GREAT BARRINGTON >> Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center is adding rock singer-songwriter John Hiatt, saxophonist Joshua Redman, and the popular Buckwheat Zydeco to its 2016 spring-summer luneup.
"We are excited to add (these) amazing rock, jazz, and zydeco talents to further round out this year's line-up," Mahaiwe executive director Beryl Jolly says in a news release.
Hiatt will make his Mahaiwe debut at 8 p.m. on May 6. Hiatt's songs have been recorded by, among others, Bob Dylan, Bonnie Raitt, Emmylou Harris, Iggy Pop, and Rosanne Cash. He earned a Grammy nomination for "Crossing Muddy Waters"; has received his own star on Nashville's Walk of Fame, and the Americana Music Association's Lifetime Achievement Award for Songwriting; and been inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame.
Grammy-nominated saxophonist Joshua Redman will make his second appearance at the Mahaiwe at 7 p.m. on June 26. The Joshua Redman Quartet — with Aaron Goldberg (piano), Reuben Rogers (bass) and Gregory Hutchinson (drums) — performs new original music and jazz classics that Redman wrote and chose specifically for this group of musicians. This band's often challenging music has strong links to the jazz idioms of the 1950s and 1960s.
Stanley "Buckwheat" Dural Jr. (a.k.a. Buckwheat Zydeco) is considered by many the preeminent ambassador of Louisiana's accordion and zydeco music, rooted in French Creole music traditions. He will make his Mahaiwe debut at 8 p.m. Aug. 20. In 1987, his Island Records album, "On A Night Like This," was the first major label zydeco record, and a Grammy nominee. Over the course of his career, he has gigged with everyone from Eric Clapton (with whom he also recorded) and U2 to the Boston Pops. His band has played major music festivals around the world, including the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Newport Folk Festival, Summerfest, San Diego Street Scene, Bumbershoot, and Montreux Jazz Festival.
Tickets to these new concerts are on sale now to Mahaiwe members and will go on sale to the general public at noon on Wednesday.
The Mahaiwe is at 14 Castle St. Box office hours are noon-5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and three hours before show times.
Complete ticket and program information is available online at mahaiwe.org or by phone at (413) 528-0100.