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Live Review: Alejandro Escovedo @ Club 603 — 4/9/24

It’s a uncommon deal with to have the opportunity to not only have a opportunity to see a musical legend, but to see them in a living space &#8212 entirely electric powered and with a entire band &#8212 is on a different stage. And that is just how it felt from the initial song Austin-based artist Alejandro Escovedo and his band played at Baltimore’s Club 603.

For the uninitiated, Club 603 is Baltimore’s ideal-held key. The property of Scott and Jean Vieth have been host to 156 (as of Tuesday night) reveals that have found artists like Jesse Malin, Craig Finn, Mark Eitzel, and so a lot of more enjoy there and then return. In simple fact, Alejandro has performed in their dwelling space at minimum three occasions that I can keep in mind. 

Possibly it was the excitement of the release of Escovedo’s new album, Echo Dancing, or maybe it was some cosmic remnants of Monday’s photo voltaic eclipse, but from the to start with song, “John Conquest” with those people distorted guitars like a swarm of bees appeared to appear out of nowhere and established the tone for the rest of the night on April 9. Now, I have found Alejandro Escovedo a variety of periods in advance of, and I had my favorites (“Sally Was a Cop” still gives me chills) but this felt like a thing new. 

Opening the night was a established by James Mastro who pulled double obligation in the Alejandro Escovedo band on guitar. In my encounter with dwelling exhibits there is normally no opening performer, so this was some thing specific.

In in between fiery licks and thunderous percussion, Alejandro informed stories of the two how tracks came to be but also of the periods in which they have been penned. Songs like &#8220Teenage Baggage&#8221 told of travels amongst Texas and California while, an additional of my favorites, &#8220Sonica Usa&#8221 was a loosely fictionalized tale of figuring out and belonging with the traces &#8220I noticed the Zeros and they appeared like me / This is the The us I wanna be&#8221 referencing The MC5 and even his old band, The Nuns, a San Francisco punk band that fashioned just before punk rock was even a issue.

Watch Alejandro Escovedo conduct &#8220Sonica Usa&#8221 for Globe Cafe on YouTube:

Dwelling reveals give an artist space to join with an audience that I truly feel hits in a different way than when you&#8217re in a crowded bar or night time club. Even with a complete band and the roar of amp pushed rock &#8216n&#8217 roll, that connection was strongly felt. There was a give and consider that wasn&#8217t masked by dazzling lights and lifted stages.

Wrapping up their established with the excellent &#8220Chelsea Resort &#821778,&#8221 &#8220Castanets,&#8221 and &#8220Far too A lot of Tears&#8221 which are all featured on Echo Dancing. You know it&#8217s a terrific demonstrate when it&#8217s so vivid in your memory times afterward, and this was one of all those.

Alejandro Escovedo and his band continue their tour of North America, and owning the option to see these music up close is a little something not to skip.

The setlist integrated:

John Conquest
Sacramento and Polk
Bury Me
All people Loves Me
Teenage Luggage
Sonica United states
Sensitive Boys / Outside Your Doorway
Dearhead on the Wall
Sally Was a Cop
Chelsea Lodge &#821778
Far too Many Tears

Below are more shots of Alejandro Escovedo doing at Club 603 on April 9, 2024. All pics copyright and courtesy of David LaMason.