Livermore Valley Performing Art Center Hosts Most Live Events in Theater History

Livermore, California (EastBayDaily) — Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center (LVPAC) Presents at Bankhead Theater will welcome 12 diverse events throughout November, the most offered in a single month since the venue opened in 2007. The schedule demonstrates LVPAC’s dedication to presenting a broad range of world-class entertainment for a variety of audiences.

The Grascals: Thursday, November 7 at 7:30 p.m. Known for their modern bluegrass sound, The Grascals have earned three Grammy Award nominations since first touring with Dolly Parton in 2004 and have been named Bluegrass Band of the Year and Entertainer of the Year by the International Bluegrass Music Association.

Tommy Castro: Friday, November 8 at 8:00 p.m. Singer-songwriter and guitarist Tommy Castro has been thrilling fans with his signature brand of rocking rhythm and blues and incendiary live performances for over 25 years. His new, stripped-down band, The Painkillers, provides the ideal backing for his insightful lyrics and powerful guitar.

Turtle Island/Nellie McKay: Sunday November 10 at 2:00 p.m. “A Flower is a Lovesome Thing” brings multi-instrumentalist Nellie McKay’s combination of sleek singing and sly wit together with the Grammy Award-winning Turtle Island Quartet. They present the music of Billie Holiday, Billy Strayhorn, and the Weimar cabaret of the 1920’s, as well as their own original works.

Pacific Mambo Orchestra featuring Tito Puente, Jr.: Wednesday, November 13 at 7:30 p.m. In just three years, Pacific Mambo Orchestra has become one of hottest Latin big bands on the West Coast. Formed by trumpeter Steffen Kuehn and pianist Christian Tumalan, they are now touring with acclaimed drummer Tito Puente, Jr. and vocalist Willie Torres.

Vienna Teng: Thursday, November 14 at 7:30 p.m. One of today's most eclectic and inventive artists, singer-songwriter Vienna Teng combines elegant vocals, complex rhythms and rich melodies with sophisticated style.

Rockapella: Friday, November 15 at 8:00 p.m. Rockapella creates an astonishing full-band sound with just their five distinctive voices. Known for their early appearances on “Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?” they bring the lively sound of percussion, melody and harmony to music.

John Sebastian: Saturday, November 16 at 8:00 p.m. Rock and Roll Hall of Famer John Sebastian’s hits, including "Do You Believe in Magic?" and "Summer in the City," as well as the theme song for the TV show “Welcome Back Kotter,” remain some of the best known and beloved songs of the era.

Hot Peas ‘N Butter: Sunday, November 17 at 2:00 p.m. Their joyful, bilingual music, an irresistible blend of Latin tunes, Afro-Caribbean rhythms, jazz, folk and rock, has won Hot Peas ‘N Butter four Parents’ Choice Awards in just six years.

Balé Folclórico da Bahia: Thursday, November 21 at 7:30 p.m. Acclaimed Brazilian dance company Balé Folclórico da Bahia presents all the splendor of their culture, traditions, beliefs, and history in a showcase of colors, music, and movement.

A Celebration of Harold Pinter: Friday, November 22 at 8:00 p.m. Well-known British actor Julian Sands was asked by Nobel Prize-winning poet and playwright Harold Pinter to present a set of his poems in 2005. Their extraordinary collaboration evolved into this thoughtful and humorous solo show, directed by John Malkovich.

The Jive Aces with the Satin Dollz: Saturday, November 23 at 8:00 p.m. The Jive Aces are known for their exhilarating jump-jive music, trademark bright yellow suits and high-energy shows, featuring songs made famous by Bobby Darin, Louis Prima and Sammy Davis Jr., as well as their own original tunes. Their current tour features Toni Elizabeth Prima, daughter of Louis Prima, and the glamorous 1940s-style Satin Dollz dance troupe.

Smuin XXMAS Ballet: Friday and Saturday, November 29 at 7:30 p.m. and 30 at 2:00 and 7:30 p.m. Celebrating their 25th anniversary, San Francisco-based Smuin Ballet returns to the Bankhead Theater with their sensational and ever-changing holiday show combining classical dance and rollicking character numbers.

The LVPAC Presents season opened in September and has a total of 60 events planned through June 14, 2014. Tickets for all performances in the 2013-2014 season are available now at the Bankhead Theater ticket office.


Nancy Mueller