Whoopi Goldberg, Pat Benatar, Melissa Etheridge coming to Mahaiwe

The Berkshire Eagle

GREAT BARRINGTON — Whoopi Goldberg is headlining Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center's 2018 Gala July 29. The evening will feature her unique observations on current events and a wide variety of topics that are on her mind.

An actor, author, entrepreneur, and human rights advocate, as well as the moderator of the Emmy Award-winning "The View," Goldberg is among a small, elite group of artists who have won the Grammy, the Academy Award, the Golden Globe, the Emmy, and a Tony. Time and ticket prices will be announced.

Goldberg's appearance highlights additions to the Mahaiwe's summer and fall lineup that includes

summer concerts by Melissa Etheridge, Ani DiFranco, The Wailers, Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo, Air Supply, and Paul Taylor Dance Company; and fall engagements by Chris Botti, Postmodern Jukebox, and Arlo Guthrie.

"We are extremely excited by the scale and scope of the new additions to the Mahaiwe's 2018 program," Mahaiwe artistic director Beryl Jolly says in a news release. "The arts always offer escape and connection and this Mahaiwe season is full of both."

Etheridge comes to the Mahaiwe at 7 p.m. June 10. Etheridge's chart-topping singles include "Bring Me Some Water, "No Souvenirs," "Ain't It Heavy," "I'm the Only One," "Come to My Window," and "I Want to Come Over." In addition to her two Grammy Awards, she has won an Academy Award for "Best Original Song," a Juno Award for "International Entertainer of the Year," and ASCAP's "Songwriter of the Year" Award.

Ani DiFranco is scheduled 7 p.m. June 17. With the release of her latest album, "Binary," songwriter, vocalist and guitarist DiFranco returns to the road backed by her band mates Todd Sickafoose (bass) and Terence Higgins (drums) on the "Rise Up" tour.

Reggae band The Wailers will perform 8 p.m. June 23. From 1973 to 1980, Bob Marley and The Wailers recorded, toured, and performed worldwide, selling more than 250 million recordings. Since 1981, original band members bassist Aston "Familyman" Barrett and guitarists Junior Marvin and Donald Kinsey have carried on the mission to "keep The Wailers together," as Marley requested. Their intention is to keep Marley alive through the music. The band now includes Aston Barrett, Jr. on drums, singers Joshua David Barrett and Shema McGregor, Owen "Dreadie" Reid on guitar/bass, Noel Davey on keyboards, and live engineer Dennis Thompson, the man responsible for The Wailers sound in stadiums, clubs, and studios throughout the `70s.

The Mahaiwe will host an acoustic evening with Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo beginning at 8 p.m. June 25. During their nearly four-decade career, the couple has won four consecutive Grammy awards, as well as three American Music awards.

Paul Taylor Dance Company marks its 11th consecutive season of performances at the Mahaiwe on July 6 at 8 p.m. and July 7 at 2 and 7:30 p.m. The program will include "Gossamer Gallants" (2011), "Company B" (1991), and the New England premiere of "Concertiana" (2018).

Alsp scheduled:

- Rock duo Air Supply, 7 p.m., Aug. 12 .

- Grammy Award-winning master trumpeter and composer Chris Botti, 8 p.m., Oct. 6 .

- Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox (PMJ), 8 p.m., Nov. 2

- Arlo Guthrie with his "Alice's Restaurant Back by Popular Demand" show. 8 p.m., Nov. 17.

Tickets to Ani DiFranco go on sale toto the public Friday. Tickets to Melissa Etheridge, The Wailers, Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo, Air Supply, Chris Botti, and Postmodern Jukebox go on sale to the public on April 12. On-sale dates for tickets to Paul Taylor Dance Company, the 2018 Mahaiwe Gala with Whoopi Goldberg, and Arlo Guthrie will be announced soon.

Complete ticket and schedule information is available online at seemahaiwe.org or by phone at 413-528-0100.


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