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photo: Alejandro Escovedo at The Cap in March 2015 (more by PSquared)
Alejandro Escovedo

As he's done in past years, Alejandro Escovedo will be playing a three-night residency at City Winery on January 21, 22 & 32. Last January, he played some of his old albums in full, although there doesn't appear to be any word yet on special plans for the 2016 sets. Tickets for all three shows are on sale now.

Escovedo is currently on tour, though there aren't any other currently announced dates around the City Winery shows. All upcoming dates are listed below.

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photos by P Squared Photography

Los Lobos w/ Alejandro Escovedo @ The Capitol Theatre 3/6/2015
Los Lobos

In Port Chester on Friday, the Capitol Theatre was really the perfect venue for this band. After a superb opening set by Alejandro Escovedo (coming soon), Los Lobos took the stage to a very engaged crowd. There was none of the persistent yapping you hear at other shows. This was a seated and attentive crowd that Los Lobos acknowledged from the outset. The band took their time working their way into this show with an early run through some classics before they welcomed Alejandro out for a couple of numbers. It was an extended and well played version of "The Neighborhood" that kicked this show into another gear. David Hidalgo's blues guitar riffs were showcased during an incendiary 14-minute "Just A Man" before the fan favorite "Kiko" brought the crowd to their feet for the remainder of the show. The band gave a nice acknowledgement to Jerry Garcia (the venue's side bar is called "Garcia's") before the performance of the set-closing "Bertha", a song Los Lobos covered all the way back in 1991 for the Deadicated compilation. - [NYC Taper]
Together for over 40 years, legendary LA band Los Lobos continue strong and remain a force live. Their current tour hit the NYC area for a show at Port Chester's Capitol Theatre last Friday (3/6) for a nearly two-hour show spanning their entire career, plus a cover of The Grateful Dead's "Bertha." (They're playing a Jerry Garcia tribute in Maryland in May. They spoke a little about Jerry Garcia beforehand, too.) Pictures and setlist are in this post. You can stream a couple recordings from the show (via NYC Taper) below, and download the whole show over his way.

Opening the show was Alejandro Escovedo where he played a duo set with violinist Warren Hood. His set came from the many acts his career has taken (The Nuns, Rank and File, solo work and more). Alejandro also joined Los Lobos for a few songs during their set. Pictures from his set are below.

Los Lobos' tour continues next week on the West Coast. They be back in the NYC area for Croton, NY's Clearwater Festival in June. All dates, plus more pics, setlist and concert recordings from the Cap, below...

Continue reading "Los Lobos & Alejandro Escovedo played The Capitol Theatre (pics, setlist, live recordings ++ tour dates)"


Punk rocker turned roots rocker Alejandro Escovedo will celebrate his 64th birthday this January with two traditions -- his annual ACL Live show with an orchestra in his hometown of Austin and his residency at NYC's City Winery. For this year's residency, he'll be playing his first three solo albums full across three nights with 1992's Gravity on January 22, 1994's Thirteen Years on January 23 and 1996's With These Hands on January 24. Tickets for all three nights are on sale now.

All dates are listed, with streams from those albums, below...

Continue reading "Alejandro Escovedo touring, playing full LPs at NYC residency"

photo by Jeff Fasano

We recently mentioned that Alejandro Escovedo, Ivan Julian (The Voidoids), Linda Pitmon (The Miracle 3, The Baseball Project) and veteran funk/soul/rock musician Nicholas Tremulis teamed up to form the band The Fauntleroys, who will release their debut EP, Below The Pink Pony, on September 16 via Cheetah Chrome's Plowboy Records. They've yet to announce a tour, but we now know they'll be coming to NYC for shows on October 8 at Mercury Lounge and October 9 at Rough Trade. Tickets for those shows go on sale Friday (8/8) at noon, and the Merc show is currently on AmEx presale. We're not aware of any other dates at the moment but we'll update if more are announced.

UPDATE: Full tour announced. All dates are listed, with a stream of a track from their EP, below...

