Smooth Family Harmonies
On genuine, passionate interpretations of original and cover songs, Derik Nelson with his siblings, Riana and Dalten, offer a rare opportunity to hear the perfectly blended harmonies only a family can deliver. Derik appeared regularly as lead guitarist on “Glee,” and both Riana and Dalten pursued performance careers, before the three joined together as a group. Now their acoustic jazz and folk infused sound, combined with stunning video displays, creates an irresistible aural and visual journey that appeals to all ages.
Music Workshop for Teens
In the week leading up to the concert, Derik, Riana and Dalten will work with local students in a workshop format, offering a priceless opportunity to expand their musical skills. The weeklong workshop will focus on developing singing, songwriting and performance techniques. At the end of the week, students will showcase their talents in a performance for family and friends.This camp is designed for teens through college age students. Dates are July 9 through July 13 Time: 10am to 4pm. Scholarships available, please contact Kiran Guleria at 925-373-6100 ext. 112 for more information. Space is limited. Register now.
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 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.
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!
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.
You probably remember them for their chart-topping 1995 hit “Good.” The Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center is proud to bring the fresh, accessible alternative rock sound of Better Than Ezra to the Bankhead Theater. Keep reading to learn more about one of the most notable groups of the ‘90s.
About Better Than Ezra
Guitarist Kevin Griffin and bassist Tom Drummond first met while attending Louisiana State University. Along with guitarist Joel Rundell and drummer Cary Bonnecaze, the band paid their dues on the road to get their music heard, taking whatever gigs came along. Their accessible songs and musical style quickly pulled a faithful audience, but as Drummond told The Telegraph, the memories of those challenging early years still resonate.
Better Than Ezra faced quite the obstacle when they lost Rundell to suicide. However, the remaining trio chased the dream for years before their debut album Deluxe got them a record deal. In 1994, they were declared the hot band of the SXSW music festival.
Nearly 25 years later, it’s still apparent the group is having fun together. Take it from Pennsylvania’s The Morning Call newspaper, which praised Better Than Ezra as “Definitely as good as you remember.”
Let’s get back to the aforementioned “Good” by Better Than Ezra. This joyous anthem about pulling the plug on a relationship topped the charts in just seven weeks. It was soon followed by “In the Blood” and “Rosealia” taking the group’s debut album to platinum.
For those not all that familiar with Better Than Ezra, their music connects with a broad audience and has been heard all across the radio dial and featured on countless television shows. Diehard fans certainly remember when Taylor Swift covered their track “Breathless” when their song “Juicy” was licensed to Desperate Housewives.
Most recently, Better than Ezra came out with their eighth studio album. All Together Now is a collection of crisp, electro-pop inspired songs with the Top 40 single “Crazy Lucky.” Simply put, Better Than Ezra continues to strike an incredible balance between nostalgia and fresh.
The alt-rock group is known for more than just their music. The band formed the Better Than Ezra Foundation as a way to give back to their native New Orleans with charity venues to benefit everything from coastal restoration to after-school programs for underprivileged kids.
A summer of music at the Bankhead Theater
The Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center is gearing up for a busy summer! Make it a point to get to the Bankhead Theater for performances by Lee Greenwood, Rockapella and The Company Men, Indigenous with Chris Duarte, and Keiko Matsui.
The Bankhead Theater will also present “Psychedelic Summer” on August 3rd. This community concert will feature local rock and roll band LunaFish and Friends for just $20 per ticket. Stay tuned for additional details.
Our performing arts center welcomes Better Than Ezra to the Bankhead Theater June 13th at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at just $40 with student and active military tickets available for $17.
Following their U.S. debut at the San Francisco International Arts Festival, Montreal-based artistic collective Cirquantique will bring the all-encompassing theatrical experience “BANG! BANG!” to Livermore for one performance only. Keep reading to learn more.
An overview of Cirquantique
Cirquantique produces immersive cultural events featuring artists from a wide range of backgrounds and disciplines who share their talent and expertise in the worlds of the circus, burlesque, theatre, dance, electronic, and live music, as well as stage and costume design. With Cirquantique, you can expect a show that presents a unique and complex atmosphere through narratives that carry both contemporary and historical social themes.
