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An Interview with Songwriter JD Souther

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Writer Lou Fancher beautifully captures the heart of JD Souther’s songwriting genius in a fresh new interview for East Bay Times:

” The world’s best singer-songwriters appreciate time.

Not simply meter, syllables stretched over notes, tempo and other clock-keeper aspects of music, but the passage of time that mellows a tenor’s voice into ease and broader dynamic range.

Musical phrases and tunes pondered during a sunrise or contemplated while hiking may come together begrudgingly or spill out in a gush on occasions when the usual gear-grinding process flips and lyrics and melodies pour out like a river unleashed.

Riding that wave and a long roster of hits, JD Souther will bring his expressive music infused with pop, jazz, country rock and the Great American Songbook to the Bankhead Theater on Aug. 5. The intimate evening with Texas-raised Souther will feature selections from his new studio album, “Tenderness.” Rounding out the possible setlist, popular songs may include the title track of his 1979 album, “You’re Only Lonely,” a solo version of the 1984 duet recorded with James Taylor, “Her Town Too,” or numerous songs written for or performed by The Eagles, Linda Ronstadt, Joe Cocker, Roy Orbison, Trisha Yearwood, the Dixie Chicks and others.”

On the topic of his latest album “Tenderness,” Fancher writes:

“Tenderness,” he said, has a more cinematic sound than previous recordings. Inspired by Cole Porter and George Gershwin and joined on the CD by a top-tier band (pianist Chris Walters, saxophonist Jeff Coffin, trumpeter Till Brönner, pianist Billy Childs, vocalist LIzz Wright), Souther’s guitar and vocals get to expand.

“The orchestrations are beautiful, the players astonishing,” he said. “It’s the album I intended, conceived in one time period for this one album.”

In fact, Souther would have made a film, had millions of dollars been handy. Listening to the lyrics on “Tenderness,” a narrative forms, with the final track, “All Your Wishes,” serving as an epilogue. LIke a miniature almost-opera, grand themes told in simple, conversational language beg only for movement, costumes, sets and lighting.”

——> Read the rest of Lou Fancher’s fascinating interview with Songwriters Hall of Famer JD Souther here

Then buy tickets to hear him sing his songs in the intimate setting of Livermore’s Bankhead Theater.

JD Souther in Concert

One Night Only!

Saturday, August 5 at 8 p.m.

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SHARING A LOVE FOR MUSIC

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DERIK NELSON AND FAMILY

For artists, performing on stage is often just one aspect of their love for music and the arts. Many who have appeared at the Bankhead also seek to share their passion and skills with others. Last season, Diavolo|Architecture in Motion, Julie Fowlis, Run Boy Run, Rhythmic Circus and others all welcomed students eager to learn about their work.

On August 4th, Derik, Riana and Dalten Nelson will take the stage with the pure three-part-harmonies only siblings can deliver, offering creative vocal arrangements as well suited to popular jazz standards from the 40s and 50s, and pop/rock hits of the 60s and 70s, as to the chart-topping hits of today. Their jazz and folk-infused sound, combined with stunning video displays, promise audiences an exciting concert. But their show is just one portion of their time in Livermore. The Nelsons are also leading a singer/songwriter performance intensive for students from middle school to early college age the week prior to the show.

The intensive aligns with their 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.

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. 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.

ABOUT THE CONCERT

Derik Nelson & Family’s concert features pristine sound, a state of the art light show, and an integrated 20-foot video display. Derik’s interactive “clones” are featured throughout the show on the five screen video “wall.” The multiple “Derik clones” play many different instruments as a “virtual band.” This innovative technical marvel designed by Dalten uses the latest in audio/video technology to take audiences on an aural and visual journey through time, space, an impressive array of landscapes, weather conditions, and musical “settings.”

Listeners will be impressed with the perfectly blended three-part-harmony vocals, in addition to Derik’s thoughtful arrangements of cover songs from a variety of genres, styles, and eras. These genuinely kind, charming, and talented siblings have a bond that’s palpable, both on stage and off. Audiences of every age are sure to be mesmerized from the opening to the dazzling finish. WATCH a video preview of the Nelson’s music.

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All seats $30.  Students/Active Military Personnel $16.

