Singer-songwriter Ben Fold headlines the arts fundraiser at the Bankhead Theater | Culture


Award-winning singer-songwriter Ben Folds, former frontman of alternative rock band Ben Folds Five, will lead the annual Brilliance at the Bankhead Livermore Valley Arts fundraiser on Saturday, September 10th.

The non-profit Livermore Valley Arts operates the Bankhead Theater and Bothwell Arts Center in Livermore. The gala at the Bankhead Theater, 2400 First St., marks the launch of the organization’s 2022-2023 performing season.

Folds, who has focused on composing for chamber pop since 2014, is accompanied by the Livermore-Amador Symphony. Chamber pop combines rock music with the intricate use of strings, horns, piano and vocal harmonies. Folds also currently serves as Principal Artistic Advisor to the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC

Folds replaces singer-songwriter Randy Newman, who was originally announced to headline the fundraiser. Livermore Valley Arts said in a press release that Newman could no longer perform … as originally planned, but gave no reason for the cancellation.

This upcoming season marks Livermore Valley Arts’ 15th anniversary at Bankhead. The gala includes dinner provided by On the Vine Catering, live music in Bankhead Plaza before the 5:30pm show, and live and silent auctions. Tickets range from $195 to $500 per seat and are available at


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