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PHOTOS: Alejandro Escovedo and Peter Buck at Stuart's Opera House

By
Bryan Gibson

Dateline
Updated Mon, Feb 24, 2014 12:21 pm
Alejandro Escovedo and Peter Buck
Stuart's Opera House, Nelsonville, Ohio
Feb. 23, 2014
 

It may have been a sleepy Sunday night for some folks in Athens County, but the audience at Stuart’s Opera House was wide awake.

"This is going to be kinda loud," announced Peter Buck, whose fuzzed-out garage rock paved the way for Americana legend Alejandro Escovedo, who took the stage later in the evening.

Buck was joined by his regular backing band, which includes guitarist Kurt Bloch (The Fastbacks, Young Fresh Fellows), multi-instrumentalist Scott McCaughey (Young Fresh Fellows, Minus 5, R.E.M.) and drummer Bill Rieflin (R.E.M., Ministry, King Crimson).

The former R.E.M. guitarist ripped through a dozen Nuggets-style tunes in quick succession, occasionally stopping to talk to the audience ("Thanks for coming out on a Sunday night. I'm not being sarcastic...I probably wouldn't go out on a Sunday night.") and encouraging people to make their way up to the orchestra section to dance (several did).

After a brief intermission, Escovedo and his longtime violinist Susan Voelz joined Buck and band for a spirited set of original classics ("Always a Friend," "Rosalie," "Sally Was A Cop") and between-song stories before closing with a moving, unamplified version of Lou Reed's "Street Hassle."

"I think we're going to have to come back to Nelsonville again," said Escovedo. Judging from last night's audience response, his return can't come too soon.

Photos by Brooke Herbert Hayes

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