STANHOPE — The "Waterloo Music '89" summer concert series at historic Waterloo Village plays host to the ever popular Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and John Prine on Aug. 23 in the Waterloo Theatre Tent, while rock star songwriter and vocalist Elvis Costello appears solo and with the Rude Five in a field show on Aug. 25. Both concerts are scheduled to start at 8 p.m.
Now in its 14th successful season, the entertainment series is presented each year by The Waterloo Foundation for the Arts and continues to draw record summer crowds to the ideally suited Stanhope site.
The diverse variety of styles and sounds which are found in each artist's music is yet another distinctive characteristic of Waterloo's star-studded 1989 season that features a selection of performances from the classics, jazz, rock, pop and country.
In addition, Waterloo Village presents a striking setting where the whole family can enjoy the day experiencing the rustic hills and historic grounds which are home to "America's complete summer theatre for the arts."
In 1976, an unknown and unannounced Elvis Costello walked into the offices of Stiff Records, struck up an instant rapport with Stiff's then supremo Jake Riviera, and was signed immediately. The rest is history.
The release of Costello's 12th studio album marks his Warner Bros. Records debut. Titled Spike, the new album features 14 new Costello originals and teams Elvis with long-time collaborators T-Bone Burnett and Kevin Killen on production duties.
In 1986, Elvis' first studio album in a year and a half, The Costello Show (featuring Elvis Costello) King of America, was also his first U.S. recording in five years (since Almost Blue). It was recorded in Los Angeles with co-producer T-Bone Burnett. Rhythm was the key, and the section which backed Elvis Presley 'til the end — guitarist James Burton and bassist Jerry Scheff — were heard together on three tracks and individually throughout the LP, while from the Hall and Oates band, guitarist/bassist T-Bone Wolk and drummer Micky Curry showed up on a couple of songs. The February single cut, a new version of the Animals' "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood," duly made its way into the charts.
Then at summer's end Elvis Costello did something he hadn't done in five years: he released a second album in the same year. Blood and Chocolate found Elvis back in the studio along with The Attractions and producer Nick Lowe. A stomping album, its release signaled the beginning of what could be termed Elvis' most ambitious tour ever — with concerts in America and Europe scheduled for intimate theatres to positively maximize interaction between artist and audience.
It's been quite a long time away since 1986, for an artist of whom it's been said, "His middle name would be 'prolific' if it weren't already Patrick." But Elvis Costello is back, with a new album that builds on a more than impressive catalogue of past successes.
With another compilation of rarities and B sides, Out of Our Idiot surfacing in 1987 also found Elvis setting to work on the new album. Spike was recorded in London, Dublin, New Orleans and Hollywood, and opens another new and distinguished chapter in a truly remarkable career.
Waterloo Village is nestled among the Sussex County hills on the banks of the Musconetcong River in rustic northwestern New Jersey. The village is a registered National Historic Site, dating back to the American Revolution with 18th and 19th century buildings. Located just minutes from Exit 25 on Route 80 West, Waterloo Village is easily accessible from all directions. The village, opens daily from 10 a.m. and is closed Mondays.