Continue reading "The Fauntleroys (Alejandro Escovedo, Ivan Julian, etc) touring, playing two NYC shows in October"

photo by Jeff Fasano

Alejandro Escovedo has been highly prolific in his 30+ years as a musician, putting in time in '70s punk band The Nuns, '80s alt-country bands Rank and File and True Believers, and he's been an active solo artist since the '90s (among other things). He's now fronting a new band, The Fauntleroys, where's joined by a lineup of other veteran musicians. The lineup includes Ivan Julian of influential '70s NYC punks Richard Hell and the Voidoids, Linda Pitmon, drummer in his band Steve Wynn's band The Miracle 3 and The Baseball Project, and veteran funk/soul/rock musician Nicholas Tremulis. The band will release their debut EP, Below The Pink Pony, on September 16 via Plowboy Records, the label co-founded by Dead Boys guitarist Cheetah Chrome.

The band premiered the first single form their EP, "I'm In Love With Everything," over at USA Today, and it's got the kind of classic rock n roll songwriting you'd expect from a group with this kind of resume. You can check it out below. The band played SXSW this year but no other tour dates are announced at the moment.

Continue reading "Alejandro Escovedo, Ivan Julian & friends are The Fauntleroys, releasing debut EP (stream a track)"

(Mr) Twin Sister's Andrea Estella as Bonnie Deville in 'Veronica Mars'

It's been a while since we've heard from Twin Sister, who released their debut album on Domino back in 2011. You may have heard a couple of their songs recently if you saw the crowd-funded Veronica Mars movie, which came out back in March, and is now on home video. The plotline involves the murder of a pop star named Bonnie Deville who is played by Twin Sister's Andrea Estella, and all her songs are by that band. "All Around and Away We Go" is used pretty much verbatim, but "I Want a House" gets reworked with a new title, "Holding My Breath." (You can compare and contrast the original and revamp below.) Here's a plot twist: on the soundtrack, however, both songs are credited to Mr. Twin Sister.

What's going on? It looks like we'll know next week. In rapid succession, the Twin Sister twitter account tweeted: "Got a present for you," "Just wrapping it," and "Let's open it next week... Tuesday?" I guess we stay tuned.

The Veronica Mars soundtrack also features songs by Freddie Gibbs, Sufjan Stevens and Alejandro Escovedo who covers Dandy Warhols' "We Used to Be Friends" (which is the Veronica Mars theme song). Check out the tracklist and the Twin Sister/Mr. Twin Sister streams (via YouTube) below.

Continue reading "Twin Sister (or is it Mr. Twin Sister)'s Andrea Estella is in 'Veronica Mars' movie; band up to something too"

Viet Cong @ BV SXSW 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Viet Cong

The NXNE Festival happens in venues all over Toronto, Cananda from June 13 - 22. They've already had a few lineup announcements and have just released another round of artist additions, including Future Islands, AraabMUZIK, Pusha T. PS I Love You, The Felice Brothers, Autre Ne Veut, Xiu Xiu, Viet Cong (who will play 4Knots in NYC too) and more. Full list of new additions is below, along with the complete 2014 NXNE lineup as it stands right now.

Continue reading "NXNE expands 2014 lineup again (Future Islands, Xiu Xiu, AraabMUZIK, Kirin J Callinan, Autre Ne Veut & more)"

Alejandro Escovedo at Clearwater Festival in 2009 (more by Chris La Putt)

There's a popular forum on Reddit where "former groupies" are telling stories of their experiences with rock stars. The forum got hundreds of responses, including blurbs like this:

Not groupy but production manager here. Working Alejandro Escovedo concert a few years ago and there were 2 young teenage girls in attendance wearing home made shirts with his name all over it. During the solo acoustic opening act he invited the girls on stage because it was one of their birthdays. After he played a song they exited side stage and ran back to Alejandro's dressing room. When they barged in they saw him doing cocain. He yelled at them to leave and they spent the rest of the concert crying at the entrance waiting to get picked up.
Of course we don't know for sure if any of these stories are true, but at least in Alejandro's case, we know he has had an interesting life.

