PHOTOS BY FRED MILLS
Ye olde editor will never be a concert photographer (although at one particularly odd point in time, long before Instagram, I placed photos taken with my battered Nikon in both Billboard and Creative Loafing), but it was a no-brainer to take the point-and-click down to Raleigh’s Moore Square on May 18 to get some shots of Alejandro Escovedo & the Sensitive Boys closing out the annual ArtsPlosure festival. With superb weather and a relaxed atmosphere, Al and his crew delivered a freewheeling set of fave cuts (standout was clearly “Castanets”) alongside a pair of choice covers (Neil Young’s “Like a Hurricane,” which generated a somewhat, ahem, inexpert chorus singalong from what was a decidedly greying crowd; the Stones’ “Beast Of Burden,” the rousing concert closer, which brought out a local guest guitarist (from the late, great Patty Hurst Shifter—see if you can guess who he is in the last sequence of photos below). Many regional musicians were spotted in the audience, no doubt taking notes on what it means to be a lifer and knowing what to do with that status. A good time was had by all, as it is always Escovedo time around the BLURT enclave.