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Dazzling Displays!

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Walked by the Bankhead Theater lately?

If you come up the walkway from the street or parking garage on Railroad Avenue you can’t miss the three new digital displays running along the side of the building. Hundreds of performances and events are now held at the Bankhead each year — music of all kinds, dance, theater, comedy, and more — we welcome a diverse range of artists that appeal to different audiences. More opportunities were needed to let people know about upcoming shows at the theater.

Having digital screens replace the static print posters inside the glass cases on the side of the building had been on the wish list for some time, but we were only just recently able to complete the project. The bright, colorful displays went up on January 4th and are computer controlled from inside the building so they can be changed easily to reflect new information. More than a dozen upcoming events can be on display at any given time with each of three panels rotating 3-5 different images.

Take a stroll by the Bankhead and see the Displays …
then just walk around the corner to buy your tickets! 

And if you won’t be downtown in the near future, check out upcoming events here

 

 

Don’t Wait to Buy Tickets!

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Bankhead Shows Are Selling Fast!

Everyone has done it … seen an announcement for an interesting concert, show or program but waited to buy tickets.  In the past, many people have assumed they could wait until a few days before the show or even walk up to the window that day and buy a ticket. But this past year they just might have been wrong!

Since the beginning of summer 2017, more than a dozen shows presented by Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center have sold out completely. And three more this January and February are already at capacity. From comedian Paula Poundstone’s sold out show on July 7th, through the New Year’s Eve celebration with Crawdad Republic last month, plus performances by resident companies, audiences have been flocking to the Bankhead to enjoy all types of entertainment.

In November, concerts by both viral video pop sensation OK GO and the legendary smooth vocals of Manhattan Transfer completely filled the house.  It was particularly satisfying having those two sell out without 10 days of each other, said Executive Director Scott Kenison. “The two reflect our ability to interest very different audiences, reaching people who attend regularly as well as welcoming new faces.” OK GO attracted audience across a board age range as well as pulled people from Sacramento and even further to see their show.

The shows have also been selling more quickly. OK GO, which went on sale to the public in June, was completely sold out by the end of August, and the single performance by ukulele master, Jake Shimabukuro, sold even faster. A late addition to the 2017-2018 season, Shimabukuro’s February show went on sale in early October and reached capacity in just three weeks. One of the benefits of LVPAC membership is advance ticket purchase and a portion of the tickets were sold to members prior to the public-on-sale date. Nonetheless, according to Kenison, the day tickets were first available to the public marked one of the largest single sales days in the Bankhead’s decade-long history.

“We know not every show will be a sell out,” says Kenison. “Some artists are less well known and some types of shows have more limited appeal, but we’re committed to offering a wide range of musical genres and reaching out to everyone with shows they’ll enjoy.”

So if you hear about a show you think you might want to see, buy your tickets as soon as possible! Five for Fighting with String Quartet (Jan 25) and Vicki Lawrence & Mama (Jan 26) are already sold out. Upcoming shows such as Marc Cohn (Jan 19), Lee Ann Womack (Feb 19), Richard Marx (May 3), and Capitol Steps (May 6) are expected to be fully sold as well.  We’ll be announcing our Summer Series at the Bankhead in just a few weeks. Get on the mailing list at the bottom right side of our homepage and you’ll hear about it in your email.  Better yet, become a member now and you’ll be eligible to buy your tickets before everyone else. You won’t want to miss out!

Check out the list of remaining shows in the 2017-2018 Season here!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Free Concert in February

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US NAVY SEA CHANTERS

February 27 at 7:30pm

Throughout the year, Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center offers a range of arts experience to the community through free concerts, art exhibits and cultural events. For the past two years, the Livermore-Amador Symphony and dancers from Valley Dance Theatre have participated in a free holiday concert in early December.  This year, the Bankhead Theater will host the US Navy Sea Chanters in a free concert on Tuesday evening, February 27 at 7:30 pm.  The Navy Band Sea Chanters is the United States Navy’s official chorus. The ensemble performs a variety of music ranging from traditional choral music, including sea chanteys and patriotic fare, to opera, Broadway, and contemporary music.  Watch the US Navy Sea Chanters in Concert here and don’t miss this opportunity to see them live in Livermore!