 

 ABOUT THE MUSIC INTENSIVE

The week-long intensive with the Nelson’s runs from 10:00am to 4:00pm, July 31 to August 4. Students with a strong interest, talent and passion for music will be able to take their skills to the next level. The week will include a mix of demonstration, small group work, and one-on-one coaching in songwriting and vocal techniques, stage performance, harmonizing, collaboration, composition, and more. Students will write a song and perform it in a showcase for family and friends on the final day.

Playing a musical instrument is not required, say the Nelsons, just “a willingness to collaborate, write lyrics, think outside the box, and improve and challenge themselves during the week.” The intensive, underwritten in part by the Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center’s Education Fund, costs $300. Some scholarships are available. For registration contact Kiran Guleria at 925.583.2321

 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.

DERIK
singer, songwriter, producer, audio engineer

Lead guitarist on TV’s “Glee” for four years. Singing voice heard on FOX’s “Raising Hope” and “New Girl,” CBS’s “How I Met Your Mother,” and NBC’s “Go On” and “The Voice.” Bachelor of Science from University of Southern California, where he helped to shape the curriculum that became the Popular Music Degree program. Derik was awarded the Brian Wilson Music Scholarship for songwriting, and received first place in the Indie International Songwriting Competition for his original song, “The Way It’s Gonna Go.” www.deriknelson.com

RIANA
singer, press, management

Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Musical Theatre from the University of Michigan. Casting Associate for FOX’s “Empire.” Onscreen vocalist for Renee Zellweger’s pilot “Cinnamon Girl.” Lead vocalist for Princess Cruises. Managed summer program for Disney in China teaching children 5-7 years old. Riana serves on the Board of Directors at The Washington Center for the Performing Arts in Olympia, WA. Marketing, social media, painting, calligraphy, and empowering young women are her passions in addition to singing. www.riananelson.com

DALTEN
singer, video/light/tech designer

Attended Arizona State University with an extensive musical theatre background. Appeared on several episodes of television’s “Glee.” Conceptualized, designed, filmed, edited, & executed over 150 separate videos in perfect sync, to create visual “immersion” to the musical experience. www.daltennelson.com

 

 

 

 

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!

TAKE A VIDEO TOUR, SEE THE ENTIRE LIST,
THEN BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW!

MEMBERS receive 10% off single tickets or 15% off five or more shows.
Membership starts at just $125. Click HERE to become a member today!

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.

 

Pitfalls of Buying Performance Tickets from Third Party Vendors

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With a highly anticipated list of events on the calendar this summer, there’s no doubt that folks will be looking to come to the Bankhead Theater in Livermore. That, unfortunately, brings plenty of opportunity for third-party ticket vendors. Recently, our staff at the Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center has seen patrons fall victim to these shady practices. In this blog post, we will dive into the dangers of purchasing from such vendors and how you can avoid them altogether.

Keep in mind that third party sources sell tickets at highly inflated prices, offering no real value to the customer. Plus, they have no ties to the event or venue. These vendors may try selling tickets to events before the event has even been finalized, so there’s no guarantee that you will actually get the tickets you purchased. That said, if the event happens to get canceled, you’d be hardpressed to obtain a refund since you won’t be able to point to who sold you the ticket. In today’s digitized world of entertainment, third party vendors have been forced to create professional looking websites if they want to look legitimate. Believe it or not, it can be challenging at times as you attempt to decipher between verified ticket sites and fake ones. Keep reading for some tips to avoid being tricked into buying from a shady third party vendor.

  1. Do your research – The Better Business Bureau advises that you do your homework ahead of time when purchasing tickets through an online broker. It’s a good idea to look for the BBB seal on their website and check its BBB Business Review. You will also want to assess the company’s policy for customer satisfaction and what happens if the tickets purchased happen to be fake or not as advertised.
  2. Watch for fees – It’s almost become common practice for entertainment venues to have convenience fees that raise the total price. Be sure that you’re aware of any additional charges, shipping, handling, insurance, and taxes prior to making payment. If you have coupons or other discounts, the total price should be deducted accordingly.
  3. Don’t fall for the too-good-to-be-true scam – Let’s say that the box office price for a ticket to an upcoming event is $80. Instead of dealing with the venue directly, you choose to shop around to see if you can find a better deal. You come across a site that advertises tickets to the same event for just $30. This is very likely a classic case where a third party vendor price is too good to be true.
  4. Pay with credit card or PayPal – When it comes to buying tickets, consumers should avoid paying by cash, check, or wiring money to a seller. Scammers absolutely love when buyers pay with cash, as there’s no way to get back your money should the tickets not arrive or be fake. When you use a credit card or PayPal account, you get the additional protection you need and the chance for reimbursement if the seller fails to cooperate or doesn’t follow through with sending the tickets.
  5. Keep a record of your purchase – As you would other major online purchase, seriously consider saving information such as receipts, product description, delivery date, cancellation policies, etc. This information may be required if you wind up disputing the charges.
  6. Ask for proof of purchase – It’s imperative to have some sort of purchase confirmation that lists your seats, the dates of the event, venue, etc. This helps ensure the tickets were purchased from an authorized source. If the third party source does not offer proof of purchase, it’s best to just steer clear at that point.

