Escovedo’s name should be familiar to any fan of real rock’n’roll. He is part of a musical family that includes brothers Pete (Santana, Azteca), Coke (Santana, Malo), Alejandro (The Nuns, Rank & File), Mario (The Dragons) and niece Sheila E (Prince). Having formed The Zeros in 1976 while attending Chula Vista High School the band became hot on the Hollywood circuit and released the seminal punk single “Wimp” b/w “Don’t Push Me Around” on Bomp! Records in 1977. After enduring multiple lineup changes and relocating to San Francisco the band would eventually break up in 1981.
Javier then moved on to Austin forming critically acclaimed band The True Believers in 1982 with brother Alejandro and Jon Dee Graham. The TB’s would become a legendary live act and sign successively with Rounder Records before having their contract snapped up by EMI only to be dropped in the major label shakeup game and call it quits in 1987.
Escovedo would bounce around over the next two decades between New York, Austin and Los Angeles working with a variety of lesser-known acts before re-emerging with The Zeros in the mid-2000’s touring Europe and the States, until finally releasing (at the insistence of fans and fellow musicians) his first solo album “City Lights” in 2012. 2016 brought his second solo album “Kicked Out Of Eden” for Saustex Records. The album perfectly distills everything he loves: glam, 60’s garage and pop and the more melodic side of punk. The LP (also released on cassette by Burger Records) garnered great reviews and made several year-end best of lists.
Javier Escovedo & The City Lights
Thursday March 16th – The Saxon Pub – Austin, TX (official SXSW showcase)
Tuesday March 14th – The White Horse – Austin, TX
w/ Hickoids, Jon Langford & The Far Forlorn, Count Vaseline, Corrine Rose, The Guillotines
Wednesday March 15th – Under The Volcano – Houston, TX
w/ Western Star
Friday March 17th – Hitones – San Antonio, TX
w/ Joecephus & The George Jonestown Massacre, GDX
Saturday March 18th – “The New Texas Love-In” ABGB – Austin, TX
w/ Pong, Pocket FishRmen, Poor Dumb Bastards, Ian Quiet Band
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