Great Barrington, Mass.—The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center has added two virtual concerts by singer-songwriter A.J. Croce on Thursdays, March 18 and 25 at 8:30pm, to its performing schedule. Called “a song crafter of the first order” by New York Times music critic Glen Starkey, and noted for a “profound sense of honesty in his lyrics and quality in delivery” by Willie Nelson, Croce has been compared to John Lennon, Elvin Costello, Bob Dylan, and Van Morrison. His albums have landed on radio charts for blues, jazz, and Americana, among other categories. 

Virtual performances by national headliners are allowing us to bring distinctive sounds like A.J. Croce’s to the Berkshires. Croce has played with greats ranging from Carlos Santana and Aretha Franklin to Lyle Lovett, Bela Fleck, Ray Charles, and BB King. Now he can be playing in your living room, with these concerts that are both new and nostalgic,” says Mahaiwe Executive Director Janis Martinson. 

The first performance on March 18 celebrates the release of Croce’s new studio album By Request via Compass Records. The album was born of memories of favorite artists and shows, but mostly, of late-night gatherings with groups of friends, many of them fellow musicians, with Croce at the piano taking requests. Croce will be joined by the full studio band from the album. 

On March 25, Croce brings his touring band to the stage for a 30-year retrospective from his ten studio albums of roots music ranging from blues and jazz to rock and roll and soul, including covers from the new album. This performance will include a variety of originals from albums like That’s Me in the Bar, Twelve Tales, and Just Like Medicine. 

Tickets are $15 for each show or $25 for both. For more information and to purchase visit  

About the Mahaiwe 

Located in downtown Great Barrington, Mass., the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center is the year-round presenter of world-class music, dance, theater, classic films, Live in HD broadcasts, and arts education programs for the southern Berkshires and neighboring regions. The intimate jewel box of a theater opened in 1905. Since 2005, the performing arts center has hosted over 1,500 events and welcomed over half a million people through its doors. More than 22,000 students from 73 different schools have benefited from the Mahaiwe’s school-time performances and residencies. For more information, see 


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