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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

 

An Interview with Songwriter JD Souther

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Writer Lou Fancher beautifully captures the heart of JD Souther’s songwriting genius in a fresh new interview for East Bay Times:

” The world’s best singer-songwriters appreciate time.

Not simply meter, syllables stretched over notes, tempo and other clock-keeper aspects of music, but the passage of time that mellows a tenor’s voice into ease and broader dynamic range.

Musical phrases and tunes pondered during a sunrise or contemplated while hiking may come together begrudgingly or spill out in a gush on occasions when the usual gear-grinding process flips and lyrics and melodies pour out like a river unleashed.

Riding that wave and a long roster of hits, JD Souther will bring his expressive music infused with pop, jazz, country rock and the Great American Songbook to the Bankhead Theater on Aug. 5. The intimate evening with Texas-raised Souther will feature selections from his new studio album, “Tenderness.” Rounding out the possible setlist, popular songs may include the title track of his 1979 album, “You’re Only Lonely,” a solo version of the 1984 duet recorded with James Taylor, “Her Town Too,” or numerous songs written for or performed by The Eagles, Linda Ronstadt, Joe Cocker, Roy Orbison, Trisha Yearwood, the Dixie Chicks and others.”

On the topic of his latest album “Tenderness,” Fancher writes:

“Tenderness,” he said, has a more cinematic sound than previous recordings. Inspired by Cole Porter and George Gershwin and joined on the CD by a top-tier band (pianist Chris Walters, saxophonist Jeff Coffin, trumpeter Till Brönner, pianist Billy Childs, vocalist LIzz Wright), Souther’s guitar and vocals get to expand.

“The orchestrations are beautiful, the players astonishing,” he said. “It’s the album I intended, conceived in one time period for this one album.”

In fact, Souther would have made a film, had millions of dollars been handy. Listening to the lyrics on “Tenderness,” a narrative forms, with the final track, “All Your Wishes,” serving as an epilogue. LIke a miniature almost-opera, grand themes told in simple, conversational language beg only for movement, costumes, sets and lighting.”

——> Read the rest of Lou Fancher’s fascinating interview with Songwriters Hall of Famer JD Souther here

Then buy tickets to hear him sing his songs in the intimate setting of Livermore’s Bankhead Theater.

JD Souther in Concert

One Night Only!

Saturday, August 5 at 8 p.m.

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SHARING A LOVE FOR MUSIC

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DERIK NELSON AND FAMILY

For artists, performing on stage is often just one aspect of their love for music and the arts. Many who have appeared at the Bankhead also seek to share their passion and skills with others. Last season, Diavolo|Architecture in Motion, Julie Fowlis, Run Boy Run, Rhythmic Circus and others all welcomed students eager to learn about their work.

On August 4th, Derik, Riana and Dalten Nelson will take the stage with the pure three-part-harmonies only siblings can deliver, offering creative vocal arrangements as well suited to popular jazz standards from the 40s and 50s, and pop/rock hits of the 60s and 70s, as to the chart-topping hits of today. Their jazz and folk-infused sound, combined with stunning video displays, promise audiences an exciting concert. But their show is just one portion of their time in Livermore. The Nelsons are also leading a singer/songwriter performance intensive for students from middle school to early college age the week prior to the show.

The intensive aligns with their 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.

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. 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.

ABOUT THE CONCERT

Derik Nelson & Family’s concert features pristine sound, a state of the art light show, and an integrated 20-foot video display. Derik’s interactive “clones” are featured throughout the show on the five screen video “wall.” The multiple “Derik clones” play many different instruments as a “virtual band.” This innovative technical marvel designed by Dalten uses the latest in audio/video technology to take audiences on an aural and visual journey through time, space, an impressive array of landscapes, weather conditions, and musical “settings.”

Listeners will be impressed with the perfectly blended three-part-harmony vocals, in addition to Derik’s thoughtful arrangements of cover songs from a variety of genres, styles, and eras. These genuinely kind, charming, and talented siblings have a bond that’s palpable, both on stage and off. Audiences of every age are sure to be mesmerized from the opening to the dazzling finish. WATCH a video preview of the Nelson’s music.

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All seats $30.  Students/Active Military Personnel $16.

