Melissa Etheridge, Arlo Guthrie, Ramblin' Jack Elliott among five acts added to Mahaiwe schedule

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GREAT BARRINGTON >> Melissa Etheridge and Arlo Guthrie are among five performers who have been added to the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center's 2016 schedule.

Etheridge is scheduled for 8 p.m. on Dec. 9; Guthrie is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Oct. 30.

Joining them are:

• Ramblin' Jack Elliott, 8 p.m., Oct. 14

• Comedian Mike Daisey's "The Trump Card," 8 p.m., Oct. 20

• Jazz guitarist and singer John Pizzarelli, 7 p.m., Dec. 11

"We are very excited to bring audiences together for this all-star line-up of rock, folk and jazz artists, as well as hilarious political commentary," Mahaiwe executive director Beryl Jolly said in a news release.

Tickets to these events go on sale to Mahaiwe members today and to the general public on Friday.

Rock star Melissa Etheridge brings her Holiday Trio to the Mahaiwe for a special program of fan favorites and holiday classics, such as "Merry Christmas Baby," Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas," "O Night Divine," and more. Etheridge's critically acclaimed eponymous debut album was certified double platinum. Her popularity built around such memorable songs as "Bring Me Some Water," "No Souvenirs," and "Ain't It Heavy" (for which she won her first Grammy for Best Female Rock Vocal). Etheridge hit her commercial and artistic stride with her fourth album, Yes I Am, featuring the massive hits "I'm the Only One" and "Come to My Window," which brought her a second Grammy. The six-time platinum album spent more than 2½ years on the album chart. On June 20, she released a song called "Pulse" that she wrote in reaction to the mass shootings that took place in Orlando. As she told Rolling Stone, "We want to try to make sense. We want to try to heal. We want to bring some meaning, some purpose. We also want to put it down forever in history. That's how I'm coping." All proceeds from the sale of "Pulse" will benefit Equality Florida, the state's largest LGBT civil rights organization.

On the heels of the sold-out Alice's Restaurant 50th Anniversary Tour, Guthrie is hitting the road again with his Running Down the Road Tour, featuring cuts from "Arlo" (1968), "Running Down The Road" (1969) and "Washington County" (1970), along with many others.

With over 40 albums under his belt, Grammy Award-winner Ramblin' Jack Elliott, 85, is considered one of the country's legendary foundations of folk music. He ran away from his Brooklyn home at 14 to join the rodeo and learned how to play guitar from a cowboy. In 1950, he met Woody Guthrie, moved in with the Guthrie family, and traveled with Woody to California and Florida. In 1955, he traveled to Europe, bringing his genuine American folk, cowboy, and blues repertoire, inspiring a new generation of budding British rockers, among them Mick Jagger and Eric Clapton. When he returned to the United States in 1961, he met another young folksinger, Bob Dylan, at Woody Guthrie's bedside, and mentored the young singer.

Monologist Mike Daisey has been compared to a modern-day Mark Twain and a latter-day Orson Welles for his provocative monologues that combine the political and the personal. At the Mahaiwe, he will perform his latest work, "The Trump Card." In it, he takes on the reigning world of Donald J. Trump. Since his first monologue in 1997, Daisey has created over 15 monologues. He has been nominated for the Outer Critics Circle Award, two Drama League Awards, and is the recipient of the Bay Area Critics Circle Award, five Seattle Times Footlight Awards, the Sloan Foundation's Galileo Prize, and a MacDowell Fellowship.

For this Mahaiwe engagement, Pizzarelli will present "Midnight McCartney," based on his recent Paul McCartney-inspired album of the same title. The album was actually Sir Paul's idea; he proposed that Pizzarelli interpret some of his lesser-known tunes in a mellow jazz style. Pizzarelli, his wife Jessica Molaskey — co-producer of "Midnight McCartney" — and pianist Larry Goldings immediately went into research mode, digging through McCartney's albums of the last 45-plus years to find songs that could be re-harmonized and adapted for Pizzarelli's trademark style. Pizzarelli will be joined onstage at the Mahaiwe by Molaskey and his band, the Swing 7.

Complete ticket and program information is available online at mahaiwe.org; by phone at (413) 528-0100; or in person at the Mahaiwe box office. Box office hours are Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. and three hours before show times.


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