CONCERT IS FREE BUT TICKETS ARE REQUIRED

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MORE ABOUT THE SEA CHANTERS

Under the leadership of Senior Chief Musician Adam Tyler, the Sea Chanters perform for the public throughout the United States. At home in Washington, they perform for the president, vice president and numerous congressional, military and foreign dignitaries. In 1956, Lt. Harold Fultz, then the band’s assistant leader, organized a group from the Navy School of Music to sing chanteys and patriotic songs for the State of the Nation dinner. An immediate success, Adm. Arleigh Burke, then chief of naval operations, transferred them to the Navy Band, named them the Sea Chanters and tasked this all-male chorus with perpetuating the songs of the sea. In 1980, the group added women to their ranks and expanded their repertoire to include everything from Brahms to Broadway.

The Sea Chanters are frequently found at the center of our most important national events, including inauguration day in 2009. They have played a vital role in comforting the nation in times of mourning, including appearances at memorials for the astronauts of the space shuttle Columbia and the presidential wreath laying ceremony at the United Airlines flight 93 crash site in Shanksville, Pa. Their performance of “Amazing Grace” for the National Day of Prayer and Remembrance at the National Cathedral in Washington after the events of 9/11 inspired all in attendance as well as a national television audience. In 2004, the chorus participated in former President Reagan’s funeral at the National Cathedral, and in 2007 performed in the U.S. Capitol’s rotunda as former President Ford was lying in state. The chorus was instrumental in the dedication ceremonies of the World War II memorials in Bedford, Va., and in Washington. In 1994, they provided music at the funeral of former President Nixon in Yorba Linda, Calif., and the interment of former first lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis at Arlington National Cemetery.

They have appeared at the Kennedy Center Honors and with the National Symphony Orchestra for the nationally telecast “National Memorial Day Concerts” at the U.S. Capitol. In addition the group has appeared on “Larry King Live” and “CBS This Morning” as well as at the premier of the movie “Pearl Harbor.” In 2008, the Sea Chanters performed with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir under the direction of Mack Wilburg. Noted choral directors Dale Warland, and Donald Neuen have guest conducted the ensemble, and renowned composers Michael McCarthy, Roger Bourland, William MacDuff and Lloyd Pfautsch have written works especially for them. Other notable orchestral appearances include the Kansas City Symphony, the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra, the Baltimore Symphony and the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra. The Sea Chanters have enjoyed a great reputation performing with such stars as Perry Como, Marian Anderson, Kenny Rogers and Lionel Richie.

Throughout their history, the Sea Chanters have remained true to the Navy’s watchwords of pride and professionalism, and they continue to flourish as a vibrant ensemble.

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Lee DeWyze

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AMERICAN IDOL WINNER LEE DEWYZE

Even before winning American Idol in 2010 at the age of 23, singer/songwriter Lee DeWyze had been building a solid career with his powerful vocals and extensive musical talents. Growing up in the Chicago suburbs, DeWyze had developed a passion for music at an early age and by his late teens he was pursuing it more actively. By the time he auditioned for American Idol, his band was well known locally and they had released two indie albums.

As skilled on the guitar, mandolin and banjo as he is on the piano, DeWyze’s expressive roots-driven folk-rock style has found a wide circle of fans who appreciate his straight-from-the-heart songs and passionate, personal delivery.

DeWyze’s music has become woven into popular culture through the use of his work in dozens of television shows and campaigns. One of the best known, “Blackbird Song,” was used for a pivotal scene in AMC’s “The Walking Dead” in 2014. Described as “hauntingly beautiful,” the song went on to sell more than 100,000 copies and has been watched nearly 20 million times on YouTube.

His fifth studio album, “Oil and Water,” was released in 2016 and he has since released a new single “The Breakdown.”  Watch the official video for “Stone” off the “Oil and Water” album here.

VIP Package available with ticket purchase, includes early entry, private acoustic performance, meet and greet, and more!

OPENING ACT: FRANK VIELE

Singer/songwriter Frank Viele is as comfortable on stage with nothing but a stool and his acoustic guitar as he is with such classic rock groups as The Marshall Tucker Band, Foreigner or Bob Marley’s Wailers. His eclectic use of instruments builds on a storytelling style, rooted in traditional folk and blues music. Active on the touring circuit, he was named The New England Music Award’s “Live Act of the Year” in 2014 and released his first full length album “Fall Your Way” in 2015.

