ETA in Belgian comic: For what it's worth... Elvis impersonators seem to be everywhere, even in the popular Belgian cartoon 'Kiekeboe' - as you can see by this excerpt from 'Gazet Van Antwerpen'. It's not the first time that author Merho finds his inspiration in Memphis. A few years ago, he took the liberty of using the Lisa Marie Airplane in one of his books. (Source: Elvis Matters, 29 Dec 2007)
"2008 Ultimate Elvis Competition" announced: Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc. has announced that due to the huge worldwide response and overwhelming success of this year's search, it is launching the second annual "Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest" for 2008. As with 2007, contestants will be selected at existing Elvis tribute artist contests, along with fairs, festivals and other venues holding new contests. Licensed festivals from Australia to New York have confirmed to hold preliminary contests so far, with more to follow. The qualifying rounds and finals will be held in Memphis during Elvis Week in Memphis, August 9 through 17, 2008.
"The worldwide response to the first annual competition was astounding. The contest exceeded all of our expectations," stated Paul Jankowski, Chief Marketing Officer for EPE. "Both the original and the growing new generation of Elvis fans discovered yet another way to celebrate Elvis' on-going contribution to the world of entertainment. We applaud the quality of contestants and again congratulate the winner, Shawn Klush."
"To be named The Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist by Elvis Presley Enterprises was one of the most meaningful experiences in my life," stated Klush. "I am greatly humbled and honored to have received such an accolade. I just love doing what I do. I do it for Elvis and his fans." The 38-year-old was selected in the "Viva Las Franklin" preliminary contest in Franklin, TN. Since winning the title he has traveled internationally for performances and appeared on several national television programs.
Judges will be looking for the "best representation of the Elvis legacy" in talent, appearance, performance, stage presence and each contestant's overall tribute to Elvis. The best overall performer will be named the "2008 Elvis Tribute Artist of the Year."
For the 2007 competitions, 24 preliminary contests were held from Norway to New Zealand to Canada and California. For 2008, confirmed preliminary events include Coolangatta, Queensland, Australia; Arnold, Missouri; Windsor, Ontario, Canada; Lake George, New York; Tupelo, Mississippi; Penticton, British Columbia, Canada; the Boston area in Arlington, Massachusetts; and Collingwood, Ontario, Canada.
For additional information on the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest and Elvis Week please visit www.Elvis.com or email Ultimate@elvis.com(Business Wire/EPE, 28 Dec 2007)
Special screening of "Jailhouse Rock" in Atlanta, Georgia: PLAZA THEATRE DANCES TO THE “JAILHOUSE ROCK” WITH ELVIS BASH Elvis impersonators and a rare screening of “Jailhouse Rock” celebrate the King’s birthday at the Historic Plaza Theatre. Are your hands shaking, your knees weak? Can’t seem to stand on your own two feet? The Historic Plaza Theatre has the cure for what ails you with a special ELVIS BASH on January 12 to commemorate what would’ve been Elvis Presley’s 72nd birthday.
ELVIS BASH begins with a special Iron Elvis competition when five Elvis Presley tribute artists take the stage to see who will be crowned king. As the Elvises sing the timeless classics live on stage, vote on who has the best studded jumpsuit, lip curl and hip swivel. Performers include award-winning Elvis tribute artist Dana Daniels.
Audience members who know their Elvis trivia may walk away with prizes, too. And don’t miss the girls, girls, girls of Blast Off Burlesque as they dance to Elvis’ greatest hits.
A rare screening of one of Elvis’ most critically acclaimed films “Jailhouse Rock” follows. The 1957 flick tells the story of Vince Everett (Presley), an ex con with rock ‘n’ roll in his soul. After getting out of the big house, he becomes a singing sensation. But will success spoil Vince? Songs include “(You're So Square) Baby I Don't Care,” “Don’t Leave Me Now” and “Jailhouse Rock.”
Stuff an Elvis fan’s stocking this Christmas with a pair of ELVIS BASH tickets. The show takes places Saturday, January 12, 2008 at 8 p.m. All seats are $12. Advance tickets are available at the Plaza Theatre box office and at www.plazaatlanta.com. Plaza Theatre, 1049 Ponce de Leon Ave., Atlanta GA 30306. 404-873-1939, www.plazaatlanta.com. (Source: Jon Waterhouse, 28 Dec 2007)
ETA ties the knot: LOVE Me Tender was high on the songlist when an Elvis Presley impersonator and his bride tied the knot on Saturday. For Bill Wilkinson, who has been a professional tribute act for four years, decided to stick with the Elvis theme for his wedding to fiancee Susan Bonner.
And whilst they were "all shook up" by the torrential rain and gusting wind which greeted them outside Bury Register Office, it did not spoil the occasion. The couple first met during one of Bill's gigs at the Bay Horse pub, in Stand Lane, Radcliffe, in October 2005. Bill said: "Susan wasn't a big Elvis fan until she met me. She loves Elvis now though and we went to Memphis together earlier this year."
Instead of the formal suit traditionally favoured by bridegrooms, Bill wore a white jumpsuit with blue and red beaded tassles for the ceremony.
The couple, of Stand Lane, Radcliffe, included Elvis songs in their ceremony, with the Hawaiian Wedding Song playing as they entered the room. The registrar even got involved by wearing a gold jacket and Elvis-style sunglasses, and guests donned Hawaiian costumes. Susan (47), who works as a senior carer at Heathlands Village, Prestwich, wore a traditional wedding gown though. Bill (49) said: "It was more fun having an Elvis-themed wedding, especially in the winter. Most people are Elvis fans so they could all join in. Our family and friends really got into the spirit of it."
The theme continued past the ceremony as the couple and their guests went to Moorside Farm pub in Swinton for a reception. Best man, Dave Futcher, mentioned a series of Elvis songs in his speech, and Gracelands was the inspiration for their wedding cake. Bill even performed a 45-minute set at the reception, which was recorded and will be used as promotional footage on his website. He said: "It's stressful leading up to any wedding. It was even worse than a gig."
