Mahaiwe books Alan Cumming, Blues Traveler

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GREAT BARRINGTON — Rock band Blues Traveler and stage, television and film star Alan Cumming are coming to Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in March and July, respectively.

Blues Traveler makes its Mahaiwe debut at 8 p.m. March 3. Cumming, who performed at the Mahaiwe gala in the summer of 2016, returns to the venue 7 p.m. July 15 with his new show, "Alan Cumming: Legal Immigrant."

"We're psyched to bring Blues Traveler to the Mahaiwe for the first time in early March," Mahaiwe executive director Beryl Jolly says in a news release. "That jam band energy will get us all on our feet for an incredible night this winter.

"And we're thrilled to bring Alan Cumming back to the Mahaiwe for a 2018 summer highlight. His 2016 Mahaiwe gala performance ... showcased his incredible talent and his accessibility as an individual; this new show ... promises to be equally brilliant."

Blues Traveler — John Popper (lead vocals, harmonica), Chan Kinchla (guitar), Tad Kinchla (bass), Brendan Hill (drums), and Ben Wilson (keyboard) — emerged in the late `80s and are best known for their improvisational live shows and their multi-platinum selling album "Four," which earned them a Grammy for Best Rock Performance. The band's most recent album "Blow Up the Moon," features a range of artists across the musical spectrum, representing country, pop, reggae and hip-hop.

Cumming played political maverick Eli Gold on CBS's "The Good Wife," for which he received Golden Globe, Emmy, SAG, and Satellite award nominations. He won a Tony Award playing the Emcee in the Broadway musical "Cabaret."

Cumming also has won over 30 awards for his humanitarianism and social activism; received both the Great Scot and Icon of Scotland awards from his homeland and was made an OBE (Officer of the British Empire) for his contributions to the arts and LBGT equality. He lives in New York City and Edinburgh with his husband, illustrator Grant Shaffer, and their dogs, Jerry and Lala.

Tickets to Blues Traveler and Alan Cumming go on sale to Mahaiwe members on Friday and to the general public on Dec. 15.

Complete information is available by phone at 413-528-0100; online at mahaiwe.org; or in person at the Mahaiwe box office, 14 Castle St.




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