 

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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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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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Event Preview: Asleep at the Wheel

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Since 1970, the country music group Asleep at the Wheel has filled one venue after the next. The legendary kings of western swing continue in their quest to keep western swing music alive and kicking. Fans of the group appreciate the fun, toe-tapping music and rich harmonies that set Asleep at the Wheel apart from other groups. Read on to learn more about this iconic group and how you can see Asleep at the Wheel in person soon.

Frontman Ray Benson and Lucky Oceans got things started as the two opened for Alice Cooper and Hot Tuna in Washington, D.C. In 1973, Asleep at the Wheel released their first album called Comin’ Right At Ya. The group’s upward trend continued the next handful of years with singles including “Don’t Ask Me Why,” “Bump, Bounce, Boogie,” “Nothin’ Takes the Place of You” and others. Along their journey, Asleep at the Wheel has earned nine Grammy awards from more than 25 albums. Benson refers to western swing as “jazz with a cowboy hat,” a musical melting pot from fiddle tunes and country bluegrass, to blues and big band.

In 2007, the group was recognized by the Austin Chronicle as the Band of the Year, Best Country Band, and was consequently elected into their Hall of Fame.

More About Benson

Throughout the group’s history, Benson has remained the integral cog. In 2002, Benson was elected into the Austin Music Hall of Fame, was given the Texas Music Lifetime Achievement Award in 1996, and was recognized as an Outstanding Producer by the National Academy of Recording Arts in 1988. Not to mention, Benson has also been given numerous Citations of Achievement by Broadcast Music, Inc. It’s no wonder why Benson and Asleep at the Wheel remain some of the strongest, most recognizable names in country music.

What others are saying

“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

The Venue

Have you ever been to the Bankhead Theater in Livermore? At LVPAC, our mission is to offer a variety of performing arts opportunities and experiences to engage our diverse communities. Whether that’s symphony, ballet performances, opera shows, or upcoming concerts, the Bankhead is the premier choice. We are thrilled that the Bankhead continues to present a fun, rich environment for all those involved. Our performing arts center also strives to keep performances affordable. For example, nearly all LVPAC Presents events are priced at just $16. Come and see Asleep at the Wheel for yourself and take in the intimate setting and perfect acoustics found only at the Bankhead. Together with the Bothwell Arts Center and Downtown Art Studios, it’s easy to see what makes LVPAC the heart of a vibrant cultural arts community.

The Performance

Asleep at the Wheel makes its appearance at the Bankhead Theater Friday, June 2 at 8 p.m. Tickets for the event range from $35 – $60. Be sure to call or visit the box office


Event Preview: The Doo Wop Project

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Are you ready for the chance to see the stars of Broadway’s smash hits Jersey Boys and Motown: The Musical live? You will have the opportunity when The Doo Wop Project comes to town for an appearance at the Livermore Valley Performing Center. Tracing the evolution of the doo wop sound from classic street corner harmonies to the top of the radio charts, The Doo Wop Project continues to be a favorite across all ages. 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 of The Doo Wop Project bring the energy and magic of doo wop to a whole generation of fans.

Throughout the show, DWP takes audiences on a breathtaking journey from foundational tunes of the Crests, Belmonts, and Flamingos through influences on the sounds of Smokey Robinson, the Temptations, and the Four Seasons on through the likes of Michael Jackson, Amy Winehouse, and Jason Mraz. Without a doubt, DWP uses their one-of-a-kind sound and vocal excellence to recreate and reimagine some of the greatest music in American rock and pop history.

