Elvis/ Allen Toussaint , 'Reverse preview show, NY , Feb.20

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Elvis/ Allen Toussaint , 'Reverse preview show, NY , Feb.20

Postby johnfoyle » Thu Feb 09, 2006 3:30 pm

http://web.joespub.com/caltool/index.cf ... nceID=1852

THE RIVER IN REVERSE: A BENEFIT FOR NEW ORLEANS HURRICANE RELIEF FEAT. APPEARANCES BY ELVIS COSTELLO AND ALLEN TOUSSAINT. ALSO FEAT. OLLABELLE

Monday February 20
7:00 PM
$50.00


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Tickets available at The Public Theater box office or through Telecharge: http://www.telecharge.com or 212.239.6200.

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A special sneak preview of the forthcoming Verve Forecast release "The River in Reverse" by Elvis Costello and Allen Toussaint, to support Musicares Hurricane Relief Fund. The evening will feature appearances by Costello, Toussaint and Ollabelle. Costello's partnership with New Orleans'legendary pianist, songwriter and producer Allen Toussaint, was recorded in Los Angeles and New Orleans at the end of 2005, the first major sessions to take place in New Orleans since Hurricane Katrina, and "reverberates with the power of emotional eyewitness, born of the devastation just outside the studio's front door." (David Fricke, Rolling Stone)

In addition to recent surprise appearances by Elvis Costello at previous Allen Toussaint post-Katrina benefit brunches at Joe's Pub and other benefits at Madison Square Garden and Jazz @ Lincoln Center, Toussaint previously produced a 1983 Costello cover of Yoko Ono's "Walking on Thin Ice" with the Attractions and The T.K.O. Horns. Toussaint also contributed piano to the New Orleans-recorded "Deep Dark Truthful Mirror" from Costello's 1989 album 'Spike.'

Drawing both inspiration and materials from a deep well of rural American roots music--including gospel, blues, bluegrass, and country--Ollabelle reimagines these sounds for contemporary audiences, honoring the spirit and substance of the original sources while allowing this music to live and flourish in a post-modern era.

The Recording Academy's MusiCares Foundation, which provides a safety net of critical services for music people in crisis, with assistance, including basic living expenses such as shelter, food, utilities, transportation; medical expenses including doctor, dentist and hospital bills, medications; clothing; instrument and recording equipment replacement; relocation costs; school supplies for students; insurance payments and more.

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Postby martinfoyle » Sat Feb 11, 2006 11:06 am

This show is well sold out, no surprise. A little bird tells me Larry Campbell, who has worked with Ollabelle as well as Elvis, hopes to put in appearance. Feb 20th is his day off from his present gig which is being part of Phil Leshs touring band. Larry had to learn 90 songs when he got that gig, no problem to him since he would have had to learn something like 80 songs before he got the Elvis gig last summer.

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Postby johnfoyle » Sun Feb 19, 2006 8:00 am

Is anyone here going ?

http://www.recordonline.com/archive/200 ... 02-19.html

February 19, 2006

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By Mitchell Uscher
For the Times Herald-Record

No matter what type of music you enjoy, there will be high notes all week long throughout New York City.

Elvis Costello headlines a benefit for New Orleans Hurricane Relief titled "The River in Reverse" at 7 p.m. tomorrow at Joe's Pub, 425 Lafayette St. near Astor Place. Also performing are New Orleans pianist Allen Toussaint and American roots music singer Ollabelle. This event supports the Musicares Hurricane Relief Fund. Tickets are $50. For more benefit banter, call 212-539-8770.

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Postby kuanyin » Sun Feb 19, 2006 11:30 am

Bob and I will be there. Really looking forward to it. Joe's Pub is a great intimate venue...never thought we'd have the chance to see Mr. Costello there.

Tara

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Postby johnfoyle » Sun Feb 19, 2006 5:21 pm

Enjoy! I am so envious! Do let us all know every detail.

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okey dokey

Postby kuanyin » Sun Feb 19, 2006 6:32 pm

Will do. Not fantastic at keeping set lists, as I usually get too caught up in the excitement (!), but I'll give it the ol' college try...

