A Quiet Evening by Elvis Costello at Out of Space

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.

Much of the audience in Out of Space stands for rock musician Elvis Costello. attributed to him: les jacobson

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.

Kelly Korchner and Doug Paulowski in concert out of space on August 5 at Canal Shores Golf Course. attributed to him: les jacobson

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.”

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