Revered British rock band star Elvis Costello performed a ensemble inspired by classics and new materials at an Out of Space party Friday night at Canal Shores Golf Course.
opening with Accidents will happen And the Green shirt, Both are from his 1979 album Armed forces, Costello then released a slew of newer material before ending the 90-minute program with exciting versions of two of his most beloved songs, pump it From 1978 This year’s model album and (What’s so funny) Peace, love and understanding (also from Armed forces); And a beautiful unadorned version of his classic story Alison From the album 1977 My goal is correct.
A crowd of 5,000 people was completely sold out. A largely unofficial and unscientific sample of the audience turned up about equal numbers of die-hard Elvis (“I’ve been seeing him since the ’80s” was a common refrain) and “out of space” fans.
It’s a good way to have a nice night out,” said Kelly Korchner of Willmette. She and her husband, Doug Paulowsky, said they saw Bruce Hornsby and Ben Harper at the scene.
James Plessius agreed. “This place is amazing,” he said. He recalled seeing Patti Smith in Out of Space last year. “It was great, until it rained and washed her collection.”
The weather wasn’t a factor Friday night—it couldn’t be nicer—into the second of a long weekend of shows, which kicked off with Jenny Lewis on Thursday and features singer-songwriter Lucinda Williams tonight and Chicago Blues legend Buddy Jay tomorrow night. The venue moves to Temperance Bear Company, 2000 Dempster Street, for a long weekend of indoor shows September 1-4 featuring Houndmouth, Car Seat Headrest, Neko Case and Steel Pulse. Information about offers Available here.
Friday night’s weather, headliners Nicole Atkins and Nick Lowe, and headliner Costello can all be described in one word: mellow. The crowd was so homogeneous that Evanston Police Officer Brian Rust ventured to comment, “So far so good” when asked about security. “I don’t want to get rid of it,” he added, laughing nervously. In fact, he seemed very relaxed, smiling at the older audience seated in groups on beach chairs erected across the grass on the golf course.
Michael Musakio, a neurosurgeon at Skokie Hospital (who, by chance, had surgery on me in March: I assured him everything was fine) said he saw the Indigo Girls in Out of Space. “They were great, but it doesn’t matter who’s here, it’s always good.” Musashio introduced me to John Powers, the former president of Canal Shores, who also watched the Indigo Girls. “The cake was good,” Bowers said, referring to Californian rock, country, and western musicians, adding, “I love it here because it is within walking distance of my house.”
Nancy and Dave O’Neill, from Winnetka, praised about the venue. “It’s a beautiful event, wonderfully well organized, from the check-in to the food carts and beer tents to the well-behaved fans.”
Steve Ross, seated in the back, is another fan of Out of Space. (Full disclosure: It’s my next-door neighbor in Northwest Evanston.) Ross said he saw Jeff Tweedy of Wilco on a solo show three years ago. “I love the view,” he said, adding that he’s also been a die-hard Costello fan of several decades.
Gretchen Constantin, a fan of the place, said, “I love it. She’s like a little Rafinia.” She said she’s also “a huge fan of Elvis Costello, since the ’80s.”
Atkins’ short opening set of what might be called rock with a touch of country was well-received (she joined Costello with double digits in the middle of his set), as was Lowe’s 40-minute program that included his success. cruel to be nice. He did not sing his classic song, (What is it very funny) peace, love and understanding, It’s understood to be ceded to the title Costello, which made the song famous.
The concert venue, SPACE has been running these concerts out of space for five years. This was my first trip there, but it won’t be the last. Costello’s brilliant backup band The Imposters and their signature songs with their cool hooks, unusual melodies, and tight arrangements, all sung with a raspy but very subtle sound (which often sounds like Springsteen) have made him a star attraction and a fan favorite.
words What is funny It may sound dark, and certainly applies to 2022 as much as it did to the events of 1974 when Lowe recorded the song (“As I walk through this sinister world, I ask myself that all hope is lost? Is there only pain, hate, and misery?…”) But last night looked miserable and dark, except when the sun went down at 8:10 and Costello set off on his set and the elegant crowd adored her.