Bill decided to become an Elvis impersonator after discovering that he could sing like The King' on a karaoke night on holiday in Majorca seven years ago. He continued to perform at karaoke nights until he decided to give up his day job and become a full-time impersonator four years ago. Since then, he has established himself with residencies at pubs in Swinton and Eccles, and bookings at weddings and birthday parties.
Frank Anthony on YouTube
For all fans in The Netherlands, Europe & further internationally TEAM FRANK ANTHONY has put on YOU-TUBE many videoclips of dutch Elvis impersonator FRANK ANTHONY Live On Stage. Now 26 videoclips are now to be seen, many more Live clips will follow. The most footage comes from the privat video collection of Frank Anthony, some footage can be called as "bootleg".
Other clips are of a better quality in view & sound.
In 2008 Frank Anthony starts with a new concert tour.
Elvis to appear at BCT: BEAVERCREEK –Elvis, aka Ryan Roth of Englewood, will present a special show to benefit the theater’s lighting fund at 8 p.m. Jan. 12.
The Elvis impersonator is a 1986 graduate of Beavercreek High School, where he was a member of the Friends Show Choir. In 1988 he had his own show at Cedar point, doing ‘50s and ‘60s rock-n-roll, and over the years he’s performed in a variety of other venues including the Grand Victoria Casino, The Fraze Pavilion, TNN: The Nashville Network and the Bell Terra Casino.
“The show that I am going to do will feature two sets. The opening set will feature rock-n-roll oldies from the ‘50s to the ‘80s. The second set will be Elvis,” he said.
“Elvis was a big musical influence for me very early on.”
Roth has been performing for the last three years at Snickers in New Lebanon.
Tickets for the Jan. 12 performance are $10 per person. Tickets can be reserved by leaving a message at (937) 429-4737 or e-mailing email@example.com. They can also be purchased online at www.bctheatre.org.
Beavercreek Community Theatre is located within the Lofino Senior Enrichment and Cultural Arts Center at 3868 Dayton-Xenia Road in Beavercreek, Ohio.
Local psychiatrists portray 'The King' as a way for them to connect with patients:
The performer wore a red jumpsuit studded in gold and sunglasses rimmed in silver. His velvety voice and smooth moves -- pumping his right arm to the slow pace of ''Can't Help Falling in Love'' and tossing scarves into the crowd -- evoked laughter, cheers and whistles from an audience that spilled out of a Bethlehem clinic room and into a hall.
''I love you, Elvie,'' one woman yelled before flinging a pair of pantyhose onto the plywood stage.Fans know the performer better when he dons a suit and tie and asks, ''Are you lonesome tonight?'' without bursting into song.
He is Dr. Carlos ''Elvis'' Velas, a 70-year-old psychiatrist on staff at the Lehigh Valley Community Mental Health Center, where the show took place, and at other clinics in Bethlehem and Quakertown.
So passionate about Presley is he that Velas belts out his best impression of the ''king of rock 'n' roll'' just to entertain himself and his patients. And believe it or not, he's not the only one. Fellow psychiatrist Sung Park, 67, of Orefield, a lifelong fan who works at mental health clinics in Allentown and Bethlehem, finds impersonating Elvis therapeutic as well.
''They enjoy it,'' Velas said of mental health patients who might otherwise be anxious, ill at ease or depressed. ''Most are shy, embarrassed, fearful. But when they come here, they feel safe.''
Velas needs little provocation to perform at holidays, concerts and his own family reunions. He doesn't sing for money or in competitions such as the worldwide Images of the King contest in Tennessee, where officials remember a cardiologist and several chiropractors competing, but no psychiatrists.
Park performs less often these days than Velas but has more costumes -- about a half-dozen, all made by his wife, Chung Sook Park. Singing and dressing like Elvis, he said, helps patients see him as someone easier to relate to.
''Elvis Presley was not just a great entertainer,'' Park said. ''He also was a great communicator.''
The two have been paying tribute to the legend for more than 20 years.
Neither doctor carries the persona into his work treating and diagnosing mental illness -- although Velas' small office at the Bethlehem clinic is crammed with Elvis memorabilia: a clock with legs that swing back and forth, a rug wall-hanging of his face, albums and ticket stubs.
''Onstage, I wear a costume and sing and act like Elvis,'' Park said. ''When I take off the costume, I'm strictly a physician.''
The psychiatrists see their impersonations as good fun. So do other mental health professionals.
''We measure maturity by one's capacity to work, love and play,'' said Robert Gordon, a local psychologist. ''To think that one is Elvis is not good. …To impersonate Elvis is playful and good.''
Mick Gardner, a psychotherapist on staff at the Lehigh Valley Community Mental Health Center with Velas, said it benefits patients to see their doctor as relaxed and confident enough to stand up in front of them and do something out of character. Gardner has seen Velas' act three times. ''He's got a good voice and attracts more people each time,'' he said.
Velas and Park met at the Allentown State Hospital, where both worked for years before retiring and working at area outpatient mental health clinics. Yet they say their proclivity for Presley began independently, nurtured by a love of music.Velas, who grew up in the Philippines, plays the harmonica and used to play the clarinet and accordion. He's sung like Frank Sinatra, Johnny Mathis, Englebert Humperdinck, Billy Joel and Elton John. But his parents so adored Elvis that they gave the name to Velas' youngest brother.
Park hails from a spiritual South Korean family that sings and plays the piano and saxophone. He was a teenager, he said, when he first became fascinated with Elvis, his military service, gold records and bad boy image.
''Driving a pink Cadillac, he represented the American dream,'' Park recalled.
The doctors enjoy the cachet of imitating someone so loved around the world. They're also careful not to overdose fans by taking the same stage as Elvis. At the clinic Christmas concert in Bethlehem, Velas was the star attraction, singing about 20 songs in an hour and a half. About a foot shorter and almost 30 years older than Elvis at the time of his death, Velas played the part more than he looked it. He waited until the last minute to emerge from his office-turned-dressing room, posed for photos, and autographed concert programs.
