Aspen Food & Wine Classic: Elvis Costello and Cee Lo Green made the partyBy Reverb Staff | June 20th, 2012 | 3 comments
By Kristen Browning-Blas
The Denver Post
Costello assembled a one-time band, the Blue Beguilers, for a concert celebrating the 30th annual Food & Wine Classic in Aspen June 16.
Green rolled into town to promote his spirits brand, TY KU, at a party June 15. “I am here to meet and greet and give the kisses to the ladies,” he told The Denver Post as his girlfiend, Shaneeka James sat by his side on a squishy white sofa.
“We are in Aspen enjoying wine and food — and my own personal sake,” he said, diamond-studded teeth sparkling in the late-afternoon sun. “It’s a nice, clean aphrodisiac — subtle, sexy.”
The “F*ck You” singer’s plan was to eat in his hotel room and “you know, walk around, take some time off. I’m gonna take it all in and soak up the sun.”
Asked about the white cat he often holds in “The Voice,” Green said he brought his kids, but not the cat. “Everybody loves that cat! What is it about Purrfect?”
Costello and his Imposters’ bandmates Pete Thomas on drums and Davey Faragher on bass, and John McFee (of the Doobie Brothers, who also played on “My Aim is True”) on pedal steel guitar, electric guitar and electric violin, the band played about an hour and a half in the Benedict Music Tent, home to the more classically inclined Aspen Music Festival.
Tickets for the show were $350, and a portion of the proceeds will go to Chefs Make Change charities.
Chefs José Andrés, Mario Batali and Michel Nischan catered the event, which included Stella Artois beers, Gallo wines and Belvedere Lemon Tea.
Elvis Costello and the Blue Beguilers set list, Aspen, June 16, 2012
Welcome To The Working Week
Blame It On Cain – all featuring the red-hot electric guitar of Mr. John McFee
Good Year For The Roses
Tonight The Bottle Let Me Down – both with John McFee on pedal steel guitar
Cry Cry Cry
Why Don’t You Love Me Like You Used To Do? – all featuring Mr. John McFee on the electric guitar
Everyday I Write The Book
A Slow Drag With Josephine
New Amsterdam/You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away
Sulphur To Sugarcane – featuring John McFee on the eletric violin
Watching The Detectives – featuring the Vox Continental stylings of Mr. Elvis Costello
Less Than Zero – Salute to Augie Meyers
Alison – featuring the electric guitar of Mr. John McFee
Stella Hurt – featuring the psychedelic stylings of The Blue Beguilers…
Pump It Up
Peace, Love And Understanding
Kristen Browning-Blas is the Food Editor at The Denver Post.