Multi-instrumentalist A.J. Croce will perform at The ArtsCenter on Sunday, November 18th, 2012. The show starts at 7 p.m., and tickets, $21, $17 ArtsCenter Friends, $25 day of show, are available at www.artscenterlive.org or (919) 929-2787.
David Wild of Rolling Stone gives A.J. Croce’s latest album, Cage Of Muses, four stars, and considers him “one of our greatest young songwriters” – and with good reason. Each of his seven albums has hit radio charts in a different genre, including the top-ten U.S. Jazz, Americana/Blues, and College Radio charts, but apart from rankings, what makes Croce’s music and performance special is its incredible variety. The son of legendary singer-songwriter Jim Croce, A.J.’s musical evolution was inspired by a broad spectrum of styles including classic rhythm and blues, folk, and British rock. As A.J. says, “an eclectic taste in music…is the foundation of versatility.” This eclecticism has gained A.J. a reputation as a one man music festival, who will pull an old barrelhouse boogie-woogie stride piano jam out of one sleeve, a psychedelic pop gem or New Orleans funk groove out of the other.
Throughout his career, A.J. has played with an impressive repertoire of artists such as Aretha Franklin, James Brown, Santana, Willie Nelson, B.B. King, and John Fahey – to name a few. At age four, he lost is eyesight to a brain tumor, at which point he learned to play the piano and fell in love with the music of Ray Charles, whom he subsequently shared the stage with on tour. Don’t miss his appearance at The ArtsCenter, a night that promises to be as powerful as it will be pure fun.
Concerts at The ArtsCenter are made possible by the support of Courtyard by Marriott, Orange County Arts Commission, North Carolina Arts Council, Giorgios Hospitality Group, and The ArtsCenter Friends.
The ArtsCenter is a non-profit teaching and presenting organization founded in 1974. The largest employer of artists in Orange County, NC, it serves nearly 60,000 people annually, through classes, studios, concerts, theatre, spoken word, gallery displays, more than 80 school shows, and more. The ArtsCenter exerts a local economic impact of almost $2,900,000, which generates the equivalent of 78 full time jobs and $231,000 in state and local tax revenue.