Live Review: Alejandro Escovedo @ The Hamilton Live — 9/17/22

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Alejandro Escovedo (Photo courtesy Prevent Cancer Foundation)

Alejando Escovedo has been playing music for a long time — longer than I’ve been alive. He recently told the audience at The Hamilton Live that he first came to DC in 1978 as part of the punk band The Nuns. They played the Atlantis with The Fleshtones. The club had an apartment — which he emphasized was terrible — and, after the show, Patti Smith came to visit.

When a veteran performer knows an intimate venue and comes with a plan, an audience can get an incredible show. That was the case Saturday evening, as Alejandro performed songs and delved into the stories behind them. The highlight of the show came when he and his band left the stage and went into the crowd to perform “I Wish I Was Your Mother” and “I Was Drunk” totally acoustic, no mics, just instruments and voices. It was Alejandro on guitar, with his bandmates on fiddle and tambourine. The former song, he mentioned, was one he wrote to take part in Austin song swaps.

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Live Review: Alejandro Escovedo @ City Winery — 1/15/19

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Alejandro Escovedo (left) performs at the Set Theatre, Kilkenny, Ireland, on April 13, 2017. (Photo by Sean Rowe)

Alt-country rock legend Alejandro Escovedo, named Performer of the Decade at the end of the 1990s by roots music bible No Depression, made his second appearance at City Winery DC on Tuesday, sharing a personal tale of perseverance and the search for a better life.

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Music Park: Alejandro Escovedo and Joe Ely @ City Winery — 8/21/18

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Joe Ely and Alejandro Escovedo perform at City Winery in DC on Aug. 21, 2018. (Photo by Chester Simpson)

I had a personal reason for attending and photographing the show of Alejandro Escovedo and Joe Ely recently at the City Winery in Washington, DC, I knew them in the ole days of the ’70s.

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Don’t Miss: Joe Ely @ City Winery, 8/21/18

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Joe Ely (Photo by Barbara FG)

Genre-busting singer-songwriter Joe Ely has released a lot of material — solo and as a member of The Flatlanders and Los Super Seven — since his 1977 self-titled debut album. The legendary guitar slinger will perform with the equally eclectic Alejandro Escovedo at City Winery in DC on Tuesday, Aug. 21.

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Music Park: Alejandro Escovedo @ The Hamilton Live — 1/16/18

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Alejandro Escovedo performs at The Hamilton on Jan. 16, 2018. (Photo by Mark Caicedo)

Alejandro Escovedo plays like his life depends on it. That most artists feel that existence-affirming drive to create is a given; for Escovedo the sentiment is literal. Alejandro opened the East coast leg of his “A Man Under the Influence/Think About the Link Tour, presented by Prevent Cancer Foundation” at The Hamilton Live on Jan. 16 to an enthusiastic and adoring crowd.

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Don’t Miss: Alejandro Escovedo @ The Hamilton Live, 1/16/18

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Alejandro Escovedo (Photo courtesy Yep Roc Records)

The legendary Alejandro Escovedo recently signed to Yep Roc Records, where he will release his next album later this year. Meanwhile, Alejandro launches his Think About the Link Tour, which spans 12 cities including DC on Tuesday, Jan. 16, at The Hamilton.

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