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 […]

Chris’ Picks for the 2021-2022 Bankhead Presents Season

October 14, 1988 was a very pivotal date in my life. If you look it up, you won’t find anything really of note that happened that day, but I remember it vividly. I was a tall and awkward middle school student living near Fort Worth. It was a Friday night, and my mother was driving […]

OUR LARGEST SEASON LINEUP EVER!

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 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 […]

AN OPEN APPEAL TO OUR ARTS COMMUNITY

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]