Al Stewart, Gary Wright plus The Empty Pockets

Western Reserve Folk Arts Association presents

Al Stewart, Gary Wright plus The Empty Pockets

The Empty Pockets

Thu, November 10, 2016

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

The Kent Stage

Kent, OH

$36.00 - $51.00

This event is all ages

Al Stewart
Al Stewart
Al Stewart will be performing Year Of The Cat in its entirety


YEAR OF THE CAT
TIME PASSAGES
Scottish Singer Songwriter Al Stewart looms large in the lore of the British Folk revival. Having shared a flat with a young Paul Simon, purchased his first guitar from The Police's Andy Summers, and begun his career playing alongside Cat Stevens, Van Morrison, Bert Jansch, and Roy Harper, Al Stewart has seen enough and done enough to merit the hype. His Platinum selling "Year Of The Cat" is a classic of the 1970's, and a perfect showcase of Stewart's out of the box craft. He writes with a staunch refusal to rehash, saying, "If it's already been written, why write it again? If it's already been said, why say it again?" His lyrical bushwhacking has earned him a place in the modern songwriting pantheon as one of the most unique and innovative voices on the scene.
Gary Wright
Gary Wright
Visionary songwriter, performer and all-around musical pioneer Gary Wright has spent more than thirty years shattering conventional ideas about how to make chart-topping rock music. Not only have his classic songs “Dream Weaver”, “Love is Alive” and “Really Wanna Know You” proven their genius by achieving hit status in three different decades; Wright’s musical wizardry has also extended, more than once, to changing the very sound and texture of contemporary pop.

As far back as the late 70’s Wright was challenging audiences with pioneering instrumentation and cutting-edge keyboard technology. And he has been a longtime collaborator and creative influence to fellow artists ranging from his contemporaries George Harrison, Steve Winwood, Mick Jones (of Foreigner) and Joe Cocker -- to 90’s “rap” artists Third Base, Ton Loc, and Busta Rhymes as well as Eminem, Salt-N-Pepa, Joan Osborne, Anastacia and Mya.

It was in 1967, after earning a degree in psychology and then touring Germany as a singer/songwriter, that Wright met Island Records founder Chris Blackwell and moved to London, where he formed the rock group, “Spooky Tooth.” That year Island released the group’s first record, “It’s All About,” which immediately won critical acclaim and launched the group on a successful career that included sellout U.S. tours with rock legends Jimi Hendrix and The Rolling Stones, and culminated in the band’s classic second album, “Spooky Two.”

In the early 1970’s Wright took a brief hiatus from Spooky Tooth to produce records for Traffic and Rolling Stones producer Jimmy Miller’s production company. He quickly became a part of London’s elite session musicians, playing keyboards on George Harrison’s classic “All Things Must Pass,” which also featured Eric Clapton, Ringo Starr, Phil Collins and other greats. Thus began a continuing musical relationship with Harrison that embraced playing keyboards as well as co-writing several songs on George’s subsequent albums.
The Empty Pockets
The Empty Pockets
Quirky and charismatic, The Empty Pockets deliver brash rock & roll music with unrelenting hooks, soaring vocals, honest lyrics and carefully crafted songwriting.

This foursome loves what they do and it shows. That's why The Empty Pockets have headlined SXSW Music Festival, shared the stage with stars like Jennifer Hudson, Portugal The Man, Traffic's Dave Mason, The James Gang, The Nelson Brothers and Buffalo Springfield's Richie Furay, had two singles chart on the Billboard top 100, and garnered appearances and song placements on multiple major network and cable television programs.
Venue Information:
The Kent Stage
175 East Main
Kent, OH, 44240
http://www.thekentstage.com/