Speaking of Alejandro, he recently announced dates including three nights in NYC happening at City Winery on January 15, 17, and 18. On 1/15, he'll be joined by Joe Ely, on 1/17 he's playing an "acoustic evening with strings," and on 1/19 he'll be joined by his band The Sensitive Boys, who most of his other tour dates are with. Tickets to all three NYC shows are on sale now.

All tour dates are listed, along with some videos, below...

Continue reading "'Former groupies' telling stories on Reddit; Alejandro Escovedo announces tour dates"

Rhett Miller at MHOW, October 2012 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Rhett Miller

Rhett Miller has only a sprinkle of dates scheduled from now until the early portion of 2013, but that does include a stop on January 9th, 2013 at City Winery. Tickets are on sale for the NYC show and for a December show at City Winery in Chicago. Rehtt Miller recently celebrated the 15th anniversary of Too Far to Care with his band The Old 97s on tour and at Music Hall of Williamsburg and Webster Hall.

In other City Winery news, John Wesley Harding returns with another set of Cabinet of Wonders variety shows, his guest-filled appearances that usually go down at City Winery now. The November 16th show will feature appearances from Steve Earle, Loudon Wainwright III, Alec Ounsworth of Clap Your Hands Say YEah, Quincy Troupe, Gary Shteyngart, Mike Scott and Steve Wickham of the Waterboys (tickets) while the December 16th show will feature Josh Ferris, Colum McCann, Eugene Mirman and The Silver Ages. John Wesley Harding & the English UK recently dropped the "Making Love to Bob Dylan" single, which is available now via iTunes.

The hits at City Winery continue with Polaris Shortlister Kathleen Edwards. Edwards will spend the tail end of this year in Europe, travelling the first half of December in the UK, Scandanavia and beyond. The US gets very little love at the moment, but there are two NYC dates scheduled in the tail-end part of January so far. Look for the Canadian songwriter on 1/30 and 1/31. Tickets are on sale.

And last, but certainly not least, Alejandro Escovedo also has a limited number of East Coast dates scheduled as well. Dates in Texas dominate his schedule thus far but a stop in Evanston, IL for New Year's Eve and City Winery in NYC are in the crosshairs, with 1/18 and 1/19 scheduled for the guitarist. Tickets are on sale.

Other tour dates and some videos below.

Continue reading "Rhett Miller, Kathleen Edwards, John Wesley Harding & Alejandro Escovedo playing City Winery & other places (dates)"

Alejandro Escovedo at Clearwater 2009 (more by Chris La Putt)
Alejandro Escovedo

Alejandro Escovedo, who will be on NYC soon for a free show at Stuyvesant Town Hall on July 28, will be heading out later this year on a tour supporting arena rockers Heart. That tour comes to the NYC area for shows at Beacon Theatre on October 3 and Long Island's Paramount on October 10. Tickets for both shows are on Heart Fanatic presale now. Beacon Theatre tix are on Internet presale right now and on sale to the general public on Friday (7/20) at 11AM. Paramount tix are also currently on venue presale (password: "pulse") and go on sale to the general public on Friday (7/18) at 10AM. All dates are listed below.

Speaking of Stuy Town, they just had a big free show over the weekend (7/14) with Blizten Trapper and Ben Kweller. Did you go to the show? How was it?

A list of all Alejandro Escovedo dates is below.

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JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound at #HotelVegan (more by Amanda Hatfield)
JC brooks & The Uptown Sound

Call Maxwell's the unofficial New Jersey headquarters for the Big Apple BBQ. The Hoboken venue will host three of the six artists scheduled to bless the Manhattan festival devoted to woodsmoke in the days surrounding that weekend, each with headlining shows.

