Membership Matters!

As you sit in the theater watching the lights go down, you’re probably not thinking about what went into making the magic happen on stage.  But what you don’t see is as important as what you do. The many people backstage and in the office are hard at work, but people like YOU are every […]

American Musical History

Music has a magical quality that transports listeners to another place and time. Whether it serves as a means of entertainment, education or escape, music forges connections between people of all ages and backgrounds. Several upcoming events at the Bankhead bring to life important periods in American musical history and their long-lasting influence on cultural […]

Inspiring Great Jazz

On January 22, 2019, internationally-acclaimed jazz musician Branford Marsalis offered a master class for aspiring high school jazz musicians before his sold out performance at the Bankhead. For nearly two hours in the afternoon, he answered questions and shared his extensive experience, professional and personal, about the world of jazz with students from the East […]

Getting Ready for Red

Almost ready!  Rehearsals are well underway for our new production of John Logan’s Tony Award winning play. It’s the first show fully produced by Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center, and first on the intimate Bankhead stage-on-stage.  Placing the actors and audience in such close proximity will offer a richer experience of this play’s compelling and dramatic […]

We’re Going Green!

The “Green the Bankhead” project has been launched! Major initiatives to save energy and reduce costs will make the Bankhead Theater more efficient and environmentally-friendly. The goal is to achieve LEED certification, a globally-recognized rating of a commercial building’s sustainability, by 2019, as well as WELL certification, which assesses measures taken to ensure the health […]

Don’t Wait to Buy Tickets!

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. […]

Why the Bankhead is Unique

We know. Sometimes people have questions about the business of running a theater. Why do some tickets cost more than others? Why don’t you book my favorite big name artists? Why is fundraising so important? The answers are both simple and complex. Classified as an independent non-profit, the Bankhead Theater is, and always has been, […]

Interview: Joan Osborne

In a compelling new interview with writer Lou Fancher of the East Bay Times, singer/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 […]

The Benefits of Arts Education

Now that school is back in session, it’s a good idea to think about how to help your child get a leg up in the classroom. One way is through a strong arts education. The performing arts not only enrich our lives, culture, and communities, but they are also vital to a young person’s education. […]

Joan Osborne Interview

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 […]

An Interview with Songwriter JD Souther

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 […]

Pitfalls of Buying Performance Tickets from Third Party Vendors

With a highly anticipated list of events on the calendar this summer, there’s no doubt that folks will be looking to come to the Bankhead Theater in Livermore. That, unfortunately, brings plenty of opportunity for third-party ticket vendors. Recently, our staff at the Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center has seen patrons fall victim to these […]