Austin, TX’s own Alejandro Escovedo is set to hit Chicago’s Lincoln Hall next Tuesday night along with his band The Sensitive Boys and opener Jimmy Griffin, and we’ve got TWO TICKETS to give away to one lucky winner.
If you don’t know Escovedo’s music, well, first of all shame on you, and second of all, read this:
Mention Alejandro Escovedo to a casual music fan, and you’ll probably get a shrug of indifference.
But mention him to fans of punk, alt-country, blazing guitar-rock or confessional string-quartet pop, and you might get a big smile.
For those not aware of the Mexican American musician’s talent, experience and rich history, suffice it to say he’s a sort of a musical “Zelig,” although hardly ordinary or unimportant.
He was named Musician of the Decade by No Depression magazine in 1998. Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone, The New York Times, USA Today and Entertainment Weekly have all done loving profiles. He’s appeared on “Austin City Limits,” “Late Night With Conan O’Brian,” “Today,” “Tonight,” with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band and at the Democratic National Convention.
Fans have decried their hero’s lack of popular recognition or mainstream success, but Escovedo sees it differently.
“I’m quite grateful and glad it’s gone this way,” he said during a phone interview. “I’m comfortable to have been able to experiment, to have had creative freedom and to have played music for a good reason.”
If that’s not enough, then take my word for it — I’ve seen him a couple of times before (including a set at Maria’s Taco X-Press during SXSW, a picture of which you can see above), and he puts on a fantastic show. You want to go. You just may not know it yet.