Singer/songwriter Elvis Costello returns to the Mondavi Center for a solo performance in Jackson Hall at 8 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 28. Costello began his career in the 1970s as part of the punk/new wave movement with songs like “My Aim Is True” (a number he continues to perform). Since then, he has recorded dozens of albums, ranging from country/western to jazz to collaborations with figures as diverse as songwriter Burt Bacharach, Paul McCartney and the Brodsky String Quartet. Through it all, he has earned a reputation as an inventive, original, one-of-a-kind songwriter. Last year, he appeared on the children’s television show “Sesame Street,” singing a duet about the number 2 with the Muppet character Elmo; Costello is the father of 5-year-old twins. His solo appearance at Mondavi in April 2010, which featured him singing and playing on an assortment of guitars, drew an enthusiastic capacity audience. Tickets for Friday’s 8 p.m. concert are $35-$65 general, $17.50-$32.50 for students, available at www.mondaviarts.org or 530-754-2787.