FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Great Barrington, Mass.—The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center announces the addition of two live concerts to its winter-spring schedule. Blues guitarist Robert Cray will perform with his band on Saturday, March 4 at 8 p.m., and singer-songwriter Joan Osborne will headline an evening also featuring the classic rock-aligned duo Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams on Friday, April 14 at 8 p.m. These acts join swing ensemble and internet-sensation Postmodern Jukebox on Friday, March 17, in the theater’s early 2023 lineup.
“These performers pull us into the heart of quintessentially American music,” says Mahaiwe Executive Director Janis Martinson. “I know audiences will appreciate being in the hands of such masters of the craft.”
The Robert Cray Band
The Robert Cray Band kicks off the Mahaiwe’s live music programming for the year on Saturday, March 4 at 8 p.m., amidst the blues legend’s first tour since his 2020 album That’s What I Heard. “Funky, cool and bad,” is how Cray describes the Grammy-nominated album, produced by longtime collaborator, Steve Jordan.
Over the past four decades, Cray has created a sound that rises from American roots, blues, soul and R&B, with five Grammy wins, and 20 acclaimed studio and live albums that punctuate the Blues Hall of Famer’s career. On That’s What I Heard, Robert celebrates the music of Curtis Mayfield, Bobby “Blue” Bland, The Sensational Nightingales and more, alongside Cray’s own songs.
Tickets are $35 to $70 with discounts for Mahaiwe Members and individuals ages 30 and under.
Joan Osborne with Special Guests Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams
Heading into spring, the Mahaiwe will present Joan Osborne with Special Guests Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams on Friday, April 14 at 8 p.m.
Since Joan Osborne broke through 25 years ago with the multi-platinum Relish and its touchstone mega-smash “One of Us,” the seven-time Grammy nominee has never played it safe. Osborne has followed her restless musical heart, exploring a diverse range of genres: pop rock, soul, R&B, blues, roots rock, gospel, funk, and country – all of which can be heard on her latest album Trouble and Strife, along with the Western side of C&W and a touch of glam and disco. “For a lot of the record, we were going for a ‘70s AM radio vibe,” says Osborne. As for the lyrics, the songs “are the most political I’ve ever written,” she conveys of her first album of originals since 2014’s confessional Love and Hate. Osborne also produced Trouble and Strife, primarily recorded in her basement studio in Brooklyn and released on the label she founded in 1991, Womanly Hips.
Multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter Larry Campbell and singer-guitarist Teresa Williams are making their own music, together, after being a part of the band for Levon Helm – and frequently guesting with heavyweights like Phil Lesh, Little Feat, and Hot Tuna’s Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady.
Tickets are $44 to $60 with discounts for Mahaiwe Members and individuals ages 30 and under.
Tickets go on sale to Mahaiwe Members on Wednesday, December 14 at noon and to the public on Friday, December 16 at noon. Tickets can be purchased online at mahaiwe.org, or by calling or visiting the Box Office, 413-528-0100, on Wednesday through Saturday from noon to 4 p.m.
For more information on Mahaiwe Membership, visit mahaiwe.org/membership, or contact Advancement & Membership Coordinator Melissa Canavan at 413-644-9040, ext. 107 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Individuals ages 30 and under are eligible for $15 tickets directly through the Box Office.
For the latest COVID safety protocols, visit mahaiwe.org/update.
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 mahaiwe.org.