 

 ABOUT THE MUSIC INTENSIVE

The week-long intensive with the Nelson’s runs from 10:00am to 4:00pm, July 31 to August 4. Students with a strong interest, talent and passion for music will be able to take their skills to the next level. The week will include a mix of demonstration, small group work, and one-on-one coaching in songwriting and vocal techniques, stage performance, harmonizing, collaboration, composition, and more. Students will write a song and perform it in a showcase for family and friends on the final day.

Playing a musical instrument is not required, say the Nelsons, just “a willingness to collaborate, write lyrics, think outside the box, and improve and challenge themselves during the week.” The intensive, underwritten in part by the Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center’s Education Fund, costs $300. Some scholarships are available. For registration contact Kiran Guleria at 925.583.2321

 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.

DERIK
singer, songwriter, producer, audio engineer

Lead guitarist on TV’s “Glee” for four years. Singing voice heard on FOX’s “Raising Hope” and “New Girl,” CBS’s “How I Met Your Mother,” and NBC’s “Go On” and “The Voice.” Bachelor of Science from University of Southern California, where he helped to shape the curriculum that became the Popular Music Degree program. Derik was awarded the Brian Wilson Music Scholarship for songwriting, and received first place in the Indie International Songwriting Competition for his original song, “The Way It’s Gonna Go.” www.deriknelson.com

RIANA
singer, press, management

Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Musical Theatre from the University of Michigan. Casting Associate for FOX’s “Empire.” Onscreen vocalist for Renee Zellweger’s pilot “Cinnamon Girl.” Lead vocalist for Princess Cruises. Managed summer program for Disney in China teaching children 5-7 years old. Riana serves on the Board of Directors at The Washington Center for the Performing Arts in Olympia, WA. Marketing, social media, painting, calligraphy, and empowering young women are her passions in addition to singing. www.riananelson.com

DALTEN
singer, video/light/tech designer

Attended Arizona State University with an extensive musical theatre background. Appeared on several episodes of television’s “Glee.” Conceptualized, designed, filmed, edited, & executed over 150 separate videos in perfect sync, to create visual “immersion” to the musical experience. www.daltennelson.com

 

 

 

 

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
Watch a preview video here or see a list of the entire season here!

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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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A fascinating interview with singer Storm Large

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“Every piece of art is a step to the next. I almost never sit down with an idea and write consciously, unless I’m writing a song for someone else. I start with a lyric or rhythm that sounds cool to me. I don’t try to draw linear connections.”

Read the rest of Lou Fancher’s fascinating interview in the East Bay Times with singer, songwriter, actress, writer and sheer force of nature Storm Large before she and her band Le Bonheur take the stage at the Bankhead Theater on Friday evening, May 19.  More information and great tickets available here.

Rhythmic Circus “Feet Don’t Fail Me Now”

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Mixing hard-hitting percussive dance and a live rock band, “Feet Don’t Fail Me Now!” premiered in 2008 and has gone on to rave reviews, numerous awards, and sold-out venues across the country. The dancers of Rhythmic Circus joined forces with the seven-piece band’s big, brass sound and together they integrate an inventive style of rapid-fire tap with a variety of musical genres. Their exhilarating and dynamic show presents a wildly creative view into the indomitable power of the human spirit.

Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center is proud to host Rhythmic Circus for an evening of a cappella singing, a percussive chair routine, tap number, and so many other lively performances. As you can see on the show’s website, “Heatbox” the human beatbox joins the swingin’ seven-piece funk band to accompany each tap, shuffle and stomp.

History of the Show

“Feet Don’t Fail Me Now!” debuted in the summer of 2008 in Minneapolis when the group’s dancers and founders teamed with a number of well-known musicians in the Twin Cities. What resulted was an inventive, unique style of tap with a variety of musical genres to create a wildly engaging show. For years since its debut, the show has garnered rave reviews and packed venues. “Feet Don’t Fail Me Now!” took home a pair of SAGE Awards for Outstanding Ensemble and Performance, a Spirit of the Fringe Award, two Upper Midwest Emmys and was named “Best Dance Performance” by City Pages.

If you’ve never been to your local performing arts center or just want to enjoy an evening of live music and dancing, then “Feet Don’t Fail Me Now!” is for you! We’re certain that you’ll be jumping out of your seat and dancing to the beat of this genre-hopping music and hard-hitting percussive dance.

“An exuberant, toe-tapping, hand-clapping hour of music and dance that adults will enjoy as much as kids.” – Theater Mania

On Tap at Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center

Come join us for a variety of performances in April! Here’s what we currently have on our events calendar.

