Painting pictures for your ears
What: When folks of a certain age were crooning along to singer Al Stewart's "Year of the Cat" and "Time Passages" (OK it was the '70s), the phrase "sung paintings" didn't necessarily come to mind when describing the songs. But Stewart, now 67 and still the legendary guitarist-songwriter of Scottish folk rock, was being spun on many LP players in dorm rooms across the country. The artist has staying power, for sure. A contemporary of fellow countryman Donovan and also Bob Dylan, Stewart will perform Thursday at Harlow's with Dave Nachmanoff, his guitar partner (and Davis resident). Writing about Stewart and his 2008 release of "Sparks of Ancient Light" (his 16th studio album) Jonathan Takiff of the Philadelphia Daily News says: "The guy sings and writes as well as he ever did, and in his quirky, bemused and literate way he's delivered one of the finest albums of his career."
When: Thursday; doors open at 5:30 p.m.; show is at 7 p.m.
Where: Harlow's, 2708 J St., Sacramento
Tickets: $25 at www.harlows.com