We first told you about the new Sundance television series Spectacle: Elvis Costello With…. in August when one of our readers made it to a taping with the Police and Smokey Robinson (though he only saw the latter). Then, just last week, Amrit and Scott ventured to the Spectacle wrap, where Costello was joined by Late Night companion Jenny Lewis. As you might guess by the very nature of a wrap party, the series has finished taping, launching soon (12/3). We have the complete 13-week schedule.
But first, a bit of a description:
Spectacle features everything from intimate one-on-one conversations with legendary performers and notable newcomers to thematic panel discussions. Guest artists not only talk but perform — demonstrating the development and creation of their music and playing new, stripped-down or solo versions of some of their best and most loved songs. Costello also performs, starting each episode with an original, never before seen (or heard) interpretation of a song by the featured guest, or a song connected to them. And on top of all that are extraordinary, once-in-a-lifetime collaborations and pairings.
The Season 1 schedule:
“Spectacle: Elvis Costello with Sir Elton John” – Elvis welcomes the British pop-rock superstar John.
“Spectacle: Elvis Costello with Lou Reed + Julian Schnabel” – Elvis welcomes rock icon and Velvet Underground founder Reed and artist-filmmaker Schnabel.
“Spectacle: Elvis Costello with Bill Clinton” – Elvis welcomes former President Clinton.
“Spectacle: Elvis Costello with James Taylor” – Elvis welcomes the iconic American singer-songwriter.
“Spectacle: Elvis Costello with Tony Bennett” – Elvis welcomes the premier living interpreter of the Great American Songbook.
“Spectacle: Elvis Costello with The Police” – Elvis welcomes the recently reunited rock trio of Sting, Andy Summers and Stewart Copeland.
“Spectacle: Elvis Costello with Rufus Wainwright” – Elvis welcomes singer-songwriter Wainwright, one of the most acclaimed new artists of the past decade.
“Spectacle: Elvis Costello with Kris Kristofferson, Rosanne Cash, Norah Jones, John Mellencamp” – Elvis welcomes actor/singer-songwriter Kristofferson; singer-songwriter Cash; international sensation Jones; and recent Rock & Roll Hall of fame inductee Mellencamp.
“Spectacle: Elvis Costello with Renée Fleming” – Elvis welcomes the great American soprano.
“Spectacle: Elvis Costello with Herbie Hancock” – Elvis welcomes the jazz legend, winner of this year’s Grammy® Award for Album of the Year
“Spectacle: Elvis Costello with She & Him, Jenny Lewis, Jakob Dylan” – Elvis welcomes indie duo She & Him, comprised of actress Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward, singer-songwriter Lewis; and singer-songwriter Dylan.
“Spectacle: Elvis Costello with Diana Krall” – Elvis welcomes his wife, international jazz sensation Krall; she is interviewed by the program’s executive producer, Elton John
“Spectacle: Elvis Costello with Smokey Robinson” – Elvis welcomes the legendary Motown singer and songwriter.
2/11 is for the kids. You can get more info at the Sundance Channel. The one-hour program airs Wednesday nights at 9:00PM ET/PT.
[Photo from Elvis Costello @ Spectacle wrap]