Win Tickets ($84): Al Stewart & Gary Wright @ Aladdin Theater | w/ The Empty Pockets, Rock, Pop, Psychedelic Rock

We are giving away a pair of tickets to Al Stewart & Gary Wright @ Aladdin Theater on October 13. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Monday, October 10.


From our sponsors:
Al Stewart & Gary WrightAl Stewart & Gary Wright
October 13, 2016
Doors 7 p.m., Show 8 p.m. | $39.50 ADV, $42 Doors | Minors OK w/ Parent

Aladdin Theater
3017 SE Milwaukie Ave, Portland, OR 97202

For a singer and songwriter whose work is suffused with history and detail, Al Stewart follows no creative timetable. It’s been 10 years since his last US CD of new material, almost 30 years since his “Year of the Cat” single and album became unforgettable international hits, almost 40 years since his first album was released. Al Stewart is not afraid of time and its passages.

A Beach Full of Shells, Al’s Appleseed debut and first new US release since 1995’s Between the Wars, finds Stewart in timeless form, presenting a baker’s dozen new songs that span centuries and continents, autobiography and fiction. As he nears the 20-album mark, Stewart remains a distinctively literate and vivid storyteller, time-traveling and teleporting himself and his listeners from World War I battlefields to Sixties bedrooms, from ships to airplanes to ice floes, from the specific to the mysterious.

Musical settings that encompass electric folk-rock and acoustic ballads, colorful dabs of classical and Eastern music, and even a touch of Little Richard-style piano pounding, are as varied and imaginative as Al’s subject matters. The CD’s producer, Laurence Juber, formerly of Paul McCartney’s Wings, has enhanced Al’s elegant Scottish drawl, nimble acoustic guitar-work and keyboards with his own Grammy-winning guitar playing, string arrangements and percussion and a flexible rhythm section.

“The Immelman Turn” kicks off the CD in a style reminiscent of Fairport Convention, Al’s early British contemporaries, with spirited violin and barbed electric guitar sweeping us into the tale of a doomed pilot’s last flight. Then we fall down the genteel rabbit hole of “Mr. Lear,” a tribute to the 19thCentury nonsense poet, before landing in the veiled intrigue of “Royal Courtship” (certainly the only song in history to use the words “plenipotentiary” and “amanuensis”). Elsewhere and elsewhen, we are taken “Somewhere in England 1915”; into the freezing bleakness of “Out in the Snow”; to visit party girl “Gina in the Kings Road”; to the frenzied rock ’n’ roll past of “Class of ’58” and a peaceful, nostalgia-filled old age in “Katherine of Oregon.” And that’s just part of the tour on A Beach Full of Shells.

In the spellbinding tradition of his signature songs “Year of the Cat,” “Time Passages,” “On the Border,” and “Nostradamus,” among many others, Al’s latest musical short stories are both lyrically meaningful and insidiously catchy. Hear them on this long-awaited CD and on Al’s US and Canadian tour dates this summer and fall.

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 has his classic songs “Dream Weaver”, “Love is Alive” and “Really Wanna Know You” proven their genius by achieving hit status in three different decades; Wrights musical wizardry has also extended, more than once, to changing the very sound and texture of contemporary pop.

He has been a long time collaborator and creative influence to fellow artist 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.\

The Empty Pockets

It was a scorching Chicago summer in 2006 when long-time friends Josh Solomon, Danny Rosenthal and Nate Bellon officially became a band. After recording their first original demo, the boys starred in a 2007 theatrical production of the Buddy Holly Story which served as a showcase for the new group. The band attracted the attention of local morning show personality Scott Mackay (WLS-FM) and the show’s success lead to a tribute album and critical acclaim in print, along with television and radio appearances. Playing as Buddy Holly and the Crickets each night was a rock and roll roots education that left an indelible mark on The Empty Pockets’ music, focusing their sound on driving rockabilly grooves thick with rhythm and blues, and thoughtful melodies and harmonies in classic pop song structures.

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27 Responses to Win Tickets ($84): Al Stewart & Gary Wright @ Aladdin Theater | w/ The Empty Pockets, Rock, Pop, Psychedelic Rock

  1. Chrisi Shock October 3, 2016 at 1:08 pm #

    Ive always wanted to attend one of the shows. Winning tickets would make that possible.

