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.