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Annual Family Concert

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For the fourth year in a row, Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center will host a free family-oriented concert featuring Resident Companies of the Bankhead Theater just prior to the start of Livermore’s Annual Holiday Parade. On December 1st beginning at 3:00 p.m., the Livermore Amador Symphony will offer a selection of holiday favorites and seasonal music. In addition, Valley Dance Theatre will perform selections from their production of The Nutcracker, and following the performance an Instrument Petting Zoo will offer a priceless opportunity to interact with the musicians and their instruments. The concert is free, but tickets are required for admission. Limit 4 tickets per family.

Above photo: Andrew Edwards

Tickets are distributed on a first-come-first-served basis beginning November 1, 2018. PLEASE NOTE: Tickets do not guarantee entry.  Ticket holders must be in their seats by 2:45PM on the day of the performance. At that time any remaining seats will be opened to stand-by patrons.

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ArtWalk

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Join us at ArtWalk – the Tri-Valley’s premiere one day art festival. 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. Art is the main focus of the day at ArtWalk: meet the artists and buy one-of-a-kind, original hand made treasures.

Live music and artists will be at all the parks Downtown. The Bankhead Plaza will have cultural arts groups performing between 12 and 4 pm. Livermorium Park will host the Livermore Cultural Arts Council booth by the arbor. Live music will be drawing you to explore the artists’ booths all Downtown.

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Native American Day

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Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center will host its third annual Native American Day on the plaza outside the theater.  The family friendly event for all ages, offered in association with Livermore’s American Indian Center, will include demonstrations of tipi building, dancing and singing, as well as artifacts, crafts and food.

This is the third year the free, family-oriented Native American Day has been held on the Bankhead Plaza. It is sponsored by LVPAC and presented with the assistance of Mary Puthoff of the Native American Center in Livermore. A program specialist within the Livermore school district, Mary has worked for more than four decades to preserve and share the cultural traditions of the tribes from this area — the Ohlone, Miwok and Yokuts — with students and adults in the Tri-Valley and beyond.

Above photo by Andrew Edwards

 

Hot Shows Added!

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Jake Shimabukuro, Robert Cray, Larry Gatlin & the Gatlin Brothers (top), The Choir of Man (bottom), Keb’ Mo’

The 2018-2019 Season at the Bankhead just got more exciting! Our season is largely set by the end of May, but we jump on the opportunity to add great shows like these. There’s both returning favorites and artists completely new to our audiences.  The list includes two blues greats, the return of Robert Cray on February 10 and Keb’ Mo’, making his first appearance at the venue on May 14. Country music stars Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers bring familiar hits from their long career such as “All the Gold in California” plus the stories behind the songs on November 16.

Called the “ultimate feel-good show…90 minutes of indisputable joy,” The Choir of Man arrives February 17 with their rollicking concert set in a real working pub. The nine male band members sing, dance, and foot-stomp through music, from pub tunes, folk, Broadway, classic rock. All while pulling pints and inviting the audience to get up close and personal with the show.

Back by popular demand, ukulele master Jake Shimabukuro returns on January 29 on tour for his just released album “The Greatest Day.” The new release features some of his most adventurous works, both original and imaginative covers of iconic rock hits.  He’s sold out all five times he’s been at the venue, even the Bankhead’s inaugural year when he was largely unknown beyond his viral YouTube video.

Tickets for Robert Cray, Keb’ Mo’, The Choir of Man, and Larry Gatlin & the Gatlin Brothers are on sale now.
Member presale only for Jake Shimabukuro until October 8.

 

And don’t forget an earlier addition! The Mustangs of the West brings their fresh California Country sound to the Bankhead on October 26.  Started in Southern California in the early 1980s, the Mustangs have reunited and are ready to soar again. Bonus note — Suzanna Spring of the Mustangs is a Livermore local! Often seen at her studio, Dragonfly Yoga, Suzanna has been a Mustang from the very beginning, her guitar and vocals an integral part of their sound.  Hear their latest song T-Shirt from California here and read about Paul Jefferson who will be opening for them at the Bankhead.

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Keiko Matsui

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A Free Spirit in Contemporary Jazz

Japanese-born pianist and composer Keiko Matsui is a worldwide icon in contemporary smooth jazz, touring relentlessly and bringing her music to virtually every corner of the globe. Known for her original compositions, Matsui’s music transcends boundaries, creating a unique melting pot of musical influences that has earned her a devout and enthusiastic international audience. A consummate artist freely at home in any musical context, she borrows from such diverse idioms as jazz, classical, rock, blues, and traditional world music to create timeless, passionate and emotional melodies that speak a universally appealing language.

