LIVE: Alejandro Escovedo & the Burn Something Beautiful Band @ Club Helsinki, 1/6/17

January 25th, 2017, 2:00 pm by Greg
Alejandro Escovedo

Alejandro Escovedo

Photographs by Michael Hochanadel

Texas tunesmith Alejandro Escovedo has made regular tour stops throughout Greater Nippertown over the years – his most recent was at the Cohoes Music Hall as a trio with cellist Brian Standefer and keyboardist Sean Giddings last May – and rarely has he brought along the same backing musicians.

His show earlier this month at Club Helsinki in Hudson was no exception, but rarely has Escovedo brought along such a high-wattage, all-star band – including Peter Buck, Scott McCaughey, Kurt Bloch and Linda Pitmon.

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And Escovedo was touring in support of his new album, Burn Something Beautiful (released in late October), and he made the most of it in Hudson, leading the band through 10 of the 13 new tunes, all co-written with Buck and McCaughey, who also served as co-producers for the album.

Ripping up the joint on the first Friday of the new year, Escovedo and his band already earned a slot on a lot of Best of 2017 lists.

SECOND OPINIONS
Michael Hochanadel’s review at The Daily Gazette

ALEJANDRO ESCOVEDO SET LIST
Heartbeat Smile
Shave the Cat
Beauty of Your Smile
Castanets
I Don’t Want to Play Guitar Anymore
Suit of Lights
Sensitive Boys
Sunday Morning Feeling
Farewell to the Good Times
Luna De Miel
Johnny Volume
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ENCORES
All the Young Dudes (David Bowie)
Down in the Bowery
Always a Friend

Alejandro Escovedo, Scott McCaughey, Kurt Bloch, Peter Buck and Linda Pitmon

Alejandro Escovedo, Scott McCaughey, Kurt Bloch, Peter Buck and Linda Pitmon

Alejandro Escovedo, Kurt Bloch, Peter Buck and Scott McCaughey

Alejandro Escovedo, Kurt Bloch, Peter Buck and Scott McCaughey

Alejandro Escovedo

2 thoughts on “LIVE: Alejandro Escovedo & the Burn Something Beautiful Band @ Club Helsinki, 1/6/17”

  1. Fred says:

    This was a rock and roll evening for the ages; I can still hear the music.

  2. Rudy Lu says:

    Nice photographs Mike.

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