Beach Boys, Stills and Collins, Ronnie Spector among eight acts added to Mahaiwe lineup

GREAT BARRINGTON — Good vibrations are heading for Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center this summer with the additions of The Beach Boys, Stephen Stills and Judy Collins, and Ronnie Spector and The Ronettes to the schedule.

The Beach Boys are slated for Aug. 15; Stills and Collins on Aug. 21; and Ronnie Spector and The Ronettes on July 22.

The headliners are among eight attractions the Mahaiwe has added to its season

"We are thrilled to be sharing such iconic talents in our intimate, historic theater," Mahaiwe executive director Beryl Jolly says in a news release. "This 2017 line-up promises one unforgettable night after another." said Jolly.

The Mahaiwe will kick off its summer season with a Memorial Day concert by Rusted Root on May 29. This Pittsburgh-based band is known for its fusion of acoustic, rock, world, and other styles of music, with a strong percussion section that draws from African, Latin American, and Native American influences. The ensemble's live performances have allowed them to tour alongside Santana, Dave Matthews Band, The Allman Brothers Band, Plant & Page, among others. This tour is in support of their newest album, "The Movement."


Led by Beach Boy Mike Love (lead vocals) and Beach Boy-vet Bruce Johnston (vocals/keyboards), the band's current configuration also includes Jeffrey Foskett (guitar/vocals), Brian Eichenburger (bass/vocals), Tim Bonhomme (keyboards/vocals), John Cowsill of The Cowsills (percussion /vocals), and Scott Totten (guitar/vocals). Love's vocal versatility is central to many of the group's signature hits, including "Surfin' U.S.A.," "I Get Around," "California Girls," "Little Deuce Coupe," "Be True to Your School," "Little Saint Nick," "Fun, Fun, Fun," "That's Not Me," and "Wouldn't It Be Nice."

Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988 and recipients of The Recording Academy's Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award, The Beach Boys average 150 shows a year, ranging from summer festivals to gala New Year's celebrations and special events worldwide.


Stills met singer-songwriter Collins 50 years ago.Their tumultuous love affair would later be immortalized by Stills with his composition "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes," performed by Crosby, Stills & Nash on their landmark debut. Both artists would go on to shape modern music with visionary approaches, but Stills and Collins's short fiery union remains a transformative era for the two artists. Their joint summer tour marks the first time ever that Stills and Collins have been onstage together. The two will pull from their rich catalogs, debut songs from their upcoming album, and share intimate stories from their individual journeys and the1960s folk and Laurel Canyon scenes they helped build. Stills is known for his work with Buffalo Springfield, Crosby, Stills & Nash, and his solo work. Collins is known for her eclectic palette as a solo artist, melding folk, rock, classical, and jazz.


Ronnie Spector and the Ronettes were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2007. Born in 1943 and raised in Spanish Harlem, Spector formed the Ronettes in 1961. They became the ultimate girl group, recording a long string of classic pop hits: powerful, poignant teen anthems like the Grammy Award-winning "Walking in the Rain," "Do I Love You," "Baby I Love You," "The Best Part of Breaking Up," "I Can Hear Music," and the international Number One smash "Be My Baby." Spector celebrated her 55th year in the recording industry in 2016 with the release of her British Invasion-inspired collection of covers "English Heart."


- The Mahaiwe's Free Fun Friday: Sing Along with the Muppet Movie, July 7. In this Sing Along, IBEX Puppetry leads an interactive event complete with bubbles, streamers, kites, confetti pops, and characters coming right out of the screen into the audience. Children and adults alike are urged to yell out famous lines, blow bubbles, dance in the aisles, and sing along with the movie. Admission is free.

- "Roots, Roles & Rhymes" starring John Davidson, playing his guitar, singing original songs and Americana favorites, and spinning yarns in an intimate concert setting, July 12. Davidson is best known for his appearances on "Hollywood Squares," "That's Incredible!," "The Tonight Show," and the Disney musicals. He has spent most of his life on one stage or another: television, Broadway, film, and concert stages.

- Folk music icon Arlo Guthrie will return to the Mahaiwe on Nov. 18 awith the "Arlo Guthrie Family Show." The legendary artist shares timeless stories and unforgettable classic songs as he carries on the Guthrie family legacy. The concert will feature the best of his catalogue from the late Sixties and early Seventies, featuring cuts from "Arlo" (1968), "Running Down the Road" (1969), and "Washington County" (1970), along with many others.

- Canadian fiddle virtuosos Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy will perform "A Celtic Family Christmas" on Dec. 3. Accompanied by an array of session musicians—and their entire family—the married duo will guide audiences into the world of a true Cape Breton Christmas celebration.


Tickets to Rusted Root are available now. Tickets to The Beach Boys go on sale to Mahaiwe members on March 17 and to the general public on March 30. Tickets to Ronnie Spector and the Ronettes, John Davidson, Stephen Stills and Judy Collins, Arlo Guthrie, and Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy go on sale to Mahaiwe members on March 22 and to the general public on April 5.

The Mahaiwe is at 14 Castle St.

Ticket and complete program information is available online at; by phone at 413-528-0100; or in person at Mahaiwe box office on site.

Box office hours are noon to 6 Wednesday through Saturday and three hours before show times.


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