September 22nd, 2021 9pm Stage 3
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The Empty Pockets
Their journey began with the late, great Buddy Holly. Soon after recording an original demo as “Josh & The Empty Pockets,” a group of childhood friends found themselves featured in a Chicago theatrical production of The Buddy Holly Story, performing as Buddy Holly & The Crickets. There the boys met Erika, who enlisted as the final band member. With more than one distinct voice now delighting their audiences, the band officially became, simply, “The Empty Pockets.” And while writing, singing and traveling together, Josh and Erika fell in love.
Ever since, The Empty Pockets have truly embraced 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), both as opening act and backing band. The Pockets' sound has evolved, influenced not only by these remarkable musicians, but also by independent artists and, most importantly, one another. The result is a dynamic musical style uniquely The Empty Pockets'; a surprising yet familiar blend of Folksy Rock ‘n Roll and Midwestern Soul.