Concert Review: Elvis Costello and the Roots

Brooklyn Bowl, March 16


Photo by Wayne Posner

To celebrate the opening of Las Vegas’ newest concert venue, these genre-mixing masters took the stage in the wake of last year’s collaborative effort, Wise Up Ghost. The show was split almost evenly between songs from that album, and tunes from Costello’s extensive catalog. The Roots seemed to meet Costello more than halfway on new tunes “Come the Meantimes” and “Walk Us Uptown,” which were stripped of some of their funkiness from Wise Up, but showcased the band’s musical multiplicity.

Costello classics such as “Watching the Detectives,” “Alison” and show closer “Pump It Up” thrilled the crowd, but it was on the Specials’ reggae hit “Ghost Town” and Wise Up‘s dark grind “Cinco Minutos Con Vos” (with guest vocalist La Marisoul) where Costello and the Roots fully melded in this unique pairing. ★★★★✩


Wake Me Up
Black and White World
Stick Out Your Tongue
Watching the Detectives
Shabby Doll
Come the Meantimes
Sugar Won’t Work
Tripwire/What’s So Funny About Peace, Love and Understanding (with La Marisoul)
Spooky Girlfriend (with La Marisoul)
Cinco Minutos Con Vos (with La Marisoul)
Ghost Town (with La Marisoul and Black Thought)
(I Don’t Want to Go to) Chelsea
Walk Us Uptown
I Want You


Wise Up Ghost
I Found Out
Pump It Up

Photos by Wayne Posner

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