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Tuesday, August 18, 2009

The Mighty Elvis Costello at the Mountain Winery

One of my all time favorite artists Elvis Costello performed at the beautiful Mountain Winery in Saratoga Ca last night on the first stop of his tour. I've been looking so forward to this concert as I haven't seen Elvis live for quite some time (shame on me.) Dear husband bought us tickets and presented them to me as part of my birthday gift this year. Last minute he couldn't go as he wasn't feeling well so I took my daughter and her boyfriend and we had an excellent time. There were actually tickets left which surprised me as the Mountain Winery is a small intimate venue.
They've reconditioned the winery since I was last there but it is still one of the most beautiful places to see a concert. Nestled in the hills above Saratoga, the venue holds 2500 people and is one of my favorite places to see a performance. You can arrive early and have a picnic, enjoy a bottle of wine and have a most amazing view of the valley below.

We had fairly good seats, towards the center and just up a bit on the backside. Elvis and the Sugarcanes came out to play a full 2 hours with no intermission.

They mixed it up with some songs from his new album Elvis Costello: Secret, Profane & Sugarcane along with some oldies but goodies. Red Shoes, Allison, Brilliant Mistake.

Daughter enjoyed the violin player and big bass, I was loving the mandolin, but mostly the main man himself in his purple fedora. And I spotted & reconnected some old friends and colleagues while there.

They came back out to perform 3 encores, complete with the last song What's So Funny about Peace Love and Understanding. We moved down about 50 ft from the stage on his last encore. I got my hand slapped for taking some video, whoops sorry, really I was trying to take a pic and the video just went on. So here you have a flavor of the man himself. Sorry the song isn't complete, like I said it was an honest mistake.

And another nice video summary I just found on u tube.

Thanks Elvis!!!!! We'll get back to our regularly scheduled blog posts of Hollywood Glamour tomorrow. A girls gotta have her priorities.


denisebrain said...

I am soooo envious! I love Elvis Costello...such a poet, scholar and songwriter in one (unnaturally talented) man!

Glamoursurf said...

Thanks Maggie, I couldn't agree more. His wife Diana Krall is playing there tonight. I was hoping that she would come out and join him on stage, but sadly, no.

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