SUMMER 2022

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 […]

SHARING A LOVE FOR MUSIC

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.  On July 12th, Derik, Riana and Dalten Nelson will again take the stage with the pure three-part-harmonies […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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. […]

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 […]

A fascinating interview with singer Storm Large

“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 […]