One of the busiest months at the Bankhead Theater, November will bring to the stage two bands who have taken American “roots rock” in different directions over the last few decades. BoDeans take the stage on Saturday, Nov. 2, with their hit songs, including “Closer to Free,” which was used as the theme song on the popular television show “Party of Five.” The following Friday, Nov. 8, The Subdudes deliver a night of their swinging New Orleans-style R&B sound. This will be the first time either band has performed at the Bankhead.

Both shows begin at 8 p.m. at the Bankhead, 2400 First St., Livermore. Tickets range roughly from $20 to $65.

As Glide Magazine said, “BoDeans played Americana before the category was conceived.” Over a 30-year musical career, their blend of compelling songs and high energy performances have earned them a loyal fan following. Best known for their catchy single “Closer To Free,” the band’s accessible adult alternative sound on such chart-topping hits as “Fadeaway,” “Only Love,” and “Dreams,” won them Rolling Stone’s reader poll for Best New American Band in 1987. BoDeans have released 13 studio albums filled with singles that defined a generation, including “Good Things,” “You Don’t Get Much,” “Idaho,” “If It Makes You,” “Stay,” “American,” and “All the World.” From their first album to their most recent, BoDeans have stayed true to their original sound and style.

The Subdudes, over the course of 25 years and 10 albums, have quietly become one of America’s national music treasures. The New Orleans-formed group is a living encapsulation of American music, a vibrant cauldron of sounds that stirs together meaty grooves and jazzy dynamics, soulful R&B swagger, easy vocal harmonies, cheeky rock ‘n’ roll attitude and folksy social consciousness. Led by singer/guitarist Tommy Malone, and accordionist John Magnie, The Subdudes draw most of their inspiration from the sounds of their native New Orleans. The band is notable for the substitution of tambourine player Steve Amedée for a drummer, and with Tim Cook on bass the band’s exceptional musicianship and ensemble playing generates an intoxicating blend of joyous roots music.

The Bankhead Presents series provides the opportunity to enjoy a wide variety of musical styles throughout the season. November brings not only roots rock, but a concert of arias and songs with The Four Italian Tenors, the inimitable Preservation Hall Jazz Band, and a show honoring the music of the Harlem Renaissance. In December, the contemporary country sounds of Lonestar and Phil Vassar will be followed by authentic Irish Celtic group Danú, and Mostly Kosher’s lively gypsy klezmer music.

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