Matsui made her US recording debut with “Drop of Water” in 1987 and was twice named Best Female Smooth Jazz Artist of the Year. Of the 20 albums she has released, seven have appeared in the contemporary jazz Top 10 including “Deep Blue,” which reached number one in 2001. Her release, “Soul Quest,” celebrated her 25th anniversary in the music business and was acclaimed by The Washington Post as “one of her most accomplished and appealing.” Over the years, Matsui has collaborated and shared the stage with numerous musical luminaries, including Stevie Wonder, Miles Davis and Bob James.

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Guitar Greats
at a Great Price

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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 NightAfter 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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Community4Education:
Crawdad Republic, Meredith, Meshach & Friends

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Music-filled, Family-Friendly Event

Community4Education is a music-filled event to benefit the educational outreach programs of both Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center and Livermore Valley Education Foundation. The event will begin in the afternoon on Saturday, June 16 at 4:00 p.m. with a musical showcase on the plaza outside the Bankhead Theater. Featured will be Element 116 providing jazz and big band tunes, as well as other local music groups. The music moves inside the Bankhead at 7:00 p.m. for the fundraising concert. Two local bands will keep the night alive with music — the upbeat folk and bluegrass sounds of Crawdad Republic as well as Meredith, Meshach & Friends with their engaging mix of jazz, rock, folk and country cross-genre styles. Raffle prize drawings throughout the event will add to the fun and fundraising.

The afternoon music showcase on the plaza is FREE, food will be available for purchase. Tickets to the evening performance are just $20 each.

Lobby of the Bankhead will open at 6:30 p.m. with music and refreshments available for purchase.  The performance on the stage of the Bankhead will begin at 8:00 p.m.

All participating bands have donated their time to perform.

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East Bay Jazz High School All Stars Band

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The East Bay Jazz High School All-Stars Band is made up of more than 20 exceptionally talented high school musicians from throughout the East Bay, selected through a competitive audition process. Sponsored by Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center’s educational outreach program, East Bay Jazz is the brainchild of local trombonist, composer and teacher Spencer Sussman. Now in its third year, the East Bay Jazz High School All Stars Band provides students with an invaluable opportunity for real-world performance experience as jazz musicians outside a school setting and fosters appreciation for jazz music as an art form within the community. 

After auditions each fall, the All Stars rehearse several hours each week and perform throughout the Bay Area. Last year, in addition to providing the pre-show entertainment for LVPAC’s Brilliance at the Bankhead gala in September, the group performed at the San Jose Jazz Festival and other venues. For availability and booking, contact Kiran Guleria, LVPAC’s Education Program Manager at 925.583.2312 or kguleria@lvpac.org

 

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New Season – On Sale Now!

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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.  

Tickets for some shows are already moving fast … Don’t miss this chance to get the best seats!

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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.

The more the merrier!  With such a great line-up,
you’ll want to join us at the Bankhead often.
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 * Members receive a 15% discount on five or more shows. If you’re a member login here. If you’re not a member, consider joining today — there’s never been a better time!   In addition to supporting the arts, you’ll be among the first to hear about any new shows and you’ll receive 10% off single tickets for Bankhead Presents shows all year (Resident Company and Rental Company shows are not eligible.) Other benefits are available at higher levels. New members under the age of 35 can join at the new 35MM level for just $50.

 

Interview: Rita Coolidge

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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.”

Read the whole article HERE and then buy tickets to see Rita Coolidge in the intimate 500 seat Bankhead Theater. For more about Rita, visit the event page.

RITA COOLIDGE

Saturday, July 7 at 8pm

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Upcoming Events

Thu 15

Andy Weir

Thu, November 15 @ 7:30 pm
Sat 17

Holiday Art Fair: Earlier Than The Bird

Sat, November 17 @ 7:00 am - 11:00 am
Sat 17

6th Floor Project

Sat, November 17 @ 8:00 pm
Organizer: Del Valle Fine Arts
Sun 25

Handel: The Messiah

Sun, November 25 @ 3:00 pm

Call 925.373.6800 or email websales@livermoreperformingarts.org for tickets and information