Sunday night brings Alejandro Escovedo to town, to headline a benefit show for old Raleigh hand Chip Robinson -- who is recovering from a broken hip but does not have health insurance. That's a sadly common situation; and seven years ago, the roles were reversed. Escovedo was ailing, and Robinson's late great band the Backsliders played a one-off reunion at a benefit show that happened almost exactly seven years ago (see this). Since then, Escovedo has recovered and gone on to reach a new peak of mainstream popularity. We can only hope something similar happens for Robinson. Meantime, come on out Sunday evening.
Alejandro Escovedo: Being for the benefit of Mr. Robinson
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David Menconi has been the News & Observer's music critic since 1991. Before that, he spent five years at the Daily Camera in Boulder, Colo. He has a masters in journalism from the University of Texas and a B.A. in English from Southwestern University. You can find more of his writing here.