Elvis Costello @Heinz Hall Nov. 1

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Elvis’ autobiography Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink, will be released to paperback on Oct. 11

Elvis Costello has followed his musical curiosity in a career spanning more than 30 years. He is perhaps best known for his performances with The Attractions, The Imposters and for concert appearances with pianist Steve Nieve. However, he has also entered into acclaimed collaborations with Burt Bacharach, The Brodsky Quartet, Paul McCartney, Swedish mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter, guitarist Bill Frisell, composer Roy Nathanson, The Charles Mingus Orchestra, record producer and songwriter T Bone Burnett and Allen Toussaint.

Costello’s songs have been recorded by a great number of artists. The list of performers reflects his interest in a wide range of musical styles: George Jones, Chet Baker, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, Dusty Springfield, Robert Wyatt, Charles Brown, No Doubt, Solomon Burke, June Tabor, Howard Tate, the gospel vocal group The Fairfield Four and the viol consort Fretwork with the countertenor Michael Chance. In 2003, he began a songwriting partnership with his wife, the jazz pianist and singer Diana Krall, resulting in six songs included in her highly successful album ‘The Girl In The Other Room’.

images-uploads-gallery-ec_book_promo_photo_credit_mary_mccartney_2During his career Costello has received several prestigious honors, including two Ivor Novello Awards for songwriting, a Dutch Edison Award with The Brodsky Quartet for ‘The Juliet Letters’, the Nordoff-Robbins Silver Clef Award, a BAFTA for the music written with Richard Harvey for Alan Bleasdale’s television drama series ‘G.B.H.’ and a Grammy for “I Still Have That Other Girl” from his 1998 collaboration with Burt Bacharach, ‘Painted From Memory’.

Elvis Costello and The Attractions were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2003. During the same year he was awarded ASCAP’s prestigious Founder’s Award. There have also been a number of Grammy nominations for his recent albums ‘When I Was Cruel’ and ‘The Delivery Man’.

The late-2003 Deutsche Grammophon release ‘North’ – an album of piano ballads composed, orchestrated and conducted by Costello – retained the number one position on the Billboard Traditional Jazz Chart for five weeks.

In 2004 Costello was nominated for an Oscar for Best Song – “The Scarlet Tide,” sung by Alison Krauss in the motion picture “Cold Mountain.” The song was co-written with T Bone Burnett.

The summer of 2004 saw Costello presenting a series of concerts as part of the Lincoln Center Festival in New York City. Following concerts with the Metropole Orkest and The Imposters, The Brooklyn Philharmonic, conducted by Brad Lubman, gave the premiere concert performance of ‘Il Sogno’, Costello’s first full-length orchestral work.

The music was originally commissioned in 2000 by the Italian Dance Company, Aterballetto, for their adaptation of Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’. Following performances in Bologna with the Orchestra del Teatro Communale, the ballet was staged throughout Italy, Germany, France and Russia.

‘Il Sogno’ was subsequently recorded by The London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Michael Tilson-Thomas. The recording was released in the late 2004 by Deutsche Grammophon and stayed at the top of Billboard’s Contemporary Classical Charts for 14 weeks.

Elvis Costello was commissioned by The Royal Danish Opera to compose an opera based on the life of Hans Christian Andersen. “The Secret Songs,” a “work-in-progress” cycle extracted from the opera, was given its first performance in Copenhagen in October 2005 to an appreciative audience response and enthusiastic reviews. Costello sang both of the leading male roles, Andersen and that of the showman P.T. Barnum, while the leading female role of Jenny Lind was taken by Swedish soprano Gisela Stille.

In January 2006, Elvis Costello was a featured artist at the Sydney Festival in Australia, presenting a series of contrasting concerts. The first reunited Costello with the Brodsky Quartet for excerpts from ‘The Juliet Letters’, while in the second half, Steve Nieve, double-bassist Greg Cohen and soprano Antoinette Halloran joined Costello and the Brodsky Quartet for several newly arranged excerpts from “The Secret Songs.” Costello and Nieve then gave a second concert, in which they drew on some of Costello’s rarely performed compositions.

The festival appearances concluded with two concerts with the Sydney Symphony conducted by Alan Broadbent at the Opera House. The program consisted of a suite from ‘Il Sogno’, followed by a number of Costello’s songs arranged for orchestra by Costello, Sy Johnson, Bill Frisell, Vince Mendoza and Steve Nieve. The program also included compositions by Charles Mingus and Billy Strayhorn with Costello’s lyrics and songs written by Costello and Burt Bacharach for the album ‘Painted from Memory’.

