Sep 8, 2013 Livermore, CA
Sunday
Acoustic Competition Finals
Blacksmith Square
 

This year LVPAC Guitar Fest LIVE! will host its second annual Acoustic Guitar Competition, an awesome opportunity for talented guitarists to take the stage, gain fans, and win great prizes including valuable media and performance exposure. New this year is a Singer-Songwriter division also! The grand prize winner will be selected from the finalists invited to perform before a panel of expert judges and live audience at the competition finals Sunday September 8, 2013 on the Artistic Edge Stage at Blacksmith Square in downtown Livermore.

Sep 7, 2013 Livermore, CA
Saturday
Rick Derringer
Bankhead Theater
 

From his time as a member of The McCoys when they knocked the Beatles off the top of the charts with their hit Hang On Sloopy, Rick Derringer has been rockin’ listeners with his outstanding guitar prowess. His early rock and roll antics in the 1960s, when he topped the charts with Rock and Roll, Hoochie Koo and joined Edgar Winter on Free Ride, evolved into an exploration of gospel rock, smooth jazz, and blues. Through it all, Derringer has never lost his hard rock edge, technical intensity, or out-and-out enthusiasm for entertaining a crowd.

Sep 16, 2012 Livermore, CA
Sunday
Acoustic Guitar Competition Finals
Blacksmith Square
 

This year LVPAC Guitar Fest LIVE! will host its first Acoustic Guitar Competition – an outstanding opportunity for talented guitarists to take the stage, gain fans, and win great prizes including valuable media and performance exposure.  The grand prize winner will be selected from the six finalists invited to perform before a panel of expert judges and live audience. The competition finals will take place Sunday afternoon, September 16, 2012 at Blacksmith Square in downtown Livermore.


PRIZES!

The grand prize winner of the Acoustic Guitar Competition will receive:

·         Voyage-Air Songwriters Series Guitar

·         Interview with DJ Rosalie Howarth and performance broadcast on KFOG’s Acoustic Sunrise

·         Article and music video posted on GuitarPlayer.com

·         Recording session with Grammy Award-winning engineer Joel Jaffe at Studio D Recording

·         Three paid performance engagements at select downtown Livermore businesses

·         Paid spot on stage during the Livermore Wine Festival

Sep 15, 2012 Livermore, CA
Saturday
Larry Carlton Trio
Bankhead Theater
 

Four-time Grammy Award-winner Larry Carlton has been called one of the most accomplished, admired and imitated guitarists in the world. While not everyone knows his name, virtually everyone has heard him play. A sought-after session guitarist in the 60s and 70s, Carlton’s smooth style is heard on more than 100 gold records with artists from Barbra Streisand and Linda Ronstadt, to Dolly Parton and Michael Jackson, including Steely Dan’s “Kid Charlemagne,” and Joni Mitchell’s classic Court and Spark. He has played with The Crusaders and Fourplay, as well as built an immensely successful solo career, thrilling his fans, who appreciate the unmistakable sound of his guitar wherever they hear it.

Sep 14, 2012 Livermore, CA
Friday
The Volker Strifler Band
Shea Homes Stage on the Bankhead Plaza
 

FREE CONCERT!

The Volker Strifler Band (VSB), a popular Northern California based tour-de-force of musical talent, has become a rising musical phenomenon garnering local, regional and national recognition. VSB is fronted by their namesake and founder, Volker Strifler, whose remarkable talents as singer, songwriter, producer and guitarist extraordinaire are helping propel both him and the entire band toward world-wide recognition.

It's not hard to understand why VSB is making such a splash. This band moves languorously from jazz and roots, to blues/rock and a funky calypso rhythm; with performances highlighted by their show stopping guitarist, a thundering rhythm section, white hot horns, and one funky, soulful keyboardist!