First up is JC Brooks and The Uptown Sound, who will hit Maxwell's on June 9th. Tickets for that show are on sale. The show is one of a few extended weekends scheduled for the band, who are mainly playing East Coast/Midwest dates throughout the summer (including XPoNential Music Festival), save for a trip to Bumbershoot 2012.

Similarly, Maxwell's on June 11th will be the home for Alejandro Escovedo, one of several area dates for the singer-songwriter. Tickets for that show are on sale. You can also catch Escovedo at the Clearwater Festival, the Stuyvestant Town Oval on July 28th and Bowery Ballroom on June 5th for his record release.

And lastly, the venue will also host Southern Culture on the Skids on June 10th. Tickets for that show are on sale too.

All three bands' upcoming tour dates are listed below, along with some videos.

Continue reading "JC Brooks, Alejandro Escovedo, & Southern Culture on the Skids playing Maxwell's after Big Apple BBQ (not together)"

Deer Tick at Brooklyn Bowl on NYE (more by Tracy Allison)
Deer Tick

Clearwater Festival is returning to Croton Point Park from June 16-17 in Croton, NY. This year's festival includes Dawes, Deer Tick, Alejandro Escovedo, Punch Brothers, Bela Fleck, Arlo Guthrie, Martin Sexton, Ani Difranco and more. Tickets for the festival are on sale now. Full Clearwater lineup below...

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JC Brooks @ BV-SXSW 2012 (more by Nate Igor Smith)
JC Brooks

The most non-vegan, free NYC event of the year once again curates a great lineup of rock and soul to accompany the food at Madison Square Park on June 9th and 10th. Bands and set times listed below...

Continue reading "Big Apple BBQ 2012 music lineup announced"

Alejandro Escovedo at Clearwater 2009 (more by Chris La Putt)
Alejandro Escovedo

Alejandro Escovedo, who just guested with Bruce Springsteen at SXSW along with Arcade Fire and others for a performance of "This Land Is Your Land," is sticking around in his home state of Texas this month and next for a few more shows in the area. But before he heads out on a European tour in June, he'll stop by NYC for a show at Bowery Ballroom on June 5. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

June 5th is also the day Alejandro will be releasing a new record, His own PR says:

Alejandro Escovedo will release his 11th solo album 'Big Station,' June 5th, 2012 on Fantasy Records/Concord Music Group. Produced by Tony Visconti, 'Big Station' finds the ever-evolving Texas rocker highly-charged with spirit and purpose. The album's hard snap and sharp arrangements recall much of the great music Escvovedo absorbed as it blasted out of AM and FM radios throughout the 60's and 70's. Largely co-written with frequent collaborator Chuck Prophet, the album's 12 songs bristle with tension and hope as Escovedo fights to keep faith in a changing world and hold onto love.
The full tracklist and all dates and video of the "This Land is Your Land" performance below...

Continue reading "Alejandro Escovedo playing record release show at Bowery Ballroom before European tour (dates)"

by Andrew Frisicano

Bruce Springsteen @ Moody Theater/ACL Live/SXSW 2012 (via)
Bruce Springsteen

On Thursday night (3/15), Bruce Springsteen played Austin's Moody Theater with a packed lineup of guests. He brought out the show's opener Alejandro Escovedo, as well as Jimmy Cliff, Eric Burdon of the Animals, Tom Morello, and RĂ©gine Chassagne and Win and Will Butler from the Arcade Fire, the Low Anthem and Joe Ely. Check out a video of the set-closing cover of "This Land Is Your Land."

That show was in addition to the SXSW keynote speech, which he gave earlier in the day and which you can see below and stream at NPR.

Like the Apollo Theatre gig on March 9th, the show's capacity was quite a bit less than Bruce's usual stadium-sized tour dates, which start Sunday, March 18th.

You can see Alejandro Escovedo several more time at SXSW, including today (3/16) at the Jackalope.

Videos and set list from SXSW below...

