Under the Influence

A MILWAUKEE BENEFIT FOR ALEJANDRO ESCOVEDO On Saturday September 13, 2003 Linneman’s Riverwest Inn will participate in a series of benefit concerts being held to help ailing singer-songwriter Alejandro Escovedo pay his medical bills. Escovedo collapsed after a April 26 show in Phoenix and has since been diagnosed with complications of the liver due to Hepatitis C. All proceeds will go to a trust that has been established to handle donations on his behalf at www.alejandrofund.com (Donations can also be made directly at www.alejandrofund.com.) The outpouring of musicians who are performing benefits include: [John Doe (San Diego); Ian Hunter, Lenny Kaye & Garland Jeffreys (New York); Dave Alvin & Peter Case (San Francisco); Jon Langford / The Waco Bros (Chicago & New York) and many other friends too numerous to mention from Calgary to Austin. The Linneman’s performance will gather Milwaukee area musicians touched by the Austin, Texas native’s music, spirit and friendship to help defray his mounting medical costs. Escovedo’s headline performance at last year’s Gilfest was an amazing spectacle by a band that drove non-stop from Canada to play the annual Milwaukee street festival. But that evening is only one in a seemingly endless chain of Alejandro anecdotes. Dan Franke, guitarist for Milwaukee’s The Mighty Deerlick recalls first meeting Alejandro back in the 80’s. Franke’s band played a gig in LaCrosse, Wisconsin with Escovedo’s band The True Believers. That contact grew into a mutual friendship which led to Franke’s band playing the first South by Southwest Music Conference in Austin. “A guy that tours as much as he does — how many people does he meet? Yet he still remembers everyone each time he comes through town.” Over the years Escovedo’s music has consistently blurred the critic-defined genres of pop music. Acclaimed by roots-music bible No Depression magazine as “Artist of the Decade”, Alejandro’s music smears folk, country, glam, punk, chamber and dead-on Rolling Stones riffage into one soulful gumbo. The Milwaukee artists performing likewise reflect this eclectic, but heartfelt mix. Headliners will be Chicago-based Dollar Store, which feature former Milwaukeean Dean Schlabowske, who also performs with Escovedo’s Bloodshot labelmates, The Waco Brothers. Under the Influence A MILWAUKEE BENEFIT FOR ALEJANDRO ESCOVEDO Saturday, September 13 — Linneman’s Riverwest Inn Featuring: Bloodshot Records Recording Artists DOLLAR STORE [with Dean Schlabowske of the Waco Bros] – and – The Aimless Blades, The Carolinas, The Mighty Deerlick, Stall, Stick Pony, West Of Rome, – plus special guests –