  2. Tim October 4, 2016 at 9:22 am #

    Promises to be a good night of music!

  3. Dave G. October 4, 2016 at 12:23 pm #

    My Love is Alive!

  4. Michael Pendlebury October 4, 2016 at 12:54 pm #

    I’m new to the Pacific North West as I only moved to the Portland area in May. One thing that has really struck me is how friendly everybody is. One particular new friend has really gone the extra mile – driving me to concerts, introducing me to new people – even giving me her old record player! I’d love to present her with Al Stewart tickets as she loves his music and it would be a great way to say “Thank You”. I’ll also add that “Dream Weaver” by Gary Wright is one of my all-time favourites!

  5. Tonia Noelle October 4, 2016 at 12:56 pm #

    WOW, I had no idea either of these cats were still around….what a pleasant surprise this show will be!

  6. Suzanne Kimsey October 4, 2016 at 1:36 pm #

    I would love the chance to see this show and enjoy some truly great music!

  7. Kathy October 4, 2016 at 5:06 pm #

    Oh, my! I am in my 50’s and have loved both Gary Wright and Al Stewart since age 12. I’ve never seen either in concert. Now is the time. Thank you so very much for this chance to do so.


  8. Kelsey October 4, 2016 at 8:05 pm #

    Let me live out my dreams plz

  9. Heather Lintner October 4, 2016 at 8:41 pm #

    Memorable night of great music and entertainment all Under One Roof can’t wait to take part

  10. Terri Verret October 4, 2016 at 10:02 pm #

    I love both for them . I have listened to them when i was 15 and now it is bday on oct 8 1956 . I will be 60 years young . That would be one hella night for me . Happy brithday to me . Sweet dreams.

  11. JazzDad October 4, 2016 at 10:40 pm #

    I’ve been a fan of Al Stewart and Gary Wright for decades. I would love to win tickets.

  12. Lisa October 4, 2016 at 11:56 pm #

    I’d love to see this show because I was born to late to see Josephine Baker dancing in a Paris cabaret.

  13. Megan M October 5, 2016 at 12:05 pm #

    My dad played Al Stewart all the time when he was my age. Would love to take him to this concert.

  14. chris nordeen October 5, 2016 at 3:41 pm #

    year of the Monkey? no so, it’s the year of the cat when Al is in town.

  15. Judy October 5, 2016 at 5:12 pm #

    I remember Al Stewart from his debut album 40 years ago! I need to see what he sounds like now!

  16. Bonnie October 6, 2016 at 10:26 am #

    I would love to see these top notch pros perform, but can’t afford tickets.

    Thanks for offering a chance to win!

  17. Jennifer October 6, 2016 at 12:26 pm #

    I was in high school when a lot of their songs were big. Would love to see them performed live!

  18. Tim October 6, 2016 at 12:27 pm #

    I want to go. . . . please(?) !!!

  19. CHRIS MILLER October 6, 2016 at 4:07 pm #

    i’d love to see AL

  20. viola rose October 6, 2016 at 5:23 pm #

    I have just recently become obsessed with al stewart!! so excited to see he is coming to town!!

  21. Charles October 6, 2016 at 5:41 pm #

    Al Stewart has uncorked my soul at the palace of Versailles releasing the Sparks of Ancient Light. Before Al it felt like I was Sleepwalking on a Beach Full of Shells, lost in the Time Passages Down in the Cellar. It all Seemed like a good idea at the time……

    I would love to win tickets and see Al in concert!!!!!!!!

  22. David October 6, 2016 at 7:32 pm #

    Now that’s a couple of cool cats!

  23. Angela Barr October 6, 2016 at 10:21 pm #

    My very first concert IN MY LIFE was to see Al Stewart at the the Northrup Auditorium in MN when I was 12. I would LOVE to see him live again! Please pick me! Also, Gary Wright’s “Dream Weaver” was a close second to “Year of the Cat” ;)

  24. Margaret October 8, 2016 at 9:13 pm #

    TBT please

  25. Jalmer October 9, 2016 at 10:27 am #

    I would love to see this concert, always wanted to go

  26. David Rottenberg October 10, 2016 at 5:33 pm #

    This looks great! and the perfect chance to finally check out the Aladdin Theatre!

  27. Amber Hutchins October 10, 2016 at 5:34 pm #

    I Love this brand of music! This would be quite the ear treat for me!

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