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T-Bone Burnett’s Speaking Clock Revue to feature Elvis Costello, Elton John

on September 15, 2010, 9:05am

T-Bone Burnett is a legendary country producer, with 10 Grammys back home and over 40 years of experience. In that time, he’s made a few famous friends, some of which he’s bringing together for The Speaking Clock Revue, a pair of multi-artist concerts that will include Elton John and Leon Russell (who have an album coming out together soon), Elvis Costello, John Mellencamp, The Punch Brothers, Karen Elson, Gregg Allman, Neko Case, Jim James, and many more. Having friends sure is nice.

The Revue is set to go down at two different dates: October 16th at the Wang Center in Boston, MA and then on October 20th at the Beacon Theater in New York City, NY. The concerts will be presented in a revue format with a house band consisting of the players featured on numerous Burnett-produced recordings. According to Burnett, the live show will strip away the comforts and confines of studio work as “something thrilling happens in getting away from the machines and into the live communication of real time storytelling in the larger community.”

Speaking of community, the concerts will benefit music and arts education in public schools, and happen in conjunction with the release of Waiting for “Superman”, a documentary film by Davis Guggenheim (It Might Get Loud) that explores the lives of a group of students and their schooling while discussing recent reforms and innovation in the public school system.

Tickets for both shows go on sale September 27th at noon EST via Ticketmaster.com. And if neither date fit into your schedule, The Revue is also playing Neil Young’s Bridge School Benefit on Sunday, October 24th.

The Speaking Clock Revue Tour Dates:
10/16 – Boston, MA @ Wang Center
10/20 – New York City, NY @ Beacon Theater

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