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Celebrate Native American Culture

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In 1968, the fourth Friday in September was designated Native American Day in California by Governor Ronald Reagan. This year it will be celebrated at the Bankhead with two events.

September 21

Widely acknowledged to be the world’s premier performer of the Native American flute, R. Carlos Nakai will offer a single performance at the Bankhead Theater on Thursday, September 21 at 7:30 p.m. Nakai’s music showcases the wood flute’s lovely, sophisticated sound and shows its versatility across the spectrum of musical genres. Combined with the vibrant tones of William Eaton’s ambient, lyraharp guitar, and the subtle pulse of Will Clipman’s world beat percussion, Nakai offers music that has been described as “a vast panorama of moods, from plaintive laments to soaring joy.” Tickets are just $30 with $17 tickets for students and active military personnel.

Earlier in the day, Nakai will also offer an educational outreach workshop for students in fourth grade and up from the Livermore Valley Unified School District sharing his passion for the instruments, music and traditions of the Native American culture.

September 22

The Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center with support from the Western States Arts Federation will host its second annual Native American Day on the plaza outside the Bankhead theater from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.  The family friendly event for all ages, offered in collaboration with Livermore’s American Indian Center led by director Mary Puthoff, will include demonstrations of tipi building, dancing and singing, as well as artifacts, crafts and food.

READ about Mary Puthoff and Livermore’s American Indian Center in the East Bay Times.
HEAR R. Carlos Nakai’s hauntingly beautiful wood flute music.
 BUY TICKETS to see R. Carlos Nakai, William Eaton and Will Clipman on September 21st at 7:30 pm.

JOIN US IN CELEBRATING NATIVE AMERICAN DAY!

 

A Brilliant Night!

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The Bankhead Theater launched the 11th Season of the LVPAC Presents series with the second annual “Brilliance at the Bankhed” Gala featuring the Grammy Award-Winning Indigo Girls accompanied by our own resident company, the Livermore-Amador Symphony conducted by Music Director Lara Webber.

The festive night began with a sumptuous reception on the plaza with delicious food and wine catered by Wente and filled with the music of the East Bay Jazz High School All Stars. A raffle for a lovely pair of 14K white gold halo design diamond earrings crafted by Lance Cavalieri Jewelers, live and silent auctions for items from unique dining and travel experiences to sports and concert tickets, energized the crowd before the Indigo Girls and the symphony filled the night with unforgettable music.

The biggest fundraiser of the year for the Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center, the Gala event raised more than $300,000 to help support the Bankhead Theater and Bothwell Arts Center, including $37,000 for the Arts in Education Fund.

Every year, the Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center presents and produces over 250 arts events and activities, and engages with more than 10,000 students and adult learners through the Arts in Education programs.  We are so thankful for the support and generosity from our “Brilliant” community who help make it all possible!

Did you miss the event?  Watch the video shown at the event and see how the “Arts are Amplified” in the Tri Valley here.  Check out the photos from the evening taken by photographer Robert Suguitan here.  And read about the Gala in the East Bay Times here.

THANK YOU TO ALL OUR 2017 GALA SPONSORS!

 

Joan Osborne Interview

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Joan Osborne Sings “Songs of Bob Dylan”
at the Bankhead … with Will Champlin

In an interview with RIFF Magazine, Joan Osborne talks about the road that led to her most recent album, “Songs of Bob Dylan” and where that road might lead her next.  Osborne has always covered others’ songs, including Dylans’, and has been slowly evolving an interest in singing modern day “standards” starting with his legendary catalog. “I’ve sung his songs in the past and felt a real affinity for them,” Osborne said. “Partly [it’s] because I’ve sung with him a handful of times. And also, because he’s got so many amazing songs that you’re never going to run out of options.” Read the whole article HERE.“Songs of Bob Dylan” was released on September 1st.