An exhilarating combination of cabaret, burlesque, circus, aerial and trapeze dance, “BANG! BANG!” evokes the Prohibition era through music, animation, scenery, and costume design. Those in attendance are transported to a roaring Twenties world of sensational physical and visual art. Prepare yourself for a spellbinding evening of transgression and rebellion against false temperance in a parallel universe where speakeasies proliferate, bootlegging is rampant, and the black market rules.
We should also mention that Cirquantique has worked with peers and groups such as Cirque du Soleil, sharing ideas while building unique shows that dazzle and delight the eye.
This dazzlingly daring cabaret takes place Tuesday, June 5th at 7:30 p.m. at the Bankhead Theater. Tickets cost anywhere from $20 to $30. Please note this performance is Rated R, meaning no one under age 17 will be admitted.
We invite all audience members to dress up in accordance with the show’s themes. Something else to look forward to with Cirquantique is that artists interact with the crowd during the pre-show, intermission, and afterward. Doing so creates a festive ambiance both on stage and in the theater.
The Premier Performing Arts Center
If you’ve never been to the Bankhead Theater, then it’s time to start planning your visit. For more than a decade, the Bankhead has welcomed a wide range of artists and audiences. We understand what it means for Livermore residents to share the rich experience of live performance.
Whether you’re interested in a burlesque, concert, or something completely different, the Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center has something for everyone. There’s no question that exposure to the performing arts can be life-changing. Even just one performance has the potential to ignite a child’s imagination and fuel creativity for the rest of their life.
Perhaps you’re wondering about the cost to attend most events. Here’s the thing: our arts center strives to make our performances affordable for everyone. That’s why we are proud to offer student and military tickets for $17.
It’s worth mentioning the Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center is an independent 501(c)3 non-profit offering wide-ranging programs that provide access to the arts for residents throughout the Tri-Valley area. Along with the Bothwell Arts Center, the Bankhead Theater is home to eight resident companies and more than 40 studio artists and cultural arts instructors.
See what makes LVPAC the heart of a vibrant cultural arts community.
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!
Artists (clockwise from upper left): Russian National Ballet, BJ Thomas, Melissa Manchester, Branford Marsalis, Nobuntu, The Clairvoyants, Don Felder, The Chinese Acrobats, Tom Papa, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy.
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The 2018-2019 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 8, 2018 at the Brilliance at the Bankhead Gala featuring Grammy Hall of Fame legend BJ Thomas accompanied by the Livermore-Amador Symphony. The festive fundraising event begins on the plaza with a dinner reception and full bar, and continues inside before the concert with live and silent auctions.
Other notable highlights among the nearly 40 events 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.
BJ Thomas on Sep 8
Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy on Feb 27
Returning favorites include comedian Tom Papa, fiddle master Natalie MacMaster, and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy with their infectious feel-good swing sound. Music of all genres as well as comedy, theater and dance are well represented, including a first visit to the Bankhead by renowned all-male comic ballet company Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo.
Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo on Jan 31
In addition, the Bankhead will take the opportunity this season to present some excitingly different performances including The Clairvoyants, whose mind-blowing, mind-reading talents stunned the audience on “America’s Got Talent” in 2016, Cirque Éloize “Saloon”, a musical acrobatic adventure of the wild, wild West, and the visually-spectacular combination of dance moves, compelling rhythms, and lighting effects that tell the story of “Currents” by Mayumana. Chicago’s remarkable Mariachi Herencia de Mexico, the first youth mariachi band ever nominated for a Latin Grammy, will appear in October on their first national tour.
Mariachi Herencia de Mexico on Oct 27
Cirque Eloize “Saloon” on Mar 21
Executive Director Scott Kenison emphasized Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center’s 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. While quantities are limited, Kenison hopes the opportunity to enjoy great artists at an affordable price will allow everyone in the community to be touched by the performing arts. Tickets also priced at $20 for students and active military personnel are available year round.
