Ryan McIntyre will open at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 27 at the
Pabst Theater in Milwaukee as well as Jan. 28 at the
Genesee Theatre in Waukegan, Ill., for EagleMania.
Shortly before EagleMania plays at the Pabst Theater in
Milwaukee, expect Ryan McIntyre to be pinching himself.
Waukesha South alum and Waukesha resident will be playing
acoustic before the New Jersey-based Eagles tribute band plays
in the 1,110-capacity, beautiful downtown theater complete
with giant chandelier on Jan. 27.
myself at times and I'm really going to be pinching myself at
the Pabst,” McIntyre said. “It’s usually not like that.
It’s usually bowling alleys and Mexican restaurants, and
kind of like the World Series for me,” McIntyre said. “I
dreamed to play in a place like that forever.”
39-year-old full-time musician, who the show’s promoter
Bruce Peterson compares to James Taylor, it’s the peak of a
career he imagined but not in the way it turned out.
was 16, he played with a group of friends at Waukesha’s
Sidewalk Days, dreamed of a career like the BoDeans, who
“walked the same halls at Waukesha South,” and played in a
band, Exit, from about ages 18 to 23, working as a key maker
and never going to college.
play alt-rock, then come home and play James Taylor and John
Denver songs for himself. Growing up, his uncles would play
those songs around family campfires and his grandparents
played polka. When John Denver died, they
mourned his passing, he said.
has found fulfillment solo, although he adds accompaniment at
times, like he will at the Pabst.
He has a
set list of more than 850 songs, from John Denver to Coldplay
with Neil Diamond and almost everyone imaginable thrown in. At
the top of the rŽsumŽ for the singer-songwriter who performs
about 200 times a year is seven Wisconsin Area Music Industry
awards, including Male Vocalist of the Year.
numerous original songs under his belt, he has been writing
material for the Pabst concert in a country-rock vein,
with the headliner
could be tighter, but it’s a good fit, said Peterson of
which he runs with his wife, Mary.
more about giving a local guy his 15 minutes,” Peterson
said. “And Ryan has a following, and it’s bringing in
those fans to see EagleMania.
a charisma that's unmatchable. And he's just a nice guy,”
Peterson said. “Guys like that deserve to play on a higher
did aim for a higher level: Making it in Nashville. He’d
drive there for four or five shows at a crack, then play back
home throughout 2007-’09.
went to Nashville they asked, ‘What is your job back
home?’ and I said, ‘I’m a musician.’ And they said,
‘No, what’s your day job?’ and I said, “That’s
it.’” Well, the musicians told him, he had made it and
didn’t need Nashville.
travel away from southeastern Wisconsin occasionally,
including playing at a recent destination wedding in Puerto
Vallarta, Mexico. He also has begun speaking at teacher
in-service days and added writing children’s songs to his
repertoire since the birth of two of his own, now 4 and 18
I’m not rolling in money, but I’ve got a wife and two kids
and a home and a mortgage and a car and I go on vacation,”