Alejandro Escovedo rockks it out at Gig Performance Space; pianist Janicee Carissa performs at First Presbyterian Church; foolk singer Dar Williams plays Gig; Flamenco Fiesta: Dance With Spirit takes the stage at Teatro Paraguas
Sounds of catharsis: Alejandro Escovedo
Alejandro Escovedo plays old-school rock-and-roll like the 1970s never ended. Whatever he’s going through ends up in the music. Health problems, near- death experiences, and the psychological fallout from them have taken center stage in recent years. On Burn
Something Beautiful (Concord Bicycle Music, 2016), he confronts the trauma of living through a hurricane while on his honeymoon. The album has Escovedo’s familiar punk riffs, while some tracks, like “Redemption Blues,” sound like the emotional equivalent of a haunted house. Escovedo plays at Gig Performance Space (1808 Second St.) at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 4. Visit www.gigsantafe.com for ticket availability. — Jennifer Levin
Musician and scholar: Janice Carissa
A native of Indonesia, pianist Janice Carissa is a student at the Curtis Institute of Music and a Young Scholar of the Lang Lang International Music Foundation, which provides mentoring to pianists embarking on their careers and gets them involved in community service through its Keys of Inspiration and Play It Forward initiatives. At this week’s TGIF concert at First Presbyterian Church (208 Grant Ave.), she will perform Beethoven’s Appassionata Sonata and the Sonata No. 2 of Gra yna Bacewicz, composed in 1953. This free concert (donations welcome) takes place at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 3. For further information, call 505-982- 8544, Ext. 16. — James M. Keller
Sweet truths: Dar Williams
Folk singers are known for lulling audiences with dulcet tones while filling their heads with politically charged lyrics. Dar Williams, who has been growing steadily more outspoken and progressive since the 1990s, embraces this tactic with bear-hug-like enthusiasm. She keeps company with such kindred spirits as Mary Chapin Carpenter, Shawn Colvin, and Joan Baez, women who sometimes need to be seen live to truly understand the power of hard truths delivered with sweet voices and expert musicianship. Williams plays at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 3, at Gig Performance Space (1808 Second St.). Visit www.gigsantafe.com for ticket availability. — J.L.
History at bedtime, in dance: Flamenco Fiesta
The strength of community and the resilience of the human spirit are explored through the art of f lamenco in Flamenco Fiesta: Dance With Spirit at Teatro Paraguas Studios (3205 Calle Marie, 505- 424-1601). Dancer Mina Fajardo, guitarist Jose Chuscales, and singer Roberto Zamora interpret a bedtime story about the conquistadors’ arrival in what is now New Mexico over 400 years ago. Performances are at 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 3; 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 4; and 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 5. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door (discounts available); visit www.teatroparaguas.org. — J.L.