Meet DWP

  • Dominic Nolfi – Dominic is a founding member of DWP and currently performs on Broadway in A Bronx Tale – The Musical. He’s also performed in both of the World Premiere productions of A Bronx Tale and Jersey Boys at the Paper Mill Playhouse and La Jolla Playhouse.
  • Charl – He was recently nominated for a 2013 Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical on Broadway. Charl is also featured on the Grammy Nominated Original Broadway Cast recording. You may have recognized Charl in Madam Secretary, Britain’s Got Talent, America’s Got Talent and recent Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parades.
  • Fischer – At 5-foot-6, he boasts a tenor voice and falsetto range. He made his Broadway debut on his 22nd birthday in the role of Joe Pesci in Jersey Boys. Similar to Charl, Fischer is no stranger to TV appearance, as he’s been a part of the 2009 Tony Awards, several sports for 60 Second Sitcoms, and more.
  • Dominic Scaglione Jr. – He was most recently seen in the role of Frankie Valli on Broadway. He holds the distinct honor of being personally asked by Valli to sing at his NJ Hall of Fame induction. In his earlier performing days, Dominic toured with acts including Christina Aguilera, Destiny’s Child, Beyonce, and Boyz 2 Men.
  • Dwayne Cooper – The South Carolina native began his singing days with a Christian a cappella group called “The Cunningham Singers.” Dwayne is often referred to as a “triple threat” in that he’s reminiscent of the great Sammy Davis Jr. and Barry White. Dwayne has performed in the Broadways casts of Motown, Hairspray, and several national tours of Smokey Joe’s Cafe and Showboat.

The Performance

DWP is set to make its appearance at the Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center Sunday, June 11 at 3 p.m. The production will be held at the Bankhead Theater, with ticket prices ranging from $35 to $60.

You won’t want to miss this performance, so be sure to get your tickets early.


Event Preview: Riders in the Sky

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Since the passing of Gene Autry and Roy Rogers, Riders in the Sky have kept the musical flame of Western music alive. Riders in the Sky not only retain the integrity of the genre, but they also brand it with their own wacky humor and unique Western wit. Their hit, “Woody’s Round-Up” from Disney’s Toy Story 2, made Riders in the Sky the lone western band to win a Grammy Award.

The two-time Grammy Award winners are set to make their highly anticipated appearance in the Bankhead Theater at the Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center. See below to learn more about Riders in the Sky and their illustrious career.

Riders in the Sky

It’s incredible to think that a wildlife manager – galvanizer – Life Scout, an English major – shot putter – Bluegrass Boy, and a Polka Hall of Famer would come together to eventually become “America’s Favorite Cowboys.” The Riders in the Sky first performed nearly 40 years ago in Nashville’s “Phranks & Steins.” Since then, they’ve gone on to make over 6,000 concert appearances in all 50 states, as well as 10 countries. In 1982, Riders in the Sky became the first exclusively Western music group to join the Grand Ole Opry, the longest running radio show in history.

They’ve been mainstays on television, including TNN and a Saturday morning series on CBS. The Riders in the Sky have even shared the screen with the like of Daffy Duck on Cartoon Network and Stanley on Disney Channel. As previously mentioned, though, the Riders in the Sky continue to be most recognized for their work in Toy Story 2. That set the stage for following year, in which they notched a second Grammy for “Monsters Inc. – Scream Factory Favorites.”

So what exactly has made Riders in the Sky a hit across multiple generations? The group has an uncanny way to appeal to a diverse and broad-based cross section of the public. They can amuse a theatre full of children, as well as an audience full of servicemen. Riders have routinely performed at the White House for both Democratic and Republican administrations and at Major League Baseball’s winter meetings.

The Riders in the Sky are in the Western Music Association’s Hall of Fame, the Country Music Foundation’s Walkway of Stars, and of course, the Walk of Western Stars. They’ve been named “Entertainer of the Year” seven times and won “Traditional Group of the Year” and “Traditional Album of the Year” multiple times.

What others are saying

“In just a few seconds of sweet Western harmony, the Riders can take you back to a time and place where you’ve never spent a moment.” – The Detroit News

“Riders in the Sky are carrying the torch, keeping alive the nearly forgotten campfire songs of the cowboys and the wonderful old songs that celebrated the spirit of the old Wild West.” – Times-Union, Albany

“A mix of both classic and original western songs, smooth harmony, hot locks, and slapstick comedy.” – Grand Rapids Herald

 The Performance

The Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center is set to welcome the Riders in the Sky for a performance Friday, April 28 at 8 p.m in the Bankhead Theater. Ticket prices range from $50 to $80 and are expected to go fast, so be sure to books yours today. For ticket booking, please call or visit the box office and ensure your spot for what’s expected to be a fun, memorable evening.

Don’t forget that LVPAC is your home for upcoming concerts, symphony, ballet performances, opera shows, and so much more. Contact us now for ticket information or other general information regarding our venues.

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