Alejandro Escovedo at Off Broadway, 5/15/12: Review and Setlist

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Jimmy Griffin continued to exhibit his strong guitar skills and utter showmanship during "Chelsea Hotel," a song that gave each instrumentalist a moment in solo glory.

An air of tension hung over the crowd after the final song, "Always a Friend" -- people hung around in hopes of an encore that would support the amazing first act. Escovedo and Co. brought out the big guns in their first encore and performed David Bowie's "All the Young Dudes." Arms swayed, beer was spilled and lyrics were unintelligibly hollered during the band's second encore -- an equally sensuous cover of the Rolling Stones' "Beast of Burden." Kelly Wild got her chance to show off her vocal prowess while exchanging lyrics with Escovedo. In fitting fashion for a storyteller, Escovedo closed the night with "Down in the Bowery" -- a deeply emotional song of encouragement for his son.

Critic's Notebook:

Personal Bias: I was blown away by the magnitude of the instrumentalists; while the rhythm section wasn't really adventurous (and, really, they didn't need to be) the keyboard player, the horn section and Jimmy Griffin were outstanding and surprised me in the best way possible. The show far exceeded my expectations.

Random Detail: I'm pretty sure the dude next to me was a statue. He stood frozen in time with a PBR in his hands and a goofy smile plastered on his face.

Overheard: "No, I mean it smells like the actual airport in here..."

Setlist: Rosalie I Was Drunk Sensitive Boys I Wish I Was Your Mother (Ian Harper) Sally Was A Cop This Bed is Getting Crowded Anchor Tender Heart Bottom of the World San Antonio Rain Can't Make Me Run Chelsea Hotel Always A Friend Encore All The Young Dudes (David Bowie) Encore Beast of Burden (Rolling Stones) Encore ?? Down in the Bowery

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