Many of these compositions are also featured on ‘My Flame Burns Blue’, the live recording of Costello’s performance with the Metropole Orkest at the 2004 North Sea Jazz Festival that was released in March of 2006 by Deutsche Grammophon coupled with the suite of ‘Il Sogno’ highlights.

Later that spring, Costello, Nieve and conductor Alan Broadbent presented a program similar to their Australian tour throughout the U.S., including appearances with San Francisco, Chicago, Houston, Austin and Baltimore’s symphony orchestras.

2007 saw Costello tour extensively with The Imposters and also with Allen Toussaint throughout the USA and Europe. In autumn 2007 he undertook a highly successful tour, performing solo on “The Bob Dylan Show.”

In late 2007, Costello completed his work on a commission from The Miami City Ballet when he collaborated with world-famous choreographer Twyla Tharp. The work, entitled “NIGHTSPOT,” was premiered in Miami to great critical acclaim in March 2008. A new album with The Imposters entitled ‘Momofuku’ had already been recorded in secrecy in a period of just seven days and was released on April 22, 2008.

In December 2008, Costello launched the inaugural season of his internationally acclaimed music television series Spectacle: Elvis Costello with…. Spectacle is a compelling blend of the best of talk and music television that offers a fly-on-the-wall perspective on the creative process with an extraordinary and eclectic array of guests joining host Elvis Costello to chat, perform and share their passion for all kinds of music. The program’s eclecticism and depth reflect its uniquely qualified host, a songwriter and performer comfortable in almost every genre imaginable; a musicologist of formidable breadth and knowledge; a contributor to Vanity Fair; and a noted wit whose stint as guest host on “The Late Show with David Letterman” won rave reviews.

First season’s guests included: Sir Elton John, Tony Bennett, Lou Reed, Julian Schnabel, Smokey Robinson, The Police (Sting, Stewart Copeland and Andy Summers), James Taylor, Herbie Hancock, Rufus Wainwright, Rosanne Cash, Kris Kristofferson, Diana Krall, John Mellencamp, Jakob Dylan, She & Him (Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward), Norah Jones, Jenny Lewis, Renée Fleming and President Bill Clinton.

The second season of Spectacle will begin airing in late 2009 and feature guests including Bono & The Edge, Neko Case, Sheryl Crow, Levon Helm, Ray Lamontagne, Lyle Lovett, Nick Lowe, John Prine, Ron Sexsmith, Bruce Springsteen, Richard Thompson, Allen Toussaint and Jesse Winchester.

On June 2, 2009 Hear Music released Costello’s ‘Secret, Profane & Sugarcane.’ Produced by T Bone Burnett and recorded by Mike Piersante during a three-day session at Nashville’s Sound Emporium Studio, ‘Secret, Profane & Sugarcane’ debuted at #13 on the Billboard 200, Costello’s highest album chart position since 1980’s Get Happy. Following its release, Costello toured extensively with the featured musicians on the album dubbed the Sugarcanes – Jerry Douglas, Stuart Duncan, Mike Compton, Jeff Taylor and Dennis Crouch.

2016 Music Tour:

Solo “Detour” with Special Guests Larkin Poe:

10/1 – New York, New York: Town Hall

10/3 – Cedar Rapids, Iowa: Paramount Theater

10/4 – Omaha, Nebraska: Holland Performing Arts Center

10/6 – Des Moines, Iowa: Hoyt Sherman Place

10/7 – Overland Park, Kansas: Yardley Hall

10/8 – Wichita, Kansas: Orpheum Theater

10/10 – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma: Chevy Bricktown CTR

10/11 – Dallas, Texas: Majestic Theater

10/13 – Austin, Texas: Austin City Limits Live at the Moody Theater

10/14 – Houston, Texas: Revention Music Center

10/15 – New Orleans, Louisiana: Saenger Theater

10/17 – Nashville, Tennessee: Ryman Auditorium

10/18 – Atlanta, Georgia: Cobb Energy Centre

10/22 – Atlantic City, New Jersey: Borgata Casino


Elvis Costello & The Imposters:

10/23 – Bethlehem, Pennsylvania: Sands Bethlehem Event CTR

10/25 – Boston, Massachusetts: Orpheum Theater

10/26 – Albany, New York: The Palace Theater

10/28 – Akron, Ohio: Akron Civic Center

10/29 – Chicago, Illinois: Chicago Theater

10/30 – Ann Arbor, Michigan: Michigan Theatre

11/1 – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: Heinz Hall

11/2 – Buffalo, New York: Shea’s PAC

11/3 – Washington, D.C.: Warner Theater

11/5 – Wallingford, Connecticut: Toyota Presents Oakdale

11/6 and 11/7 – New York, NY: The Beacon Theater


Unfaithful Music & Soundtrack Album

Unfaithful Music & Soundtrack Album

Release date: 10.9.15

Label: UMe

The 27th Annual Bridge School Benefit Concert to be Webcast Live Saturday, Oct 26th

The 2013 BRIDGE SCHOOL BENEFIT CONCERTS will beheld on Oct 26th and 27th at Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, CA, marking the 27th anniversary of this incredible and historic series. For the past quarter of a century, the biggest and brightest names in music have been drawn to these concerts to pledge their support of The Bridge School, a non-profit, innovative organization educating children with severe speech and physical impairments through the use of augmentative and alternative communication systems and assistive technology.


