A local favorite, Livermore-based LunaFish will bring the authentic psychedelic rock music of the late 1960s and early 1970s to a special community concert in the Bankhead Theater. LunaFish will treat those in attendance to a hot summer night of music, filled with timeless hits. Keep reading to learn more about the group, as well as the event.
LunaFish fans know all about their classic rock style and vocal harmonies. The group reimagines music from what’s been called the most innovative period of rock and roll, feature top hits from artists such as Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Eric Clapton, and Jefferson Airplane.
So how did LunaFish get started? Well, it all goes back to founders Jeff Fish and Chris Gattuso-Fish. Interestingly, the two musicians were playing in completely separate projects before joining together.
The duo made their debut 10 years ago at Livermore’s “Tuesday Tunes” outdoor concerts in the center of downtown. They were joined in their passion for classic rock by fellow musicians Bill Ziegler on drums, Michael Fine on bass, and Don Bott on the keyboard. Greg Sutton joined the group two years later.
Part of what makes LunaFish unique is that, unlike other bands, the group sees one another as a family. They strive to be inclusive of everyone, wrapping their audiences up in a sense of togetherness and encouraging them to feel part of the group. Whether it’s singing, dancing, or just tapping their toes, audiences feel as if they’re on stage with LunaFish.
Says Gattuso-Fish, “Music is one of the few things that bring all sorts of people together for a unique experience of commonality and reminds us of our humanity and community.”
It hasn’t all been easy for this local favorite. Seven years ago, Jeff Fish suffered a brain injury from a medical accident. Although one of the group’s founders continues to improve and is learning to walk again, the injury significantly affected his timing, balance, and coordination.
Unfortunately, he has not been able to play the guitar since the accident. Despite such a major obstacle, LunaFish continues to persevere. New additions Kurt Stahl and Tom Rose have become a formidable guitar duo.
Fish continues to be the heartbeat of LunaFish. He serves as the band’s leader, inspiration, and principal motivator. Group members continue to rely on Fish for setlists, arrangement suggestions, and expert feedback.
Says Gattuso-Fish, “Music has helped Jeff heal and persevere through the tough times of recovery, and we hope to help lift others with the music we play and the good times we provide.”
LunaFish captures your imagination and your memories, interpreting music from what’s been called the most innovative period of rock and roll. The group is set to appear at the Bankhead Theater this coming Friday (August 3) at 8 p.m. General admission seating is $20.
As a reminder, the Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center offers both student and active military prices for all performances. Wheelchair spaces and companion seats are also available upon request. Please visit or call the box office to book any of these tickets.
Our performing arts center
Livermore is home to a wealth of talent from the prize-winning student musicians featured each spring by the Livermore-Amador Symphony, to world-renowned jazz vocalist Karen Marguth and more. Resident companies of the Bankhead regularly showcase local musicians, singers, dancers, and actors.
“As the leading performing arts venue in the Tri-Valley, Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center is committed to supporting local groups and artists by putting them on stage and sharing their talents with the community,” says Executive Director Scott Kenison. “‘Psychedelic Summer’ is just the first of what we hope will become a series of community concerts celebrating all our local artists we have to offer.”
LVPAC is an independent 501(c)3 non-profit offering program that provides access to the arts for the Tri-Valley community and beyond. We strive to ensure that everyone can enjoy the arts, whether it’s a marquee performance or any of our family-friendly events.
The Bankhead Theater, together with the Bothwell Arts Center, is home to eight resident performing arts companies and over 40 studio artists and cultural arts instructors.
We hope to see you for “Psychedelic Summer” with LunaFish & Friends!