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Derik Nelson & Family

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Smooth Family Harmonies

On genuine, passionate interpretations of original and cover songs, Derik Nelson with his siblings, Riana and Dalton, offer a rare opportunity to hear the perfectly blended harmonies only a family can deliver. Derik appeared regularly as lead guitarist on “Glee” before the three joined together as a group. Now, their acoustic jazz and folk infused sound, combined with stunning video displays, creates an engaging aural and visual journey that appeals to all ages.

The Wizard of Oz

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Tri Valley Repertory Theatre

Like so many girls her age, little Dorothy Gale of Kansas dreams of what lies over the rainbow. One day a twister hits her farm and carries her away over the rainbow to another world. Come join Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tinman, the Cowardly Lion and Toto as they travel the universe of Dorothy’s imagination.

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The Art of Storytelling

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Get transported to another world with energetic storytelling by master storyteller John Weaver. John, uses the power of traditional-style storytelling to create unique images in the mind of each listener, entertaining & inspiring in a most special way.

Enjoy fanciful tales from around the world, designed to spark the imagination, fuel discussion, and get the whole family running to read together.

Big dreams, magical wishes, tall tales, daunting challenges, amazing transformations & hilarious outcomes: anything can happen in the world of story.

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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!

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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.

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Vaisakhi Festival

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Come and celebrate Sikh and Punjabi culture at Vaisakhi Festival. This free event promises a packed line-up of entertainment. Highlights include Bhangra Gidda, Dhol, arts, food, stalls and children’s activities.

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NASA Space Exploration Keynote Speaker and Coordinated Drone Display

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Called “the Indiana Jones of NASA,” astrobiologist Dr. Chris McKay of NASA’s Ames Research Center will be the keynote speaker at the inaugural Livermore Innovation Fair, “By Earth, By Water, By Air.” A joint project led by Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center, Livermore Valley Education Foundation, tech-focused non-profit iGate, and Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District, the fair will be held April 8, 2017 at the Bankhead Theater. The free event has been developed to spark interest and reinforce connections between the science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) disciplines for K-12 students and their families.

The opening ceremony for the Innovation Fair will take place at 11:00 a.m. with the raising of the American flag by drones coordinated by Pilot William Robinson, assisted by two other pilots. The flag will be raised into the air by four DJI drones as the national anthem is sung by the Cantabella Children’s Choir. Following the pledge of allegiance, Assembly women Catherine Baker, members of Congressman Eric Swalwell’s office, and the Livermore City Council will welcome attendees.

The family-friendly event will feature hands-on experiences, scientific displays, visual art, and technology experiments for all ages inside and outside the Bankhead, as well as live music performances on the plaza. “By Earth, By Water, By Air” has been generously funded in part by key sponsors: Lawrence Livermore National Security LLC, Lam Research, and Topcon Positioning Systems.

As a scientist at NASA, Dr. McKay ventures to some of Earth’s most extreme environments searching for the closest facsimiles he can find to Mars and other distant outposts. His mission is to learn how life might exist beyond our planet. At the Innovation Fair, he will talk about the search for a second genesis of life in our solar system, where we might find it, and how different it will be from life as we know it. He will also talk about the evolution of the solar system and plans for future Mars missions, including human exploration. Dr. McKay’s presentation will begin at 12:00 noon inside the Bankhead Theater. Admission is free.

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