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Livermore: StarsDay showcases community musical and artistic talent

Open-mic music and art event at Bankhead Theater

Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center is launching StarsDay this summer to provide local artists with the opportunity to share their talents with the community. Any local musician, artist, or group can sign up to perform.

Musicians interested in participating in the open showcase should arrive to sign up at 6 p.m. Musicians must bring their own instruments and any other equipment required, though two microphones will be provided.

On June 26, the local artists who will take the stage include LPC Jazz Ensemble, Poetry Out Loud California state winner Natalia Macias, poet Denise Bridges and guitarist Gabriel Eaton. The emcee will be Randy Fortes, a local singer/songwriter, actor and speaker.

At the event, Macias will sell her recently published book of poetry, “Amante,” and local visual artist Lourdes Zamora will display and sell artwork, as well. Audience members may also visit the “sketch corner” to make their own art.

The five musicians of the new Bankhead house band Force of Magic will perform before the jam session begins. Visual artist and performer Arthur Barinque, who will run the turntables and is food and beverage/event manager for Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center, is behind the idea for StarsDay.

“We always look for opportunities to open our doors so people can enjoy and share art in all its forms with others,” said Scott Kenison, executive director of Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center.

“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.”

The new open-mic-format event will take place in the outdoor courtyard of the Bankhead Theater on the last Wednesday of every month, beginning on June 26 from 6-9 p.m. Entry to the courtyard is through the gate to the right of the Bankhead Theater box office at 2400 First Street in downtown Livermore. Admission to this family-friendly event is free and concessions will sell snacks and drinks.

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