Press Room

Saturday, Aug. 28, 2021

6-10 p.m.

Memorial Park


Press Room



Elvis Costello & The Imposters

Elvis Costello
Photo: Lens O'Toole

Elvis Costello began writing songs at the age of thirteen. 2017 marked the 40th anniversary of the release his first record album, “My Aim Is True”. 

He is perhaps best known for the songs, “Alison”, “Pump It Up”, “Everyday I Write The Book” and his rendition of the Nick Lowe song, “(What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace Love and Understanding”. 

His record catalogue of more than thirty albums includes the contrasting pop and rock & roll albums, “This Year’s Model”, ”Armed Forces”, “Imperial Bedroom”, “Blood and Chocolate” and “King Of America” along with an album of country covers, “Almost Blue” and two collections of orchestrally accompanied piano ballads, “Painted From Memory” – with Burt Bacharach and “North”. 

He has performed worldwide with his bands, The Attractions, His Confederates – which featured two members of Elvis Presley’s “T.C.B” band – and his current group, The Imposters – Steve Nieve, Pete Thomas and Davey Faragher – as well as solo concerts, most recently his acclaimed solo show, “Detour”. 

Costello has entered into songwriting collaborations with Paul McCartney, Burt Bacharach, the Brodsky Quartet and with Allen Toussaint for the album “The River In Reverse”, the first major label recording project to visit New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina and completed there while the city was still under curfew. 

In 2003, Costello acted as lyrical editor of six songs written with his wife, the jazz pianist and singer Diana Krall for her album “The Girl In The Other Room”. He has written lyrics for compositions by Charles Mingus, Billy Strayhorn and Oscar Peterson and musical settings for words by W.B. Yeats and Bob Dylan. 

Costello’s songs have been recorded by a great number of artists, including, George Jones, Linda Ronstadt, Georgie Fame, Chet Baker, Johnny Cash, June Tabor, Roy Orbison, Dusty Springfield, Robert Wyatt, Anne Sofie von Otter, Solomon Burke and Darlene Love. 

During his career, Costello has received numerous prestigious honors, including two Ivor Novello Awards for songwriting, a Dutch Edison Award with The Brodsky Quartet for “The Juliet Letters”, the Nordoff-Robbins Silver Clef Award, a BAFTA for the music written with Richard Harvey for Alan Bleasdale’s television drama series “G.B.H.” and a Grammy for “I Still Have That Other Girl” from his 1998 collaboration with Burt Bacharach, “Painted From Memory”. 

Elvis Costello and The Attractions were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2003. In the same year, Costello was awarded ASCAP’s prestigious Founder’s Award. 

In 2004 Costello was nominated for an Oscar for Best Song – “The Scarlet Tide,” co-written with T Bone Burnett and sung by Alison Krauss in the motion picture “Cold Mountain” 

In 2016 Elvis Costello was inducted into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame in the company of Chip Taylor and Tom Petty. 

Look Now, released in October 2018 by Concord Records, was Costello’s’ first collection of new material in five years and his first with The Imposters in a decade. Costello worked with co-producer Sebastian Krys at studios in Hollywood, New York City and Vancouver, British Columbia, to create an “uptown pop record.” In addition to the songs Costello wrote, the album included a collaboration with Carole King and three with Burt Bacharach, who plays piano on two, “Don’t Look Now” and “Photographs Can Lie”. 

In 2019, Costello released the Purse EP, consisting of four songs containing songwriting collaborations with Burt Bacharach and Paul McCartney, as well as musical settings of lyrics by Johnny Cash and Bob Dylan. In the same year, Costello was: presented a Lifetime Achievement Award for songwriting, in Nashville by the Americana Music Association; awarded an O.B.E. (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) for his services to music on the Queens Birthday Honours List; and announced as a recipient of a Hollywood Walk of Fame star for the class of 2020. 