The Better Way — Purchase Tickets directly from Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center

As long as you buy event tickets directly from our venue — our website, by phone or at the box office — there’s no need to worry about third party vendor problems. We recommend that you avoid putting yourself at risk. Our ticket buying process is simple and user-friendly. Plus, you can rest assured knowing that your personal information will be safe and secure.  

We don’t want you to worry about whether or not your tickets will be authentic when you arrive at the door. We encourage you to buy tickets directly from us so you can relax and enjoy the variety of live music, theater, comedy, and other entertainment we offer. The Bankhead Theater is at the center of Livermore with exciting shows and fun for the whole family.

See our event list for upcoming shows.

2017-18 Season Brochure

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Check out the Season Brochure for 17-18 and find out what’s coming to the Bankhead Theater.  You’ll also get an overview of everything else we do … from visual arts at the Bothwell Arts Center to educational programs and cultural events.

The 2017-2018 Season at the Bankhead Theater

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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
Watch a preview video here or see a list of the entire season here!

ON SALE NOW!

Members receive a 10% discount on all tickets, all year long. Click HERE to log in and buy tickets now.
NOT A MEMBER? Click HERE to become a member today!  Memberships start at just $125.

 

The 2017-2018 season at the Bankhead Theater has just been announced! 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.

Be sure to check out the entire 2017-2018 Season!  You can watch a video preview, see the whole list, or flip through the brochure.

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 15%. 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.

 

Why You Should Become an LVPAC Member

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Have you ever considered an annual membership at the Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center? Maybe you attended a production over the holidays that you just loved, or maybe you enjoyed a concert or opera on date night. In whatever way you fell in love with LVPAC, we want to invite you to become a member. Most folks don’t realize that ticket sales cover just a portion of the cost to run our performing arts center. It’s why we rely on tax-deductible gifts from foundations, corporations, and individuals to help us bridge the gap.

When you invest in LVPAC, you not only invest in the highest quality of entertainment and productions but also in the heart of a vibrant cultural arts community. Not to mention, those gifts enable us to expand our education programs to the entire community. LVPAC is quick to recognize those who provide their support, as we offer a variety of benefits ranging from discounted tickets to exclusive invitations to special events with artists and staff.

LVPAC 2017-18 Season Launch Members Party

Should you become an LVPAC member, be sure to make room on your calendar for the 2017-18 LVPAC Presents Season Announcement Party. The evening consists of a reception in the lobby with light appetizers and wine, followed by a program in the theater. Guests who attend will be the first to receive the full season program and will have the chance to purchase tickets for any of the shows following the conclusion of the program. As a bonus, we will also be giving away several great raffle prizes including passes to LVPAC Presents shows, wine packages, and tickets to see Hamilton in San Francisco.

Please be aware that the party is for members only. Become a member now and join us May 24 at 7 p.m. When you complete your donation information, you will see that the minimum contribution is $125 in order to be eligible for membership benefits. Take some time to consider where exactly you would like your gift to go. You have the option for it to go toward: The Greatest Need, LVPAC Education Fund, Student Ticket Fund, or Bothwell Arts Center.

Our Performing Arts Center Facilities

We are fortunate to have two incredible facilities for live music, entertainment shows, and more. See below for more on the Bothwell Arts Center and Bankhead Theater.

Bothwell

For more than a decade, the Bothwell Arts Center in Livermore has been an arts incubator, providing affordable and rentable classroom, rehearsal, performance, event, and studio rental space for artists, musicians, and other groups with a focus on the arts. From Sycamore Strings Academy and Livermore Amador Symphony to others, the Bothwell remains a popular spot for frequent renters. Check out the Bothwell for upcoming events and classes, or for information on rental space.

