Alejandro Escovedo Brings An Evening Of Music And Cancer Prevention Awareness To City Winery
Texas singer/songwriter Alejandro Escovedo’s Jan. 31 appearance at the City Winery is far more than just an evening of music from an Americana legend. On his current, 12-city “Think About the Link” tour, Escovedo is partnering with the Prevent Cancer Foundation to raise awareness about the link between human papillomavirus (HPV), hepatitis B, and hepatitis C, and liver cancer — a health risk that Escovedo has experienced firsthand.
“The Prevent Cancer Foundation asked me to be a spokesperson for them last year because of my own battle with Hepatitis C and eventual recovery,” Escovedo says. “HPV, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C are responsible for about 70 percent of all liver cancers, and yet most people are not aware of the risk. I don’t have the exact figures, but there are an incredible number of people walking around that don't even know they have Hepatitis C. It's called the silent killer. It can lay dormant for 20 or 25 years. People need to get tested and then vaccinated or treated. That's what we're trying to encourage.”
For this special tour, Escovedo chose to play his 2001 album, A Man Under the Influence, in its entirety with a band that includes many of the original musicians featured on the album. The choice of that album for the tour was motivated by another cancer-related tragedy.
“The main inspiration for the choice was the death of our guitar player, Joe Eddy Hines, last year from liver cancer,” Escovedo says. “When Joe passed it was very heavy for me. I loved Joe and his family very much. He was good father, a good man and a great guitar player. I thought the best way to honor him was to play an album live that he was such a big part of.”
Nashville is the ninth stop on the tour, and Escovedo says thus far both the music and the message have received positive responses.
“I think the tour has worked very well, and we’re getting the message out. My wife was just telling me about all the people that come to merch table and share stories about people close to them who have passed, are struggling, or have survived. I think we all know someone that has dealt with this. People should come out to the show [and] enjoy themselves but also learn something important. We have a great band, but it's also a real heart opener.”
The Alejandro Escovedo Band will perform at City Winery on Wed., Jan. 31, with opening sets from Chris Stamey and Millie McGuire. Doors open at 6 p.m., and the show starts at 8 p.m.; tickets are available at City Winery.