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Interview: Joan Osborne

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In a compelling new interview with writer Lou Fancher of the East Bay Timessinger/songwriter Joan Osborne explains what inspires her about Bob Dylan’s music and how it expands her perspective and influences her music. 

“When you’re doing any covering of other people’s material, your job is to bring out something that hasn’t been discovered yet. When you have an artist of the depth and richness of Bob Dylan, you tend to go to emotional terrains that you haven’t gone to in your own work,” she said.

Because she “cut her teeth” as a singer in part by performing from early on Dylan’s folk-based, American idiom-filled work, Osborne didn’t actually discover new technical aspects to her voice while working on the project. But with years of singing, the 55-year-old says a deep richness and new textures she calls “seasoning” have appeared.

An exceptional songwriter herself, Osborne’s take on Dylan’s songs become a rich collaboration. 

Because her voice and Dylan’s are worlds apart, Osborne never pursued imitation while adapting the songs. “The point was to take the song, divorce it from Dylan’s interpretation, view it as chord progressions, the melody, the lyrics, and do it again from scratch. In that way, it really was about finding the material I loved and connecting that with my voice in a way that the song and my voice blossom.”

——> Read the rest of Lou Fancher’s interview with Joan Osborne here

Then buy tickets to hear Joan’s take on Dylan’s songs in the intimate setting of Livermore’s Bankhead Theater.

Joan Osborne sings Songs of Bob Dylan

Opening Act: Will Champlin

Friday, October 27 at 8 p.m.

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ArtWalk

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ArtWalk is Livermore’s Gallery District for a Day. Over 200 artists display their works on sidewalks and plazas, in parks and galleries, surrounded by boutique shops, wine tasting rooms and restaurants in historic downtown Livermore. Art works range from contemporary to classical, abstract to realism, pottery to mixed media,handmade bags, ceramic garden art and jewelry, with subject matter from floral to figurative and much more.

Live music will be at all the parks this year. The Bankhead Plaza will have cultural arts groups performing between 12 and 4 pm.  Groups such as Cheza Nami and a Native American group will be on stage. Livermorium Park will host the Livermore Cultural Arts Council booth by the arbor. Live music will be drawing you to explore the artists booth in that park. And Lizzie Fountain will be jamming with steel drummer Shawn Thwaite.

This year take a piece of ArtWalk home with you! Beginning in mid-September, there will be 15 eye-catching banners, original works of art hanging on display poles throughout downtown Livermore. Painted by well-known local artists, the banners will feature an array of subjects and themes, expressed in a variety of artistic styles. All banners will be 30 inches wide and 60 inches long and created using high quality acrylics, then sealed with UV protectant clear sealant for maximum durability. These one-of-akind colorful works of art are perfect for indoor or outdoor use and will be enjoyed for years to come. The banners will be auctioned and all proceeds will benefit the Bothwell Arts Center. Bidding through EBay will open as soon as the banners are installed and will close on October 16 after ArtWalk. To see a map of banner locations, and for instructions on how to bid, visit www.bothwell.lvpac.org.

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Don Pasquale

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Livermore Valley Opera

Don Pasquale by Gaetano Donizetti

David Gately’s well loved Wild West version of Gaetano Donizetti’s classic Don Pasquale is an evening of fun, laughs and amazing tunes sure to satisfy everyone. Join us as we saddle up to tell the story of Don Pasquale, an ornery old thing who’s desire to be married soon fades when his much younger wife takes the reigns and drives his life out of control. It is a classic Spaghetti Western complete with gun totin’ cowboys, saloon girls and bubble baths to set the stage for this evening of light-hearted fun. Sung in Italian with English supertitles.

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Don Pasquale

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Livermore Valley Opera

Don Pasquale by Gaetano Donizetti

David Gately’s well loved Wild West version of Gaetano Donizetti’s classic Don Pasquale is an evening of fun, laughs and amazing tunes sure to satisfy everyone. Join us as we saddle up to tell the story of Don Pasquale, an ornery old thing who’s desire to be married soon fades when his much younger wife takes the reigns and drives his life out of control. It is a classic Spaghetti Western complete with gun totin’ cowboys, saloon girls and bubble baths to set the stage for this evening of light-hearted fun. Sung in Italian with English supertitles.

