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Joint Forces Journal

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VOL. 24 - NO. 24
JUN 16 - 23, 2019
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OAKLAND, CA 94661-0283

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TRAVEL & ENTERTAINMENT: Ring in the New Year with These Hot January Bankhead Theater Performances

Jan 04, 2019
Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center will offer a robust schedule of performances at the Bankhead Theater (2400 First Street) in Livermore, CA. during the month of January, beginning with an appearance by singer and songwriter Melissa Manchester on Friday, January 18.

After soaring to stardom with “Midnight Blue” in 1975, Melissa Manchester built a reputation as a compelling singer and songwriter. Hits such as “Through the Eyes of Love,” “Don’t Cry Out Loud” and “Just You and I” brought her international acclaim, before her disco-inspired “You Should Hear How She Talks About You” won her the Grammy Award in 1982 for Best Female Vocalist.

Manchester has collaborated with a who’s who of artists including Bette Midler, Barbara Streisand, Roberta Flack, Kathy Mattea, Johnny Mathis and Kenny Loggins, with whom she co-wrote the radio classic, “Whenever I Call You Friend.” Over the years she has composed for film scores and musicals, and released more than 20 albums, including her most recent “The Fellas” a tribute to the male singers and songwriters who influenced her career — Frank Sinatra, Mel Torme, Tony Bennett and more. In an intimate concert on the Bankhead stage, Manchester will bring her own engaging style to music across a range of genres, from pop and rock to Broadway and jazz.

The following evening, Saturday, January 19, the Django Shredders will appear at the Bankhead in a production entitled “The Life and Times of Django Reinhardt.” Young jazz guitarists Alex Ciavarelli and Rudy Marquez bring their exuberant energy, coupled with a guitar virtuosity beyond their years, to perform. Regarded as one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century, Belgian jazz guitarist Reinhardt and the “gypsy jazz” music for which he is known, has inspired songwriters and performers worldwide.

Then, on Monday, January 21, the Branford Marsalis Quartet makes an appearance at the Bankhead. Branford Marsalis has stayed the course. From his early acclaim as a saxophonist bringing new energy and new audiences to jazz, he has refined and expanded his talents and his horizons as a musician, composer, bandleader and educator – a 21st Century mainstay of artistic excellence.

Branford grew up in the rich musical environment of New Orleans, the son of famed pianist and educator Ellis Marsalis and the oldest of his three jazz-playing siblings. He formed his own quartet in 1986 and has taken guest turns with such giants of the jazz world as Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Herbie Hancock and Sonny Rollins.

Rounding out the month, Jake Shimabukuro, the “Innovative Master of the Ukulele,” will hit the stage at the Bankhead. With his recently released album “The Greatest Day,” Jake Shimabukuro again demonstrates what makes him one of the most exceptional and innovative ukulele player in the history of the instrument. His pure virtuosity and unique playing style has been compared to such musical titans as Jimi Hendrix and Miles Davis and draws on a remarkable breadth of musical influences. His music breathes fresh life into everything from covers of hard-driving rock classics and jazz songbook standards, to traditional Hawaiian music and his own original melodies.

Jake’s rich and varied albums have always captured the many moods of the ukulele. “The Greatest Day” features some of his most imaginative and adventuresome work with half of the album being originals, the other half covers that seem to achieve the impossible, transcending such material as the Beatles’ “Eleanor Rigby,” Hendrix’s “If 6 was 9” and the Zombies’ “Time of the Season.”

For tickets or more information regarding these performances please visit or phone (925) 373-6800.

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Photo caption: Melissa Manchester will be making an onstage performance at Livermore's Bankhead Theater on Friday, January 18.


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