The Mondavi Center is releasing pre-sale tickets for the upcoming Apr. 7 Elvis Costello performance. Tickets went on sale yesterday, and are available until Sunday. Tickets will be available starting at a minimum $17.50 per ticket.
This advance sale for students, staff and faculty intends to allow the purchase of tickets before they are released to the public on Feb. 1.
“The concert will probably sell out extremely fast, within two weeks,” said Mondavi Center executive director Don Roth.
Roth has been trying to get an artist of Elvis Costello’s caliber to perform here since he began working for the Mondavi Center in 2006.
“[Costello is] an example of someone working in pop music that I did not feel we had yet,” Roth said. “This is Elvis Costello’s first performance here ever; this is a rare opportunity.”
The Mondavi Center at UC Davis is just the first stop in Costello’s solo tour, which includes other locations such as Napa Opera House, Cal Poly, UCSB and UCSD.
Because UC Davis is the tour’s first performance, it is not yet known which songs and pieces he has selected to perform.
“Depending on the content that Costello chooses, the event could run from about 90 minutes if there is no intermission to about two hours if there is,” Roth said.
However, this is not to say that those at the Mondavi Center do not expect a worthwhile performance.
Mondavi Center marketing director Rob Tocalino said “he doesn’t usually tour solo, normally he performs with other artists, so this is a real treat.”
Of course, Costello has been performing for almost 40 years, and has worked with some of the biggest names of the business, including Burt Bacharach.
And, who could forget, his cameo appearance in Austin Powers 2: The Spy Who Shagged Me, performing “What Do You Get When You Fall in Love”?
Sophomore pole-vaulter and human development major, Lauren Radke, is also greatly anticipating this concert.
“I can’t wait to finally see him in concert and experience his improv style,” she said. “This will be amazing.”
For more information, visit mondaviarts.org.
BRITTANY PEARLMAN can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.