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Postby verbal gymnastics » Mon Feb 20, 2006 7:52 am

Take a pen and a bit of paper with you. It's how you recognise us saddos, erm, completists at the gigs!
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Postby The Gentleman » Mon Feb 20, 2006 8:46 am

Anyone have a spare ticket?

Turns out I can get into town just in time to catch this... I won't have the opportunity to check email, so please call me on my cell at 952 412 4929.

thanks!

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Postby johnfoyle » Tue Feb 21, 2006 8:56 am

This account tells very little -

http://www.stevehoffman.tv/forums/showt ... ost1604539

DJ WILBUR posts -

'.i was lucky enough to attend a show tonight featuring Elvis costello with Allen Toussaint at Joes Pub in NYC. They both recorded a new album called "The River In Reverse" and they debuted some of the songs tonight in a duet fashion, with the final two songs accompanied by the opening act Olla Belle. I cant wait to get this album, the songs were terrific.'

........can't wait to hear more!

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Elvis Costello and Allen Toussaint at Joe's Pub 2/20/06

Postby kuanyin » Tue Feb 21, 2006 12:31 pm

Mr. Costello was in rare form and high spirits last night in New York.

The event took place at Joe’s Pub (the tiny, intimate club venue attached to the Joseph Papp Public Theater in Greenwich Village) and was an industry preview sponsored by Verve (the label of their upcoming collaboration, The River in Reverse). The staff at Joe’s said that only 20 standing-room-only tickets were released to the general public, and the remainder of the audience consisted of guests invited by Verve and the performers (when he took the stage, the jovial Mr. Costello thanked those who had paid to get in and told the rest that they’d be picking their pockets later…).

The evening’s music began with 5 or 6 numbers by Olabelle (the band of Amy Helm, daughter of Levon Helm). I was previously unfamiliar with their work, but I found their funky folksy-bluesy style enjoyable (my husband described it as “electrified traditional”). Playing guitar and violin at the rear of the stage was obviously none other than Larry Campbell (sans moustache), who Elvis fans will be very familiar with after last summer’s tour. However, sadly, none of the other performers ever acknowledged his presence or introduced him to the crowd.

Then Costello and Toussaint took the stage by storm. In a vibrant purple iridescent damask tie and matching purple shirt with rhinestone cufflinks, the energized Elvis launched into the first of the new songs (“The Sharpest Thorn”). It quickly became obvious that the two of them are an excellent creative match, and that they were very excited about unveiling the new songs. The set (and indeed, the new album) consisted of a mix of new numbers that they had composed together and older items from Toussaint’s back catalog (with a group rendition of “Scarlet Tide” thrown in at the end). Elvis struggled a little with hoarseness on a few of the high notes, but those moments were quickly lost in the energy of the evening.

The new songs they performed were: “The Sharpest Thorn,” which started the set with a bang; “Ascension Day,” a very powerful number that really brought out Elvis’ best razor-sharp edge; “The River in Reverse,” the compelling title track with dark overtones, both angry and mournful; and “International Echo,” their playful, lighthearted antidote to the other compositions.

The other numbers were from Toussaint’s back catalog, including “Freedom for the Stallion,” which they performed at previous Hurricane Katrina benefits; “Who’s Gonna Help Brother Get Further”; and a fantastic rendition of the beautiful ballad, “Nearer to You.” They ended the evening by bringing all of the members of Olabelle and Larry Campbell back out (quite a feat on the tiny stage at Joe’s Pub), and the whole ensemble performed “Scarlet Tide” and finished with Toussaint’s “Yes We Can.”

Throughout the evening Mr. Costello told stories of the different Katrina benefits, explained the genesis of some of the new songs (the lyrics of “Ascension Day” are Elvis' verbal expression of the images engendered for him by the Professor Longhair classic “Tipitina”) and was just an all-around gracious and engaging host, receiving a thank-you from the audience by way of two standing ovations.

After the performance (which lasted about an hour and 15 minutes) Elvis and Allen were available “backstage” to chat (which at Joe’s Pub consists of the hallway outside of the ladies room; I have met a number of fine artists there on the way back from freshening up). Mr. Costello was gracious and charming as always, and he seemed energized by the performance and eager for feedback on the new material.

All-in-all it was an excellent evening that served its purpose admirably, whetting everyone’s appetite for the May release of The River in Reverse.

