LIVERMORE, CA – (May 12, 2016) – The Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center announced the LVPAC Presents Summer Series at the Bankhead Theater, featuring singer/songwriter John Waite in July and August performances by Juice Newton and David Cassidy. The seven show series opens on July 8, 2016 with New York-based string and vocal quartet Well Strung, and also includes the return of such local audience favorites as The New Christy Minstrels and Keiko Matsui. Mainstage events are just some of the many performing and visual arts opportunities offered this summer in downtown Livermore. LVPAC will present “Evenings on the Green,” a free outdoor concert series on the Shea Homes Stage outside the Bankhead Theater joined by “Art on the Green” once a month, as well as “Recycled Runway,” a summer-long exhibit of extraordinary wearable art in the Visitor’s Center and Gallery.
John Waite will appear July 29th on the “Wooden Heart” acoustic tour, an evening of songs, stories and audience Q&A in the intimate Bankhead Theater. One of the most recognizable voices of the 1980s when his hits “Missing You” and “Every Step of the Way” topped the charts, Waite’s solo career followed his success as lead singer for The Babys. He later fronted rock supergroup Bad English, helping them make “When I See You Smile” a Billboard #1 hit.
Juice Newton will play a single performance at the Bankhead on August 5th. Newton’s big voice and crossover style propelled her from her country roots to the top of the pop charts with such songs as “Queen of Hearts,” “The Sweetest Thing,” and “Break it to me Gently,” which won her a Grammy Award in 1983. Her hit song “Angel of the Morning” was recently used in the movie Deadpool, adding a new generation of fans to those who have followed her for years.
David Cassidy soared to fame as part of the cast of the popular 1970s television show The Partridge Family, and the hit song, “I Think I Love You” quickly made him a record-breaking teen idol. Since then, Cassidy’s talent and creativity has entertained millions on the concert stage as a solo artist, as well as in Broadway, television and Las Vegas shows. He will appear at the Bankhead on Friday evening, August 12th.
To open the summer season, LVPAC will welcome string and vocal quartet Well Strung to the Bankhead on July 9th. Called “the hottest things with a bow since Jennifer Lawrence in The Hunger Games” by the New York Daily News, Well Strung forms a musical bridge between classical and pop music, fusing Mozart, Bach, and Vivaldi, with Adele, Taylor Swift, and Kelly Clarkson in an innovative and appealing style.
Returning to Livermore will be popular shows from previous years including folk legends The New Christy Minstrels, contemporary jazz artist Keiko Matsui, the Official Blues Brothers Revue, and the comedy of “Late Night Catechism: Sister’s Summer School.” In addition to LVPAC Presents shows, resident company Tri-Valley Repertory Theater will present the Broadway musical, “Mary Poppins,” which combines elements of Disney’s popular film with material inspired by P.L. Travers’ beloved book series. The production will run for seven performances from July 16th through 30th. Tickets for the LVPAC Presents Summer Season are available beginning May 3, 2016 through the Bankhead Theater ticket office at (925) 373-6800, on www.lvpac.org, or via the LVPAC mobile app.
Continuing a long-held tradition in the community, LVPAC’s “Evenings on the Green” will offer a series of free performances Tuesday evenings from June through August on the Shea Homes Stage outside the Bankhead Theater. The series will open June 14th with a multicultural program of music and entertainment, and run through August 16th when LVPAC plans a return to the past, staging a one-night mini Guitar Festival. In addition to the entertainment on the first Tuesday of each month, “Art on the Green” will fill the walkways around the plaza from 4:30 to 7:00 p.m. with artists offering fine art and handicrafts. The full schedule of events for “Evenings on the Green” will be announced soon.
Located inside the Bankhead Theater lobby, the Visitor’s Center and Gallery will display “Recycled Runway,” an eco-chic exhibit of wearable art created with such elements as metal pop tops, plastic containers, old clothing, paper bags or anything else that might end up the landfill. The show will open June 28th with a free reception on July 9th. A fashion show featuring the wearable art will close the exhibit on August 27th. “Recycled Runway” can be viewed seven days a week from 12:00 noon to 6:00 p.m. beginning June 28th.
LPVAC continues to serve as the “heart of the arts” in downtown Livermore, filling the summer months with a variety of entertainment on the Bankhead stage, engaging visual art displays in the gallery, and free, family-friendly “Evenings on the Green” outside. For more information and up-to-date schedules of summer activities at the Bankhead, visit www.lvpac.org
The Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center provides wide-ranging programs that provide access to the arts for the Tri-Valley community and beyond. The Bankhead Theater and the Bothwell Arts Center are home to nine resident performing arts companies and over 40 studio artists and cultural arts instructors. The Bankhead Theater ticket office is open Tuesday through Saturday from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. On performance days the ticket office is open from two hours before to 30 minutes after the scheduled start of each show.
LVPAC Presents Summer Series
July 8: Well Strung
July 27: The New Christy Minstrels
July 29: John Waite
August 5: Juice Newton
August 12: David Cassidy
August 13: The Official Blues Brothers Revue
August 18: Keiko Matsui
August 19: Late Night Catechism: Sister’s Summer School