Bankhead

The Grammy Award-winning vocal group Chanticleer praised this venue for its “perfect” acoustics, making it the ideal place for artists wanting a transformation of their own. An intimate setting for the audience and artist alike, it’s easy to see what makes a production at the Bankhead a truly exceptional experience.

Start enjoying the benefits of an annual membership today. Sign up now.

Event Preview: Asleep at the Wheel

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Since 1970, the country music group Asleep at the Wheel has filled one venue after the next. The legendary kings of western swing continue in their quest to keep western swing music alive and kicking. Fans of the group appreciate the fun, toe-tapping music and rich harmonies that set Asleep at the Wheel apart from other groups. Read on to learn more about this iconic group and how you can see Asleep at the Wheel in person soon.

Frontman Ray Benson and Lucky Oceans got things started as the two opened for Alice Cooper and Hot Tuna in Washington, D.C. In 1973, Asleep at the Wheel released their first album called Comin’ Right At Ya. The group’s upward trend continued the next handful of years with singles including “Don’t Ask Me Why,” “Bump, Bounce, Boogie,” “Nothin’ Takes the Place of You” and others. Along their journey, Asleep at the Wheel has earned nine Grammy awards from more than 25 albums. Benson refers to western swing as “jazz with a cowboy hat,” a musical melting pot from fiddle tunes and country bluegrass, to blues and big band.

In 2007, the group was recognized by the Austin Chronicle as the Band of the Year, Best Country Band, and was consequently elected into their Hall of Fame.

More About Benson

Throughout the group’s history, Benson has remained the integral cog. In 2002, Benson was elected into the Austin Music Hall of Fame, was given the Texas Music Lifetime Achievement Award in 1996, and was recognized as an Outstanding Producer by the National Academy of Recording Arts in 1988. Not to mention, Benson has also been given numerous Citations of Achievement by Broadcast Music, Inc. It’s no wonder why Benson and Asleep at the Wheel remain some of the strongest, most recognizable names in country music.

What others are saying

“The finest Western swing band in existence today.” – Country Music

“The wheel just keeps rollin’ along with a steady eye and a keen sense of swing.” – Dallas Morning News

The Venue

Have you ever been to the Bankhead Theater in Livermore? At LVPAC, our mission is to offer a variety of performing arts opportunities and experiences to engage our diverse communities. Whether that’s symphony, ballet performances, opera shows, or upcoming concerts, the Bankhead is the premier choice. We are thrilled that the Bankhead continues to present a fun, rich environment for all those involved. Our performing arts center also strives to keep performances affordable. For example, nearly all LVPAC Presents events are priced at just $16. Come and see Asleep at the Wheel for yourself and take in the intimate setting and perfect acoustics found only at the Bankhead. Together with the Bothwell Arts Center and Downtown Art Studios, it’s easy to see what makes LVPAC the heart of a vibrant cultural arts community.

The Performance

Asleep at the Wheel makes its appearance at the Bankhead Theater Friday, June 2 at 8 p.m. Tickets for the event range from $35 – $60. Be sure to call or visit the box office


Event Preview: The Doo Wop Project

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Are you ready for the chance to see the stars of Broadway’s smash hits Jersey Boys and Motown: The Musical live? You will have the opportunity when The Doo Wop Project comes to town for an appearance at the Livermore Valley Performing Center. Tracing the evolution of the doo wop sound from classic street corner harmonies to the top of the radio charts, The Doo Wop Project continues to be a favorite across all ages. Their authenticity of sound and vocal excellence recreate and reimagine favorite melodies of the era, as well as doo wop-inspired renditions of contemporary songs. The power and charisma of these gifted young performers of The Doo Wop Project bring the energy and magic of doo wop to a whole generation of fans.

Throughout the show, DWP takes audiences on a breathtaking journey from foundational tunes of the Crests, Belmonts, and Flamingos through influences on the sounds of Smokey Robinson, the Temptations, and the Four Seasons on through the likes of Michael Jackson, Amy Winehouse, and Jason Mraz. Without a doubt, DWP uses their one-of-a-kind sound and vocal excellence to recreate and reimagine some of the greatest music in American rock and pop history.

