Shakey Graves Brings It Back To His Roots At Arroyo Seco Weekend Review+Photos: Shakey Graves @ Arroyo Seco Weekend 6/23/18
“… A rising artist on the roster for Arroyo Seco was Austin, TX native Shakey Graves (nee Alejandro Rose-Garcia). I had meant to see Shakey Grave performan at SXSW this year, but was unable to fit him into my schedule. Thank you, Arroyo Seco, putting him in your line-up.
Shakey Grave’s music is a seamless mix of blues, folk, and rock. While he is known for his stripped-down, one-man shows (where he plays a kick-drum and guitar at the same time), he was backed by a full band when he took the “Oaks” stage at Arroyo Seco Weekend.
I absolutely loved the energy, confidence and humor that Alejandro exudes on stage. His gravelly tenor wailed through songs passionately. Outspoken on social media when it comes to politics, he took a few moments to outwardly address the current state of politics in the country, letting his views of disapproval be known (to cheers, BTW). He joked that he’s currently on the “Shit’s Confusing Tour” and vented a little about the fact that social media is unrelenting with its constant inundation of “did you know” news. He brought politics into his art when he performed “Word of Mouth” (I think), and got down on his knees with his hands behind his head when he sang about guns.
Alejandro concluded his set like he started his career, bringing it back to his roots performing his song “Roll The Bones” without his backing band with just his guitar and kick drum. It was a rousing and invigorated moment of undeniable stage presence, and was an inspired midday selection by the talent coordinators of the festival …”