Following his recent highly-acclaimed series of concerts in capital cities from Brussels to Istanbul, London, Vienna, Amsterdam, Oslo, Berlin, Stockholm, Prague and Reykjavik, ELVIS COSTELLO returns to California with a solo performance schedule that has an intriguing tour title: “2054 – The Centenary Show.”

In a Central Coast encore engagement, the iconic music legend will take the Christopher Cohan Center stage once again on Saturday, September 29, 2012 at 8 p.m. at the Performing Arts Center as part of the Cal Poly Arts high-profile Center Stage celebrity series.

“An altogether stunning evening…there were so many remarkable musical moments during (this) superb solo concert that it’s difficult to rate one above another.” (The San Diego Union Tribune)

Asked about the tour’s title, Costello explained, “This show may contain any song I’ve written.  Some you will know already, some are the hits of tomorrow.”

He continued:  “I’m playing this show now in the unlikely event that I’m not around to perform the songs on the appointed date.  (So) don’t be late, we’re going to have a big time.”

In the wake of his long-running, top-rated 1977 hit, “Alison,” Costello has followed his musical curiosity in a career spanning more than 30 years. He is perhaps best known for his performances with The Attractions, The Imposters, and for concert appearances with pianist Steve Nieve. However, he has also entered into acclaimed collaborations with Burt Bacharach, The Brodsky Quartet, Paul McCartney, Swedish mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter, guitarist Bill Frisell, composer Roy Nathanson, The Charles Mingus Orchestra, record producer and songwriter T Bone Burnett, and Allen Toussaint.

Costello’s songs have been recorded by a great number of artists. The list of performers reflects his interest in a wide range of musical styles: George Jones, Chet Baker, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, Dusty Springfield, Robert Wyatt, Charles Brown, No Doubt, Solomon Burke, June Tabor, Howard Tate, the gospel vocal group The Fairfield Four, and the viol consort Fretwork with countertenor Michael Chance. In 2003, he began a songwriting partnership with his wife, jazz pianist and singer Diana Krall, resulting in six songs included in her highly successful album, The Girl in the Other Room.

During his career, Costello has received several prestigious honors, including two Ivor Novello Awards for songwriting, a Dutch Edison Award with The Brodsky Quartet for “The Juliet Letters,” the Nordoff-Robbins Silver Clef Award, a BAFTA for the music written with Richard Harvey for Alan Bleasdale’s television drama series, “G.B.H.” and a Grammy for “I Still Have That Other Girl” from his 1998 collaboration with Burt Bacharach, Painted From Memory.
Tickets range from $55 – $85 and may be purchased in advance at the Performing Arts Center Ticket Office on Grand Avenue on the Cal Poly campus, Tuesdays – Saturdays, noon to 6 p.m. or online at

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