Sep 17, 2011 Livermore, CA
Saturday
Sonny Landreth
Bankhead Theater
 

Legendary guitarist Sonny Landreth has been widely credited as redefi ning the very essence of slide guitar playing. His unique style combines the slide with fretted notes and chords, adding masterful finger picking to create a complex and multi-layered sound that sets him apart among roots rock and blues artists. His original sound and remarkable songwriting skills have found a warm welcome on stages around the country and more than once earned him a coveted spot at the Eric Clapton Crossroads Guitar Festival.

 Special Guests: Eric Gales and Michael Landau Group

 

 

Sep 17, 2011 Livermore, CA
Saturday
ABC Music Store and Academy
ABC Music Store and Academy
 

Get up-close and personal with world-class guitarists as they share their techniques and talents at these free clinics. Seating is limited and on a first come, first serve basis. Clinics will be held upstairs at ABC Music Store and Academy, 2156 First Street, Downtown Livermore.

Sep 17, 2011 Livermore, CA
Saturday
Blacksmith Square
 

Acoustic Stage at Blacksmith Square 12-5pm
Relax and enjoy acoustic music over a glass of local wine from John Christopher Cellars or Swirl Wine & Tapas Bar. Hosted by KFOG's Rosalie Howarth, DJ for Acoustic Sunrise, Sunset and World Music Hour.

12:00pm  Robert Berry  Progressive Rock Guitarist
1:15pm    Lorin Rowan  Singer, Songwriter, Multi-Instrumentalist
2:30pm   Terrence Brewer  Contemporary Jazz Guitarist
3:45pm   Gary Tackett & Special Guest Antsy McClain  Country, Rock and Blues

Sep 17, 2011 Livermore, CA
Saturday
Acoustic Stage at Blacksmith Square
Blacksmith Square
 

Acoustic Stage at Blacksmith Square 12-5pm
Relax and enjoy acoustic music over a glass of local wine from John Christopher Cellars or Swirl Wine & Tapas Bar. Hosted by KFOG's Rosalie Howarth, DJ for Acoustic Sunrise, Sunset and World Music Hour.

12:00pm  Robert Berry  Progressive Rock Guitarist
1:15pm    Lorin Rowan  Singer, Songwriter, Multi-Instrumentalist
2:30pm   Terrence Brewer  Contemporary Jazz Guitarist
3:45pm   Gary Tackett & Special Guest Antsy McClain  Country, Rock and Blues

Sep 17, 2011 Livermore, CA
Saturday
Free Concert
Shea Homes Stage on the Bankhead Plaza
 

Kick back on the lawn at the outdoor amphitheater at the Bankhead Theater in downtown Livermore for a free live performance.

5:00pm R Cubed Fusion Progressive Rock

5:50pm Larry Mitchell Grammy Winning Funk Rock Guitarist

6:50pm The Travis Larson Band Instrumental Guitar Fusion

Sep 16, 2011 Livermore, CA
Friday
Free Concert Friday Nights LIVE!
Shea Homes Stage on the Bankhead Plaza
 

Kick back on the lawn at the outdoor amphitheater at the Bankhead Theater in downtown Livermore for a free live performance.

Jon Mulvey Rock/Jazz/World Music Guitarist

Sep 16, 2011 Livermore, CA
Friday
Lee Ritenour
Bankhead Theater
 

Growing up in L.A. in the 1960s, Grammy Award-winning guitarist Lee Ritenour was immersed in a rich cross-section of jazz, rock and Brazilian music, sounds he has brought with him throughout his long career. A founding member of Fourplay, the most successful band in contemporary jazz during the 1990s, he is well known today as one of the world’s leading jazz/fusion guitarists. Often called “Captain Fingers” for his distinctive sound and fluid improvisation, Ritenour’s laid-back, supremely smooth jazz styling has won him Guitar Player Magazine’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010 and a legion of faithful fans.

Special Guest: James Robinson

Opening for Lee Ritenour will be Bay Area favorite, acoustic guitarist James Robinson. Known for his emotionally compelling and rythmic melodies, Robinson brings a wealth of influences, with elements of classical, flamenco, funk, rock and Middle Eastern music, into his electric, audience-pleasing style.

