Monday, September 14, 2009

ALEJANDRO ESCOVEDO at Shady Grove 9-10-09

Another free summer series which takes place every Thursday night at Shady Grove. I was really looking forward to this one. Alejandro is one of my favorites. His band is always great and he really demands much from them. It is fun to watch him inspire them during the show.
This show was short, about an hour and then back up for a 2 song encore. But, it was full throttle from the get go and remained full speed ahead all the way through. Just a smoking performance!
On this night Susan Voelz was not on violin. Probably she is out with Poi Dog Pondering. I think they are touring these days. The great thing about being based in Austin is Alejandro could grab another great violinist by the name of Warren Hood. This guy is terrific and has quite a following of his own. Everyone was excited to see him playing with Alejandro!
We got several selections from his latest "Real Animal" along with some older stuff from his days with the True Believers like "Everybody Loves Me" and one or two new ones. Sounds like he is working on a new record currently. He did an awesome "Sister Lost Soul" in honor of Stephen Bruton and told a wonderful story about Stephen, also. It was really touching.
By the end of the set, everyone was up, dancing and singing. This does not happen often at this series of shows. But man, the guy rocked his rear end off. Not that he has one. But if he did...

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