Tuesday, September 2, 2003
Until April 2003 things were looking pretty good for singer/ songwriter/playwright Alejandro Escovedo. His work in groups from proto-punk S.F.-ers the Nuns to Texas' True Believers had won him three decades of acclaim, and with a new album in production and an upcoming tour, life looked pretty sweet. That is, until Escovedo collapsed due to hepatitis C complications. Now, without health insurance and unable to work, he's in pretty dire straits -- and his many admirers want to help. Tonight's "Benefit Concert for Alejandro Escovedo"features turns from ex Modern Lovers frontman Jonathan Richman, the Iguanas, Dave Alvin, and a host of other community-minded rockers, and is MC'd by actor George Wendt. Yes, Norm from Cheers. Yes, we thought that was kinda weird, too; turns out that, just like the other talented performers on the bill, he's an Escovedo fan interested in helping the cause. The music starts at 8 p.m. at Slim's, 333 11th St. (at Folsom), S.F. Admission is $20; call 255-0333 or visit www.slims-sf.com.