The Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center continues to expand its spring and summer lineup, but the acts booked to date are sure to get people excited.
Among the acts with the highest profiles are “Hamilton” actor Leslie Odom Jr., “Daily Show” host Trevor Noah, “Voice” winner Jordan Smith, and Tony Award record holder Audra McDonald.
Spring will kick off with a local East End band, Gene Casey and the Lone Sharks on Saturday, March 25. The Long Island Music Hall of Fame honored Gene Casey in 2015 with its Long Island Sound Award. He’s known for rockabilly as well as jump blues and country, including his original songs that have been featured on television and film.
Jordan Smith, performing Saturday, April 1, won the ninth season of NBC’s singing competition “The Voice” and became the best-selling performer in the history of the show, moving 1.5 million singles in six months. A native of Harlan, Kentucky, he was the first singer to hold both the number one and number two slots simultaneously on the Billboard Hot Christian Songs chart.
Peter Wolf and his band the Midnight Travelers will come to WHBPAC on Friday, April 21. Mr. Wolf is best known as the original lead singer of the J. Geils Band, before going on to have a successful solo career.
Grammy winning folk rock duo Amy Ray and Emily Saliers, better known as The Indigo Girls, perform Friday April 28.
John Tesh is a familiar name to many because of his nationally syndicated radio program “Intelligence for Your Life,” but he’s also the winner of six music Emmys and boasts two Grammy nominations and three gold records. His Grand Piano Live Tour comes to Westhampton Beach on Saturday, April 29.
Singer-songwriter and actor Kris Kristofferson will perform Sunday, May 7. He’s penned such country hits as “Me and Bobby McGee,” “Help Me Make It Through the Night,” and “For the Good Times.” His latest release is “The Cedar Creek Sessions.”
Audra McDonald, performing on Saturday, May 27, has a National Medal of Arts, presented to her by President Barack Obama in 2015, in addition to a record six Tony Awards. She is also a successful recording artist and screen actress, with two Grammys to her name and an Emmy as well.
The Pitchforks, the oldest a cappella group at Duke University, will sing at WHBPAC on Saturday, June 3.
Husband and wife duo Abner Ramirez and Amanda Sudano, known collectively as Johnnyswim, bring their Let It Matter Tour to Westhampton Beach on Saturday, June 24. Ms. Sudano is the daughter of Donna Summer and an accomplished singer in her own right.
Hot Tuna, with former Jefferson Airplane members Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady, will present an electric evening on Friday, June 30.
Olate Dogs, a dog trick show that won “America’s Got Talent,” arrives on Sunday, July 2.
Fab Faux, a Beatles cover band that is a favorite of WHBPAC audiences, returns to play two concerts in one night on Saturday, July 15.
Trevor Noah, who rose to fame as a “Daily Show” correspondent and then successor to Jon Stewart, will perform stand-up on Saturday, July 22.
Leslie Odom Jr., who originated the role of Aaron Burr in “Hamilton” and won the Tony for Best Leading Actor in a Musical, will sing on Saturday, August 5.
Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo—an all-male comic ballet company—is performing two shows on Friday, August 25.
Many tickets are on sale to the public now, available at whbpac.org or by calling the box office at 631-288-1500, while other tickets are available only to WHBPAC donors for the time being.