Some selections seemed handpicked for the house: ''Blue Christmas,'' ''Suspicious Minds'' and ''Welcome to My World.'' During ''Suspicious Minds,'' Velas' favorite, the singer stopped mid-song to ask, ''What time is it?'' and show off the Elvis watches on both his wrists.
''Elvis time!'' the crowd shouted back. ''Thank you. Thank you very much,'' Velas said in his best Filipino-Southern drawl.
When the show ended, Helen Appel gave her former therapist a hug. Having made the trip from New Jersey just to see Velas, she told him, ''You were awesome.'' Added Appel, ''I loved him as a person, therapist and as Elvis.''
IMITATING THE KING: The first Elvis impersonators appeared while the singer was still alive, but the numbers of acts multiplied after his death Aug. 16, 1977, at age 42.
An authentic Elvis jumpsuit can cost anywhere from $400 to $4,000.
One of the longest-running national Elvis impersonator competitions, ''Images of the King'' contest in Tennessee, started 21 years ago and still attracts more than 100 contestants annually.
Allentown boasts 105 professional Elvis impersonators, who charge $150 to $5,200 a gig. (News, Source: Ann Wlazelek | Of The Morning Call 16/12/07)
Elvis Welsh Porthcawl Festival:The King has left the building for good. But thirty years after his death, the legend lives on in the unlikely surroundings of South Wales. Even before 1977 there were as many as 150 Elvis impersonators, or ETAs (Elvis Tribute Artists), as they demand to be called. Thirty years on, there are more than 30,000 in the US alone. Add to that thousands-strong detachments in Asia and Europe, and fans optimistically predict that at the current rate, one in 10 people on Earth will be an ETA by 2020. In Britain, Presley-mania thrives at convention centres and themed restaurants from Greenock to Greenwich, but its unlikely centre is the seaside resort of Porthcawl. Yes, Elvis has entered Glamorgan. On an autumn weekend for the past four years, the former miners' retreat has been transformed as a glittering army of 60 sequinned and coiffed ETAs strut their stuff at the Porthcawl Elvis Festival, hoping to walk away with a coveted Elvie award. Go here for the full story.(Source: Naveen)
Elvis On Tour:
Paul Priestley & The E.P. Band
Saturday, 22 December 2007
At Maltings Art Centre
Eastern Lane Berwick-upon-Tweed Northumberland UK
Price: £13.00 / £11.00 concessions
For tickets or further information, please contact the venue directly. The information given on this page is subject to change - please confirm with the venue before travelling.
Australian fans take note: Moves afoot to bring 2 big name USA based ETA's to Australia in 2008! More info soon.
Two EPE sponsored ETA contests in Australia in 2008?: EPE has informed the TCB Fan Club in Queensland:
"Thanks for your responses. The reason we need this information is because as we continue to develop our ETA program we want to know if there is enough of demand for ETA's outside US to have multiple contests in other countries such as Australia. We are hopeful that there will be at least two contests in Australia this year affiliated with EPE. There was no guy named Bardo in our contest. This information is inaccurate and others have spread similar inaccuracies but I do assure you and please assure your fan club that the only way to compete in the ETA finals is by winning a prelim. Have a great week." (Almost Elvis, Source: Chris Bamford, Dec 2007)
Top Aussie ETAs set to rock Sydney: AUSTRALIA'S top Elvis tribute artists will come together in Elvis Lives, a 30th anniversary tribute concert at the Roxy Parramatta this Sunday, December 16th 2007. The concert, with Paul Fenech, Danny Tupelo, Elias2Elvis and female interpreter She is the King, will feature songs from the 1950s, '60s and '70s.
Elias2Elvis combines Presley's vocal and physical delivery.
"The feeling of performing in an Elvis jumpsuit, singing his songs is something hard to explain unless you've done it," he said. "It becomes a mutual celebration between performer and audience reflecting the man who revolutionised music and became a worldwide icon."
Paul Fenech has been performing for more than 12 years and worked in Las Vegas, Singapore, Malaysia, Andorra, Israel and New Zealand.
Just back from Memphis, She is the King will perform songs from her debut album as well as some of the more gospel and country orientated Elvis songs. She was invited to perform at Graceland and competed in the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Competition in Mississippi this year.
With over 15 years' experience Danny Tupelo brings Elvis to life. His looks, combined with his Elvis sound-a-like voice really gets the fans' hearts thumping. The Roxy, 69 George Street, Parramatta. Bookings: theroxy.com.au(Source: Charmaine Voisine)
Mark's own Blue Christmas: SELBY'S very own Elvis impersonator is hitting the stage after a successful tour of Cyprus.
Mark Summers, who dubs himself as Cyprus's number one Elvis impersonator, will be appearing at Bishopthorpe Social Club, near York, in a Christmas extravaganza of The King. Having had a six-month sell-out tour of Cyprus, Mark says he has now been endorsed by the Official Fan Club Of Elvis Presley - one of only three UK tribute acts to get the accolade.
The 24-year-old, who is originally from Selby, performs all of Elvis's hits from the GI years through to his days in Las Vegas - three decades worth of music - with all his costumes coming direct from the USA. Talking about his show, Mark said: "It's something for everybody, full of energy, excitement.
"This is the best show yet, Elvis fans will love it."
The singer has recently signed up with a management company in Essex and is now planning on bringing Elvis to all the corners of the UK over the next 18 months with additional short tours planned abroad.
He said: "Touring is the hardest part, been away from family and friends. We are flat out in 2008, all over the world."
Mark will be appearing at Bishopthorpe Sports And Social Club on Saturday, December 15, from 8pm. The show will be followed by a disco and a bar is available. Tickets for the show are available now priced at £5 for advance bookings or £6 on the door. Christmas parties are welcome. To book tickets, telephone 01904 707185 or 07756 118532 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
So you want to be an ETA?