Sep 18, 2010 Livermore, CA
Saturday
The Wall
Vine Cinema & Alehouse
 

The life of the fictional rock star 'Pink' is the subject of the visually evocative cult film based upon the music and visions of the group Pink Floyd as portrayed in the album of the same title. Relationships, drug abuse, sex, childhood, WWII and fascism combine in a disturbing mix of episodic live action and lyrical animation. Rated R, 1982

Sep 18, 2010 Livermore, CA
Saturday
GPL! After-party
Sapphire Restaurant and Lounge
 

New this year will be Friday and Saturday night after-parties at the ultra hip Sapphire Lounge in downtown Livermore. Finalists can mingle with their new fans and music lovers can share conversation and cocktails, while possibly getting a glimpse of celebrities who will be in town for the show. Don’t miss this blistering, live, late night rock set with an entourage of legendary talent! $5 cover charge, Ages 21+.

Sapphire Restaurant and Lounge is THE Hot Spot for lunch, dinner, dancing and fun in the San Francisco Bay Area. Located just steps away from the Bankhead Theater, Sapphire is the perfect stop for before or after shows. Sip on a specialty cocktail, local Livermore wines, or come for Happy Hour and relax with one of your favorite draft beers at the bar and watch your favorite sport on the big screen TV’s!

Sep 18, 2010 Livermore, CA
Saturday
Blacksmith Square
 

Blacksmith Square Stage
Saturday, September 12, 12:00 noon to 7:00pm

Lee Waterman Trio
James Nash
Night Harvest
James Robinson
KFOG’s Rosalie Howarth 4-7pm
Katy and Dell
Michael Molenda
Bluecloud

Sep 18, 2010 Livermore, CA
Saturday
Guitar Player LIVE! Free Concerts
Blacksmith Square
 

Blacksmith Square Stage
Saturday, September 12, 12:00 noon to 7:00pm

Lee Waterman Trio
James Nash
Night Harvest
James Robinson
KFOG’s Rosalie Howarth 4-7pm
Katy and Dell
Michael Molenda
Bluecloud

Sep 18, 2010 Livermore, CA
Saturday
Guitar Player Guitar Superstar Competition Finals
Bankhead Theater
 

Guitar Player’s Guitar Superstar Competition Finals return to the Bankhead on September 18th, following last season’s sold-out success. Open to electric and acoustic guitar players of all styles who have what it takes to earn the title of “Guitar Superstar.” Ten finalists will fight it out in front of a panel of celebrity judges. Past judges have included Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, George Lynch, Steve Lukather, Elliot Easton, Greg Howe, Jennifer Batten and Richie Kotzen.

Performance will contain strong adult language, parental discretion is advised.

Tickets on-sale to general public on July 20th at noon.

Guitar Player magazine's 2010 Guitar Superstar competition is open to electric and acoustic guitar players of all styles who believe they have what it takes to earn the title of "Guitar Superstar." This is the fifth year Guitar Player has hosted this instrumental-guitar competition. Each year, ten finalists are chosen by the editors of Guitar Player to fight it out in front of a panel of celebrity judges. Past judges have included Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, George Lynch, Steve Lukather, Nuno Bettencourt, Elliot Easton, Greg Howe, Jennifer Batten, and Richie Kotzen. Past hosts of the big event include Andy Summers, Greg Kihn, and Brendan Small (creator of Metalocalypse).

Finalists are selected by the GP staff to represent all that is holy about guitar, it is their artistry and guts that powers the show, provides the drama and thrills, and evangelizes the everlasting brilliance of the guitar. Prepare to be astounded by some transcendent performances!

Enter the competition at: http://truefire.com/gpgs/

Sep 17, 2010 Livermore, CA
Friday
Montrose & Gary Hoey SOLD OUT!
Bankhead Theater
 

Ronnie Montrose and Sammy Hagar formed their band Montrose in 1973. Montrose pioneered and influenced an entire generation of West Coast Rock and Roll by firing out big guitar riffs, the classics Rock Candy, Bad Motor Scooter, Rock the Nation and Space Station #5, and soulful dynamic vocals with extreme “attitude!” Ronnie’s guitar genius and legendary rock albums have earned him the title of “Rock and Roll Guitar Legend.” Picking up where Sammy left off is well-qualified singer/frontman Keith St. John. Keith has been cited by Montrose followers and indeed both Sammy and Ronnie as the one guy who can fill those shoes!