Continue reading "Bruce Springsteen played w/ Arcade Fire & others, gave the keynote speech @ SXSW (video, setlist)"

Color Me Obsessed

Color Me Obsessed, a film about The Replacements, will be screening at a number of film festivals and other venues this year and next year. The film was produced by Gorman Bechard (of What We Were Thinking Films) and features interviews with Colin Meloy of The Decemberists, Craig Finn of The Hold Steady, Tommy Ramone, members of Husker Du, Robert Christgau, Jim Derogatis, Ira Robbins, Tom Arnold, and others. The film will premiere in NYC on November 16 and 17 at Bowery Electric.

We're excited to announce that, along with Bowery Electric, we're presenting MATS CITY, a Replacements tribute show that will take place at Bowery Electric after each screening. The show, which will be hosted by Matt Pinfield features a number of guests including Brian Fallon (Gaslight Anthem), Jesse Malin, Steve Wynn, Ted Leo, Chuck Ragan, Charlie Mars, Dave Hause (The Loved Ones), Matthew Ryan, Willie Nile, Tommy Ramone, Alejandro Escovedo, Dave Pulkingham, Walter Lure, Kevn Kinney, Don DiLego, Joe D'Urso, Danny Sage, and Nicole Atkins, and many more to be announced. Those singers will be backed by a band which includes Todd Youth, Matt Romano, and Johnny T. Tickets for the 11/16 and the 11/17 shows are on sale now (ticket options include movie only and show only, and both). A portion of the proceeds will go to Musicians On Call. Note that exact lineups for each date are TBA. Some performers may only be playing one day.

A list of cities the film will screen in and teaser video below...

Continue reading "new Replacements movie 'Color Me Obsessed' screening @ Bowery Electric before 2 special tribute concerts (on sale now)"

Jesse Malin & Alejandro Escovedo at Bowery Electric (more by Lori Baily)
Jesse Malin & Alejandro Escovedo

Alejandro Escovedo will swing through town with Jesse Malin and The St. Marks Social as part of an April & May tour. Escovedo will hit numerous venues in New York & New Jersey including the previously discussed Port Washington date, The Bell House on April 30 (tickets), and Maxwell's on May 6th (tickets).

Escovedo is also playing the 2011 edition of Calgary festival Sled Island in June, alongside names like Sleep, Blonde Redhead, Cursive, Zola Jesus, The Greenhornes, and countless others. Tickets are on sale. The full lineup and the rest of Escovedo's tour dates, below...

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DOWNLOAD: Jason Isbell - Codeine (MP3)

Drive By Truckers
Drive-By Truckers

Drive-By Truckers are currently on the road in support of their new album Go-Go Boots which is out now. Their last swing through NYC happened not that long ago - they played the intimate-for-them Bowery Ballroom on 2/15, the same week the album was releasaed. The band returns to the area to hit Wellmont Theatre on June 11th with Alejandro Escovedo! Tickets go on sale at noon. Drive-By Truckers appeared on Conan on 3/8 to perform "Everybody Needs Love" from Go-Go Boots. VIdeo of that and all tour dates are below.

Meanwhile, Escovedo is preparing to head down to SXSW to pepper the city of Austin with shows. But Escovedo hasalso scheduled another area show. It happens on 4/29 in Port Washington, NY at Landmark on Main Street. Tickets are on sale.

Former trucker Jason Isbell will bring Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit to SXSW as well, and is scheduled to play four shows including the free BrooklynVegan/Knitting Factory/Partisan party at Barbarella/Swan Dive on 3/18. The band is also scheduled to hit Bowery Ballroom on 4/22 with Hayes Carll as part of an April tour.

Isbell's new album Here We Rest is out April 12 via Lightning Rod Records. Sample it with "Codeine" above. All dates and stuff below...

