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.

Escovedo, Springsteen - Always a Friend Light Of Day 11

Light of Day Jam w/ Bruce Springsteen "Twist & Shout" (clip) 1/15/11 LOD 11 Paramount Theatre

Bruce Springsteen's setlist at Saturday's Light of Day show (via):
1. Broken Radio (with Jesse Malin)
2. Heaven Help the Lonely (with Willie Nile)
3. Always a Friend (with Alejandro Escovedo)
Solo Acoustic:
4. Your Own Worst Enemy
5. This Hard Land
With Joe Grushekcy and the Houserockers:
6. Another Thin Line
7. Atlantic City
8. Never Be Enough Time
9. Adam Raised a Cain
10. One Way Street
11. I'm Not Sleeping
12. Save My Love
13. Talking to the King
14. Pink Cadillac (w/Danny Clinch on harmonica)
15. Darkness on the Edge of Town
16. The Promised Land
17. Light Of Day
18. "Twist And Shout" ...finale with all the night's performers. Even Big Pussy.
19. "Thunder Road" (acoustic w/ piano)

Alejandro Escovedo - 2011 Tour Dates
Tue 01/18/11 Teaneck, NJ Mexicali Live
Fri 01/21/11 New York, NY City Winery
Sat 01/22/11 New York, NY City Winery
Tue 01/25/11 Easton, MD Avalon Theatre
Wed 01/26/11 Roanoke, VA Kirk Avenue Music
Thu 01/27/11 Carrboro, NC Cat's Cradle
Fri 01/28/11 Charlotte, NC Neighborhood Theatre
Sun 01/30/11 Decatur, GA Eddie's Attic
Mon 01/31/11 Decatur, GA Eddie's Attic
Tue 02/01/11 Chattanooga, TN Rhythm & Brews
Thu 02/03/11 Baton Rouge, LA Manship Theatre
Fri 04/29/11 Port Washington, NY The Landmark