Here's your chance. Submit your best Elvis-like photo through Dec. 28 and you could be selected to take part in the King Tribute contest at the SILVER STAR CASINO in Pearl River Resort. First place pays $5,000, more than Elvis made in his debut. Call 1-866-44PEARL for more info or send your photo to Pearl River Resort, Attn: Public Relations, PO Box 6048, Choctaw, MS 39350.
Spend New Years Eve with Champion ETA ROBIN KELLY Eagle Rock Golf Course
Edmonton, AlbertaCanada Map to location http://tinyurl.com/2npujz
Tickets are $75 each (includes a drink & GST)
For tickets & reservations/info contact the venue at 780-4496646 or email@example.com
How about a Christmas party with Elvis in the house?: CHESAPEAKE - This Christmas, why not give your loved one a bit of hunka-hunka burnin' love? Chesapeake is home to two of the top Elvis tribute artists in the area in Sterling Riggs and Jim Smith.
And both entertainers will take their Elvis acts to your home for a birthday or anniversary party, graduation, family reunion or anniversary get-together.
Riggs, a South Norfolk native, has been swinging the King's thing for 13 years. When not performing with backing rhythm tapes, he appears at bigger events, corporate meetings, festivals and concerts with his TKC (The King's Court) Band, a group that's been with him for 11 years.
He regularly performs up and down the East Coast and at the Beach's Viva Elvis festival, having won its first sound-alike-look-alike competition. He's sung with Elvis' legendary backing vocal group The Jordanaires, and is part of an annual "Cruisin' with the King Tribute Cruise" out of Orlando, Fla.
"I generally do the '70s Vegas show with a jumpsuit," Riggs said. "I may do the '50s Elvis, but I'm more into the jumpsuit flash. That's me: nice 'n' gaudy!"
Smith's been a Kingly performer since 1990, having slowly developed his Elvis persona while working as a drummer for various bands. When not doing Presley for small private functions, he also does concerts, bigger corporate gigs and festivals with his Memories Band.
Smith won Virginia's Graceland-sanctioned Ultimate Elvis competition earlier this year, earning him the right to perform in Memphis for the national finals. He's worked with The Stamps Quartet, Elvis' backing gospel vocal group; and on Dec. 14 he'll headline oldies DJ legend "Rockin'" Ron Cade's "Elvis & Friends Tribute Christmas Concert" in Philadelphia.
"I like to customize my shows," Smith said. "The costume is left up to me. I show up in street clothes and then I change prior to going on."
And tapping into Presley's own charitable personality, both Smith and Riggs routinely support and perform for a host of worthy causes from raising funds for friends and neighbors and performing at area nursing homes to helping raise money for such causes as Vets House, the Joy Fund and the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life.
If you're looking to engage either Elvis, Riggs will give you either a half-hour show for $300 or an hour performance for $500. For either, he'll use his own equipment and backing tapes. Smith, too, brings his own gear and backing tracks and will channel the King for about 45 minutes, charging $150 to $300. Both will give you total Elvis, performed with acute accuracy, fun and attention to details.
"I have fun with the people," Smith said. "I mingle, give scarves, I work with people the best I can."
Riggs, like the real King, enjoys engaging members of whatever function he's working.
"It's high energy and fun," he said. "I bring a couple of teddy bears and a few scarves to give away."
Pearl River Resort will hold a Tribute to The King, Friday, Jan. 4, beginning at 8 p.m. with a tribute contest and concert.
If you look and sing like The King we want you to enter the Pearl River Resort Tribute Contest. First place wins $5,000 and those interested in participating should submit a photo with the attached questionnaire to Pearl River Resort for a chance to be selected. The top 20 submissions will be invited to Pearl River Resort to compete for the first, second and third place prizes. Entries must be received by Dec. 28.
After the contest, guests will enjoy an exciting concert featuring celebrated tribute artist Brandon Bennett and The Heartbreak Orchestra.
Tickets are only $10 and can be purchased by calling 1.866.447.3275. Guests must be 21 years or older to attend.
ETA Costumers and Jewellers: Be Sure to Visit Janet Tegels and Professional Costumer in Pigeon Forge, TN . Professional Costumer delivers quality, custom made stagewear and accessories at affordable rates.
Visit http://www.pcostume.com and see their great selection and learn more about their services. Professional Costumer!
THE YELLOW ROSE DINNER THEATRE& VANKNIGHT PRODUCTIONS PRESENTSJOHNNY LOOS CHRISTMAS ELVIS STYLEIF YOU'VE BEEN NEEDING YOUR ELVIS FIX HE'S BACK FOR THIS SPECIAL PRESENTATION AT THEYELLOW ROSE DINNER THEATRE1005 SW 4th STREET, MOORE OKLAHOMA, USATUESDAY EVENINGS IN DECEMBERDECEMBER 4TH, 11TH, & 18TH, 2007AT 6:30 PMTHIS WILL BE A SPECIAL SHOW AND BUFFETVIP SEATS $50.00 PER PERSONGENERAL ADMISSION $40.00 PER PERSONLIMITED SHOWS & LIMITED SEATINGTCB CHRISTMASBOX OFFICE IS NOW OPEN SEATS ARE GOING FASTCALL NOW TO MAKE YOUR RESERVATIONS
Please Join Shon Carroll on January 5, 2008
3rd Annual Birthday Bash
Shon Carroll 2004 Collingwood Champion/ Jay Zanier 2007 Collingwood Champion
Steven Pelleriti 10x Champion , Wayne Curtis Spirit of Elvis Award Winner
St George Banquet Hall
665 King St N, Waterloo
Money raised will be given once again to RiskWatch
Tickets $30.00 Includes light Buffet
Show 8:00pm - 11:30pm
Raffles & 50/50 Draw
CHRISTMAS WITH THE KING
This show will include many of Elvis' favorite Christmas tunes from the 50's and all the way through the 70's. David Allen and The Fever Orchestra will amaze you with the authenticity, energy and pure excitement that made Elvis the King, now and forever. David Allen will perform his tribute to the 50's Elvis and then take you on that long, exciting road to Las Vegas. If you never had the chance to experience Elvis in concert, this is as close as it gets. Don't miss it!
