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Idol’s Taylor Hicks at Bankhead

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Idol’s Taylor Hicks at Bankhead

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POSTED November 13, 2016 7:17 p.m.

LIVERMORE — One of the most beloved and popular “American Idol” winners of all time, Taylor Hicks brings his unique take on country, Southern soul, blues and R&B to the Bankhead Theater in December. 

Crowned winner of Season Five in front of more than 200 million viewers worldwide, Hicks’ hit single “Do I Make You Proud” debuted at the top of the charts less than three weeks later. Since then, he has expanded his audience through stints on Broadway and in Las Vegas, and has made a welcome return to the music of his native Alabama, bringing what he calls a “roadhouse and rootsy” sound to his musical style. In one of just three stops in California, Hicks will take the stage at the Bankhead on Friday, Dec. 2, at 8 p.m.

The Bankhead Theater ticket office at 2400 First Street in Livermore is open Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. On performance days the ticket office is open from two hours before to 30 minutes after the scheduled start of each show. Tickets can also be purchased via phone at (925) 373-6800, or online at www.lvpac.org.

Passionate about music from an early age, Hicks discovered the songs of Ray Charles when he was just a young boy and preferred the sound of blues and soul music, even when his friends discovered rock and roll. Self-taught on the guitar and harmonica, he was playing with bands by high school. According to one account, he even began to sneak out to perform at local bars as a teen, something his father and stepmother only discovered when they went out to dinner one night and saw him on stage with the band.

Hicks spent nearly a decade struggling to get his career started. Although he found moderate success playing small shows and self-producing two albums, it wasn’t until “American Idol” that he truly gained traction in the music world. In late 2005, he auditioned in Las Vegas for “American Idol” and from the beginning his material set him apart on the hit show. His engaging musical style and confident stage presence ignited a large and vocal fan base, the “Soul Patrol,” who voted enthusiastically, taking him straight to the top in Season Five.

After appearing on Broadway in “Grease,” he joined the national tour and then spent almost two years in his own Las Vegas show, the first “American Idol” winner to secure a long-term residency there. Hick’s act became one of the most popular in the city, yielding an exclusive commitment with Caesars Entertainment to bring his soulful ballads to other Caesars’ properties throughout the year..

Taylor Hicks’ performance leads off a busy three days at the Bankhead Theater, just the first weekend of an entertainment-filled holiday month. The following day, a free family performance featuring Livermore Amador Symphony, Cantabella Children’s Chorus, and Valley Dance Theatre marks the beginning of the holiday season. The weekend closes on Dec. 4 with an afternoon performance by the acclaimed San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus in their “Home for the Holidays” show. 

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