Joan Osborne makes a stop at the intimate Bankhead Theater on her “Songs of Bob Dylan” tour on Friday evening, October 27. Opening for her will be singer/songwriter Will Champlin, best known as a top three winner in season five of television’s “The Voice,” whose song co-writer credits include “Wolves” from One Direction’s “Made in the AM” album. For more information on Joan Osborne and Will Champlin, see the event page here.

Don’t miss hearing Joan Osborne’s take on such Bob Dylan favorites as
“Tangled Up In Blue,” “Dark Eyes” and more
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Can’t Miss This!

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When people drive down Railroad Avenue now, it will be hard to miss the location of the Bankhead Theater!  Thanks to the creativity of graphic designer Andrew Edwards, eight large banners spell out BANKHEAD across the back of the building.  Each letter shows one of the many talented artists or groups who have performed on or are coming to the Bankhead stage.*  Together the letters make a powerful visual for people passing by.

For years a surprising number of people have told us they didn’t know where the theater was, or even that there WAS a performing arts center in downtown Livermore! It’s hard to miss a three-story, red brick structure, but there has never been a sign on the back of the building with the name … until now.

If you haven’t been at the Bankhead lately, be sure to check out the list of events for the Bankhead’s 2017-2018 season — there’s music of all kinds, comedy, dance and other entertainment — truly something for everyone! Even if you can’t make it to a performance, enjoy free art exhibits in the Gallery in the lobby, drop by on the weekend when Story Coffee sets up in the courtyard, or attend one of the free community events on the lawn. The Bankhead Theater continues to thrive as more and more people visit the area to enjoy the restaurants and bars, to watch movies, meet friends, and enjoy music, or to shop, work or take the train. Come by admire the new letters and join in the fun!

The 2017-2018 Season at the Bankhead Starts September 9th!

 

* And in case you were wondering … the eight letters show, in order from left to right: OK GO, Paul Taylor Dance, Taylor Hicks, Storm Large, Richard Marx, Asleep at the Wheel, Tom Papa, and Jake Shimabukuro

 

 

A SHARED LOVE FOR MUSIC

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MUSIC WORKSHOP with DERIK NELSON & FAMILY

For one magical week in early August, nearly a dozen students had a priceless opportunity to expand their musical skills with talented siblings Derik, Riana and Dalten Nelson. Held at the Bankhead Theater, the students, who ranged in age from middle school on up, worked closely with the Nelsons sharing ideas, developing their singing, songwriting and performance techniques, and just having fun making music together.  With remarkable musical talents and friendly, approachable personalities, the Nelsons challenged the students to push for new skills, while building their confidence along the way.

At the end of the week, the students showcased their talents on the Bankhead Stage in a performance described by one parent as “awe inspiring.” In just a few days the group had clearly become a team, their musical abilities and creativity fostered inside the fun and supportive environment. Since then, the students have stayed connected, taking part in a GroupMe just two weeks later, and plan to stay in touch with each other as they pursue their musical dreams.

For many artists, performing on stage is often just one aspect of their love for music and the arts. The Nelsons clearly find equal joy in nurturing the musical talents of others. The enthusiasm and energy they brought to the camp mattered every bit as much as their own exceptional musical abilities. While their polished performance as Derik Nelson & Family on August 4th gave Bankhead audiences a memorable evening of jazz and folk-infused sound combined with stunning video displays, it was the personal connections Derik, Riana and Dalten made with these thriving young musicians that truly planted the seeds for a love of music in the future.

     

ABOUT THE NELSONS

The Nelson siblings have garnered over 3.5 million views on YouTube, toured over 60 locations across the West Coast U.S.A., reached over 15,000 students of all ages with educational music workshops and fundraising assemblies, were invited to perform the National Anthem at a Seattle Seahawks home game, and are proud to tour nationwide with their own headlining concert as a family.

The music workshop offered at the Bankhead aligns with the Nelson’s personal priorities as musicians and entertainers. Raised in the Pacific Northwest, all three attended public schools and, as Riana says, are passionate about giving back so others can have the same opportunities they had to experience choir, band and theater classes. They have raised money for school music programs up and down the West Coast.

