The “Green the Bankhead” project has been launched! Major initiatives to save energy and reduce costs will make the Bankhead Theater more efficient and environmentally-friendly. The goal is to achieve LEED certification, a globally-recognized rating of a commercial building’s sustainability, by 2019, as well as WELL certification, which assesses measures taken to ensure the health and well-being of patrons and staff.
One of the first changes will be to replace incandescent lightbulbs with LED lighting. They will both reduce energy costs and generate far less heat easing demand on the building’s cooling system. In addition, some of the new fixtures have multiple color LEDs making them more flexible so programming lighting design changes is easier and less labor intensive. Energy costs could be reduced as much as $10,000 inside the auditorium, and closer to twice that amount on stage, for a potential reduction in energy costs of between 20 and 30 percent overall. Other changes include installing solar panels, a project that has long been on our wish list for energy savings, as well as adding low-flow water fixtures, replacing worn carpet with more environmentally-friendly materials, and modifying offices and other spaces to make better use of natural light.
“A potential reduction in energy costs
of between 20 and 30 percent overall.”
David Doyle of Doyle Construction, who has been advising LVPAC on the project, says that while overall LEED certification has become more common locally and many new construction projects incorporate it, the newest version, LEED v4, is significantly more challenging to obtain. The Bankhead would be one of the first theaters in California to achieve the new, higher level of certification. To reach these goals, LVPAC will be working with an experienced team from the Folsom office of Glumac, a sustainable design company of over 45 years who also helped certify the Gerding Theater in Portland, Oregon.
“Green the Bankhead” will both enhance the building’s sustainability and, through significant cost reductions, help the organization be more financially sustainable as well. Initial project improvements do require investment and several generous donors have already stepped up to provide needed resources and funding. Over half of the projected $700,000 cost has already been secured.
Several generous donors have already stepped up to provide needed resources and funding; over half of the projected $700,000 cost has already been secured. According to Chris Carter, Director of Development, not all changes will be made at once. “We’re excited to get the project underway, but are being strategic in balancing the cost against the efforts that provide the greatest value,” he said. “The Bankhead Theater has been a welcoming home for the arts in the center of downtown for more than a decade. We’re grateful to be able to make these changes now to ensure it will continue to serve the community well for years to come.”
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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.
Don’t miss the rich and versatile sounds of the acoustic guitar at the Bankhead Theater this season! Three separate performances certain to please guitar lovers start in September with the flamenco-inspired style of Ottmar Liebert and runs into 2019 with International Guitar Night in February hosted by Luca Stricagnoli and Wyndham Hill founder Will Ackerman’s “The Gathering 4 Guitars” in March. Three great nights … nine great guitarists!
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Ottmar Liebert & Luna Negra: Nouveau flamenco guitarist Ottmar Liebert is renowned worldwide for his innovative contemporary style incorporating musical influences from rock to reggae. He redefined the art form nearly three decades ago with his signature song “Barcelona Nights” off his double platinum debut album Nouveau Flamenco, which remains one of the best-selling guitar albums of all time. Since then his music has continued to evolve as he has explored different styles and rhythms, adding other instrumentation, but always staying centered on his intricate melodies. With 33 albums, half of which have gone Platinum, Liebert is considered one of the most successful instrumental artists in the world. His rich, sensual sound and relaxed, intimate performances continue to find enthusiastic audiences across all musical genres. Saturday, September 15 at 8pm
“Music that moves the body while it touches the heart.” – Los Angeles Times
International Guitar Night: After thrilling Bankhead audiences in 2017 with his showmanship, precision performance, and arrangements of heavy-metal songs, Italy’s innovative contemporary guitarist Luca Stricagnoli will return as host for International Guitar Night. Founded by renowned Bay Area guitarist Brian Gore, IGN is now in its 18th year of touring. This unique and intimate annual event serves as a showcase for remarkable acoustic guitar talent from around the world. Joining Stricagnoli will be French Swing sensation Antoine Boyer, Flamenco master Samuelito, and Turkish fretless guitarist Cenk Erdogan. All four will present their latest works then perform together, sharing musical ideas through creative collaboration and exploring the diversity of the acoustic guitar world. Thursday, February 28 at 7:30pm
“These four talented musicians bring so much diversity and passion to each performance –
a treat for every acoustic guitar fan.” –Arizona Reporter
The Gathering 4 Guitars: Grammy Award-winning music producer and guitarist Will Ackerman is universally recognized as the preeminent pioneer in new age music. He single-handedly fostered the careers of generations of acoustic guitarists and pianists through his ground-breaking work at Windham Hill Records. In this intimate evening of acoustic music, Ackerman will be joined by kalimbatar/guitarist Trevor Gordon Hall, Imrat guitar/guitarist Todd Mosby and acoustic guitar maestro Vin Downes, each of whom was selected by Ackerman for their superlative skills and creative compositions. The four unite at the end of the evening to create a concert of unrivaled beauty, intrigue, artistry and wonder. Thursday, March 28 at 7:30pm
“Taking the acoustic guitar into new directions, too, exploring deeply felt, richly individualistic paths
that are striking for their warmth, clarity, and vision.” – Acoustic Guitar
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We’re proud to announce that the Bankhead Theater was named Best of the East Bay: Performing Arts Venue by Diablo Magazine in their July Issue! Described as an acoustically perfect gem, the venue is honored for hosting the diverse Bankhead Presents series of musicians, dancers, acrobats, comedians and other artists, as well as our resident companies.
