoy an evening of live music and dancing, then “Feet Don’t Fail Me Now!” is for you! We’re certain that you’ll be jumping out of your seat and dancing to the beat of this genre-hopping music and hard-hitting percussive dance.

“An exuberant, toe-tapping, hand-clapping hour of music and dance that adults will enjoy as much as kids.” – Theater Mania

On Tap at Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center

Come join us for a variety of performances in April! Here’s what we currently have on our events calendar.

Monday, April 3 – The Naked Magicians

Friday, April 7 – The Wonder of Elvis: Tribute

Saturday, April 8 – Transfigurations

Thursday, April 13 – Arlo Guthrie

Saturday, April 15 – Come Together: The Beatles Concert Experience

Wednesday, April 19 – Abby Mann’s Judgment at Nuremberg

Friday, April 21 – Cherry Poppin’ Daddies

Sunday, April 23 – Breathtaking Brahms

Thursday, April 27 – Robert L. Gallucci

Friday, April 28 – Riders in the Sky

Saturday, April 29 – Lucie Arnaz

Sunday, April 30 – The San Francisco Scottish Fiddlers

The Performance

Rhythmic Circus “Feet Don’t Fail Me Now” will take place Friday, March 31 at 8 p.m. in the Bankhead Theater of the Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center. Regular tickets range from $30 – $50. Tickets for students or active military are available for $16 (call to confirm.)Purchase now!

For the best theater experience in the area, choose LVPAC. Book your theater and concert tickets today so that you ensure your spot at some of the most highly anticipated musical shows, entertainment shows, and operas of the year.

Intergalactic Nemesis — Twin Infinity

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Intergalactic Nemesis lands with a new and thrilling graphic novel adventure, merging retro radio show with comic book magic to create unforgettable, one-of-a-kind live theater. Three actors voice dozens of characters, a Foley artist creates sound effects, and a pianist plays a cinematic score, while over 1,250 hand-drawn, full-color comic book images fill the stage. This unique multimedia experience guaranteed to bring out the 12-year-old in everyone will leave behind a space-age aura of wonder that lasts for days.

“Great fun! A happily retro multimedia extravaganza!” —New York Post

Friday, March 17 @8pm

“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing” – Edmund Burke

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This is quite difficult for me to write for many reasons.  I enjoy life in Livermore. Since arriving two years ago, I have found the community very warm and welcoming.  However, there have been a few instances when folks have said things that were prejudiced, among them statements that were unapologetically anti-Semitic and others more coded but nonetheless, anti-Semitic. I find this extremely unsettling.

On Wednesday, someone from this community decided to make a statement on the Menorah that is located in front of the Bankhead Theater. The Menorah has been placed there annually by Chabad of the Tri-Valley to honor the holy days of Hanukkah. Vandals placed a barbed wire wreath on top and a white shroud around the center candle.  This was not a silly prank, it was a deliberate act of hatred.

Unfortunately, acts like these have become far too common nationwide. As the heart of our artistic community, Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center will work to shine a light on all types of prejudice– racism, anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, misogyny, xenophobia and homophobia. LVPAC is open to all and we serve the whole community. Just like the Menorah we will continue to burn brightly through the night and the days ahead. With the beauty of art, we hope to not only share the joy that can be found in the world, but change the hearts and minds of people who instead spread the darkness of hate.

Caveat emptor

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Buyer beware.

In this world of internet scams and fake news, a new phenomenon has sprung up.  The unscrupulous ticket reseller.  I know part of this world well, because in the 1990’s I worked for a reputable international theatre ticket agency.  We were a legitimate service that provided assistance with purchasing tickets to performances around the world. Times have changed. Recently, we have been seeing tickets for our shows on resale sites at ridiculously inflated prices.  Unfortunately, this is completely legal, and there is little we can do about it except inform our patrons.  Best case scenario is that a patron overpays for a ticket, but receives one purchased from our box office by the third party reseller, and they enjoy the show.  Worst case scenario is that the patron overpays for a ticket, the third party doesn’t follow through, and the patron is unable to get into the show or has to purchase another ticket.

So, I urge everyone who is looking to purchase a ticket to any events online, to make sure they are purchasing from a reputable box office, if they are not working directly with us.  Here are a few things to look out for:

  • Make sure the price is in line with what you expected to pay.
  • Check to see if there is a physical address associated with the website.  If there isn’t one, or it is difficult to find, that is a sign they may be hiding something.
  • If there is a phone number associated with the website, call it.
  • If you are looking for a hard-to-get ticket (Hamilton comes to mind!), you may need to purchase at a premium from a broker.  Make sure there are confirmed seat locations.  Most brokers who resell hard-to-get tickets have purchased those tickets from the box office and have the seat locations.
  • Check the company’s ratings on Yelp or Google business.