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Don Pasquale

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Livermore Valley Opera

Don Pasquale by Gaetano Donizetti

David Gately’s well loved Wild West version of Gaetano Donizetti’s classic Don Pasquale is an evening of fun, laughs and amazing tunes sure to satisfy everyone. Join us as we saddle up to tell the story of Don Pasquale, an ornery old thing who’s desire to be married soon fades when his much younger wife takes the reigns and drives his life out of control. It is a classic Spaghetti Western complete with gun totin’ cowboys, saloon girls and bubble baths to set the stage for this evening of light-hearted fun. Sung in Italian with English supertitles.

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Don Pasquale

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Livermore Valley Opera

Don Pasquale by Gaetano Donizetti

David Gately’s well loved Wild West version of Gaetano Donizetti’s classic Don Pasquale is an evening of fun, laughs and amazing tunes sure to satisfy everyone. Join us as we saddle up to tell the story of Don Pasquale, an ornery old thing who’s desire to be married soon fades when his much younger wife takes the reigns and drives his life out of control. It is a classic Spaghetti Western complete with gun totin’ cowboys, saloon girls and bubble baths to set the stage for this evening of light-hearted fun. Sung in Italian with English supertitles.

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Joan Osborne Interview

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Joan Osborne Sings “Songs of Bob Dylan”
at the Bankhead … with Will Champlin

In an interview with RIFF Magazine, Joan Osborne talks about the road that led to her most recent album, “Songs of Bob Dylan” and where that road might lead her next.  Osborne has always covered others’ songs, including Dylans’, and has been slowly evolving an interest in singing modern day “standards” starting with his legendary catalog. “I’ve sung his songs in the past and felt a real affinity for them,” Osborne said. “Partly [it’s] because I’ve sung with him a handful of times. And also, because he’s got so many amazing songs that you’re never going to run out of options.” Read the whole article HERE.“Songs of Bob Dylan” was released on September 1st.

Joan Osborne makes a stop at the intimate Bankhead Theater on her “Songs of Bob Dylan” tour on Friday evening, October 27. Opening for her will be singer/songwriter Will Champlin, best known as a top three winner in season five of television’s “The Voice,” whose song co-writer credits include “Wolves” from One Direction’s “Made in the AM” album. For more information on Joan Osborne and Will Champlin, see the event page here.

Don’t miss hearing Joan Osborne’s take on such Bob Dylan favorites as
“Tangled Up In Blue,” “Dark Eyes” and more
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A SHARED LOVE FOR MUSIC

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MUSIC WORKSHOP with DERIK NELSON & FAMILY

For one magical week in early August, nearly a dozen students had a priceless opportunity to expand their musical skills with talented siblings Derik, Riana and Dalten Nelson. Held at the Bankhead Theater, the students, who ranged in age from middle school on up, worked closely with the Nelsons sharing ideas, developing their singing, songwriting and performance techniques, and just having fun making music together.  With remarkable musical talents and friendly, approachable personalities, the Nelsons challenged the students to push for new skills, while building their confidence along the way.

At the end of the week, the students showcased their talents on the Bankhead Stage in a performance described by one parent as “awe inspiring.” In just a few days the group had clearly become a team, their musical abilities and creativity fostered inside the fun and supportive environment. Since then, the students have stayed connected, taking part in a GroupMe just two weeks later, and plan to stay in touch with each other as they pursue their musical dreams.

For many artists, performing on stage is often just one aspect of their love for music and the arts. The Nelsons clearly find equal joy in nurturing the musical talents of others. The enthusiasm and energy they brought to the camp mattered every bit as much as their own exceptional musical abilities. While their polished performance as Derik Nelson & Family on August 4th gave Bankhead audiences a memorable evening of jazz and folk-infused sound combined with stunning video displays, it was the personal connections Derik, Riana and Dalten made with these thriving young musicians that truly planted the seeds for a love of music in the future.

     

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.

The music workshop offered at the Bankhead aligns with the Nelson’s 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. www.deriknelson.com

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. www.riananelson.com 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.www.daltennelson.com

The music workshop was underwritten in part by the Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center’s Education Fund.
To contribute to the fund or for more information, contact the development staff at 925-583-2305 or email

 

Keiko Matsui

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A Free Spirit in Contemporary Jazz

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Japanese-born pianist and composer Keiko Matsui has become an icon in contemporary smooth jazz reaching virtually every corner of the globe over the past 25 years. A consummate artist freely at home in any musical context, her original compositions transcend boundaries, blending a rich and diverse melting pot of musical influences that include jazz, classical, rock, blues, and world music. Matsui’s timeless, passionate and emotional melodies speak a universally appealing language to listeners worldwide.

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