Elvis Costello's long, prolific, and brilliant career has been punctuated by a wide array of collaborations reflecting his wildly eclectic musical interests, including — just to scratch the surface — Paul McCartney, Burt Bacharach, Allen Toussaint, Swedish mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter, and, of course, last year's Wise Up Ghost album with the Roots. But Costello's latest "surprise guest" (as he put it recently) is himself. Reprising a series of East Coast solo performances last fall, Costello will kick off a solo summer tour in St. Paul. Expected to be primarily acoustic, the show is likely to trace Costello's career from his early punkish days to the current Roots material, hitting all his iconic material along with obscurities. Stripped-down versions of familiar tunes should provide fresh insight, as should Costello's always erudite commentary. (Photo by Andy Gotts)
Mon., June 9, 7:30 p.m., 2014
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