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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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Robert Cray

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Legendary Blues Hall of Fame Guitarist

Five-time Grammy Award-winning guitarist Robert Cray was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 2011. He has been bridging the lines between blues, soul and R&B for the past four decades and is credited with attracting a new generation of fans to the world of blues with his distinctive razor-sharp guitar sound and ability to deliver powerful and meaningful stories. His signature blend of rock, rhythm and blues, combined with smooth, seductive vocals that speak of love and loss, has earned Cray a reputation as a modern blues poet – his music electrifies the heartstrings and captures the soul. He adds to his catalog of more than 20 acclaimed albums his latest project, Robert Cray & Hi Rhythm (available April 28).

“His guitar solos are consistently biting and filled with invention.”  – Living Blues

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Jerry Jeff Walker with special guest Django Walker

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Father and Son: Up Close and Personal

Jerry Jeff Walker has been introduced as a man who has broken more new ground in the field of having fun than anyone else, but his indelible mark on the world of country music goes far further than that. Known for his popular hit “Mr. Bojangles” which has been covered by nearly four dozen artists from all musical genres, Walker has always brought his own brand of folk rock to traditional country music. With song shot through with a touch of the “outlaw,” Walker has influenced a generation of musicians and earned himself a crowd of dedicated fans. Now Walker and his son, country music singer/songwriter Django Walker, deliver a special Father’s Day show that unites their talents and celebrates two generations of music making.

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The Doo Wop Project

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Timeless Favorites from an Unforgettable Era

Tracing the evolution of the doo wop sound, from classic street corner harmonies to the top of the radio charts, The Doo Wop Project features stars of Broadway’s smash hits Jersey Boys and Motown: The Musical. Their authenticity of sound and vocal excellence recreate and reimagine favorite melodies of the era, as well as doo wop-inspired renditions of contemporary songs. The power and charisma of these gifted young performers bring the energy and magic of doo wop to a whole new generation of fans.

“The spirited show takes the audience on a nostalgic trip to yesteryear, back when guys blended their voices on a street corner and dreamed of fame.” – NY News 1

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Asleep at the Wheel

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Legendary Kings of Western Swing

For 40 years, Asleep at the Wheel has kept rolling along, dedicated to keeping western swing music alive and kicking. Along the way they earned nine Grammy awards, released more than 25 albums, and filled venues of all sizes. Frontman Ray Benson calls western swing “jazz with a cowboy hat,” a musical melting pot from fiddle tunes and country bluegrass, to blues and big band. Asleep at the Wheel’s toe-tapping music and rich harmonies hold a unique place both in the music world and in the hearts of their fans.

“The finest Western swing band in existence today.”— Country Music

“The Wheel just keeps rollin’ along with a steady eye and a keen sense of swing.”–Dallas Morning News

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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
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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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Arabian Nights

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A sonic feast of brilliant colors and magnificent orchestral effects, Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade captures the imagination of the audience and never lets go. Based on a series of scenes from The Arabian Nights, Scheherazade the storyteller is represented by beautiful violin solos that magically weave the tales together. Critically acclaimed pianist Frank Wiens joins us to perform Grieg’s gorgeous Piano Concerto in A Minor. Join us as we conclude our season with these two symphonic blockbuster hits!

Prelude talk from 7–7:30 p.m.

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Storm Large

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A Musical Force of Nature

Whether in a nightclub or on a concert stage, Storm Large uses the thrilling power of her voice to connect with audiences on a deep and emotional level. She shot to national prominence as a finalist on Rock Star: Supernova in 2006, built a solo career with her longtime band Le Bonheur, and has toured with sophisticated swing band Pink Martini since 2011. Singer, songwriter, actor, author and playwright, Large has crafted a career that shares her immense creative talents with her legions of faithful fans.

PG-13 due to Adult language.

“An intoxicating and unmissable cocktail of power and vulnerability.” − The Times (U.K.)
“Storm Large dramatically interprets classic jazz, rock, and punk songs with her body, her eyes, her devilish smile, and a truly remarkable voice.” – Louisville Magazine

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Community4Education:
Crawdad Republic, Night Harvest and The LK Project

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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, May 13 at 4:00 p.m. with a musical showcase on the plaza outside the Bankhead Theater. Featured will be the Livermore Community Drum Circle, Element 116 providing jazz and big band tunes, as well as other local groups. The music moves inside the Bankhead at 7:00 p.m. for the fundraising concert. Three local bands will take the stage for a night of music, acoustic guitar duo the LK Project, jazz string combo Night Harvest, and the lively folk and bluegrass sounds of Crawdad Republic. 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.

The event is sponsored in part by a generous grant from Wente Foundation for Arts Education. All participating bands have donated their time to perform.

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A Twist of Lemmon

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Tribute to a Beloved Hollywood Icon

In a deeply personal one-man show based on his memoir “A Twist of Lemmon,” Chris Lemmon, son of beloved Hollywood icon Jack Lemmon, offers a heart-wrenching but ultimately loving exploration of his unique, yet universal, experience of the father/son relationship. The show is filled with the lore of the Golden Age of Hollywood, told by Chris in his father’s voice. It contains fascinating behind-the-scenes stories and an original score by Chris that combines music of the era with his own personal compositions.

Jack Lemmon loved his son Chris. But like many actors, career came first and family life second. It is that relationship that becomes the focal point of this extraordinarily moving story. Jack starred in over 60 films, was nominated for eight Academy Awards, and won two, for Best Supporting Actor in “Mister Roberts” and for Best Actor in “Save the Tiger.” Chris tells his father’s story in his father’s voice, chronicling Jack’s life from birth until his death at the age of 76. Chris has audiences laughing and crying as he shared tales and insights into Jack’s relationships, both on and off the screen, with producers, directors and legends like James Cagney, Gregory Peck, Marilyn Monroe, and his best friend Walter Matthau.

Chris is an exceptional performer, actor, and a classically-trained musician. With a career spanning over 30 years, he has starred in over 25 feature films including “Just the Ticket”, “Lena’s Holiday,” and “That’s Life.” Chris also starred on several television series on major networks including “Knots Landing” on CBS, “Brother & Sisters” on NBC and Fox’s situation comedy “Duet.”

As he opens the play, Chris remarks that he has often been asked what it is like to be Jack Lemmon’s son and how do you “follow in the footsteps of a giant?” Chris came to realize how important it was to understand just who his father was and what their relationship meant to them both. In “A Twist of Lemmon,” he shares the stories and music that brought them close together when everything around them conspired to drag them apart, and how they truly became the best of friends before Jack’s death in 2001.

“An honest and loving, living memoir” – Chicago Sun Times

“Beautiful, complex and poignant.” – Splash Magazine

“Chris Lemmon, does an enchanting job of channeling his dad. [He] does more than just act like his father; he seems to be possessed by him. – Los Angeles Daily News

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