Setlist (E.C. and A.T.)
The Sharpest Thorn
Freedom For the Stallion
Who’s Gonna Help Brother Get Further
Ascension Day
River in Reverse
Nearer to You
International Echo

With Olabelle/Larry Campbell:
Scarlet Tide
Yes We Can

I didn't track the Olabelle songs (was unfamiliar with most), but there was a mix of what I assume were their own compositions and traditional folk/bluegrass classics.

On a more personal note, the Elvis gods smiled on us once again. We were one of the first in line, and when the host at the podium asked us if we had dinner reservations, I told him that we always make reservations when we come there, but when we called this time we were told that we couldn't, that the members of the public could only stand at the bar, and that all of the tables were reserved for industry folks. The host said "Well, if you want dinner, I have a table for you." He sat us stage-side, dead-center, immediately in front of Elvis, who was literally inches away from us. Thank you gods of Elvis and thank you Joe's Pub. Another great evening with the master.

Tara

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Postby martinfoyle » Tue Feb 21, 2006 1:00 pm

Excellent report, Tara, we are all green with envy. Maybe they'll do the European showcase at Whelans....

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Postby johnfoyle » Tue Feb 21, 2006 3:34 pm

Fab. stuff Tara - thanks!

Someone else was at the venue earlier-


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4:00 pm:
As I'm walking to the subway, I wander by The Public Theater. I notice that [my Investment Bank]'s logo is on The Public Theater's sign. I go inside looking to see if I get a discount because I work at [the Investment Bank]. (My ID card gets me into every NYC museum and cultural center for free, but I never thought it would get me a discount at the Public Theater.)
I find out I get a 10% discount.

4:05 pm:
I'm talking to the guy who works at The Public Theater. He tells me I look familiar. We talk for a bit, and he says, "You want to know something cool?"
"Yeah."
"Hear the music playing?"
"Yeah. It sounds familiar."
"It's Elvis Costello. ... He's playing in the other room."
(The other room leads to Joe's Pub.)
"Holy shit! Can I go in there?"
"No, it's private. But you can watch from the door."

So he opens the door and inside are no more than 12 people and Elvis Costello. We lean in and listen to two songs. I didn't know either song, but it was pretty damn amazing.

[I hate to say this, but he looked really old.]

"What's going on?" I ask.
"There's a private show tonight with Costello and Allen Toussaint."
"Holy shit! Is there anyway I can get in?"
"How good are you at sneaking into places?"
"Not very."
"Then I wouldn't recommend it."

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Postby Otis Westinghouse » Tue Feb 21, 2006 6:17 pm

Great account, what a fabulous evening you had! This is sounding immensely promising.
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Toussaint brunches

Postby kuanyin » Tue Feb 21, 2006 6:19 pm

That's cute. They were doing sound checks right up until the last minute. But I have to say that he didn't look old to me...he looked great! I suppose if the image in your head is My Aim is True, then, yes, he's aged since then, but haven't we all...
But Larry Campbell did seem really tired, although I think he looks a lot younger without the moustache.

By the way, if there's anyone within a stone's throw of NYC who hasn't been to one of Allen Toussaint's benefit brunches at Joe's Pub, you should definitely go. We went in January and it was a good time. He's a real showman with a prolific repetoire. He's also a great storyteller and a high energy performer.

I believe that Sunday March 12 will be the last one. After that he'll be returning to New Orleans. I'd love to go again, but we'll be in Ireland at that point.

Oh, and a question for the Ireland folks: can you recommend any good record stores? We'll have a couple days in Dublin, then a stop in the Cork area, and then a few days in the West (Dingle, et al). We're big Costello collectors, of course, but Bob has a very diverse collection, so he's always looking for a new haunt (might take his mind off of his debilitating fear of flying, too...). The only one I remember was a little spot in Temple Bar where I got a great signed Almost Blue promo disc, but that was a number of years ago, and I've never been outside of Dublin.

