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TRAVEL & ENTERTAINMENT: Sizzle Your Summer with Livermore Valley Performing Art Center’s New Shows!

May 13, 2018
This summer the Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center will offer a number of intriguing and exciting stage productions.

On Tuesday, June 5 come experience the all-encompassing experience of “BANG! BANG!” with Montreal-based artistic collective Cirquantique, a dazzling, daring cabaret! In an exhilarating combination of cabaret, burlesque, circus, aerial and trapeze dance, the talented cast evokes the Prohibition-era through music, animation, scenery and costume design. “BANG! BANG!” transports audiences to the roaring Twenties, immersing them in a world of sensational physical and visual art. Get ready for a spellbinding evening of transgression and rebellion in a parallel universe where speakeasies proliferate, bootlegging is rampant and the black market rules – a unique show that is sure to dazzle and delight the eye. Rated R. Attendees must be 17 and older.

Then, on Wednesday, June 13, Better Than Ezra will perform. In the more than two decades since their hit single “Good” dominated the airwaves in 1995, Better Than Ezra has continued to push the envelope of alternative rock. Coming out of New Orleans in the early 1990s, the trio’s accessible songs and musical style quickly pulled a faithful audience. The timeless appeal of their music reached pop heights when Taylor Swift covered their track “Breathless” and their song “Juicy” was licensed to Desperate Housewives. With eight studio albums to their credit, Better Than Ezra continues to strike a balance between familiar and fresh, satisfying their fans and inspiring new listeners.

Country music legend Lee Greenwood will then perform on Friday, July 6, delivering a patriotic finish to Independence Day week

with his iconic “God Bless the U.S.A,” one of today’s most familiar American songs and winner of the 1985 CMA Song of the Year. An unofficial anthem covered by many different artists, it has reached the top five on the country singles charts three times, the only song in any genre to do so, and crossed over to the pop charts in the wake of 9/11. Greenwood has earned a large and loyal audience for his appealing country sound. He won his first Grammy Award for the sentimental ballad, “I.O.U.,” and has since released more than 30 albums with seven number one songs including “Ring On Her Finger, Time on Her Hands” and “Dixie Road.”

American folk legends The New Christy Minstrels will then perform on Friday, July 27. The New Christy Minstrels forged a fresh folk sound in the 1960s with a lighthearted style that was welcomed in the heart of a challenging era. Original songs such as “Green, Green” and their cover of “Sing in the Sunshine” topped the charts and their debut album won a Grammy Award in 1963. More than 20 albums later with creator Randy Sparks still at the helm, the New Christy Minstrels continue to deliver the rich harmonies and tuneful melodies that have enchanted their fans for decades.

On Friday, August 3 be sure to hear the timeless hits of the late sixties and early seventies as a local favorite, the Livermore-based band LunaFish will bring the authentic psychedelic rock

sound of this era to this special community concert in the Bankhead Theater. LunaFish captures your imagination and your memories, interpreting music from what has been called the most innovative period of rock and roll – Hendrix, Joplin, Clapton, Jefferson Airplane and more. Their classic rock guitar style, rhythms and vocal harmonies recreate top hits of the era and makes their original songs into new favorites as well. Together with friends and guest artists, LunaFish will treat audiences to a hot summer night of music, filled with the timeless rock songs they’ve made their own.

For more information on the Livermore Valley Performing Arts Company please phone (925) 373-6800- or visit info@lvpac.org.

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Photo caption: Audiences can enter the all-encompassing experience of "BANG! BANG!" with Montreal-based artistic collective Cirquantique. In an exhilarating combination of cabaret, burlesque, circus, aerial and trapeze dance, the talented cast evokes the Prohibition-era through music, animation, scenery and costume design.


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