LIVERMORE — As Livermore Valley Arts heads into the last few months of its 15th Anniversary Season, The Bankhead is welcoming two superstars in April.
From one of the few people in show business recognized by just one name, “Charo in Concert: A Musical Sensation” will enchant audiences with her high-energy and award-winning Flamenco guitar playing on Monday, April 3 to “An Evening of Stories and Songs with John Oates”, one half of the best-selling duo of all time, Hall & Oates, as well as an accomplished solo artist in his own right, on Friday, April 14.
Both performances will be at the beautiful Bankhead Theater in Downtown Livermore.
Charo’s concert is on Monday, April 3, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20-$105 ($25 student/military personnel).
The John Oates performance is Friday, April 14, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20-$95 ($25 student/military personnel).
The Bankhead Theater maintains COVID safety protocols with enhanced air circulation and no touch ticketing.
Proof of vaccination is no longer required to enter ticketed performances unless noted as part of a contractual obligation with the artist. Tickets for all shows in the 2022-2023 Bankhead Presents season are available online, by calling 925-373-6800, or at the box office windows. For a complete list of events, visit livermorearts.org.
Short for Rosario, Charo was born Maria Rosario Pilar Martinez Molina Baeza. Born in Murcia, Spain, Charo learned to play the guitar at an early age and studied under the world-famous master of Flamenco guitar, Andrés Segovia. Becoming a recording artist in her early teens, Charo appeared in the Spanish film classic “Don Juan Tenorio,” and was featured in a children’s television show that brought her to the attention of famed Latin bandleader Xavier Cugat.
Charo joined Cugat’s band and traveled to Las Vegas, where the band played in all the major casinos, including Caesars Palace, The Flamingo, and The Tropicana. Since the ‘70s, this household-name musician, singer, comedienne, and stage and screen performer has been an integral proponent of contemporary Latin music.
The spotlight on Charo has been shining brighter than ever since she accepted the Female Pop Album of the Year Award, an accolade she received at the Billboard International Latin Music Conference for her flamenco-inspired platinum album, Guitar Passion. Instantly recognizable for her witty humor, loveable accent, and her mastery of the flamenco guitar, it is Charo’s trademark expression “Cuchi-Cuchi,” which has endeared her to the world and made the name Charo synonymous with fun and excitement.
Charo has appeared in countless hit television shows, including more than 45 appearances on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, and appeared on “The Love Boat” more than any other star. She also guest-starred on “Sonny and Cher,” “The Carol Burnett Show,” and made numerous appearances with Bob Hope and Sammy Davis, Jr., besides also appearing as a regular on “Hollywood Squares” and VH1’s “The Surreal Life.” Charo’s film credits include “Moon Over Parador” with Richard Dreyfuss and “The Concorde: Airport ’79.”
John Oates is one-half of the best-selling duo of all time, Hall & Oates, and an accomplished solo artist. He is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, The American Songwriters Hall of Fame, and recipient of the prestigious BMI Icon Award, as well as numerous American Music, MTV awards and multiple Grammy nominations.
Since forming his creative partnership with Daryl Hall in the early 1970s, they have recorded 21 albums, selling over 80 million units, making them the most successful duo in rock history. They have scored 10 number-one records, over 20 Top 40 hits, and have toured the world for decades. Their involvement in the original “Live Aid” concert and the groundbreaking “We Are The World” charity recording have further established them as legendary artists, who have personally and through their music, stood the test of time.
Since embarking on a solo career in 1999, Oates has recorded seven solo albums: Phunk Shui, 100 Miles of Life, Mississippi Mile, The Bluesville Sessions, Good Road To Follow, Arkansas, and most recently, Live from Nashville with the Good Road Band.