Thanks,
Tara

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Postby Otis Westinghouse » Tue Feb 21, 2006 6:34 pm

Yo Tara! The Foyle brothers can help you with that one. I made it to HMV on Grafton Street last week. I have been to a place that sells lots of models related to cartoons, and stuff like that, and also had quite a stash of bootleg CDs. Somewhere on the south side of the Liffey's edge, near the Ha'penny Bridge. Then again, why buy bootlegs when Dimeadozen exists? I'm sure there are lots of specialised shops. Enjoy the south and the west. I was in the west (Mayo) this time last week, and can never quite get over the utter incredibleness of the scenery every time I go.
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Postby johnfoyle » Tue Feb 21, 2006 6:44 pm

Tara - I'll PM you.

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Postby Otis Westinghouse » Tue Feb 21, 2006 7:35 pm

To get you in the mood, two Irish beaches with views and skies, one east, one west:

1. Corballis beach, Donabate, north co. Dublin, looking towards Howth Head:
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2. Old Head, co. Mayo, looking towards Croagh Patrick, where, legend has it, Patrick banished the snakes from Ireland:
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Postby martinfoyle » Tue Feb 21, 2006 7:50 pm

HMV is fine though nothing special. Around the corner, on Wicklow St, Tower is a bit better, they occasionally get some interesting imports. The prices in both places will be a shocker for you, ranging from €15/$18 to €25/$30 for most single disc items. Just after Tower, as you head west, there's the Secret Book Shop that now has a branch of Freebird Records at the back. It, and its sister store on Eden Quay, just over O'Connell Bridge, are required destinations for all music fans. You'll always get a few interesting items there. A block or 2 away is Georges St Arcade, home of Spindizzy Records, another neat little shop that always has good stuff. Like the Freebirds it has a great 2nd hand section, though Spindizzy also does a great trade in 'smoking' paraphernalia, bongs and the like. Around the corner, on Fade St, is the legendary Road Records, the best little independant store anywhere.
Over in the dreaded Temple Bar area is City Discs which is also worth a visit, it's right by the Wall Of Fame.
They're are the shops I go to, and, as Otis says, you really shouldn't buy bootlegs, they can easily be got through torrent sites or trading through fan sites.

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Postby kuanyin » Tue Feb 21, 2006 9:13 pm

Gorgeous photos, Otis. Thanks for the encouragement (I have to get through 2 exams before vacation, so I need all the encouragement I can get!). I hope to come home with a few like that.

Thanks for the suggestions, Martin. The Wall of Fame must be new since I was last there. Either that or I was completely asleep...how could I have missed it?? We'll definitely check out a few of those spots, although our time in Dublin will be sadly briefer than I'd like, but I was determined to see some of the west coast this time.

We ought to come home with enough CDs and old books (my other passion) to fill another house!

Thanks,
Tara

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Postby invisible Pole » Wed Feb 22, 2006 2:30 pm

Could Elvis be a suprise guest on this one ? (what a great line-up, btw !)

Tibet House Benefit Concert at Carnegie Hall
Wednesday, March 1, 2006
with
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Laurie Anderson
Damien Rice
Sufjan Stevens
Allen Toussaint

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Postby Otis Westinghouse » Wed Feb 22, 2006 7:41 pm

Wow, some line-up indeed.
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Postby johnfoyle » Tue Feb 28, 2006 5:01 pm

From listserv-

' pix from joe's pub'

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Postby johnfoyle » Mon Mar 06, 2006 8:43 am

Tara and co. are safe 'n sound here in Dublin. I had a few drinks with them last night in the bar at their hotel and they were delightful company, with loads of tales to tell aboout being Costello fans etc. Hopefully they will have a great time in the coming week as they tour around Ireland.

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Postby kuanyin » Sun Mar 19, 2006 1:47 pm

Hello!

Yes, the Americans have once again returned to their home territory. We had quite an adventure! Between a "baptism by fire" indoctrination to driving on Irish roads (flying hubcaps, and all) and gale force winds on the Dingle Peninsula it was not your ordinary week, but we ended up having a lovely time, and I already wish we were back again.

Mr. Foyle was charming company, and it was a lovely, warm welcome to our otherwise rugged week of adventure.

I'm afraid our only travel in the coming months will be very tame, driving purely on large, American highways as we drive to D.C., Baltimore, Boston, Brooklyn and Atlantic City to see Mr. Costello.

Cheers!
Tara

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Postby Otis Westinghouse » Sun Mar 19, 2006 5:45 pm

And how was the shopping?
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