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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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.
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The Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center recently announced the addition of six shows and a community concert to the Bankhead Presents summer lineup, doubling the number of performances offered at the theater between June and August. Let’s take a look at the performers, including country music legend Lee Greenwood.
Grammy Award winner Lee Greenwood will deliver a patriotic finish to Independence Day week with his iconic “God Bless the U.S.A.” Originally released and successful in 1984, Greenwood’s hit became popular again during the Gulf War and after the September 11, 2001 attacks. At one point, “God Bless the U.S.A.” reached No. 16 on the Billboard Hot 100. It remains the only song in any genre to reach the top fop five on singles charts three different times. Of course, Greenwood has seen plenty of success outside “God Bless the U.S.A.” He has charted seven No. 1 hits in his illustrious career: “Somebody’s Gonna Love You,” “Going, Going, Gone,” “Dixie Road,” “I Don’t Mind the Thorns (If You’re the Rose),” “Don’t Underestimate My Love For You,” “Hearts Aren’t Made to Break (They’re Made to Love),” and “Mornin’ Ride.” Greenwood’s 1983 single “I.O.U.” also ranked as a top five hit on the adult contemporary charts.
Lee Greenwood will be performing Friday, July 6th at 8 p.m. The LVPAC member pre-sale is currently in progress. Note that tickets go on sale to the public May 3rd.
The New Christy Minstrels
Authentic American music continues through the summer with the addition of the New Christy Minstrels’ folk music returning in late July. Founded by Randy Sparks in 1961, the group recorded over 20 albums and had several hits such as “Green, Green,” “Saturday Night,” and “This Land is Your Land.” The group’s debut album, Presenting the New Christy Minstrels, won a Grammy Award and sat on the Billboard charts for two years.
The New Christy Minstrels will be performing Friday, July 27th at 8 p.m.
Asleep at the Wheel
This American country music group has been there and done that, earning nine Grammy awards, releasing more than 25 albums, and filling venues of all sizes. Asleep at the Wheel’s toe-tapping music and rich harmonies are certain to captivate the Bankhead audience for the fifth time. Those attending should expect a night of fun alongside the legendary kings of western swing.
Asleep at the Wheel will be performing Monday, August 20th at 7:30 p.m.
Montreal-based artistic collective Cirquantique will be making their first appearance at the Bankhead in June. Audience members will be treated to their dazzling cabaret burlesque show “Bang! Bang!” The talented cast evokes the Prohibition era through music, animation, scenery, and costume design. Take a step back in time to the Roaring Twenties and immerse yourself in a world of sensational physical and visual art. Prepare yourself for a combination of cabaret, burlesque, circus, aerial and trapeze dance, all while entering a world where speakeasies, bootlegging, and the black market play major roles in society.
Cirquantique will be performing Tuesday, June 5th at 7:30 p.m.
Better Than Ezra
Popular 1980s alternative rock band Better Than Ezra will also be making their first appearance at our performing arts center in Livermore. The group is best known for their 1993 platinum album Deluxe and the 1995 single “Good,” which reached No. 1 on the Hot Modern Rock Tracks charts. Coming out of New Orleans in the early 1990s, the group’s music reached new heights when Taylor Swift covered their track “Breathless” and their song “Juicy” was licensed to Desperate Housewives.
In August, the Bankhead will host a community concert featuring local rock band LunaFish. Together with guest artists and friends, LunaFish will fill the stage in “Psychedelic Summer” with hit music from the sixties and seventies.