Derik, known for his recurring role as the guitarist on the television show “Glee,” began performing at the age of seven and over the next decade appeared in over 60 productions. By the time he was 14 he had learned to play saxophone, guitar and piano and was already composing songs. Derik has said, “I feel most like myself when I’m at the piano or with a guitar in my lap, singing about how I feel to people who feel the same way. Music is one of the deepest expressions of emotion, and writing and performing original music is as personal and honest as you can get.” By the time he graduated from the University of Southern California in 2010, Derik had produced five original albums and helped shape curriculum for USC’s Popular Music program. www.deriknelson.com

Riana graduated from University of Michigan in Musical Theater, where she co-directed the co-ed a cappella group “Amazin’ Blue,” and has appeared on television, film and stage as well as led children’s music programs. www.riananelson.com Dalten has appeared in musical theater productions since the age of four. His skills in lighting design and video production, from concept to editing, contributes to the trio’s mesmerizing and visually immersive concerts.www.daltennelson.com

The music workshop was underwritten in part by the Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center’s Education Fund.
To contribute to the fund or for more information, contact the development staff at 925-583-2305 or email

 

Event Preview: One Night, Three Women, Too Funny!

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The Bothwell Arts Center is proud to present “One Night, Three Women, Too Funny,” comedy fundraiser event starring local comedians Regina Stoops, Stacey Gustafson, and Margaret Zhao.

Get to Know the Comedians

Regina Stoops

How would you like to say that you were born and raised in a town called Normal? But just because of that, don’t think that Regina Stoops lives a boring life. Sure, she raises three boys, has aging parents, and has constant errands to run, but there’s so much more to Regina. Her comedy centers around ordinary life as she redefines what it actually means to be normal. You will quickly find entertainment along the journey of a “Catholic, Democratic, lesbian, stay-at-home soccer mom with an Autistic son” living in the suburbs. Over the years, Regina’s humor connects with a wide range of audiences, from Catholic Diocese fundraisers and teacher’s workshops to corporate retreats and comedy clubs.

Not sold yet on Regina? Take it from Sarah Holland, the president of Visibility Project NYC & Equal Leadership Summit, who says “Regina is one funny woman! Genuinely warm as an entertainer and side-splittingly funny as a comedienne. Her humor is quick-witted and playful, her timing impeccable. She can customize her remarks to any situation or audience, providing a good-natured, rollicking laugh ride through everyday events and human foibles.”

Stacey Gustafson

Kids, parents, marriage, and midlife are all fair game for Stacey Gustafson. The St. Louis native makes a habit of turning everyday frustrations into humor. Stacey uses a tongue-in-cheek brand of humor that resonates with the audience. Aside from making people burst into laughter in person, Stacey is also an Amazon bestselling author. Her book, Are You Kidding Me? My Life with an Extremely Loud Family, Bathroom Calamities, and Crazy Relatives boasts a 4.5 out of 5 stars. Whether you dive into this book, one of her humor columns, or her blog, you can look forward to stories about parenting and daily events such as laundry, public restrooms, and being middle-aged. Stacy was recently honored as the Erma Bombeck Humor Writer of the Month.

Margaret Zhao

Simply put, Margaret Zhao was born in the wrong place at the wrong time. Margaret’s award-winning memoir Really Enough; A True Story of Tyranny, Courage and Comedy goes into her struggle for survival, freedom, and forbidden love. Margaret was unfairly labeled as Enemy of the State under Chairman Mao and had to use humor and wit to survive oppressive tyranny and handle the challenges of culture shock that come with moving to the U.S. Margaret’s stories of crossing cultures create surprises and uncontrollable laughs, from learning to drive to pronouncing the menu at Taco Bell. Margaret has the unique ability to not just make people laugh, but also inspire them. Through the years, she has entertained and delighted audiences of all ages at the Hollywood Laugh Factory, comedy clubs, schools, churches, and other venues.