Show starts at 8:00 pm
(doors open at 7:45)
Tickets are $15 & can be purchased at the door or in advanced by calling 214-803-5847
(No reserved seating)
There will be food and drinks available for purchase
(coffee, hot chocolate, sodas/brownies, popcorn and other snacks)
300 South Grand Ave. Waxahachie, TX
*The building is an Historical Landmark, as Will Rogers once played there.
It's an amazing old wooden building with wooden benches, so bring yourself a little cushion!
Santa will be making an appearance too! Bring the little ones!
ETA concert in Bluefield: BLUEFIELD — For everyone who monitors such things, mark down Bluefield as the latest location for an Elvis sighting. When Matt Elvis Dollar — no kidding, that’s his real full name — drifted into Bluefield Area Arts Center Wednesday during the Greater Bluefield Chamber of Commerce holiday reception, all heads turned in the direction of the man who would be a king.
“Elvis is here...Elvis is here,” Debbie Maynard said. Maynard is executive vice president of the chamber. “He kissed me right here on the cheek and handed me a scarf.”
For more than a quarter of a century, Dollar, 35, of Bristol, Tenn., has worked as an Elvis Tribute Artist. It’s a full-time job for Dollar who has a passionate appreciation for everything about Elvis Aaron Presley, the undisputed “King of Rock-n-Roll.” Dollar comes by his passion for the King naturally. His mother, the late Patsy Dollar, loved Presley so much that she and her husband Gene Dollar, got married on the same day that Elvis and Priscilla Presley wed.
“I’m me,” Dollar said, “but I always tell anyone who asks that we’re simply here to pay tribute to Elvis. Our shows are family oriented. Everything is clean. We even do religious songs as part of our shows. We try to emphasize the impact that Elvis had on the world. Elvis came to my little town 32 years ago, and people are still talking about it like it just happened. He had an impact on everyone.”
Presley was born Jan. 8, 1935 and died Aug. 16, 1977. Within four or five years of Presley’s death, Dollar started dressing up in jumpsuits similar to the ones Presley performed in. By the time he was 11 years old, Dollar was on stage with his own Elvis tribute program, performing for an audience of 600 fans. When he was in high school at Tennessee High School in Bristol, Tenn., the same school that produced coaching great Steve Spurrier, Dollar sported sideburns and an Elvis hair style.
“I got beat up a lot,” Dollar said. His high school friend, Brian Pappas, who helps Dollar when he (Pappas) isn’t at his day job as a materials handler, confirmed that Dollar took his licks for his looks, but also pointed out that schoolmates who now enjoy his concerts, “come up and say they’re sorry for the way they mistreated Matt,” Pappas said.
When he was visiting family in Bristol, Tenn., Chris Dorton, circulation director of the Bluefield Daily Telegraph caught Dollar’s act, and thought he would be a great draw for a concert aimed at raising funds for the Telegraph’s Newspapers In Education program, a program that enables the newspaper to provide newspapers to area schools for use as educational material.
Dorton and Chuck Sullins, circulation manager of the Telegraph, started working out a plan for a NIE Benefit Concert, and enlisted the help of Tom Colley, executive editor of the Telegraph, who is a big Elvis fan.
“It was great watching the two of them (Dollar and Colley) at lunch (Wednes-day),” Sullins said. “You could almost see the wheels spinning in Tom’s head as he was trying to come up with a trivia question that would stump Matt.”
“Any I could get the answer out when he was half-way through the question,” Dollar said. “I really enjoyed talking with Mr. Colley. He really knows a lot about Elvis.”
When his parents bought Presley records for him, Dollar did not take the cellophane wrapping off them. “I’ve saved everything — even all the jumpsuits I’ve worn through the years,” Dollar said. As he flipped through an album full of clippings, Dollar pointed out an 1998 article that showed him with his personal Elvis collection that he estimated in value at more than $40,000.
But Dollar has done more than collect Elvis scarfs and eyeglasses. Dollar has traveled extensively in the King’s footsteps and has be-friended Elvis’s friends including Charlie Hodge, who died in March of 2006. Hodge entered the U.S. Army with Elvis, and after the two men were discharged, he moved to Graceland and became a close confidant.
Dollar sings other songs including two recently released CDs titled, “Hooked on Music,” and “Cash,” a tribute to Johnny Cash. But he does more than sing and play guitar. Dollar sews his own costumes, and works day and night to prepare for a show whether it’s playing for a crowd of 1,000 people as the opening act for the Drifters, or performing at a nursing home. “I do lots of charity work,” he said. “We work hard at this. It’s a full-time job.”
In addition to presenting a wholesome family-oriented show, Dollar dedicates “Always on My Mind” and “Welcome To My World” to his mother at every show. He pronounces with pride that he has never smoked or used alcohol in his life. “I have no idea where I’d be in life if it weren’t for Elvis,” Dollar said. “He opened the door of opportunity for so many people. He was a great supporter of his community and opened the door for a lot of black artists to reach white audiences.”
Dollar will appear in concert on behalf of the Telegraph’s NIE program in Bluefield at 7 p.m., on Jan, 11, 2008, at the Bluefield High School Auditorium 535 West Cumberland Rd.,. Bluefield, WV
December 1st Home Federal Bank Christmas Party Rochester Event Center (Private)
December 7th Preston Servicemen's Club Preston, MN
6:30pm (party starts) 8:00 and 9:00 pm Brad performs
December 16th Elvis Christmas Show 2:00 pm
Chatfield Lutheran Church
Benefit for Camp Jornada (free will donations)
January 12th Elvis B-Day Paramount Theater Austin, MN (Times/Dates Soon)
January 19th & 20th Eagles Cancer Telethon Rochester Civic Center (Times/Dates Soon)
Elvis, Brad and Matti Boice doing "If I Can Dream"
January 26th Benefit Westfire Grill Rochester, MN 6:00 pm (30 min performance)
February 16th Cresco Expo Center (Fairgrounds) Cresco IA 8 to Midnite
April 15th Private Party
April 18th & 19th Contest of Kings Mall of America
(more details to come)
May 24th Private Party Winona, MN
Some great shows...
