Acclaimed classical rock/folk singer, Al Stewart, returns to the McComb/Bruchs Performing Arts Center for a sold out performance!


Al Stewart will be gracing the McComb/Bruchs Performing Arts Center stage in Wautoma, WI with The Empty Pockets on Saturday May 14th at 7:00 PM. This sold out performance is co-sponsored by The Boyson Family, Silvercryst Supper Club, Wautoma Masonic Union, Wisconsin 106 and Zamzow Law, LLC.

Al Stewart will play his old favorites including Year Of The Cat, Time Passages, On the Border, Nostradamus and Roads To Moscow along with selections from his deep catalogue. The Scottish-born singer-songwriter has released nearly 20 introspective and lyrically powerful records featuring brilliant backing musicians (Jimmy Page, Phil Collins, Richard Thompson, Peter White, etc.). His biggest platinum successes, “Year Of The Cat” and “Time Passages”, were released in 1976 & 1978 respectively. He’s had several top 20 singles, including the above-mentioned titles, as well as “On the Border” and “Song On The Radio”.

In Al’s own Words: I’m just a folk singer that is interested in history and wine that got lucky with some hit records! It’s as simple as that really. I was always a huge music fan and originally, I had wanted to be Brian Jones and then Bob Dylan, but those two jobs were already taken. And in many ways, I’m still pretty much the same troubadour that I was back in 1965. I still get a kick out of hearing the Zombies, Hendrix or They Might be Giants on the radio.

The Chicago, Illinois natives, The Empty Pockets will open the show and perform with Al Stewart with their sincerity, pathos and powerhouse vocals. “Polished yet rootsy Chicago outfit Empty Pockets” (Rolling Stone) celebrates old-school classic rock, folk, and the blues, skillfully blending singer/songwriter catharsis with rich harmonies and real players. Bold Americana flavors straight from the soul. 

When not busy recording in their personal studio, The Empty Pockets are out on the road headlining or opening for acts like Bob Schneider, Rev. Peyton’s Big Damn Band, Dickey Betts (Allman Brothers) and Dave Mason (Traffic), among many others. They also have passionately served as backing band for a number of artists of note, including Kenny Loggins, Al Stewart, Gary Wright, Richie Furay (of Buffalo Springfield), and Simon Kirke (of Bad Company)

In 2015, The Empty Pockets released their debut full-length album, The Ten Cent Tour, entering both the Billboard Indie and Heatseekers charts for the first time. With the 2017 release of Voices, The Empty Pockets entered a particularly prolific period with four Billboard-charting independent albums, releasing a holiday EP, Snow Day, in 2018, followed a year later by a new studio album, Tanglewoods, and then the live concert album, Live in Seattle. 

“When The Empty Pockets play, they don’t just go through the motions of belting out tunes and revving their guitars to impress you – their performances are offset with a vibrancy and a sort of energetic showmanship so that space and distance don’t matter in the end – rather it’s more of which of their carefully crafted songs will strike a chord within you first.” – AMDEntertainment

This is a sold out performance and tickets are unavailable at this time.

Keep an eye and ear out for the McComb/Bruchs Performing Arts Center 2022-2023 Season announcement soon. Their lineup includes a wide variety of returning and new artists alike.

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Upcoming Events at the PAC

Monday June 20th at 12:30 pm – PFCT’s Cinderella Auditions

Friday June 24th at 7:00 pm – PFCT Presents Cinderella

Saturday June 25th at 2:00 pm – PFC’s Theatre Presents Cinderella

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