About the Bothwell Arts Center

Along with the Bankhead Theater, the Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center also operates the Bothwell Arts Center. Since its creation, the Bothwell Arts Center has been an arts incubator, offering affordable rental space for artists, musicians, and other groups with a cultural arts focus. Currently, over 40,000 people have benefitted from classes and performances held at the Bothwell. The center sponsors a variety of activities including ArtWalk, Celtic Christmas, Holiday Boutique, New Orleans Bash, and more.

Remember that you can donate directly to the Bothwell Arts Center, which allows us to keep rents low for all of the nonprofit groups and workers that use the center.

The Performance

The Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center is excited to welcome these three women to the Bothwell on Saturday, August 26 at 7:30 p.m. Keep in mind that seating is limited, so reserve tickets today. Tickets are just $20. If interested, autographed books and a cash bar will be available in the lobby.

With September just around the corner, check our event calendar to see what’s on tap at LVPAC.  

Event Preview: The New Christy Minstrels

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The New Christy Minstrels forged a fresh folk sound in the 1960s with a lighthearted style that was welcomed at the forefront of a challenging era. Original songs such as “Green, Green” and their cover of “Sing in the Sunshine” topped the charts and their debut album won a Grammy Award in 1963. More than 20 albums later, creator Randy Sparks remains at the helm of the iconic group. The New Christy Minstrels continue to deliver the rich harmonies and tuneful melodies that have enchanted fans for decades. The Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center can’t wait to welcome them for an upcoming Sunday afternoon performance.

Still Going Strong

It can be challenging for long-standing musical groups to captivate audiences through the years. But that’s just what The New Christy Minstrels continue to do. The group currently features seven members, both old and new, who have been called the best collection of performers. NCM is led by founder Sparks, Tholow Chan, Becky Jo Benson, Sue Harris, Greg O’Haver, Dave Rainwater, John Denver’s uncle Dave Deutschendorf, and Ed Stockton. As you can see on their website, Sparks explains that “We’re still alive, we’re still creative, and still eager to please, so we make a deal with the audience: We’ll do all the old songs you came to hear, if you’ll allow just a couple of newer ones.”

In July of 2013, NCM released their newest CD called “Nice Time to Be Alive,” as well as their Greatest Hits CD.     

Meet the Group

Randy Sparks

The group founder led NCM to their first concert at The Greek Theater in Los Angeles in 1961. More than 50 years later, Sparks says that the group is exactly the same. He was the one responsible for putting the first group together, selecting the performers, and even writing the majority of the songs. When NCM first came together, there were 10 members on stage. However, through the decades, Sparks has become an expert on achieving the signature sound he worked so hard to invent. Coupled with better sound equipment, Sparks mentions that the group can create the sound he demands with just seven singers and players.

Dave Rainwater

‘Changing the world one fiddle tune at a time,’ Rainwater has plenty of longevity in the NCM uniform. In addition to his time with NCM, he has enjoyed roles with groups such as Heaven’s Grass, The Piney Creek Weasels, The Contests, Horse Sense, The Foothillbillys, and currently, The Black Irish Band.

‘Uncle’ Dave Deutschendorf

As aforementioned above, Deutschendorf is John Denver’s uncle. ‘Uncle’ Dave began his permanent stay with the group in 2010, providing a boost to the bottom line of NCM’s vocal mix. On occasion, Deutschendorf plays guitar on only a few ditties.

Tholow Chan

The group’s bass player, Chan and Sparks first toured together in 1969 across the U.S. Not only does Chan continue to work and rehearse, but he brings a certain kind of energy that everyone appreciates.

Greg O’Haver

Sparks and O’Haver first worked together way back in 1967. O’Haver is responsible for the group’s instrumental sound. Sparks mentions in the bio that O’Haver is “the very best on anybody’s stage, and we’re grateful for his loyalty to the calling.”

Becky Jo Benson

She’s one of the younger members of NCM, but she still has more time vested in the group than anybody, aside from Sparks. Though she didn’t come on with the group until 1997, she’s been a regular at performances ever since.