Friday, Dec. 14th –
St. Charle , I – A Diamond and A King returns to the Arcada Theater in St. Charles with a very special Holiday Show. Starring Denny Diamond, the Midwest’s premier Neil Diamond Tribute, and Chicago’s own Rick “Elvis” Saucedo, the only Elvis Tribute ever to perform on Broadway, together with The Fabulous Ambassadors and special guest little Charissa Mrowka, direct from the Colgate Country Showdown Finals. Don’t miss this special tribute to one of the greatest Songwriters in rock and roll and the greatest performer of all time. www.oshows.com
Dec. 31st – Mount Pocon , P – Come ring in the New Year with Shawn Klush, Gaceland's Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist, at Mt. Airy Casino. Mount Airy Casino Resort is a real vacation destination in every sense, with each amenity designed to cater to your needs, your wants, and your imagination. www.mountairycasino.com Very LTD seating.
Jan. 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 10th, 11th, 12th, and 13th– Across the Country – Don’t miss The Elvis Birthday Tribute Tour 2008 starring the top Elvis Tribute Artists in the world in an Era By Era tribute to The Greatest Entertainer of All Time. Featuring ABC TV’s Blue Suede Elvisfrom The Next Best Thing, Donny Edwards, direct from Las Vegas. Back this year, The Face of Elvis, Ryan Pelton, direct from Legends in Concert Myrtle Beach. And returning by overwhelming popular demand, Elvis Presley Enterprises’ Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist and BBC1 London’s World’s Greatest Elvis, Shawn Klush. Officially The Closest Thing to The King in Concert. The EBT will be in Skokie, Aurora, Merrillville, Cleveland, Toledo (tentative), Indianapolis, Cincinnati and Louisville this year. Visit www.elvisbirthdaytribute.com for details and ticket information.
Jan. 8th (Elvis’ Birthday) – Memphis, TN – See Shawn Klush as he performs during halftime of the Memphis Grizzlies game at the Fed Ex Forum as the Grizzlies take on the LA Lakers.
Jan. 22nd and 23rd – Londo , England – Shawn Klush returns to England for the first time since winning BBC1’s World’s Greatest Elvis. Returning by overwhelming demand, Shawn Klush will once again show the UK why he truly is The World’s Greatest Elvis. Shawn will be performing at The Pigalle club, 215 Piccadilly in London .
Jan. 25th and 26th – Sweden – Shawn Klush. Venues TBA
DEFINED as the world's leading tribute artist to the absolute King of Rock N Roll, Max Pellicano, will be touring Australia at the end of the year.
Pellicano will be paying a particularly special visit to Perth for an exclusive New Year’s Eve show.
See in the New Year with Elvis to the Max in a special "That's The Way It Was" live show, which features a string orchestra, taking you through the magic that is Elvis from 1969 to 1977.
Befitted with authentic costumes, you will find yourself moved in time. Starting with the 1969 Las Vegas Hilton International show where Elvis wore the "Fringe" outfit, onto the 1973 Aloha From Hawaii evening featuring the legendary "American Eagle" jumpsuit. Lastly, Max recreates the 1977 "CBS Special - Elvis in Concert" final show where the King wore his famous "Sundial" suit.
Based in Detroit, Max loves Australia so much that he has come back to do his second tour this year, with his August tour, touring with The Beatnix, (with most shows selling out) causing an incredible stir amongst fans across the nation.
Long considered to be the best in the world in the art of honouring the King, Max Pellicano has inspired many a critic to rave about his performances; Tens of thousands of people world-wide have stood in amazement as Max Pellicano delivers a flawless tribute to The King that can only be considered ‘breathtaking’.
Everything about Max is just like The King. He is a haunting clone of the pelvis-swivelling King of Rock n Roll. Pellicano looks like, sings like and cavorts on stage like Elvis at his absolute best. The legend lives on through Max Pellicano.
There’s a new festival on the circuit for 2008…the creators of the award winning Brantford Elvis Festival have put together a brand new weekend entitled “Rock of Ages”, which will celebrate music from all genres from the 50s-70s!!!
We’re seeking performers who pay tribute to: Elvis, Patsy Cline, Roy Orbison, Marilyn, Buddy Holly, Janis, Johnny Cash, Connie Francis, the Rat Pack, Blues Brothers, Jerry Lee Lewis, Brenda Lee, Bill Haley, Tina Turner & MORE…
The festival will include a tribute artist contest with over $2000.00 in cash and prizes.Contest open to all tributes from the 50s-today.Youth & Adults welcome.Contest spots are limited. See information below and tribute artist poster attachment for more information.
Memphis Motion proudly present…
ROCK OF AGES Tribute Weekend & Classic Car Show
Celebrating Music from the 50s – 70s!!!
*Music that changed the world and helped shape generations*
Saturday August 23rd - Sunday August 24th, 2008Best Western Hotel ~ Inside & Outside19 Holiday Drive, BrantfordON, Canada
Elvis – Led Zeppelin & Every Note In BetweenFabulous 50s/British Invasion/Psychedelic 60s/Classic 70s/Vintage Country...
Rock of Ages Festival HighlightsClassics IN Concert Showcase, Tribute Artist Competition, 75 Tribute Artists from across North America, Hot Rod Show & Cruise, Memorabilia Vendors, Outdoor Concerts, Sock Hop BBQ, Non-Stop Entertainment & A Whole Lotta Fun for Everyone!
*Contest will be open to all tribute acts from all eras (50s-Today)*Grand Championship prize awarded to the person who is crowned Ontario’s #1 Tribute Artist…
Website details coming soon…please watch the Brantford Elvis Fest site for the transformation coming soon @ www.memphismotion.com
ROCK OF AGES
Directed by: Joan Minnery & Michelle King
We're Bringing Elvis back but this time, he's bringing ALL of his friends!!!
Greetings David Lee Fans..........