Continue reading "Drive By Truckers & Alejandro Escovedo playing NJ & other places, Jason Isbell releasing 'Here We Rest' (dates & MP3)"

Alejandro Escovedo at City Winery (more by Chris La Putt)
Alejandro Escovedo

Here's a tough job for you - opening for Bruce Springsteen at a rare club gig:

Alt-country great Alejandro Escovedo had the difficult task of performing in the slot directly before Springsteen. He made the questionable decision to not bring a full band, leaving him and another acoustic guitar player to perform for an increasingly impatient audience desperate for their Bruce fix. The biggest cheer he received was when he introduced the track "Rosalie," because some in the audience briefly thought he was saying "Rosalita." Springsteen did come out at the end to perform an acoustic rendition of "Always a Friend" with Escovdeo, a track they performed together on the Magic tour in 2008 and more recently at the Stone Pony. -[RollingStone]
The semi-surprise-Boss/Escovedo appearance on Saturday (1/15) was a benefit for Light of Day, an organization committed to the fight of Parkinson's disease. As discussed above, The Boss was clearly the main attraction in Asbury Park that night but he was joined by Escovedo, Jesse Malin, Willie Nile, and even Vincent Pastore (aka Big Pussy on The Sopranos) as the crew tore through Springsteen and even Beatles classics. Springsteen's full setlist, including what he played during the opener's sets, is below.

Alejandro Excovedo will probably command much more applause Tuesday (1/18) at Mexicali Live in Teaneck, NJ , one of a few dates he has in the NYC-area this week in celebration of his birthday! Those also include: City Winery on Friday (1/21, tickets are still available) and an already sold-out performance on Saturday (1/22).

All tour dates, some video and Bruce's setlist from Saturday are below.

Continue reading "Bruce Springsteen played a benefit in Asbury Park w/ Alejandro Escovedo (who is on tour again now)"

Alejandro Escovedo at City Winery (more by Chris La Putt)
Alejandro Escovedo

Alejandro Escovedo is spending the days leading up to Christmas on the road. He'll be in Norfolk, CT tonight (12/15) as part of a string of dates that will lead him to The Rubin Museum of Art on Friday (12/17). Tickets are still available. From there Escovedo will head to north to Woodstock to play a sold out show at Levon Helm's Midnight Ramble on 12/18, and hopefully Helm will be in attendance:

Levon Helm, the longtime Woodstock resident, former drummer for The Band and two-time Grammy winner, has been hospitalized but is expected to make a full recovery.

Helm's manager, Barbara O'Brien, told the sold-out crowd at Saturday night's (12/12) Midnight Ramble house concert at Levon Helm Studios that the 70-year-old Arkansas native has been hospitalized in New York City. The show went on, with Levon Helm Studios Chief Engineer Justin Guip filling in on drums. Guip often sits in on a few tunes at each Ramble, the Saturday night shows Helm holds at his home studio several times a month.

"Levon came down with a little bit of a cold this week and because he's got COPD, a little bit of a cold to you and me is a lot more serious for him," O' Brien said. "...We took him to the hospital today. He's going to be fine. He's in the city. He's with his specialist, but he's not going to be here tonight....He is so upset that he can't be here." [Poughkeepsie Journal]

Let's keep our fingers crossed and hope Levon gets well soon!

On a related or should I say relative note, Alejandro Escovedo's neice Sheila E will be in NYC the day after Escovedo (on 12/18 while he is upstate) to play with her old friend Prince at the sold-out Madison Square Garden. Prince kicks off his NYC area run tonight (12/15) at the Izod Center in NJ. Tickets are still available.

Alejandro Escovedo dates and some videos below.

Continue reading "Alejandro Escovedo on tour, Levon Helm hospitalized but ok"

Aimee Mann at Nokia in 2008 (more by Chris La Putt)
Aimee Mann

Saturday would have been John Lennon's 70th birthday, and a gang of musicians will link up on November 12th at Beacon Theater to participate in the 30th Annual John Lennon Tribute going down at the venue (tickets):

