Harp magazine checks in with Austin singer/songwriter Alejandro Escovedo, widely considered one of the great underrated talents of modern American folk. Escovedo reveals some music news (including an upcoming album with legendary producer Glyn Johns), but also chats about an upcoming concert-film project with Oscar-winner Jonathan Demme, which involves popular Austin diner Las Manitas:
Demme is set to lens Escovedo in concert at the famed Las Manitas Mexican restaurant on Austin’s Congress Avenue. Soon after, the restaurant, where Escovedo has regularly performed, and where he’s hosted super-intimate SXSW performances over the years, will be bulldozed to make room for a new hotel.
According to the filmmaker, the film (title and date of performance t.b.a) will capture Escovedo “in his many musical incarnations, which range from garage-rock to working with his string quintet, and will showcase songs from his more than two-decades-long career up to his most recent highly-acclaimed release, The Boxing Mirror.”
HARP has been on hand for more than a few Escovedo performances, including his S.R.O. Las Manitas shows at SXSW. Trust us: this will be something unique.
P.S.: SXSW co-founder Louis Black has been very integral to the birth of this project, helping unite two of his longtime friends: Demme and Escovedo.