Sue Harris

NCM original Dolan Ellis calls Harris the best girl type entertainer in Arizona. That praise has carried over to the rest of the current group members.  

Ed Stockton

Since 2015, Stockton has become NCM’s permanent backup member. When someone is unable to make a performance, Stockton steps in and does a seamless job.

The Performance

LVPAC is set to host The New Christy Minstrels on Sunday, August 13 at 3 p.m. in the Bankhead Theater. Tickets range from $16 to $80. Our center for performing arts offers student and active military prices for all performances.   

See our event calendar for other upcoming performances! We have a number of must-attend events coming up at the end of summer and into the fall.

Explore the 2017-2018 Season and Buy Tickets Now!

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Top: Indigo Girls, Rita Rudner, OK GO, Manhattan Transfer.
Bottom: R. Carlos Nakai, Lisa Loeb, Catapult, Moscow Festival Ballet, Tom Rush

Tickets for some shows are already moving fast … Don’t miss this chance to get the best seats!

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Tickets for the 2017-2018 season at the Bankhead Theater are now on sale! Located at the heart of downtown Livermore, the Bankhead will welcome a range of artists from all musical genres, as well as comedy, dance, theater, and other performing arts. The season officially begins on Saturday evening, September 9, 2017 at the Brilliance at the Bankhead Gala featuring Grammy Award-winning folk rock duo the Indigo Girls. Other notable highlights among the three dozen events scheduled through June 2018 are viral-video pop hit makers OK GO, the smooth harmony vocals of the Manhattan Transfer, and comedian Vicki Lawrence, known for her character “Mama” from The Carol Burnett Show.

Folk balladeer Tom Rush makes a welcome return, as does Marc Cohn touring with The Blind Boys of Alabama. Among artists making their first appearance at the Bankhead will be Los Lonely Boys, Lisa Loeb, and the Irish group Danù in a special St. Patrick’s Day concert.

According to Executive Director Scott Kenison, the programming team focused on balance. “We’re always happy to welcome big name artists and returning favorites, shows we know will meet a receptive audience, but it’s also important to bring artists such as African Guitar Summit and R. Carlos Nakai, William Eaton and Will Clipman to Livermore,” he said. “It’s particularly exciting to be able to bring to the Bankhead entertainers such as OK GO or Catapult that people may have only seen on television or online. These shows, as well as the return of Olate Dogs, DLux Puppets and others, appeal to all ages. With our student ticket price of just $17, we encourage families to come out and enjoy a show together,” he added.

This season is particularly rich with comedic talent. In addition to Vicki Lawrence and Mama,  Rita Rudner and Dave Coulier will keep audiences laughing with their solo stand-up routines. The San Francisco Comedy Competition, Second City and Capitol Steps all return to the Bankhead and the Reduced Shakespeare Co. will present “William Shakespeare’s Long Lost First Play,” a hilarious mash-up of characters, famous lines, and unexpected plot twists.

The Bankhead stage is not just for professionals. Next May, local celebrities will spend a week practicing with a professional ballroom dance partner before demonstrating their newfound skills in pursuit of the Mirrorball Trophy in “Dancing with the Tri-Valley Stars.” The evening includes a professional dance showcase by national champions, The Utah Ballroom Dance Company.

In addition to LVPAC Presents shows, the Bankhead Resident Companies, including Del Valle Fine Arts, Livermore-Amador Symphony, Livermore Valley Opera, Pacific Chamber Orchestra, Rae Dorough Speakers Series, Tri-Valley Repertory Theatre, and Valley Dance Theatre, offer nearly 50 performances and events of their own during the season.

The 2017-2018 Season at the Bankhead follows the previously announced Summer Series which begins in July with the already sold out evening with Paula Poundstone on July 7th. Six other shows including The Lettermen, Robert Cray, New Christy Minstrels, Derik Nelson and Family, JD Souther and Keiko Matsui run through August.

