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

$36.00 - $51.00

This event is all ages

Al Stewart - Past, Present & Future
Al Stewart - Past, Present & Future
The Kent Stage will present a unique Al Stewart Weekend on Saturday, June 16 and Sunday, June 17, with full band renditions of two classic records. The first night will feature a performance of Stewart’s Past Present and Future album in its entirety. In 1973, Stewart abandoned the confessional tone of his first four albums and took his music in a completely different direction. Taking history as the prime source of his material and seemingly inventing historical folk rock overnight, the release of Past Present and Future in October of 1973 was introduced with some fanfare and even greater critical acclaim.
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 crackle of the fire, crisp air scented with nutmeg and evergreens... it must be the Holidays! Grab your best guy or girl and curl up with a delicious cup of The Empty Pockets this season.

The Empty Pockets’ often cerebral and sometimes playful indie rock sound is built upon a strong foundation of the timeless Americana, Blues, and Motown Soul that came before them.

Their journey began with the late, great Buddy Holly. Childhood friends, Solomon (guitar) and Rosenthal (drums), started a band by joining forces with Bellon (bass). Soon after recording an original demo as “Josh & The Empty Pockets,” the new group was showcased in a Chicago theatrical production of The Buddy Holly Story, performing as Buddy Holly & The Crickets six nights a week. There they met singer Brett (keys), who enlisted as the final band member. With more than one distinct vocalist now delighting their audiences, the band officially became, simply, “The Empty Pockets.”

Ever since, they’ve been embracing collaboration. Just as The Band famously came into their own behind various frontmen, The Empty Pockets have found comparable footing teaming up with a wide range of legendary artists; Kenny Loggins, Simon Kirke (Bad Company/Free), Al Stewart (“Year of the Cat”), Gary Wright (“Dreamweaver”), and Richie Furay (Buffalo Springfield/Poco). Their sound has evolved, influenced not only by these remarkable musicians, but also through collaboration with independent artists and, most importantly, among themselves. Through The Empty Pockets’ adventures, Solomon and Brett fell deeply in love and united their worlds as husband and wife. Since then, the band built a recording studio and continues to tour incessantly in pursuit of spreading joy through their music.

What do you get when longtime friendships, skilled musicians and eternal love combine on stage? Magic. Join The Empty Pockets as they perform unique versions of your favorite holiday classics, along with well-crafted original songs to celebrate the season.
Venue Information:
The Kent Stage
175 East Main
Kent, OH, 44240