Warner Bros. Records will sponsor the webcast of the Saturday show of The Bridge School Benefit Concert live from Shoreline Amphitheatre Oct. 26th.  The show will stream free in its entirety on YouTube. In the meantime, click here to view a trailer for the webcast.


The artists set to appear on the webcast are: Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Queens Of the Stone Age, Arcade Fire, My Morning Jacket, Jack Johnson, Elvis Costello, Diana Krall, Fun, Heart and Jenny Lewis.


Click here or here to watch the webcast on Saturday, Oct 26th.


Follow us on Twitter:  @bridgeconcert

This is the hashtag being used – #supportbridgeschool

Alternate hashtag – #supportbridgeschool  #bridgeschool


Once again, The Bridge School Benefit Concerts – 25th Anniversary Edition, is still available in a 3-DVD set and a 2-CD package is available via Reprise Records.

View the trailer here.


The 3-DVD set includes two performance discs featuring Bruce SpringsteenPatti SmithPearl Jam, David BowieBob DylanPaul McCartneyThe WhoTom PettySimon and Garfunkel,Neil Young, and much more. A documentary DVD includes “The Bridge School Story,” which gives a special look into this wonderful school and the truly phenomenal services they provide children with advanced physical and communication challenges. Another documentary on the DVD,“Backstage At The Bridge School Benefit Concert,” offers a bird’s-eye view of the event itself, along with special features including heartfelt interviews with the students and the artists themselves.


The 2-CD package features exclusive performances from Sheryl CrowThom YorkeNorah Jones,No DoubtWillie NelsonJack JohnsonDave MatthewsSonic Youth, and more.


The Bridge School Benefit Concerts – 25th Anniversary Edition will entertain, enlighten, and inform you on how to become a member of The Bridge School family. For more about The Bridge School, visit www.bridgeschool.org


Click here to find out more information on the release and how to donate directly to The Bridge School. Click here to order the triple DVD package. Click here to order the double CD package.

The Bridge School Concerts 25th Anniversary Edition DVD:

Disc 1:

Bruce Springsteen                                 “Born In The USA”

Patti Smith                                            “People Have The Power”

Pearl Jam                                              “Better Man”

David Bowie                                           “Heroes”

Ben Harper                                            “There Will Be A Light”

Bob Dylan                                              “Girl From The North Country”

R.E.M.                                                  “Country Feedback”

Emmylou Harris & Buddy Miller              “Love Hurts”

Fleet Foxes                                           “Blue Ridge Mountains”

Devendra Banhart                                   “At The Hop”

Bonnie Raitt                                          “The Road Is My Middle Name”

Billy Idol                                               “Rebel Yell”


Disc 2:

Brian Wilson                                          “Surfin’ USA”

Gillian Welch                                         “The Way It Will Be”

The Pretenders                                     “Sense Of Purpose”

James Taylor                                         “Fire and Rain”

Simon and Garfunkel                             “America”

Tom Petty                                             “Shadow Of A Doubt”

Dave Matthews                                     “Too Much”

Neil Young                                            “Crime In The City”

Tom Waits                                           “16 Shells From A Thirty-Ought Six”

Elton John & Leon Russell                     “A Dream Come True”

Paul McCartney                                    “Get Back”

Metallica                                               “Disposable Heroes”

The Who                                               “Won’t Get Fooled Again”


Disc 3:

Bridge School Documentaries:

* “Backstage At The Bridge School Benefit Concert”

* “The Bridge School Story”

* Special Feature – Student/Artist Interviews


The Bridge School Concerts 25th Anniversary Edition CD

CD 1:

Bruce Springsteen                                “Born In The USA”

Dave Matthews                                     “Too Much”

No Doubt                                              “Magic’s In The Makeup”

Jack Johnson                                        “Gone”

Fleet Foxes                                           “Blue Ridge Mountains”

Neil Young & Crazy Horse                       “Love And Only Love”

Sonic Youth                                           “Rain On Tin”

Pearl Jam                                              “Better Man”

Gillian Welch                                        “The Way It Will Be”