Nov. 30 Oklahoma Country & Western Museum & Hall of Fame
3929 SE 29th St. Oklahoma City, OK 73118 | 8pm | $15 general admission | Opening Act: Tara Kay The Stylings of Reba
For Info/Tix Trudy 405-373-1995 or Hope 405-946-8558
Dec. 8 Leeds Theatre in Winchester, KY with Bill Kelly and Tara Kay The Stylings of Reba. For tix or details call 859-3120780.
Dec. 14 P.G.U.M.C. Fundraiser "Dinner Show in Pleasant Grove, AL
Doors at 7pm and show at 8pm | Opening Act: Tara Kay The Stylings of Reba" | General Seating $20 includes meal
For tix call Bonnie (205) 744-7171 or Dale 205-531-9957
EVE Montana Saloon & Grill | 75023 Hwy 77, Lincoln, Alabama 35096
For Reservations: (205) 531-9957 | LIMITED SEATING
Opening: Tara Kay "The Stylings of Reba"|Doors open @ 7:30 pm Cash bar open from 7:30-12 pm | PLATED dinner @ 8 pm Prime Rib dinner with all the fixins', Water, tea, coffee, Midnight toast, Party favors SHOW TIME 9:00 PM
Dinner & Show for one person==== $45.00
Dinner, Show & Hotel Room for one person === $115.00
Dinner, Show & Hotel Room for a couple ===$150.00
Hotel room includes continental Breakfast on N.Y. Day
(Hotel is at the end of the street from Montana's)
--- www.TheDavidLeeShow.com - David Lee's Official Website
From Tim Dudley...
I'm happy to announce I will be doing a show December 29, 2007 in Tekonsha, MI (Battle Creek, MI Area).
Ticket sales will go to "GrandFamilies of Michigan." I have attached a Flyer for the show. Its easy to get there the owner said.
You take I-69 to Exit 25 and about 1 /4 of mile East of the highway is "JD's COUNTRY CLUB." I will be sending flyers with directions out in next day or two.
Tickets are $10.00 in Advance and $15.00 at the door.
Love to all, and I hope to see y'all there it for great cause.
Elvis set to appear at First Night: A show that sponsors say is as close as today’s audiences can get to an actual Elvis Presley concert will be the grand finale of an evening of performances Dec. 31 during First Night Ada, a community celebration of the New Year.
Kraig Parker, a nationally known Elvis impersonator, will perform Elvis’ classic songs in flashy Elvis costumes, complete with a band and female singers, at 11 p.m. in East Central University’s Kerr Activities Center. His high-energy show will end shortly before midnight, followed by a countdown to the New Year and one of Ada’s biggest fireworks shows at Norris Stadium.
Parker’s show includes the Royal Tribute Band, “the world’s premiere Elvis tribute showband,” with musicians and vocalists who have recreated the sounds of Elvis in concert and “the way it was.”
Elvis look-alike, sound-alike and “Jeopardy” contests also are planned for children ages 6-12, teens 13-19 and adults 20 and older.
First Night is an alcohol-free public festival that marks the passage from the old year to the new through the arts. All First Night celebrations are licensed by First Night International and adhere to a set of standards.
Ada has the only First Night event in Oklahoma. The activities, all on the ECU campus, will begin at 6 p.m. with 40 different performing groups ranging from country music to the big band sound and rock and roll. Many will perform simultaneously at one of seven venues.
Admission buttons that will allow entry to all First Night performances are now on sale at a number of Ada businesses for $10. The price will increase to $15 on Dec. 31. Groups of five or more can purchase buttons for $8 each, and children age 5 and younger will be admitted free.
The buttons, which were designed by ECU senior Corey Fetters, will not cover the cost of food or beverages that will be offered by six vendors around the campus.
The inaugural First Night Ada is being organized by community members and is supported by contributions from individuals and organizations. Sponsors of groups or rooms will have their names displayed at the location, said Tommye Rafes, the originator of Ada’s celebration. Donations can be made by contacting Mary Ruth Barnes, ECU director of advancement activities, at 580-559-5611.
“I’ve been amazed at how the community has pulled together,” Rafes said “Almost everyone is performing for free. There is only one performer, other than the finale, that we are paying, and he’s not from the area. He’s a magician for the kids.”
Volunteers are still needed, and those who volunteer at least two hours will receive a free button, she added. Buttons can be purchased at the Ada Area Chamber of Commerce, Ada Ford, Ada Nissan, Citizens Bank locations, ECU Credit Union, First United Bank locations, Gem Jewelers, Landmark Bank, Lee’s Pharmacy, Service Automall, Vision Bank locations and Zachrey’s.
Blue Christmas in Westland: You better watch out – you better not cry – Santa Claus is coming to town! Fred Wolfe will perform Blue Christmas and some of your other favorite holiday songs, when he does his regular Elvis Tribute Act at the Last Lap Café on Saturday, December 22nd. All ages welcome. Show time is 9:00 p.m. Tickets are $10.00 each. Advance reservations-ticket purchases are stronglyadvised as there is always a full house when Fred performs at the Last Lap. Please note, a reservation-ticket purchase guarantees you will be admitted for the show, but it does not guarantee you a specific seat. Tickets are on sale now. For reservations and to buy tickets call (734) 266-9420 and ask for Shari or Ron. Also, check out the Christmas Lunch With Santa show below for the same day!
ELFIS WOLFE wants to be Santa's helper, even if he has to dress like Rudolph with a red shiny nose. Show time is 1:00 p.m., with Santa arriving at 2:00 p.m. Admission is $5.00 per child and tickets must be purchased in advance. Admission price for children includes lunch and a surprise. Tickets are on sale now. Parents will be admitted free. To get tickets call (734) 266-9420 and ask for Shari or Ron.
