Alejandro Escovedo with Special Guest Sylvain Sylvain (The New York Dolls)

Alejandro Escovedo with Special Guest Sylvain Sylvain (The New York Dolls)

Diane and The Gentle Men, Revel In Dimes, The Artisanals

Thu · May 17, 2018

7:00 pm

$18.00 - $20.00

Tickets at the Door

This event is 21 and over

Alejandro Escovedo
Alejandro Escovedo
Renowned songwriter, singer, true believer, Alejandro Escovedo released Burn Something Beautiful on October 28th, 2016 via Fantasy Records. The new album, Escovedo’s first solo endeavor since 2012’s highly acclaimed Big Station, is in actuality, a highly collaborative affair. Teaming with Peter Buck (R.E.M.) and Scott McCaughey (The Minus 5) to co-write the album’s songs, Escovedo also enlisted the pair to act as the project’s producers.

Escovedo and company take some mighty big swings here. At once a celebration of the rock and roll life, a contemplation on mortality, and the healing power of love, Burn Something Beautiful connects repeatedly with Escovedo’s soulful heart and voice at its core. Recorded in April at Portland’s Type Foundry studio, the project coalesced with the help of an esteemed group of musicians who give the album a genuine band feel. They include guitarist Kurt Bloch (The Fastbacks), drummer John Moen (The Decemberists), vocalists Corin Tucker (Sleater-Kinney) and Kelly Hogan (Neko Case, The Flat Fie) as well as saxophonist Steve Berlin (Los Lobos).

In a trailblazing career that began with The Nuns, San Francisco’s famed punk innovators, to the Austin-based-based alt-country rock pioneers, Rank & File, to Texas bred darlings, True Believers, through countless all-star collaborations and tribute album appearances and finally a series of beloved solo albums beginning with 1992’s acclaimed Gravity, Escovedo has earned a surplus of distinctions: No Depression magazine’s Artist of the Decade Award in 1998 and the Americana Music Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award for Performing in 2006, just to name two.

“You just do your good work, and people care,” Alejandro says. “I always believed, when I was a kid, that if you worked hard, you would find fulfillment. I think I got a lot of that from my father and my brothers. A working musician is all I ever wanted to be. Hard work, stay true to what you want to do, and then eventually someone would notice for that very reason.”

Co-producer Peter Buck says, “I’ve been a fan of Alejandro’s music for over 30 years, and recording with him was as good as I expected it to be. I think he, Scott McCaughey and I really extended our vocabulary as writers and musicians, coming up with something that is unlike anything we have done individually in the past.”
“I felt a real kinship with Alejandro since we first met in 1986,” Co-producer Scott McCaughey says. “We bonded over our mutual love of the rock & roll circus. Making this record really meant a lot to me, and I think people will get that when they hear it.”
Burn Something Beautiful is Alejandro Escovedo at his very best. His many gifts are revealed across a lifetime spent in dedication to and faith in the hard work of life and music…and its possibilities. Refusing to go unnoticed.
Diane and The Gentle Men
Diane and The Gentle Men
Diane Gentile is a songwriter, singer and guitarist. The Gentle Men are Colin Brooks on drums, Matt Basile on bass and a few rotating guitarists - Jason Victor, Hammar Sing and Mike Fornatale. The band released a single on Velvet Elk Records titled "Motorcycle" (produced by Steve Wynn of the Dream Syndicate) that was "Coolest Song in the World" on Little Steven's Underground Garage channel on Sirius Satellite Radio and received 12 weeks of heavy airplay. Her duo project with guitarist Alfonso Velez toured the UK as support for Jesse Malin and Don Dilego and the Touristas. Diane and the Gentle Men have opened for Richard Lloyd (Television), LAMF, Alejandro Escovedo, Hollis Brown, Steve Wynn, Tommy Stinson, Palmyra Delran (The Friggs), and played on bills with a host of other great bands like Lulu Lewis and Steve Conte. Diane has guest appeared with Tommy Stinson at the Bell House in Brooklyn, NY, at City Winery in NYC for 2 sold out nights for the T-Rex Tribute show and at the Bowery Ballroom in NYC for The Positive Panther Benefit with Jesse Malin. The band performed in Tompkins Square Park in NYC for Howl Festival.

"Diane Gentile is a sort of younger New York counterpart to the Motel's Martha Davis. She pus her own individualistic spin on the dark side of propulsive '80's new wave, and her band is killer." (New York Music Daily, May 2016).

The video of "Motorcycle" debuted on PancakesandWhiskey.com.
Revel In Dimes
Revel In Dimes
Raw blues and rock band from Brooklyn, NY
The Artisanals
The Artisanals
Somewhere on a dusty road or a well traveled interstate, right at this very moment, a rock n’ roll band is pounding the rock. They’re probably wearing the same clothes they had on yesterday, and reminiscing about last night’s gig. Inspired by a guitar lick that cuts to the bone or a melody that lingers on refrain, this band is following a path forged by countless other musicians who’ve lived and died in dive bars or ‘made it’ with their posters taped to bedroom walls. What makes this band of brothers any different? This band is The Artisanals.

Johnny Delaware grew up in a small South Dakota town surrounded by cornfields and dirt roads. For 19 years, he lived in a wide-eyed perspective baptized in the setting of a John Mellencamp song. In order to personally evolve and carry out his musical destiny, Delaware knew that the heartland wind would have to blow him around the country. Eventually, Delaware would move to Charleston, SC and team up with guitarist Clay Houle, drummer Josh Hoover, and bassist Eric Mixon to form The Artisanals in late 2016. Within a year of forming, The Artisanals dropped their four-track debut EP, Literally, Anywhere, and promptly received critical acclaim from Huffington Post, Paste Magazine, Daytrotter, PopMatters.

Now, The Artisanals are set to drop their debut self-titled full length album. Produced by Wolfgang Zimmerman and set to release on AWAL on September 21, 2018, The Artisanals, is the first ever record to come out of the Magic Barn - an Iowa studio-converted-barn that features the Neve console and gear from NYC’s now defunct Magic Shop Studio which recorded David Bowie’s last two albums, Arcade Fire’s The Suburbs, and can be seen on Dave Grohl’s Sonic Highways.

With sonic influences ranging from the heartland rock of Bruce Springsteen (“Angel 42”), and neo-psychedelia anthems of My Morning Jacket (“Pound The Rock”), to the dream-pop work of The Cars and The War On Drugs (“Drag”), The Artisanals 10-track LP showcases Delaware and Houle’s knack for writing hooks as well as their ear for quality production. The album utilizes everything from a gong, organ, piano, sitar, french horn, trombone, and koto, to a string section sourced from the nearby University of Iowa. Mastered by Howie Weinberg, (Spoon, Ryan Adams, Nirvana), there’s no filler on The Artisanals. From start to finish, this record is a straight banger.
Venue Information:
Bowery Electric
327 Bowery
New York, NY, 10003
http://www.theboweryelectric.com/