The additional new shows double the already announced Summer series which includes Rita Coolidge, Shawn Colvin, Rockapella touring with The Company Men, blues-rock band Indigenous, smooth jazz master Keiko Matsui, as well as Derik Nelson & Family. The series closes with a night of laughter featuring the Southern Fried Chicks on their “Cage-Free Comedy Tour.”
From live music to comedy, the Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center has you covered. Get your tickets today before they’re gone.
Get your popcorn ready! The Bankhead Theater recently introduced this summer’s Family Fun Film series, featuring three beloved films of the 1980s. The Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center will show “E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial,” “The Princess Bride,” and “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids” on the theater’s large screen. Keep reading as we drum up some nostalgia and provide further details regarding the showings.
E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
The series opens in June with one of director Steven Spielberg’s most groundbreaking films. As a refresher, a spaceship leaves earth and unknowingly abandons one small and gentle alien. When a young boy named Elliot befriends and brings the alien back to his suburban house, he and his siblings decide to hide the alien from everyone. The ultimate goal is to get E.T. back home. However, this task is much easier said than done, especially when E.T. gets sick. Released in June of 1982, E.T. was an immediate blockbuster. In fact, it surpassed Star Wars to become the highest-grossing film of all time, only to be overtaken by Jurassic Park 11 years later. It’s no question why E.T. is considered one of the greatest films ever made. A timeless story of friendship, it ranks as the greatest science fiction film ever made in a Rotten Tomatoes survey.
We are thrilled to show “E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial” Wednesday, June 20th at 7 p.m. at the Bankhead. Tickets are just $5.
The Princess Bride (1987)
Yet another iconic film of the 1980s, this one tells the classic tale of a young man who sets off to rescue his one true love. The two encounter quite the cast of characters in the enchanted land of Florin, including the evil Prince Humperdinck, Dread Pirate Roberts, giant wrestler Fezzik, as well as the vengeful Inigo Montoya. Each is responsible for helping or hindering the efforts along the way. As opposed to the aforementioned film, The Princess Bride garnered modest box office success. Through the years, though, the film became a cult classic. The film ranks No. 50 on Bravo’s “100 Funniest Movies,” No. 46 on Channel 4’s “50 Greatest Comedy Film” list. If you enjoy movies with romance, adventure, and comedy, then this is an absolute must-see.
The showing of “The Princess Bride” takes place Wednesday, July 25th at 7 p.m. at the Bankhead.
Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (1989)
A misdirected baseball brings four kids into an attic workshop where their dad’s latest invention accidentally shrinks them to just a quarter-inch tall. Ironically, Wayne believes the electromagnetic shrink-ray to be a failed experiment and throws it in the trash with the kids in it. As a result, the kids must make their way back to the house. They encounter bees, ants, scorpions, and a lawnmower before their dad finds them and brings them back to size. “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids” took the movie industry by storm, grossing in excess of $222 million worldwide. Not only that, but it became the highest-grossing live action Disney film ever, a record it held for five years.
The showing of “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids” takes place Wednesday, August 15th at the Bankhead Theater.
For your convenience, LVPAC will have concessions available in the lobby for each film. Our performing arts center strives to offer family-oriented entertainment for the whole family. Please note that all three movies in this series are rated PG by the Motion Picture Association of America. Parents should make their own decision regarding appropriate content for their children.
This series builds on the success of the Classic Film Musicals Series which was launched earlier this year at the Bankhead Theater. If you didn’t attend, it included favorites from the Golden Age of film musicals, complete with newsreels and cartoons of the era. Only the award-winning classic “Singin’ in the Rain” with Gene Kelly and Debbie Reynolds (May 2nd) and “Shall We Dance” with Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers (June 6th) remain this season, but the Classic Film Musicals Series is scheduled to resume in September.
The Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center is your one-stop shop for movies, live music, and incredible performances all summer long. Check out our events calendar today!
In a wide ranging interview with writer Lou Fancher at the East Bay Times, pop icon Rita Coolidge talks about her early days in the music industry when men held all the power and the impact that had on women, how she see things changing now, and why it matters. She also discusses the many people who have had an influence on her life and her music — from her grandmother and her Cherokee heritage, to fellow musicians and leaders of the modern day blues era.
Coolidge has put her whole heart into her recently released album “Safe in the Arms of Love” She co-wrote three of the 12 songs on the album and the entire album reflects the pain, uplifting recovery and strength she has found in her life.
“It’s about the wonderful possibilities we have to experience love, embrace the tragedies, to keep going. The record is about that joy.
I want for women and men to realize love is always around, you just have to open your eyes and heart.”