Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center: Anderson East / March 2



March 2, 2019

The eclectic, talented and recent GRAMMY nominated musician – Anderson East, comes to the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center on March 2nd, 2019. The show will feature a very special opening act by the UK songstress – Lucie Silvas. Venue doors open at 7pm, show start at 8pm.

His music is a potent, heartfelt fusion of soul, rhythm & blues, gospel, early rock & roll, and a dash of country, Anderson East was born in 1988 in Athens, Alabama, a small town not far from Huntsville. Born Michael Anderson, he grew up in a household where gospel music was favored and his grandfather was a Baptist preacher. There wasn’t much pop or rock music in the Anderson household, so Michael tended to latch on to whatever he heard and analyze it carefully, trying to make sense of the bits and pieces of sound that comprised Led Zeppelin or Michael Jackson. When he was ten, Michael first began learning how to play guitar, but while his peers taught themselves by playing covers, Michael found that frustrating, and instead focused on writing and performing his own songs. By the time he was in seventh grade, Michael had formed a band with his friends and made his stage debut, performing at a school talent show.

By 2009, Michael had turned professional and was performing with his band the Deputies, and as Mike Anderson, he released his first album, Closing Credits for a Fire. A year later, Michael had changed his stage moniker to Anderson East and released an EP, Fire DemosAnderson traveled to Los Angeles to record his next album, 2012’s Flowers of the Broken Hearted, which included backing from studio aces Waddy WachtelRob Wasserman, and Don Heffington. As word of mouth spread about Anderson and his music, he crossed paths with producer Dave Cobb, who was at the controls for critically acclaimed albums by Sturgill Simpson and Jason Isbell. When Cobb launched his own label, Low Country Sound, distributed by Elektra Records, Anderson was brought on board, and his major-label debut, Delilah, was released in July 2015. Delilah peaked at two on Billboard’s Heat Seekers chart, with “Satisfy Me” reaching 18 on its AAA chart.

In August 2017, East released “All on My Mind,” the first single from his second album, Encore. The album was released in January 2018. Most recently, East’s song “All on My Mind” was nominated by the Recording Academy for “Best American Roots Performance” at the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards. The award show airs live on CBS on Sunday, February 10th at 8pm ET.


Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center is a year-round, community-based, not-for-profit 501(c)3 arts organization, founded in 1997, that serves patrons on the East End and beyond. We are a vibrant venue committed to providing a greater understanding and appreciation of the arts and meeting the cultural aspiration of the area by: Presenting world-class performing arts, music, dance, comedy and cinema from around the world; Providing premier arts education programs to the widest and most diverse audiences, regardless of socio-economic status; & Contributing positively to the local economy and enriching the community’s quality of life.

For tickets, please visit whbpac.org or call the Box Office at 631-288-1500.



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