LIVE PERFORMANCES AT THE BANKHEAD Bankhead Presents Garrison Keillor with Robin & Linda Williams FRI JUN 10 | 8 pm BUY NOW MORE INFO Bankhead Presents Winter Dance Party SAT JUN 11 | 8 pm BUY NOW MORE INFO Bankhead Presents Big Bad Voodoo Daddy FRI JUN 17 | 8 pm BUY NOW MORE INFO […]

A Tribute to Our Volunteers

Since opening, the Bankhead Theater and Bothwell Arts Center have been powered by hundreds of volunteers. As ushers, ticket takers, greeters, concessions salespeople, art class assistants, and helpers at all kinds of events, they have stepped up whenever and wherever they’re needed. Their energy and enthusiasm are a tremendous and priceless gift to Livermore Valley […]


We’re back! When we open in July for live performance, the Bankhead Theater will be one of the very first live music venues of our size to reopen in the East Bay. And now, we’ve just announced the largest season line up in the venue’s history with nearly 60-events, spanning a broad range of musical […]

An Interview with Shakespeare’s Associates Lisa Tromovitch

Chris: Hello everybody, my name is Chris Carter and I’m the Executive Director of the Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center.  Welcome to Beyond the Stage where we interview people in our community that are heavily involved in the arts and the industry that we love so much. Right now  we’re talking to you from Advanced […]


UPDATES AS OF APRIL 26, 2021 While we wait for guidelines from the State of California and Alameda County regarding how venues such as the Bankhead Theater can reopen safely, live indoor performances cannot be presented. Artists and performing arts groups continue to cancel and push out their planned tours. It is especially difficult for […]


In Latin, Caveat Emptor means “Let the Buyer Beware.”  While the internet has empowered the arts in many ways, it has also fostered a number of unscrupulous ticket resellers. Recently we have been seeing tickets for our shows appear on resale sites at ridiculously inflated prices — as much as 200-300%! Unfortunately, this is completely […]

An Interview with Multi-Talented Rock Musician David Victor

Chris:  Hi everybody, my name is Chris Carter I’m the Executive Director at the Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center. Welcome to Beyond the Stage. We’re here at the Advanced Creative studios in Livermore – thank you to Advanced Creative for hosting us! I’m here with David Victor, legendary rock and roll icon in the East […]


The 2021 survey was distributed via email and social media on February 24 and was open until March 7. A total of 347 responses were received and the input, including many thoughtfully written comments, will help us make decisions as we look to reopen.  Here’s what we learned: People are eager to come back, but […]

An Interview with Funny Girl Faith Alpher

Chris: Hi everybody, my name is Chris Carter. I’m the Executive Director of Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center and I’m here today with Faith Alpher. We’re at Advanced Creative studios, safely distanced from each other, in case people are wondering. Faith is a comedian, writer, actress, radio personality. She’s also a wife and a mom […]


While we await the opportunity to open the theater, we’re continuing our series with  VINEYARD VIBES & MORE, an opportunity to share more excellent entertainment from local musicians and comedians. These concerts are FREE, although registration is required for online access. Your virtual ticket allows access for a 24-hour period beginning each Sunday at 6pm.  […]

A Tribute to Our Volunteers

Since opening, the Bankhead Theater and Bothwell Arts Center have been powered by hundreds of volunteers. As ushers, ticket takers, greeters, concessions salespeople, art class assistants, and helpers at all kinds of events, they have stepped up whenever and wherever they’re needed. Their energy and enthusiasm are a tremendous and priceless gift to Livermore Valley […]

“If Only I’d Known…”

It happens to us all. We walk up to find a beloved restaurant or store is closed forever and we think, “Wow, didn’t see that coming, if only….” Earlier this month we had to cancel an online class that, unfortunately, didn’t reach the minimum required registration. One disappointed patron emailed us saying, “If only I’d […]


As a community and as a country, we have benefited greatly from the long-standing contributions of African-Americans to the Arts. Those contributions, which are uniquely American, cannot be denied. They have spread around the globe and have enriched all of our lives. We also recognize that African-Americans have been subject to unfair, unequal and unjust treatment in […]


This week we heard the first public statements from Governor Newsom about the process the state will take to slowly return from the shelter-in-place orders. It was clear that we should not expect to hold public events for some time, possibly far into 2020. Our greatest priority is to keep our patrons, volunteers and staff […]

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 […]

Comedy is Coming!

If laughter is an instant vacation … you only need to head to the Bankhead to be transported on your next trip. Four great comedy shows are coming up and are sure to provoke a much needed laugh in these challenging times. Don’t miss your chance to Laugh Out Loud in Livermore and take a […]

The Story Behind the Song

Guitarist Suzanna Spring of the Mustangs of the West reflects on her life as a songwriter and the story behind their new single “T-Shirt from California.”  Come hear the Mustangs play the song THIS FRIDAY, October 26 at the Bankhead.  Read her story and then get tickets to hear it live! The Story Behind “T-Shirt […]

RED: Connecting to Art

“Red“, John Logan’s Tony Award-winning play about abstract expressionist painter Mark Rothko, opens tonight on the stage-on-stage at the Bankhead Theater. If you don’t have tickets, get them now … this is truly a play worth seeing. Our team has watched as this powerful play has emerged – from the first read-through to last night’s […]

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 […]

Interview: Rita Coolidge

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]