The tribute will benefit Playing For Change Foundation. This concert is a once-in-a-lifetime gathering of artists who will come together to celebrate the life, music and creative spirit of John Lennon. The all-star lineup of performers span nearly four generations, ranging from legendary music icons Jackson Browne, Patti Smith and Cyndi Lauperto acclaimed artists, Aimee Mann, Keb' Mo', Joan Osborne, Martin Sexton, Shelby Lynne, Taj Mahal, Meshell Ndegeocello, Alejandro Escovedo, Playing For Change, The Kennedys, Vusi Mahlasela, Rich Pagano of the Fab Faux, YouTube sensation Chris Bliss, Wendy Osserman Dance and the Tribute's co-creator and MAD Magazine Senior Editor, Joe Raiola.
Aimee Mann will also play a string of shows in the Northeast surrounding that appearance as well: Tarrytown Music Hall in Tarrytown, NY will see her on 11/11, SOPAC in South Orange, NJ gets her on 11/13, and Aimee Mann also has a date with Music Hall of Williamsburg on 11/22. Tickets for the latter are currently on AMEX presale, and go on regular sale today (10/8) at noon.

All dates and some videos below...

Continue reading "Aimee Mann touring, playing MHOW & a John Lennon Tribute w/ Patti Smith & many others (dates) "

words & photos by Benjamin Lozovsky

ZZ Top
ZZ Top

While many designers tagged trendier (see younger) performers to appear at their Fashion Week soirees, many of which happened the day before for Fashion's Night Out, John Varvatos and show curator/drummer Matt Sorum (Velvet Revolver, Guns N' Roses) stayed true to the spirit of the Bowery store located where CBGB once stood, picking a lineup that would make Wayne and Garth tremble with a lack of self worth (Mike Meyers sitting on the side of the stage with a giddy grin would seem to confirm that).

Alejandro Escovedo performed first on Saturday night (9/11), churning out garage crunch with no less than 4 guitarists blazing on the Varvatos store's small stage. Ian Hunter (lead singer of Mott the Hopple) followed and was joined by Escovedo for a performance of glam cornerstone anthem "All The Young Dudes."

To break up the boys club, former Runaways singer Cherie Currie, one of rock's more underappreciated female frontwomen, came on next. Currie performed "Cherry Bomb," the Runaways' ode to young female rebellion, with a still palpable sense of angst, proving at the same time you're never too old to stop flaunting sex appeal (and to fit into leather corsets).

The Darling Stilettos
Darling Stilettos

Taking a cue from the icon that preceded them, the night's youngest performers, The Darling Stilettos (think rock's answer to the Pussycat Dolls), danced and felt each other up in all the right places while screaming classic rock covers (and one original tune) like over-sexualized banshees.

There were new groups from established rockers as well. New York icon Jessie Malin performed with his latest musical collective The St. Marks Social, and recently formed rock super group Black Country Communion, consisting of former Deep Purple frontman/bassist Glenn Hughes, blues guitar god Joe Bonamassa, and prodigal son Jason Bonham (Led Zeppelin, Foreigner) gave a sneak preview of some of the heavy tracks from their upcoming self-titled debut.

After a brief pause, Los Angeles superstar cover band Camp Freddy settled in as the house band for the remainder of the show, welcoming on stage a revolving door of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame alumni as the evening catapulted upward in intensity. Some played covers, like ZZ Top (who were in town to play two nights at Beacon Theatre) evoking the spirit of Hendrix with "Foxy Lady" and Perry Farrell aggressively launching into the audience during "Sympathy for the Devil." Others did their own songs, like MC5's outspoken guitarist Wayne Kramer urging the crowd on during "Kick Out the Jams" with help from Handsome Dick Manitoba, or Alice Cooper being diabolically stylish while performing "I'm 18" and "School's Out."

By the time Farrell ended the night with Jane's Addiction's "Mountain Song," the Varvatos store crowd had finally reached the feverish level of turbulence one would expect for such a night. In fact the performers throughout the night consistently displayed more energy than the predominantly younger audience. For an event full of aging rockers, it really just felt like a riotous gathering of all the young dudes.