The music that Wyclef Jean has written, performed, and produced — both as a solo superstar and as founder and guiding member of the Fugees — has been a consistently powerful, pop cultural force for over two decades. 

In 1996, the Fugees released their monumental album The Score. Since then, Wyclef has released eight albums as a solo artist that have sold nearly nine million copies worldwide, including his 1997 debut The Carnival and 2000’s The Eclectic: 2 Sides II a Book. In March 2019 Wyclef released Wyclef Goes Back to School, a collaboration with students he met while touring the United States and visiting colleges across the country. 

InDecember 2019, Wyclef announced the launch of his music publishing and distribution company Carnival World Music Group, with the support of entertainment industry finance firm Sound Royalties. Last year Netflix announced the production of an untitled animated project based on the real-life story of Wyclef’s childhood in Haiti, which will be co-produced by Greg Silverman’s company Stampede and have Jean as the film’s composer. 

2020 also found Wyclef venturing into the podcast industry as the host of RunThatBack, a one of a kind weekly show for music lovers of any type, where Wyclef interviews heavy hitters from all walks of life, from music, to sports, politics, and beyond. He also teamed up with Google in the fall of 2020 to create a jingle for their #BlackOwnedFriday campaign to promote and support shopping black-owned businesses for Black Friday during the holiday season. This campaign has won a Webby Award, and has been nominated for a Clio Award, among others. 

In his most recent project, Wyclef has stepped in as composer for season four of Showtime’s The Chi, a show created by screenwriter and actress Lena Waithe.

Fireworks over UNO




Wyclef Jean and Elvis Costello with a fireworks finale on Saturday, August 28th

(July 1, 2021 – OMAHA, NE) After a year off, the popular summer concert at Memorial Park is back! The City of Omaha Celebrates America concert will take place on Saturday, August 28, with performers beginning in the early evening followed by a fireworks display!

The 2021 concert, produced by the City of Omaha and sponsored by the Omaha Parks Foundation, will feature local favorite The Firm as the opening act, Wyclef Jean and headliner Elvis Costello & The Imposters.

“We are so excited to once again be able to put on this event,” said Mayor Jean Stothert. “This concert will be a wonderful way to celebrate our city’s perseverance throughout the pandemic and the hard work of all the medical professionals, food workers, teachers, daycare professionals, first responders, and others who helped keep us safe.”

Elvis Costello is widely regarded as one of the most influential songwriters of a generation. He is a Grammy award-winning artist with a career spanning over 40 years. In 2003 he was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, and in 2020 he was announced as a recipient of a Hollywood Walk of Fame star. An accomplished solo artist, Costello is best known for his work with The Attractions and The Imposters.

Wyclef Jean has written, performed, and produced powerful music for over two decades. Jean has released eight albums as a solo artist since 1996 that have sold nearly nine million copies worldwide.

The City of Omaha Celebrates America concert was cancelled in 2020 because of the pandemic. The 2019 event, which took place thanks to the generosity of private donors, featured national opener Chris Isaak and headliner Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul. The fireworks show, expanded in 2019, will be enhanced even further in 2021, becoming one of the largest shows in the region.

While the 2021 event is being held later in the year and on a Saturday instead of Friday, organizers plan to return to the traditional Friday before the Fourth of July date in 2022. That date will fall on Friday, July 1. “We are happy to see the concert return in 2021 so that people can get out and enjoy one of Omaha’s most beautiful parks,” said Matthew Kalcevich, the Director of Parks, Recreation, and Public Property. “The concert was moved to later in the summer and Saturday, August 28th worked best, but we look forward to this event returning to its’ traditional date on the Friday before 4th of July in 2022.”

As in years past, the concert will be free to the public and family-friendly. Music will kick off early evening with fireworks starting at approximately 10 p.m.

The event will be professionally managed by local firm Vic Gutman & Associates and is sponsored by the Omaha Parks Foundation. For more information, visit

Contact: Heidi Walz


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