Finally, I ask all our regular patrons, who know how to find us at lvpac.org, to do us a favor. Tell your friends and family to always go to the source for tickets! You can avoid paying additional fees by purchasing through our box office and you can be sure you’ll have a seat when you get there!

David Benoit plays Charlie Brown’s Christmas

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Take a trip down memory lane as Grammy-nominated pianist David Benoit, accompanied by his quartet and Mendenhall Middle School Chorus, brings to life the magical music from the Charlie Brown television specials. Benoit describes this music as “happy jazz” – sophisticated but still filled with fun. His lifelong passion for the work of original Peanuts composer Vince Guaraldi is reflected in his own compositions for later specials and both are featured in this delightful return to a happy holiday tradition.

Joining Benoit will be special guest artist Sara Gazarek whose impeccable jazz vocals seamlessly combine the intimacy of singer/songwriter stylings with the musical and improvisational sara-gazarek-8elements of jazz. With three highly acclaimed CD’s before she was 30, Gazarek has been hailed by The Los Angeles Times as “the next important jazz singer.”

“He understands just how music influences a person’s life and brings out all the characteristics of the human experience. David Benoit is a natural treasure.” – Jazz Review 
“Benoit produced music that was bright, frothy, enthusiastic and totally contemporary.” – Los Angeles Times

Monday, December 19 @7:30pm

Run Boy Run’s Tapestry of Timeless Bluegrass Sound

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While Run Boy Run’s bluegrass sound is rooted in the traditional style of the Appalachian South, they are part of a trend to revive innovation in American roots music. Their voices weave a spectacular tapestry around the fiddle’s tight rhythmic front, leading listeners on a musical journey that is dynamic, orchestral, and overflowing with beauty. The whole exceeds the sum of the parts as touches of classical, jazz, and folk express themselves through the old-time core of Run Boy Run’s unique sound.

“Hot instruments and beautiful, sweet harmony!” — Garrison Keillor, A Prairie Home Companion

Friday, November 4 @8pm

Michael Mullen Mixes Music with Technology

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Never pre-recorded, always immediate and created fresh, the masterful Michael Mullen makes live looping an art form. Experiencing this solo musician building his Tria Soli “ensemble” group gives the audience a unique and powerful connection with old chamber favorites – You may have heard them a thousand times, but never like this.  Then, in Trio of One, the highly talented Michael Mullen brings to life the music of his Celtic roots, creating a full jig-blasting band in front of your eyes.  In the end, you’ll understand why his old Tempest mates dubbed him “The Mad Fiddler”.

California Dreamin’: Rain Dance on the Walls

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Anne Giancola
Bothwell Arts Center
2466 8th Street, Livermore, CA
925. 447-ARTS
agiancola@livermoreperformingarts.org

Or skenison@livermoreperformingarts.org
925.583.2301
California Dreamin’: Rain Dance on the Walls

LIVERMORE, CA – (August 25, 2015)

See it, soak it up, reveal in it.  The Bothwell Arts Center and Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center is pleased to announce the opening of Rain Dance, an art exhibition at the Bankhead Theater. This exhibit features six artists’ interpretation of everyone’s favorite California Dreamin’: water.

The art works range from abstract to representational and are executed in a variety of media. The artists featured are Jason Conn, Danielle Eubanks, Kerry McGehee, Linda Ryan, Julie Hayward Trout, and Bernard Weston.

The exhibit opens September 2 and is on display through November 2, 2015. The Bankhead Theater lobby will be open to the public starting onSeptember 5 on Tuesdays through Sundays, 12-6 p.m.

The Artists’ Reception is on Sunday, September 20  from 1–3 pm., and is free and open to the public.  Native American dancers from the Indian Education program at the American Indian Center will perform pow wow dancing at the reception.  This  visual feast for the eyes in art and dance creates an atmosphere of cool water and a celebration of dance and song in pleasing, natural acoustic beats. The perfect opportunity to bring in the Rain.

The Bankhead Theater is located at 2400 First Street in Livermore, CA. Call 925. 447-ARTS for more information about Rain Dance.

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The Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center provides wide-ranging programs that give access to the arts for the Tri-Valley community and beyond. LVPAC Presents offers a diverse variety of exceptional music, dance and theatrical performances at the Bankhead Theater each year. The Bankhead Theater and the Bothwell Arts Center are home to nine resident performing arts companies and over 40 studio artists and cultural arts instructors. Between them, they have offered more than 500 public activities each year, from classes and workshops, to concerts, festivals and performances, as well as ArtWalk and extensive educational arts outreach. A list of upcoming performances at the Bankhead Theater, as well as activities at the Bothwell Arts Center, is available online at livermoreperformingarts.org

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The San Francisco Scottish Fiddlers

Sun, April 30 @ 3:00 pm

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