R.E.M. & Neil Young                              “Country Feedback”

Willie Nelson                                          “The Great Divide”

Nils Lofgren                                           “Cry Just A Little”

CD 2:

Sarah McLachlan                                   “Elsewhere”

Paul McCartney                                     “Get Back”

Elton John & Leon Russell                    “A Dream Come True”

Band Of Horses                                   “Marry Song”

Metallica                                              “Disposable Heroes”

Thom Yorke                                         “After The Gold Rush”

Sheryl Crow                                         “The Difficult Kind”

Tony Bennett                                         “Maybe This Time”

CSNY                                                  “Déjà Vu”

Norah Jones                                         “Jesus, Etc”

Jonathan Richman                                 “I Was Dancing In The Lesbian Bar”

Brian Wilson                                         “Surfin’ USA”

The Who                                              “Won’t Get Fooled Again”



WAYLON SPEED Releases New Album Valance

“Less is more.” That’s the mantra that Rev. Chitwood Hammaker, brothers Noah and Justin Crowther, and Kelly Ravin deployed as they converged from a honky-tonk in Burlington, Vermont, to create WAYLON SPEED.

Ever since WAYLON SPEED formed in April 2009, the four-piece brotherhood of family and past friends has toured nationally and collected fans like empties at a pig roast in support of their albums: the debut, Georgia Overdrive; their two-disc sophomore set, Horseshoes and Hand Grenades; The Boots EP and their latest effort, Valance.

The band will be headed out on the road in support of Valance this March. A complete list of dates can be found below.

The press has called WAYLON SPEED “gas on the fire of the current music scene” and “heavy, fiery country rock, for those who like their punk rock with some twang in it – but also appreciate high quality, intelligent songwriting.”

Ask WAYLON SPEED what it seeks from its stained-blue-collar, straight-up-from-the- underground rock, and the answer is simple: make people happy. The evidence is at their aim-to-please shows, where audience connection is a priority.

WAYLON SPEED has shared bills with: Jane’s Addiction, Clutch, Little Feat, Reba McEntire, Elvis Costello, Primus, and Grace Potter and the Nocturnals. They have been influenced by bands such as: Motorhead, Fugazi, The Mother Hips, The Drive-By Truckers, and Frank Zappa. Waylon Speed’s influences are not mainstream music.


Noah Crowther – Bass and Vocals

Justin Crowther- Drums

Chad Hammaker – Guitar

Kelly Ravin – Guitar and Vocals



3/8: Unity, ME @ Unity Performing Arts Center

3/9: Portland, ME @ The Empire

3/14: Boston, MA @ Church

3/16: Burlington, VT @ Nectar’s

3/21: Norwich, CT @ High Noon Saloon

3/22: Saratoga, NY @ Putnam Den

3/29: Middlebury, VT @ Two Brothers Lounge

Riot Fest and Carnival Chicago in September Promises Big Acts

After a landmark year in 2011, the eighth annual RIOT FEST–the music festival which celebrates rock, indie, punk and underground artists from every era–is expanding for the first-time ever into an outdoor music event and carnival in 2012. The RIOT FEST & CARNIVAL will feature a wide mix of artists ranging from Gaslight Anthem, NOFX, Alkaline Trio, Built To Spill, AWOLNATION, Gogol Bordello, Frank Turner, Coheed and Cambria, Less Than Jake and many more. It’s set for Friday, September 14, Saturday, September 15 and Sunday, September 16 in Chicago on the beautiful grounds of Humboldt Park which boasts rolling fields, pavilions, tall trees, picturesque gardens a lake and lagoons with a majestic view of the Chicago skyline.

Promoters are encouraging fans not to miss out by unveiling the majority of the diverse line-up for 2012 and offering an early-bird 2-Day pass for $36.00, plus surcharges for a limited time. 3-day passes begin at $90.00 and include all shows at Humboldt Park, Congress Theater and after-parties. VIP passes are available for $155.00 and include private stage-viewing areas, a sectioned off VIP area in the park with a private bar and drink tickets. Tickets are available at http://www.riotfest.org.

RIOT FEST & CARNIVAL is expanding to its new location Humboldt Park–which is flanked by a handful of hip neighborhoods including Wicker Park and the Division Street corridor–in order to accommodate a large carnival atmosphere featuring three main music stages, thrilling rides, games, vendors and gourmet food trucks thoughtfully arranged on the gorgeous park grounds with stunning views of downtown Chicago for an enjoyable experience. With temperatures averaging around a perfect 75°F/24°C, September is one of Chicago’s most popular months for travelers from all over the world.


More acts and events will be announced in the coming weeks leading up to the festival.