The crowd was full of familiar faces as well. Chris Brown, Jimmy Kimmel, Rachael Ray, and Matt Pinfield were among those getting their picture taken on the red carpet and mingling with the fashioned-out crowd. Iggy Pop (who played Don Hill's the night before) and Robert Plant (who played Bowery Ballroom the next day) were nowhere in sight though. More pictures and some videos from the whole night below...

Continue reading "ZZ Top, Perry Farrell, Alice Cooper & many more played John Varvatos' 10th Anniversary @ the Bowery store (pics & video) "


Black Rebel Motorcycle Club played the Fashion Week party at Don Hill's on Thursday. Iggy Pop and The Stooges played there Friday, and according to the above Tweet by Eli Mizrahi, Courtney Love is playing there tonight.

Eli's Tweet also reminds us that tonight is the John Varvatos's 10th Anniversary party in the store previously known as CBGB. There will be a concert from: 9 p.m. - 2 a.m. Supposedly confirmed performers include Alejandro Escovedo, Alice Cooper, Wayne Kramer, Ian Hunter, ZZ Top, Black Country Communion, Camp Freddy, Cherie Currie, Darling Stillettos, Handsome Dick Manitoba, Jesse Malin & The St. Marks Social, and Perry Farrell . Rumored performers include Iggy Pop and (thanks John) Robert Plant (who plays Bowery Ballroom Sunday).

Who else is playing fashion week parties tonight?

photos by Lori Baily, words by Andrew Frisicano

DOWNLOAD: Alejandro Escovedo - Silver Cloud (MP3)

Alejandro Escovedo & Tony Visconti @ Bowery Electric
Alejandro Escovedo

Alejandro Escovedo played two NYC-area shows this past week. The gigs followed his appearance on David Letterman Wednesday night (video below), and both featured their own special guests.

At the Wednesday night (7/21) Bowery Electric show, the guests were appropriate considering the venue: the East Village bar attracted a host of neighborhood regulars - some better prepared than others (crib sheets littered the stage). The on-stage friends included Ivan Julian (of Richard Hell & the Voidoids), Garland Jeffreys, "Handsome" Dick Manitoba, Bowery Electric owner Jesse Malin, Amy Cook, Kristeen Young, Tony Visconti (who also turned up at Alejandro's City Winery shows), James Mastro, Nicholas Tremulis and Fiona McBain. Alejandro Escovedo's new record, Street Songs of Love, stood up through the diverse interpretations: from Kristeen Young's octave-jumping belting to Ivan Julian's snarling drawl. Though the show's tightest moment caught Alejandro locked in with his band, the Sensitive Boys, like on the show-opening "Always A Friend," from his previous album, Real Animal. For the encore, a swamped stage worked through the Rolling Stones' "Beast of Burden" and Mott the Hopple's "All the Young Dudes."

After the set, the band and friends hung around upstairs to catch themselves on Letterman. Our photographer Lori Baily hung around too, and her pictures from the entire show are below.

Two nights later (7/23), Alejandro invited a different guest up on stage for his show at New Jersey's Stone Pony. Bruce Springsteen joined for their Street Songs duet ("Faith"), an Alejandro song covered by the Boss in the past ("Always A Friend") and (like at Bowery Electric) "Beast of Burden."

Check out "Silver Cloud" from the new album, posted above. Videos from NJ & Letterman, and more pictures from NYC, below...

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Alejandro Escovedo @ City Winery in June (more by Chris La Putt)
Alejandro Escovedo

Alejandro Escovedo, whose excellent Street Songs of Love came out in June, will be back in New York this week for a Wednesday, July 21st show at Bowery Electric. Tickets are on sale. The show is advertised as "with special guests," which isn't so much of a surprise since last time he was through town he brought out Ian Hunter, Tony Visconti and Tift Merritt.

Friday he plays an all-ages show at Stone Pony in Asbury Park, NJ, with Megan McCormick. Tickets are on sale for that too.

At the end of June, Alejandro followed up his NYC shows with an instore at Vintage Vinyl Records in Fords, NJ. Video from that and other recent shows, and all tour dates (some Western US shows in August), are below...

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