Thursday, September 11, 2008

Alejandro Escovedo @ Aladdin on Saturday

I am making a special mention of this show, as it's coming with my recommendation as the 'must see' show of the coming weekend.

I can't say enough about Alejandro Escovedo. Music writer Dave Marsh has said, "Other than Bruce (Springsteen), he's the best live artist I know." No Depression magazine gave him their "Musician of the Decade" award in 1998. He is one of the most intense and passionate performers you will ever encounter.

He's touring in support of his latest CD, Real Animal, a work that musically traces his career and influences. It's been called the best of his nine studio releases (my vote on that is still his brilliant and moving Gravity). Here's a good capsule review.

Here's a performance from this year's JazzFest in New Orleans:

. . . and the video that more people have probable seen than have ever attended his shows - doing his Always a Friend with Bruce Springsteen:

Here is a link to Dave Marsh's excellent article on Escovedo from the Austin Chronicle. It's a long but worthwhile read to understand the life, career and music of an artist who's flown under the radar of most of us.

With the wonderful Carrie Rodriguez opening (and playing violin with Alejandro's band), this will be a night not to miss. Really.

Hope to see you there . . . 8 PM, $20

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I saw the show Tuesday night in LA - it was a religious experience. I've seen Alejandro dozens of times - never has he seemed to enjoy being on stage more. His whole band seemed like they were on a mission from God. Carrie Rodriguez - who was great on her own in an (EARLY!!! i messed a few songs) opening set looked and played beautifully with his band. Felt like I was witnessing a very special evening. I saw Lucinda Williams there earlier during Carrie's performance. But the place was too packed during Alejandro's set to see if she was still around. Very cool that she comes out and supports her fellow artists. David Garza played between Carrie and Alejandro. He was ok, didn't really take advantage of the moment until he was invited by Escovedo to join them during the encore. Then he shone too. What a night. Catch this tour if you can!!!