I (Do) Want to Go to Market Market … EC Tributon

The moment I noticed Market Market Cafe’s listing for Tributon: Elvis Costello, I jumped on that like a kid on a trampoline. Calendar circled. Trip planned. To Rosendale I would go.

Tributon is, by the way, a cool idea by Trip Thompson and Jen Constantine, the married couple that owns the cozy cafe off Route 32 in Creative Town USA. It’s a night when any musician can sign up and play a song from the catalog of the night’s feted artist. They’ve done Madonna, Prince and David Bowie. Elvis Costello seemed a logical next step.

That said, I love Elvis Costello’s music. All about it. Favorite song changes a lot, so does the album, but I’ll listen to any of his first bunch of albums repeatedly. He’s in all genres, too. “Imperial Bedroom” is Baroque pop. “My Aim is True” is straight rock and roll. “This Year’s Model” is punk(y). “Armed Forces” is new wave(y). “Punch the Clock” is very British/African. Whatever. Elvis’ catalog is all over the place, which makes him a great choice for Tributon, which welcomes any and everyone.

Saturday night at Market Market, we got any and everyone without a doubt. First, it was cool to see our article about Market Market framed on a shelf. Second, it was cool to see PBR in can for $1.50. Then, it was cool to see a bunch of different artists tackle Elvis in their own crazy ways.

After a kooky opening lifted from “Welcome to the Working Week,” we got the Tom Waits treatment on piano for “Watching the Detectives.” A band that dressed the part (thick spectacles and skinny ties for the lead singer) took on “Little Triggers” and “This Year’s Girl,” two highly underrated gems from “This Year’s Model.” Then came the high point for me: Kelleigh Mckenzie, a noted singer/songwriter who plays the banjo like a fiend, tore into a stompin’ version of “Pump It Up” before quieting down with a poignant turn on “Baby Plays Around.”

At that point I had to exit, since the drive from Rosendale to Warwick is a stretch late on a Saturday night. But what fun. And I can’t wait to get back to Market Market. The food looked incredible and the vibe was perfect. More Tributons, please. More!

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