A.J. Croce

A.J. Croce to perform at PLAC

A piano man is set to take the stage at the Pearson Lakes Art Center.

A.J. Croce, a singer-songwriter, will be onstage at 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 12. His style is unique and all his own.

“He’s a piano man and vocal stylist with muted growls. He’s part New Orleans, part juke joint, part soul with a bit of New York style. [He performs] pop, rock, blues and country,” said Rachelle Fratzke, the performing arts director at the Pearson Lakes Art Center.

According to Willie Nelson, “A.J. Croce has wisdom beyond his years. With his music, he represents his generation with a profound sense of honesty in his lyrics and quality in his delivery. The future of entertainment is safe in his hands!”

For music lovers and for those of a slightly older set, you might know of AJ’s dad, Jim Croce. But don’t think that father and son will share much musically beyond their love for it.

“He’s experienced a lifetime of comparisons to a father he lost at age two, whose music bears little resemblance to his own yet still serves as a reference point despite the years that have passed,” according to Fratzke’s news release. “It’s curious that it now feels necessary to include the reference, as enough time has passed that a new generation of tastemakers and journalists might not know who Jim Croce was — that he was a golden-voiced everyman, a singer-songwriter-guitarist who died too soon, leaving one of pop music’s most beautiful and memorable ballads (written about a young A.J.) in his wake.”

The Pearson Lakes Art Center decided to bring A.J. to perform in Okoboji to offer up something a little different for their audience.

“We were looking for diversity in our artists. A.J. has a very unique style of his own plus he will do some of his father’s work as well,” Fratzke said.

This is a performance that Fratzke is excited to share with Okoboji.

“This is a performance for all ages,” she said. “[I look forward to seeing] this singer-songwriter with a vast array of music.”