Song & Stage

Fall Arts Preview 2016: Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center

The fall season is one of the greatest times to go see a show at the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center (WHBPAC). With this theater’s intimate seating, it’s the perfect setting—no matter where you sit, you feel like you’re in the front row. WHBPAC is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to showcase vibrant performances year-round. Legendary powerhouse voices, instrumentalists, Broadway stars and comedians alike perform at WHBPAC. Here’s the the scoop on all the exciting upcoming shows.

The season begins with legendary singer, songwriter, artist and philanthropist Graham Nash, who will be at WHBPAC on Friday, October 7, for his This Path Tonight Tour. Nash has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, is a Songwriter Hall of Fame inductee and a Grammy winner. Featuring all new music, This Path Tonight is Nash’s first solo record and showcases the talent of this singer/songwriter whose career has spanned more than five decades.

Friday, October 14, David Bromberg will take the stage and perform music from his new album, Only Slightly Mad. Bromberg, who’s played with artists including Bob Dylan, The Eagles and Willie Nelson, is known as the godfather of Americana music. His sound has blues, bluegrass, gospel, folk, Irish, pop and English drinking song influences. Don’t miss this one-of-a-kind artist.

If you loved The Band, you’ll also love The Weight Band, comprised of actual members of The Band or those intimately associated with its history. They’ll be playing all the classics, including “Up on Cripple Creek,” “The Weight,” “Ophelia” and “Tears of Rage.” The Weight Band will be at WHBPAC on October 22 and features Jim Weider, Randy Ciarlante, Brian Mitchell, Marty Grebb and Albert Rogers.

Musician Dave Mason has had an incredible career: He co-founded the band Traffic (known for their 1968 hit “Feelin’ Alright” written by Mason), played 12-string acoustic guitar on Jimi Hendrix’s recording of “All Along the Watchtower,” played with The Rolling Stones and Fleetwood Mac and sang a duet with Michael Jackson on Mason’s 1980 song “Save Me.” Mason and his band will be at WHBPAC on November 12 revisiting classics from the 1970s and fan favorites. Don’t miss this rock ’n’ roll legend’s performance!

John Hiatt’s songs have been covered by everyone, or, at least, that’s the way it seems: From Three Dog Night, Bob Dylan and The Searchers to Willie Nelson, Joan Baez and Rosanne Cash to Chaka Khan, Paula Abdul, Jewel and many, many more. In addition being a songwriter, Hiatt also sings and plays guitar and piano. On November 19, he’ll take the WHBPAC stage and play songs from his most recent album, Terms of My Surrender, as well as classic hits. Hiatt is a Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee, has a star on the Nashville Walk of Fame and received the American Music Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award. This eclectic musician is sure to give an inspired and electrifying performance.

The Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center, 76 Main Street, Westhampton Beach. For more information visit whbpac.org or call 631-288-1500.

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