This summer, the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center is pleased to announce its long-awaited and triumphant return to the Mainstage with our biggest season yet. After two years of limited programming due to the pandemic, WHBPAC returns with the biggest names all on one season roster. Reflecting a commitment to diversity, from Pop to Broadway, from R&B to Jazz, from Comedy to Reggae – there truly is something for everyone this summer. Returning to the programming that the esteemed theatre is known for, in an intimate venue unlike any other on the East End, WHBPAC is proud to present these marquee names.
Says Executive Director Julienne Penza-Boone, “It was critically important for us to come back this summer with a splash! This season is a love letter to all the wonderful patrons who supported us throughout the pandemic. They deserve this star-studded season, because they’ve waited so long to come and enjoy live performance in our jewel box of our theatre!”
6/12 Paul Anka Anka Sings Sinatra: His Songs, My Songs, My Way Honoring a great influence on his career, Paul Anka makes his triumphant return to the WHBPAC with his tour, Anka Sings Sinatra: His Songs, My Songs, My Way. Anka is famous for hits such as “Diana,” “Lonely Boy,” “Put Your Head On My Shoulder” and countless other well-loved tunes heard on the stage and screen over the last six decades. Featuring these and other hits that span his 65 year career, this is sure to be a night that will fly you to the moon! Tickets $176-$236.
6/18 The Brian McKnight 4 Were you raised on classic Nineties R&B? Did you have his smash single “Back at One” on repeat? Then don’t miss Brian McKnight in his WHBPAC debut this June. McKnight gained international and domestic recognition, earning himself a spot in contemporary music history with 19 albums to date over the past twenty-five years, selling over 30 million albums worldwide. With 16 Grammy Award nominations and numerous chart-topping songs, McKnight has established himself as a musical legacy. In addition to being a singer, songwriter, and producer, McKnight is a multi-instrumentalist who plays nine instruments including piano, guitar, bass, drums, percussions, trombone, tuba, flugelhorn and trumpet. His grown and sexy sound passes the vibe check for a perfect date night. Tickets $136-171
6.30 Piano Fest Part of the East End summer classical festival, these international prize-winning young artists offer an unparalleled evening of piano. This is an excellent opportunity to experience promising prodigies before they transform into stars of the classical music world! Tickets $23
7.1 Whitney Cummings Whitney Cummings and her Touch Me tour 2022 is coming to WHBPAC! “Touch Me” is a play on hit comedian Whitney Cummings most recent Netflix special, “Can I Touch It” and will destigmatize and celebrate the importance of being together again after months of isolation. The Touch Me tour will be a big ole’ party and celebration of LIFE! The material is deeply personal, reflecting on the changes the pandemic brought to Cummings’ life and her observations of today’s society. Ages 18+ Tickets $95-130
7.3 Celisse Celisse is a singer, songwriter, multiinstrumentalist, performer and spoken word artist. Her deep and varied career has seen her in concert, at venues ranging from the Beacon Theater, supporting Mariah Carey, Town Hall supporting Graham Nash, Madison Square Garden supporting Kesha at the 60th annual Grammy Awards, The Greek Theater in Trey Anastasio’s Ghosts of the Forest, and the Apollo Theater with Melissa Etheridge; as well starring in the recent revival of Godspell at Circle in the Square Theater, singing in Bridget Everett’s Rock Bottom at Joe’s Pub at The Public; and appearing on television in 30 Rock, The Electric Company, Rescue Me, The Big C, the LATE SHOW with Stephen Colbert as a special guest of Jon Batiste and Stay Human and most recently playing lead guitar with LIZZO on SNL. But it’s her prodigious talents as a singer-songwriter and musician that have defined Celisse the most as an artist. Her original music, powered by her soulful voice, is hard-rocking and blues-tinged with infectious hooks that stay with you. @CelisseMusic. Tickets $41-$61
7.10 Stephen Marley Eight-time Grammy award winning singer, musician and producer Stephen Marley is a true pioneer of reggae music. The second son of music icons Bob and Rita Marley, Stephen is a legend in his own right, producing a robust collection of prolific music that infuses reggae with hip hop, soul, jazz, doo-wop and much more. Tickets $102-142
7.16 Keb’ Mo’ Four-time Grammy-award winning contemporary Blues and Americana artist Keb’ Mo’ returns to WHBPAC on the heels of his latest release, Oklahoma. Hailed internationally as one of the greatest Blues artists of his generation, Keb’ Mo’ has consistently made music that reflects his own interests and passions. In the process, he’s earned a reputation for his ability to draw upon his bottomless roots-music expertise to make deeply expressive, highly personal music. Tickets $81-126
For more info, visit www.whbpac.org