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TRAVEL & ENTERTAINMENT: Celebrate The Season with A Variety of Offerings at Livermore’s Bankhead Theater This Winter

Nov 17, 2021
Livermore Arts will conclude 2021 with a season of events sure to please every appetite. From beautiful insights into how Christmas is celebrated in different parts of the world with “Irish Christmas in America” on November 26 and “Nochebuena” on December 20 to moving and soulful musical performances like “Joy to the World: A Christmas Musical Journey” featuring Damien Sneed on December 5 and “Survivor Blues: John Mayall & Walter Trout” on December 16, the Bankhead has a winter full of events that will all lead up to “New Year’s Eve with Dirty Cello” on December 31. All of these sensational performances will be at the beautiful Bankhead Theater in Downtown Livermore.

Kicking of the season celebration on Black Friday, November 26, the Bankhead will be presenting “Irish Christmas in America”. Now in its 16th season, this lively and reflective performance brings together world-class musicians, singers, and dancers in an intimate and engaging performance rich in history, humor, and boundless energy. Pensive ballads, lively instrumentals and thrilling Irish dance, plus evocative photographic images, create an enchanting start to the holiday season.

The following weekend on December 5, the Bankhead will be presenting “Joy to the World: A Christmas Musical Journey” featuring Damien Sneed and his original arrangements of gospel, jazz, and classical favorites. The performance features a cast of ten singers and musicians delivering such holiday classics as “Silent Night,” “This Christmas,” “The Christmas Song,” “Joy To The World,” plus excerpts from Handel’s Messiah and more in a not-to-be-missed, uplifting, and joyous night – the perfect start to the holiday season!

In the middle of the month, the Bankhead has two music events already at or near capacity: on December 13, Pink Martini will be performing to a sold out crowd. Since 1994, Portland’s sensational “little orchestra” Pink Martini has been delighting audiences with their engaging take on multilingual pop, jazz, and classical tunes.

Later that week, on December 16, John Mayall and Walter Trout’s Survivor Blues concert is nearly sold out as well. For over 50 years John Mayall has served as a pioneer of blues music, rightfully earning him the title, “The Godfather of British Blues.”

All the beautiful traditions of Christmas Eve in Mexico will be presented next at “Nochebuena,” performing on December 20. The acclaimed Ballet Folkloricol de Los Angeles and Mariachi Garibaldi de Jaime Cuellar bring together an all-star cast of music and dance in as dazzling presentation of the traditions and customs celebrated by the people in Mexico during the Christmas season. This spectacular show focuses on Nochebuena (Christmas Eve) when Mexican families attend midnight Mass before returning home to a late-night feast.

Closing out th3e schedule of performances will be New Year’s Eve with Dirty Cello, a truly special way to ring in 2022 on December 31. Blues will meet bluegrass with a faint twisty of classical as this energetic SF-based string band led by crossover cellist Rebecca Roudman helps kick off a festive New Year’s Eve celebration, this is cello like you’ve never heard before. From down home blues with a wailing cello to virtuosic stompin’ bluegrass, Dirty Cello is a band that gets your heart thumping and your toes tapping.

The Bankhead Theater continues to keep COVID safety protocols in place with enhanced air circulation, no touch ticketing, and masks required in the theater. Tickets for all shows are available online, by phoning (925) 373-6800, or at the box office windows. For a complete list of events visit livermolrearts.org.


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