In 1993 Gary Hoey launched his career with the hit song “Hocus Pocus” and his fiery technique helped to send it to the Top 5 on Billboard’s charts. He then followed up with the soundtrack to the surf saga, Endless Summer II. With a collection of 16 albums and five Top 20 Billboard hits, it’s no wonder Gary Hoey is considered one of the greatest guitar players of all time.

Tickets go on sale to the public on Tuesday, July 20th at 12:00PM.

Sep 17, 2010 Livermore, CA
Friday
GPL! After-party
Sapphire Restaurant and Lounge
 

New this year will be Friday and Saturday night after-parties at the ultra hip Sapphire Lounge in downtown Livermore. Finalists can mingle with their new fans and music lovers can share conversation and cocktails, while possibly getting a glimpse of celebrities who will be in town for the show. Don’t miss this blistering, live, late night rock set with an entourage of legendary talent! $5 cover charge, Ages 21+.

Sapphire Restaurant and Lounge is THE Hot Spot for lunch, dinner, dancing and fun in the San Francisco Bay Area. Located just steps away from the Bankhead Theater, Sapphire is the perfect stop for before or after shows. Sip on a specialty cocktail, local Livermore wines, or come for Happy Hour and relax with one of your favorite draft beers at the bar and watch your favorite sport on the big screen TV’s!

Sep 17, 2010 Livermore, CA
Friday
GPL! The Whole Package
Bankhead Theater
 

Guitar Player LIVE! – THE WHOLE PACKAGE!

The Whole Package for two includes: two reserved seats in the first three rows for Montrose & Gary Hoey and Guitar Player’s Guitar Superstar Competition, two After-party passes, two Guitar Film tickets, two-night accommodations at the Doubletree Hotel (double occupancy) with continental breakfast, two GPL! T-shirts, two LVPAC Recycled Bags & Water Bottles and two Commemorative GPL! Posters.   $346, two persons, double occupancy

For tickets call 925.373.6800.

Sep 17, 2010 Livermore, CA
Friday
This is Spinal Tap
The Vine Cinema & Alehouse
 

"This Is Spinal Tap" is an American rock musical mockumentary directed by Rob Reiner about the fictional heavy metal band Spinal Tap. The film satirizes the wild personal behavior and musical pretensions of hard-rock and heavy-metal musical bands, as well as the hagiographic tendencies of rock documentaries of the time. Rated R, 1984

Sep 17, 2010 Livermore, CA
Friday
ABC Music Store and Academy
 

12:00 Noon to 12:45pm: CALLING ALL FRUSTRATED BASS PLAYERS!

1:00pm to 1:45pm: GOING WIRELESS WITHOUT SQUASHING YOUR TONE

2:00pm to 2:45pm: GARY HOEY

3:00pm to 3:45pm: THE SECRETS OF RECORDING EAR-CATCHING GUITAR TRACKS!

4:00pm to 4:45pm: ACOUSTIC GUITAR SHREDS!

Sep 17, 2010 Livermore , CA
Friday
D-Lucca
Underdog Wine Bar
 

Come and check out D-Lucca performing at the Underdog Wine Bar Concannon Vineyard this Friday night from 5-8PM. This event is part of the 2nd Annual Guitar Player Live Festival in Livermore, CA, hosted by the Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center and Guitar Player Magazine.

 

Angelo Luster - Saxes

Mike Blankenship - Keys

D-Lucca - Bass

Tommy Bradford - Drums

 

Sep 17, 2010 Livermore, CA
Friday
Guitar Player LIVE! Free Concerts
Bankhead Theater
 

 

Bankhead Theater Outdoor Stage
Saturday, September 12, 12:00 noon to 7:00pm

Danny Jones

Doug Johns

Travis Larson

Points North

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