Live Bands

Alejandro Escovedo with Susan Voelz

When: Fri., April 17, 9 p.m. 2015

Two underappreciated rockers come to Spokane this week. First is Texas legend Alejandro Escovedo, whose music has spanned an incredible array of genres — his punk band the Nuns opened for the Sex Pistols in the 1970s and his ’80s act Rank and File basically invented “roots-rock” — before landing in his sweet spot as an Americana singer/songwriter. On Friday, he’ll play acoustic with violinist Susan Voelz. Five days later, piano-pop pioneer Leon Russell headlines. After years working in the famous “Wrecking Crew” studio band and as a noteworthy producer, Russell found solo success with a gospel-soul sound. Nearly forgotten after years of inactivity, Elton John tracked him down to make an album, 2010’s The Union, and he’s been enjoying the spotlight ever since.

Dan Nailen

Price: $12/$15