Capitol Theatre to present Firefall and Al Stewart

Capitol Theatre to present Firefall and Al Stewart

Firefall takes the stage July 1 at Capitol Theatre in Clearwater.

CLEARWATER – Firefall and Al Stewart will perform Saturday, July 1, 7:30 p.m., at Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater.

Firefall have distinguished itself as one of the top bands from the genre of music called Americana.

The genealogy and musical roots of Firefall run deep into the fertile soil of American rock and folk rock music. It began with Woodie Guthrie and later, Bob Dylan, evolving into the Byrds and Buffalo Springfield. The genre established by these luminaries continued with Crosby, Stills and Nash, Manassas, The Band, Neil Young, The Eagles, Poco, Loggins and Messina, The Flying Burrito Brothers, Gram Parsons and Emmy Lou Harris, Dan Fogelberg, America and Firefall.

Many of these participants mingled in the studio and on tour. Individually and collectively they created a sound that changed the world’s musical landscape. Firefall is one of the few surviving bands of this genre, remaining true to its founding vision and roots despite personnel changes over its four-decade-long history. The band transcends and embraces many industrial labels – rock, soft rock, country rock, contemporary country, easy listening and Americana.

Firefall is comprised of a group of exceptional musicians and singers, with a repertoire of radio recognizable chart topping songs few bands can match. For more than 40 years, they have saturated the national radio waves with hits such as “You Are The Woman,” “Just Remember I Love You,” “Livin’ Ain’t Livin’” and “Strange Way.”

Today, Firefall is as vital and valid as ever, standing out as one of the few remaining torchbearers for harmony-laden rock and a much-needed blast from the past focused firmly on the future.

Al Stewart came to stardom as part of the legendary British folk revival in the ’60s and ’70s and developed his own unique style of combining folk-rock songs with delicately woven tales of the great characters and events from history.

Stewart has released 19 studio albums, beginning with his debut album “Bedsitter Images” in 1967. “Sparks of Ancient Light,” his most recent release, deals with themes of certainty and uncertainty. Like many of his recordings, the 2008 release deals with historical figures, with songs about British Prime Minister Lord Salisbury, deposed Shah of Iran Mohammad Reza Pahlavi and 34th U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower.

Stewart is perhaps best known for his hit “Year of the Cat” (1976) from the platinum album of the same name and the platinum follow up album “Time Passages” (1978). His career actually spans four decades. A key figure in British music, he played at the first ever Glastonbury Festival in 1970, worked with Yoko Ono pre-Lennon and shared a London apartment with a young Paul Simon.

Tickets start at $35.50. Call 727-791-7400 or visit www.a­tthec­­m.

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