Family-friendly events bring the arts to all ages from the dazzlingly athletic feats of The New Chinese Acrobats to Chris Perondi’s Stunt Dog Experience, the original “all-dogs, all-fun” show. Family Films, “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial,” “The Princess Bride,” and “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids,” are being screened at the Bankhead this summer, and the popular Classic Film Musicals, complete with newsreel and cartoons of the era, will return in the fall with “On The Town,” “Showboat” and “Meet Me in St. Louis.”
The Bankhead has established itself as a popular venue for comedy and a number of events 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 (abridged),” 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.
In addition to Bankhead Presents shows, the Resident Companies of the Bankhead – 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 2018-2019 Season at the Bankhead opens at the end of the previously announced Summer Series which features more than a dozen shows including country music legend Lee Greenwood, blues-rock band Indigenous with Chris Duarte, and the return of western swing greats Asleep at the Wheel.
Be sure to check out the entire 2018-2019 Season list! Or flip through the online brochure.
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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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
The work of local photographer Bill Owens will be featured in a new exhibit in the Gallery at the Bankhead in early May. Owens, a former staff photographer for The Independent newspaper in the late 1960s, gained worldwide attention with his book Suburbia in 1972 and its reflection of the changes emerging in American daily life. Today, his photography resides in the permanent collection of prestigious museums and galleries worldwide. “Suburbia Re-Visited” will be on display from May 2nd through June 25th.
About Bill Owens
Owens was first introduced to photography while serving as a Peace Corps volunteer. During his time as a staff photographer, he was fascinated with the people and lifestyles he encountered while on assignment. Soon, Owens explored the subject further through self-assigned personal shoots during the weekends. Published in 1972, Suburbia was met with immediate success and has sold over 50,000 copies in three editions. The piece has been recognized as one of the 101 most important photography books of the 20th century for its keen observation of middle-class America. What makes Suburbia unique is that it depicts the rapid migration of inner-city apartment dwellers to affordable, newly produced homes on the outskirts of the city. For Owens, this wasn’t just a demographic shift in society but rather a psychological one.
It’s important to know that, at the time, social critics mocked the suburbs for their apparent conformity and spiritual emptiness. However, Owens respected their determination to build better futures. Owens went so far as to spend time with these people, getting to know them and discovering their devotion to the American dream. The photos he made were portraits that reflected that dream.
Over the years, Owens’ works have made their way into private collections and museums across the U.S. and throughout Europe. For example, some of Owens’ pieces can be found in the Museum of Modern Art in both New York and San Francisco. Soon after, Owens issued two sequels, Our Kind of People in 1975 and Working (I Do it for the Money) in 1977, earning praise as a “keen and sympathetic observer of the daily rituals of life amid tract homes” from the Los Angeles Times. Note that Owens’ books will be available for sale at the “Suburbia Re-Visited” reception May 18th. Be sure to check out www.billowens.com for more information on the work of Owens.
Bill Owens Book Signing
An opening reception for “Suburbia Re-Visited” and book signing with Owens will be held Friday, May 18th from 7 to 9 p.m. The lobby will be decorated in retro 1960s suburban style for the reception and guests are encouraged to attend dressed for the theme. Owens’ photographs will fill the gallery while adjacent spaces will feature works by local photographers that express a modern-day interpretation of his suburban perspective. The entire team here at the Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center would like to thank the Pleasanton Cultural Arts Council for sponsoring the reception. Please note that both the exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.
This is the second major photography exhibit at the Bankhead Gallery, following last year’s “The Golden Decade,” which featured post-WWII era photography of the California School of Fine Arts (now the San Francisco Art Institute), one of the first fine art photography departments in the U.S. Part of the Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center, the Gallery is located in the lobby of the Bankhead at 2400 First Street. It will be open for this exhibit on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays from noon to 4 p.m. except on performance days. Admission is free.
Here at LVPAC, we put on more than just live music and theatre performances. If you consider yourself an art enthusiast, then we encourage you to make plans to see “Suburbia Re-Visited” for yourself.
Our performing arts center is an independent 501(c)3 non-profit offering wide-ranging programs that provide access to the arts for the Tri-Valley community and beyond. Along with the Bothwell Arts Center, the Bankhead is home to nine resident performing arts companies and over 40 studio artists and cultural arts instructors.
See what’s on the events calendar at the Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center.