Wednesday: Ely, Escovedo Texas two-step The Ark


A monster Texas double bill rolls into Ann Arbor at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 23. The Ark welcomes Joe Ely and Alejandro Escovedo for a Texas show for the ages.

Tickets are $30.

Ely was born between Route 66 and the Rock Island Line in Amarillo, Texas, and he saw Jerry Lee Lewis playing on a flatbed trailer in an Amarillo dust storm when he was six years old. Since then he’s had a career than can fairly be called mythic.

His songs about the geographic and romantic landscapes of the Lone Star State are pure poetry, but there’s no other Texas songwriter on whom rock has left a stronger mark.

Joe was a member of the original Flatlanders, a backup vocalist with the Clash, a member of Los Super Seven, and a true pioneer of Americana and progressive Texas music.

Alejandro Escovedo’s life reads like a primer in renewal. He was around at the dawn of American punk rock in his band the Nuns, which opened the last Sex Pistols show.

His next band, Rank and File, marked a key stage in the early evolution of what became known as alternative country. Since then he’s been a solo songwriter full of amazing stories, a full-blast rocker, and a survivor back from the brink of death. A superb electric guitarist, Alejandro forges a new and distinctive way of approaching his material each time he’s come to The Ark.


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