Photo courtesy of A.J. Croce’s website.
With the 20th Anniversary of his praised BMG Records/Private Music release, That’s Me in a Bar, singer-songwriter A.J. Croce, son of Jim Croce, is set to thrill fans with his soulful tunes at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center next month.
Croce’s authenticity and verve will be on display in two cabaret concerts November 11 through 12. Each show will start at 7:00PM and include an optional dinner service to be served at 6:00PM.
In addition to a remastered version of his album, a new song entitled “If you want me to stay” was released August 21 via Compass Records and was written by Sly Stone, featuring Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Croce, blind from the ages of four to 10 as a result of the physical abuse incurred from his mother’s boyfriend, developed a passion for music while listening to the likes of Ray Charles, Bela Fleck and James Brown. His career began when he opened for B.B. King as an 18-year-old.
Over the course of 20 years, Croce has headlined festivals and concerts internationally and appeared on such shows as Jay Leno, David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, Austin City Limits, Good Morning America, E! and CNN. He’s shared the stage with Willie Nelson, Ray Charles, Bela Fleck, James Brown, Lyle Lovett and Ben Harper.
Croce built upon his deceased father’s legacy about a decade ago by curating a compilation of his father’s recordings, growing closer to the memory of his father during that time, a release from the Carpenter Center stated. His father died in a Louisiana plane crash eight days before A.J.’s second birthday.
Tickets for the show start at $45, with optional dinner service tickets starting at $70. Dinner begins at 6 p.m. and the show begins at 7:00PM Cabaret Series tickets are available here, starting at $180. For tickets and more information, visit CarpenterArts.org or call the Carpenter Center Ticket Office at 562.985.7000. This series is made possible in part by Season Media Partner KPCC 89.3-FM.
This story was updated on October 16, 2015 at 10:31AM, clarifying the length of time in which Croce was temporary blind.