Meet DWP

  • Dominic Nolfi – Dominic is a founding member of DWP and currently performs on Broadway in A Bronx Tale – The Musical. He’s also performed in both of the World Premiere productions of A Bronx Tale and Jersey Boys at the Paper Mill Playhouse and La Jolla Playhouse.
  • Charl – He was recently nominated for a 2013 Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical on Broadway. Charl is also featured on the Grammy Nominated Original Broadway Cast recording. You may have recognized Charl in Madam Secretary, Britain’s Got Talent, America’s Got Talent and recent Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parades.
  • Fischer – At 5-foot-6, he boasts a tenor voice and falsetto range. He made his Broadway debut on his 22nd birthday in the role of Joe Pesci in Jersey Boys. Similar to Charl, Fischer is no stranger to TV appearance, as he’s been a part of the 2009 Tony Awards, several sports for 60 Second Sitcoms, and more.
  • Dominic Scaglione Jr. – He was most recently seen in the role of Frankie Valli on Broadway. He holds the distinct honor of being personally asked by Valli to sing at his NJ Hall of Fame induction. In his earlier performing days, Dominic toured with acts including Christina Aguilera, Destiny’s Child, Beyonce, and Boyz 2 Men.
  • Dwayne Cooper – The South Carolina native began his singing days with a Christian a cappella group called “The Cunningham Singers.” Dwayne is often referred to as a “triple threat” in that he’s reminiscent of the great Sammy Davis Jr. and Barry White. Dwayne has performed in the Broadways casts of Motown, Hairspray, and several national tours of Smokey Joe’s Cafe and Showboat.

The Performance

DWP is set to make its appearance at the Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center Sunday, June 11 at 3 p.m. The production will be held at the Bankhead Theater, with ticket prices ranging from $35 to $60.

You won’t want to miss this performance, so be sure to get your tickets early.


Event Preview: Spy Pilot Chronicles

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United States Air Force fighter pilot Brian Shul’s aircraft was shot down during the Vietnam War. Unable to eject, he sustained major injuries and barely survived. After extensive surgeries, Shul miraculously returned to active duty and was later selected to pilot the SR-71 Blackbird spy plane, the fastest aircraft ever built! To this day, Shul remains the only SR-71 pilot to fly three missions on three consecutive days. Now retired, he continues to share his breathtaking airborne images and his inspiring comeback story filled with an unforgettable message of achieving triumph over tragedy.

Get to Know Brian Shul

After graduating from East Carolina in 1970 with a history degree, Shul joined the Air Force. Following his crash landing into the jungle near the Cambodian border, he was forced to crawl from the burning wreckage before being found by a Special Forces team. He was not expected to live. Shul spent the next year in the operating room 15 times, during which he was told he’d never fly again and was just lucky to be alive. But Shul persisted and underwent physical therapy, enabling him to pass a flight physical and return to active flying duty.

Shul more than took advantage of his incredible road back. He flew the A-7D, was an airshow demonstration pilot in the A-10, was a TOPGUN instructor, and ended his career with a selection to pilot the Top Secret SR-71 Blackbird spy plane. Shul was the pilot who provided key reconnaissance photos to President Reagan during the Libyan Crisis in 1986 when he became the only SR-71 pilot in history to fly three mission on three consecutive days. A Spirit of Freedom Award winner and recipient of the prestigious Crystal Eagle Award, Shul has been designated one of the Top Five Most Notable SR-71 pilots ever to fly that plane and was the first to write about his experiences. Today, “Sled Driver: Flying the World’s Fastest Jet” is the single most popular book on the Blackbird worldwide.

Now retired, Shul is an accomplished author, speaker, and photographer whose remarkable comeback story and breathtaking images offer an inspiring message of triumph over tragedy in an unforgettable way. In “Spy Pilot Chronicles,” Shul shows how, even in the face of struggle, success on a grand scale can be achieved through a positive attitude and maintaining a healthy sense of humor.

The Venue

The Bankhead Theater continues to bring speakers, artists, and audiences together for incredible performances at the Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center. Our team at LVPAC knows that exposure to the performing arts has the potential to transform lives in a variety of ways. That’s why we do whatever possible to ensure that folks of all ages can enjoy our performances. Not to mention, we offer plenty of family-friendly shows. From live music and entertainment shows to musical shows and theater, see what makes the Bankhead Theater a truly one-of-a-kind experience for all those involved.

The Performance

USAF Blackbird Pilot Brian Shul makes his appearance Tuesday, May 23 at 7:30 p.m. For just $20, you can get to know him and learn about his amazing story.  Tickets for students or active military personnel are just $16 at the box office or by phone.


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