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Friday The 13th Escovedo, Skarnales Fans' Lucky Day

While Friday the 13th is universally considered a day of bad luck, in fact it just turned out to be Houston's lucky day. This afternoon Miller Outdoor Theatre announced a free show for that date starring none other than Alejandro Escovedo and the Sensitive Boys plus Houston's own favorite vatos, Los Skarnales.

Escovedo, who was No Depression magazine's Artist of the Decade from 1995-2005, coinciding with the magazine's ten year anniversary, has been rocking hard since recovering from a bout with Hepatitis C a few years back.

His last two albums have been supported by guitar god Chuck Prophet and have been greatly admired by a wide spectrum of music critics. His last Houston show was to a small but appreciative crowd at House of Blues' Bronze Peacock Room in March.

Perennial local faves Los Skarnales are pushing hard with their latest album, Dale Shine, an album that finds them stretching beyond their ska base into rockabilly and funk.

Pairing them with the explosive Escovedo seems like a dynamic combination and a genius booking move on short notice by the Miller folks. Shows at the park are always free and open to the general public.

This is a ticketed event for the covered seating area. Free tickets are available (four per person over age 16 while they last) at the Miller Outdoor Theatre box office the day of the performance between the hours of 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

If tickets remain at 1 p.m., the box office will re-open one hour before show time to distribute the remaining tickets. As always, open seating on the hill.

8:00 p.m., Friday, May 13, Miller Outdoor Theatre, 6000 Hermann Park Dr., 281-373-3386.

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