Monday, April 3 – The Naked Magicians

Friday, April 7 – The Wonder of Elvis: Tribute

Saturday, April 8 – Transfigurations

Thursday, April 13 – Arlo Guthrie

Saturday, April 15 – Come Together: The Beatles Concert Experience

Wednesday, April 19 – Abby Mann’s Judgment at Nuremberg

Friday, April 21 – Cherry Poppin’ Daddies

Sunday, April 23 – Breathtaking Brahms

Thursday, April 27 – Robert L. Gallucci

Friday, April 28 – Riders in the Sky

Saturday, April 29 – Lucie Arnaz

Sunday, April 30 – The San Francisco Scottish Fiddlers

The Performance

Rhythmic Circus “Feet Don’t Fail Me Now” will take place Friday, March 31 at 8 p.m. in the Bankhead Theater of the Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center. Regular tickets range from $30 – $50. Tickets for students or active military are available for $16 (call to confirm.)Purchase now!

For the best theater experience in the area, choose LVPAC. Book your theater and concert tickets today so that you ensure your spot at some of the most highly anticipated musical shows, entertainment shows, and operas of the year.

Intergalactic Nemesis — Twin Infinity

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Intergalactic Nemesis lands with a new and thrilling graphic novel adventure, merging retro radio show with comic book magic to create unforgettable, one-of-a-kind live theater. Three actors voice dozens of characters, a Foley artist creates sound effects, and a pianist plays a cinematic score, while over 1,250 hand-drawn, full-color comic book images fill the stage. This unique multimedia experience guaranteed to bring out the 12-year-old in everyone will leave behind a space-age aura of wonder that lasts for days.

“Great fun! A happily retro multimedia extravaganza!” —New York Post

Friday, March 17 @8pm

David Benoit plays Charlie Brown’s Christmas

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Take a trip down memory lane as Grammy-nominated pianist David Benoit, accompanied by his quartet and Mendenhall Middle School Chorus, brings to life the magical music from the Charlie Brown television specials. Benoit describes this music as “happy jazz” – sophisticated but still filled with fun. His lifelong passion for the work of original Peanuts composer Vince Guaraldi is reflected in his own compositions for later specials and both are featured in this delightful return to a happy holiday tradition.

Joining Benoit will be special guest artist Sara Gazarek whose impeccable jazz vocals seamlessly combine the intimacy of singer/songwriter stylings with the musical and improvisational sara-gazarek-8elements of jazz. With three highly acclaimed CD’s before she was 30, Gazarek has been hailed by The Los Angeles Times as “the next important jazz singer.”

“He understands just how music influences a person’s life and brings out all the characteristics of the human experience. David Benoit is a natural treasure.” – Jazz Review 
“Benoit produced music that was bright, frothy, enthusiastic and totally contemporary.” – Los Angeles Times

Monday, December 19 @7:30pm

Aquila Theatre presents Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Nile

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Aquila Theatre’s 2016-17 MURDER ON THE NILE from Aquila Theatre on Vimeo.

Aquila Theatre applies its signature style to Agatha Christie’s staging of her famous novel, Death on the Nile. Set on a paddle steamer cruising the legendary Nile River in the 1940s, this masterful whodunit is filled with colorful and mysterious characters. Class, money and reputation are all at stake in one way or another for the passengers and, before they know it, deceit, theft and murder quickly make waves on the river. A classic comes to life under Aquila’s brilliant direction and superb acting.

“Classics made relevant with superb acting and clever staging!” — The New Yorkern

Tuesday, November 15 @7:30pm

Run Boy Run’s Tapestry of Timeless Bluegrass Sound

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While Run Boy Run’s bluegrass sound is rooted in the traditional style of the Appalachian South, they are part of a trend to revive innovation in American roots music. Their voices weave a spectacular tapestry around the fiddle’s tight rhythmic front, leading listeners on a musical journey that is dynamic, orchestral, and overflowing with beauty. The whole exceeds the sum of the parts as touches of classical, jazz, and folk express themselves through the old-time core of Run Boy Run’s unique sound.

“Hot instruments and beautiful, sweet harmony!” — Garrison Keillor, A Prairie Home Companion

Friday, November 4 @8pm

Upcoming Events

Sat 21

Disney’s The Little Mermaid

Sat, July 21 @ 8:00 pm
Organizer: Tri-Valley Repertory Theatre
925.462.2121
Wed 25
Fri 27
Sat 28

Red, White and Bothwell

Sat, July 28 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Aug 03

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