Friday, October 7, 2016

Concert: Elvis Costello

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Venue: Yardley Hall, Johnson County Community College – Overland Park, KS

Opening Act: Larkin Poe

I missed Elvis Costello a year before and was sure I’d blown my one chance to see him. Lo and behold, he was back in 2016 and I wasn’t going to miss him this time around. With a wide catalog to work from, I was pleased to see the varied approaches he used to play the songs – a set on guitar, a set on piano, etc. The highlight of the show was “Alison,” and not just because it is arguably his most celebrated song. Armed with just a guitar and no mike, Costello wondered out into the audience to perform the song, even sitting down in the seats by a fan at one point.

The Set List:

1. New Amsterdam
2. Poison Moon
3. Accidents Will Happen
4. They’re Not Laughing at Me Now
5. All This Useless Beauty
6. Everyday I Write the Book

Set on piano:

7. Shipbuilding
8. Deep Dark Truthful Mirror
9. No Man’s Woman
10. A Face in the Crowd

Back to guitar:

11. Little White Lies
12. American without Tears (also on harmonica)
13. Watching the Detectives
14. Alison (off mic, walking through audience)

Set with Larkin Poe:

15. Blame It on Cain
16. Nothing Clings Like Ivy
17. Clown Strike
18. Burn the Paper Down to Ash (vocal by Larkin Poe’s Rebecca Lovell)
19. Vitajex
20. That’s Not the Part of Him You’re Leaving
21. American Mirror


22. The Angels Wanna Wear My Red Shoes
23. Jimmie Standing in the Rain
24. Side by Side (on piano)
25. Blood and Hot Sauce

Encore with Larkin Poe:

26. Brilliant Mistake
27. Down on the Bottom
28. What’s So Funny ‘Bout Peace, Love and Understanding
29. A Good Year for the Roses

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