Anybody who's seen Declan MacManus hosting his grand Spectacle television program knows that close beneath the surface of his intellectual facade lurks the guise of a carnival barker and impresario. Along with, of course, his renaissance rocker alter ego, Elvis Costello. His current road trip, the Spectacular Spinning Songbook tour, brings it all together, as Costello presides over an extravaganza complete with caged go-go dancers and an enormous wheel that audience members get to spin to determine which songs the band will play. Few have catalogs as rich, deep, and diverse as Costello's, meaning spinners may spark anything from lacerating punk to country weepers via soul, the odd flamenco, a bit of Tin Pan Alley, maybe something from his recent National Ransom album. Or, as Costello has promised, songs about love, sex, death, and dancing, "but not necessarily in that order."
Wed., June 29, 7:30 p.m., 2011