Don’t forget to watch the preview video here, see the entire 2017-2018 Season list here, or view the Season Brochure here.

The more the merrier!  With such a great line-up,
you’ll want to join us at the Bankhead often.
Buy tickets for any FIVE shows
at the same time and receive a 10% discount.*

* Members receive a 15% discount on five or more shows. If you’re a member login here. If you’re not a member, consider joining today! Memberships start at just $125. In addition to supporting the arts, you’ll be among the first to hear about any new shows and you’ll receive 10% off single tickets all year long. Other benefits are available at higher levels.

 

Event Preview: The Lettermen

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When The Lettermen take the stage, it’s a trip down memory lane to a time when three young men in letter sweaters watched their first hit single “The Way You Look Tonight” soar to the top of the charts. For years, fans have taken in their more than 50 albums with popular tunes such as “When I Fall in Love” and “Put Your Head on my Shoulder.” The group has been creating musical memories for more than five decades, as their sweet harmonies and smooth, romantic sound simply never go out of style. The Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center is excited to announce an upcoming Friday night event from a group once described as “best thing that happened to romance since moonlight.”

Non-stop Harmony for 50 Years

There’s just something about the sound of The Lettermen that has enabled them to enjoy generational success. The group, comprised of Tony Butala, Donovan Tea, and Bobby Poynton, has sold out more than 10,000 shows, including international tours to Japan, the Philippines, Thailand, France, Mexico, and Saudi Arabia. As you can note on their official website, “the music of these entertainers transcends all language barriers as it romances the soul, and warms the hearts of millions.”  They have a particularly loyal fan following in the Philippines, where audiences appreciate their smooth style. Such Tagalog favorites as “Dahil Sa Iyo” and “Sapagka’t Kami Ay Tao Lamang” have earned them a place in Filipino hearts worldwide.

In the 1960’s, the original singers of the group quickly became one of the top college concert attractions. From Percy Faith’s “Theme from a Summer Place” and Charlie Chaplin’s “Smile” to “Our Winter Love” and “Graduation Day,” The Lettermen were constantly winning over audiences with incredible love songs. In 1966, the group came out with “For Christmas This Year,” a love album that remains popular during the holidays. The next year, The Lettermen put together arguably their most loved and request hit: “Goin’ Out of My Head/Can’t Take My Eyes Off You.”

Though the group has seen some change over the years, their music has remained much of the same. Even now, The Lettermen continue to release albums and perform hundreds of concerts each year while traveling around the world. It’s safe to say that their beautiful harmony has withstood the test of time.

The Current Members

Today, The Lettermen consist of the following:

  • Tony Butala – As the group’s original and founding member, Butala remains the most recognized name of the bunch. He also opened the Vocal Group Hall of Fame and Museum in his hometown of Sharon, Pennsylvania.
  • Donovan Tea – The accomplished singer and songwriter from Houston joined the group in 1984. Prior to joining the group, he served as lead singer of The Young Americans, soloist at “The Horn” nightclub in Los Angeles, and solo production singer at The Dunes Hotel in Las Vegas.     
  • Bobby Poynton – The third member of The Lettermen started out with acting parts on shows such as “Days of Our Lives,” “Jake and the Fatman,” Walker: Texas Rangers,” and others. The music opportunity finally came for Poynton in 1988, when a well-known recording group sought an attractive male vocalist with a tenor voice. Before he knew it, Poynton was the newest member of The Lettermen. He recorded six albums with the group and performed in more than 1,000 concerts. After being away from the group for 15 years, Poynton returned to The Lettermen in 2011.

 There’s no doubt that these three men continue to wow audiences with the magic they create on stage.

The Bankhead Theater

Since 2007, the Bankhead has welcomed a wide range of artists and audiences, bringing them together to share the experience of live performance. From symphonies and ballet performances to opera shows and concerts, the Bankhead makes every event special. Rest assured that the extensive seating arrangement can accommodate nearly every patron’s tastes. The state-of-the-art facility was designed with extra attention geared toward acoustics. In fact, the Grammy Award-winning vocal group Chanticleer has praised the Bankhead for its “perfect” acoustics. It’s easy to see why so many artists seeking to make a career transformation choose to make the Bankhead a stop on tour.

