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TRAVEL & ENTERTAINMENT: Capitol Steps Appearance at Livermore’s Bankhead Theater Makes America Grin Again!

May 10, 2019
by Jan Miller
For over 30 years the Capitol Steps have been putting politics and scandal to music. They recently appeared at the Bankhead Theater (2400 First Street) in Livermore, CA., returning for their 11th annual evening of side-splitting political satire. The members of Capitol Steps combined their experience on the Hill with musical acting, improv and sheer comedic talent in an equal-opportunity skewering of modern day politics. The only group in America that attempts to be funnier than Congress, they never fail to find humor in the latest headlines, scandals and videos. Given today’s political gridlock, a Capitol Steps show like the one performed at the Bankhead Theater may be the only thing capable of winning bipartisan support!

The Capitol Steps began back when Ronald Reagan was president and ketchup was a vegetable. It began as a group of Senate staffers who set out to satirize the very people and places that employed them. The group was born in December, 1981 when some staffers for Senator Charles Percy were planning entertainment for a Christmas party. Their first idea was to stage a nativity play, but in the whole Congress they couldn't find three wise men or a virgin. So, they decided to dig into the headlines of the day, and they created song parodies and skits which conveyed a special brand of satirical humor.

In the years that followed, many of the Capitol Steps members ignored the conventional wisdom ("Don't quit your day job!"), and although not all of the current members are former Capitol Hill staffers, taken together these performers have worked in a total of eighteen Congressional offices and represent 62 years of collective House and Senate staff experience.

Since they began, the Capitol Steps have recorded over 35 albums, including their latest, “Make America Grin Again.” They've been featured on NBC, CBS, ABC, and PBS, and can be heard twice a year on National Public Radio stations nationwide during their “Politics Takes a Holiday” radio specials.

No matter who or what is in the headlines, audiences can be assured that the Capitol Steps will tackle both sides of the political spectrum and all things will be equally foolish. What more could you expect from the group that puts the "MOCK" in Democracy?!

Upcoming performances scheduled at the Bankhead Theater include “Almost, Maine” presented by the Encore Players (May 10-12), as well as an appearance by the San Francisco String Trio (Sunday, May 12). Then, on May 28, the Oakland Ballet will bring “Jangala,” a creative fusion of contemporary ballet and south Indian classical Bharatanatyam dance to the Bankhead Theater. For tickets or more information on these and other future productiions please visit www.lvpac.org.


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