This month, Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center is offering a robust season of live mainstage performances that began Labor Day weekend with two shows from That Motown Band and John Hiatt.
Highlights coming up this month include the premier of filmmaker Roger Sherman’s short film “Soul of a Farmer,” which chronicles local farmer Patty Gentry as she works her land at Early Girl Farms in Moriches, and Brian Stokes Mitchell, legendary star of Broadway and a Tony Award winner, who brings his magical voice to the stage to perform hits songs from the Great White Way and from his solo recordings. For the rockers, Los Lobos and their Tejano and nortena inspired folk rock are in full swing on September 19 with hits “La Bamba,” and “Shakin’ Shake Shakes,” while the Spin Doctors celebrate the 30th anniversary of their No. 1 album, “Pocket Full of Kryptonite.”
Saturday, September 11 Brian Stokes Mitchell
8 p.m. $91 to $136
A powerful baritone, Brian Stokes Mitchell has been one of the central leading men of Broadway theater since the 1990s. He won the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical in 2000 for his performance in “Kiss Me, Kate.” He has enjoyed a career that spans Broadway, television, film, and concert appearances with the country’s finest conductors and orchestras. He also gave Tony-nominated performances in “Man of La Mancha,” August Wilson’s “King Hedley II,” and “Ragtime.” Other notable Broadway shows include “Kiss of the Spider Woman,” “Jelly’s Last Jam,” “Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown” and “Shuffle Along.”
Sunday, September 12 “Soul of a Farmer” screening
2 p.m. $31
The documentary follows the farm’s owner, Patty Gentry, a former chef, as she battles the elements on her 3 acres in Bellport. The film upends the romance of the farm-to-table life and we see Gentry work hard with her small, mostly female team seven days a week, growing the vegetables her top chef clients treasure. She is constantly working to improve her soil, her yield of organic vegetables, and just as urgently, thinking of how to stay afloat.
The film is directed by Roger Sherman, whose films have won two Academy Award nominations, an Emmy, a Peabody, and a James Beard Award. He is a founder of Florentine Films.
The film runs 35 minutes and will be followed by a talk back with Gentry and Sherman, and a champagne reception in the garden.
Sunday, September 19 Los Lobos
8 p.m. $71 to $91
Los Lobos has sold millions of records, won prestigious awards and made fans around the world. But perhaps its most lasting impact will be how well its music embodies the idea of America as a cultural melting pot. In it, styles like son jarocho, norteño, Tejano, folk and country, doo-wop, soul, and R&B blend with rock ’n’ roll and punk to create a new sound that’s greater than the sum of its parts. Los Lobos has enjoyed critical success, winning the Grammy for Best Mexican-American Performance for “Anselma” from its 1983 EP “… And a Time to Dance.” A year later, the group released its full-length, major-label debut “How Will the Wolf Survive?” Co-produced by T. Bone Burnett, the album was a college rock sensation that helped Los Lobos tie with Bruce Springsteen as Rolling Stone’s Artist of the Year 1984.
Friday, September 24 Spin Doctors
8 p.m. $51 to $71
This concert celebrates the 30th anniversary of “Pocket Full of Kryptonite,” the debut studio album from the Spin Doctors. The Spin Doctors are the last men standing, still making music like their lives depend on it. Thirty years. It’s an eternity in rock ‘n’ roll, and a marathon for the bands who fly its tattered flag. Revisit the class of 1988, and the Spin Doctors, who are still riding the bus and still shaking the room. They’ve never been a band for backslaps and self-congratulation. Even now, they aren’t ready to give up the road, adding to their tally of almost 2,000 shows.
Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center is at 76 Main Street, Westhampton Beach. For details visit whbpac.org.