The Performance

LVPAC is set to host The Lettermen Friday, July 21 at 8 p.m. in the Bankhead Theater. Tickets start at $40 with $16 tickets for students or active military personnel.

Event Preview: Jerry Jeff Walker with Special Guest Django Walker

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You may know Jerry Jeff Walker as a man who has broken more new ground in the field of having fun than anyone else. But it’s his indelible mark on the world of country music that has turned him into an icon. Known for the popular hit “Mr. Bojangles,” which has been covered by nearly four dozen artists from all musical genres, Walker has always brought a unique brand of folk rock to traditional country music. With song shot through with a touch of the “outlaw,” Walker has influenced multiple generations of musicians while earning himself a crowd of dedicated fans. The Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center is thrilled to welcome in Walker and his son, Django, to deliver a must-see Father’s Day show that unites their talents and celebrates two generations of music making.

Get to Know Jerry Jeff Walker

On his official website, it’s mentioned that there’s a photo on the back of a Jerry Jeff album that sums it all up. He’s outside a roadhouse on a desolate highway at nighttime. With his collar turned up against the wind as he hunches over to light a cigarette, his guitar is slung around his back. “It’s hard to tell if he’s entering or leaving the roadhouse, but either way you figure he’s got many miles to go before he sleeps.” Even during his wildly successful days in the ’70s and ’80s, it’s believed that this was the mindset of Jerry Jeff.

The country music star began his journey and quickly established himself as an up-and-comer in the musical community. Jerry Jeff’s career took off as he piled up records for MCA and Elektra before forming his own independent label, Tried & True Music, in 1986. Today, his album catalog sits at 33 in total.

Jerry Jeff’s accomplishments speak for themselves. He’s played for a handful of presidents and toured in Lear Jets. One would think that will all the fame, a musician would ditch his old ways. But none of it has prevented Jerry Jeff from continuing to see the world in the eyes of a troubadour. His website explains that “his songs are the way he makes the world make sense, how he passes on stories of the people he meets and the way he feels on a given morning.” Jerry Jeff is now back to his singer-songwriter roots, bringing his career full circle.

Like Father, Like Son

Django Walker took after Dad at a young age, learning to play guitar at age 15. Soon after, he wrote his first song, “The Road You Choose,” and performed it on stage at his father’s shows. Django’s debut album, Down the Road, was released in 2002. Similar to Jerry Jeff, Django went the independent route for his record label, forming Lazy Kid Music. The CD was recorded in a mere five days and Django wrote all but one of the songs himself. One of them, “Texas on my Mind,” even topped the Texas Music Chart at one point.

Four years later, Walker released his second CD, Six Trips Around the World. It was produced by the Mark Bryan of Hootie and the Blowfish and was recorded at Bryan’s home.

In terms of style, Django’s works reflect a number of different influencers. From Bob Dylan and The Beatles to Merle Haggard and Willie Nelson, the 35-year-old features a style that some reviewers have labeled as “unique country” and “classic cock with undertones of good old Southern comfort.”

The Perfect Way to Spend Father’s Day

What better way to spend time with Dad than by taking in a rare father-son show featuring two of the most well-known names in country music? “Jerry Jeff Walker with Special Guest Django Walker” will take place Sunday, June 18th at 3 p.m. at the Bankhead Theater. All seats are $40 with $16 tickets  available for students and active military personnel.  If you’ve never been to the Bankhead, you’re in for a treat. The design of this venue promotes an intimate feel for both performers and audience members alike. Our center for performing arts offers student and active military prices for all performances.

Make this Father’s Day one to remember with live music! Please call or visit the box office to book your tickets. Don’t forget to check out the rest of LVPAC’s musical shows, entertainment shows, and so much more.

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