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July 17, 2019

New StarsDay Offers Community Groups An Opportunity to Share Their Talents

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Posted: Thursday, June 20, 2019 12:00 am

This summer, Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center will launch StarsDay a new open-mike-format music and art event designed to bring together and share the wealth of artistic talent in the community. StarsDay will take place in the outdoor courtyard of the Bankhead Theater on the last Wednesday of each month starting June 26, 2019 from 6:00 to 9:00pm. Any local musician, artist or group can sign up for a slot to perform during the open showcase session which begins at 7:00pm. They can also join in a jam session towards the end of the evening. Admission to StarsDay is free and beverages and snacks will be available for sale from concessions. Entry to the courtyard is through the gate to the right of the Bankhead Theater box office at 2400 First Street in downtown Livermore.

The first StarsDay event on June 26th will begin with a showcase of talent from the community including LPC Jazz Ensemble, Poetry Out Loud California State Winner Natalia Macias, poet Denise Bridges, and guitarist Gabriel Eaton. Randy Fortes, a local singer/songwriter, actor and speaker will serve as emcee for the evening. The “open mike” session will begin at 7:00pm and the final hour will start with a short set by the Bankhead House Band “Force of Magic,” followed by a jam session. “Force of Magic” consists of five musicians, all of whom work at the Bankhead. Andrew Mathers on trumpet, Alisa Branford on ukulele, Ruben Birando on guitar, and Robert Huntington on tuba, are joined by Arthur Barinque, who will run the turntables. StarsDay is the brainchild of Barinque, who is Food and Beverage/Event Manager for Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center, as well as a multi-talented visual artist and performer with deep roots in the community.

Scott Kenison, executive director of Livemore Valley Performing Arts Center, said, “We always look for opportunities to open our doors so people can enjoy and share art in all its forms with others. We support the efforts of our resident performing arts companies and also feature local groups such as LunaFish, who will bring the sound of the 60s and 70s to the Bankhead in August, and Crawdad Republic, who will return for New Year’s Eve. Exhibits in our Gallery often highlight local artists. Now with StarsDay we can provide a platform for others in the community to showcase their musical and artistic talents.”

At the first StarsDay, Macias will be selling her recently published book of poetry “Amante.” Local visual artist Lourdes Zamora will display and sell artwork. A “sketch corner” with art supplies will be available for those who would like to take part in making art during the evening’s entertainment. Musicians interested in participating in the open showcase should arrive to sign up at 6:00pm and will be assigned a slot based on space available. Two microphones will be available for use but musicians are responsible for bringing their own instruments.

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