7th Annual Salute to the King
from Memphis to Vegas
Hilton Hotel Grand Ballroom
620 Perry Parkway, Gaithersburg, MD
Friday Nov 9th and Sat Nov 10th 2007
Doors open at 7:30 Fri show at 8, Sat Doors open at 7:00 PM
Show at 7:30 PM
9 Tribute artists will be performing including John Fix, Mario, Kavan, Paul Daniels,
Will Debley, Jed Duvall, Sherman Valentine, Wrenn Mangum,Wayne Rippy and Joe Trites
Door Prizes and Surpise Guests
Cost is $40.00 VIP seating $30.00 Regular seating
For tickets and more information call 1-800-318-8326
Benefactor of this show is "Give the Kids a Village"
A Tribute to
Rudy and the Angels Band
Saturday December 1, 2007
Dundas Air Force Club
128 King Street E. @ East St. N.
Buffet Dinner & show $ 45.00 p.p.
Doors open 6:00 p.m.
Louise ---- 905 627-3218
Special Doug Church show in November
Dear Friends and Fans, I am having a special benefit show to raise money for some dear friends who lost their home and all their possessions to fire last week. I will be performing at Mancino's, 4304 Lincolnway East, Mishawaka, Indiana on Friday November 9th at 7pm. Admission is $17 at the door Please come out and help us help them. Give what you can. Any and all donations of food and clothing are also welcome and GREATLY appreciated!
ALL proceeds will go toward helping these folks (a mother and young daughter) get back on their feet and stay warm during the coming colder months. Donation boxes will be available for your kind offerings. This is the time of year when want is most keenly felt so let's spread a little wealth and warmth around. God has truly blessed us and we want to share some of that. The BEST part is, while giving from our hearts, we can all bask in the joy of what is truly the BEST music in the world, Elvis Music!!! Thank you all so very very much! DC
Please contact Thelma Salmos at 1-574-291-5458 concerning any pre-show donations you'd like to make. God bless!
Children's Hospital Show (North Carolina, USA)
The Levine Childrens Hospital in Charlotte, NC is opening their new facility. The largest one between Washington, DC and Atlanta, Ga.. It was opened to be able to serve more children with Cancer.
Elvis Tribute Artist Roy Gaddy and The Blues Brothers Review will be doing a show for the children around the first of December. The date is not yet set in stone. We are waiting on the committee to give us a date to appear. When I mentioned to the director about doing a show for the kids, she was puzzled as to why I wanted to do this for them. You see, a couple of months back I performed in the Town of Albemarle, NC. During the show a little girl approached the stage, and I give her a scarf and a kiss on the forehead. After the show, this little girl wanted my autograph and said this to me. " I want you to know the song you sang was just for me." The song was "You Gave Me A Mountain". She said "I am climing a mountain too, cause I am sick" Her mother happended to be standing behind her and said the word CANCER. My heart broke, and I knelt down and began to take some time with this little girl that I meant something to. We as ETA's never know who we are reaching when we are performing and paying tribute to Elvis. His music is still touching people today. I was saddened when the director said that NO ONE has ever offered to do anything for these kids in the past.
Knowing this, I wanted to carry the show one step farther. I now have a couple who are going with me to play Mr. and Mrs. Clause. I want to make this a very special visit for the children in the hospital. I just want to brighten their day. . We are told that we will be seeing about 50 children. After the show myself and Mr. and Mrs. Clause are going to the childrens rooms and give them Christmas gifts. I would like to have some new Elvis Dolls to give to the children. I already have a few stuffed animals, some beany babies, and board games donated. But I would really like to have some Elvis Dolls to give to the children to commemorate the visit.
So I am sending out a request to Elvis fans to purchase a new Elvis doll and send it to ROY GADDYPO BOX 340 POLKTON, NC 28135 USA. Please no monetary donations just dolls for the children. I know it will put a smile on their face. We have to have all donations in by Nov. 25. We are looking to perform somewhere between Nov 30th and Dec. 14th. I will send you a note to give to a show date as soon as they get it to me. I have had to sign papers and wait for approval because of security sanctions at the hospital. This is why I am waiting on the committee to give me a date. We can not take candy, fruit, or breakable toys that may choke children. We also can not take cameras or have media coverage of the event, because the children can't be photographed without permission of parents. The hospital staff is excited about us coming to perform. It will be a first for them. I just want to make it special. I would appreciate help from the fans. Thank You Very much
Join us as we sail from San Diego to the Mexican Riviera, visiting Ensenada and Cabo San Lucas!
Celebrity guest:Steve Christopher, owner of "Elvis® on the Air"
Your wonderful vacation will include private parties, 2 private shows, games, prizes and all the fun of these exciting ports of call.Book your cabin today!
A TRIBUTE TO ELVIS CONCERT IN FLORIDA
THE MARINA CIVIC CENTER IN PANAMA CITY FLORIDA
SATURDAY OCTOBER 2OTH.
ELVIS PRESLEY ENTERPRISES' WORLD TOP 10 ULTIMATE ETA JEFF GOLDEN AND HIS 8 PIECE BAND WILL DO A VEGAS STYLE SHOW STARTING AT 7:30PM. IF YOU DO MAKE IT TO THE SHOW, JEFF WOULD LOVE TO MEET YOU ALL AFTER THE SHOW AT THE SOUVENIR TABLE,
The King to help raise money for recreation center
By CAROLE DECK, Correspondent
NEW HOLLAND, Pa. -
The capital campaign to raise $10 million for the New Holland Recreation Center is still $1.9 million short of its goal.
According to director of development Daryl Groff, the remaining funds will be raised through community fundraising efforts.
And the first of those fundraisers will be held at 7 p.m. Oct. 27 at Liberty Fire Hall, 339 E. Main St., New Holland, and will feature Elvis Presley impersonator Jeff Krick performing "A Tribute to Elvis." Doors open at 6 p.m.
"No one can replace Elvis … his music will never die," event chair Barry Hoffard said.
"I saw Jeff … do a concert last February and thought it would be a great fundraiser for the recreation center," Hoffard said.
Krick, from Leesport, has been performing as Elvis for 17 years. The 40-year-old said he started singing Elvis songs at the age of 10, but didn't sing professionally until 1990.
"I love his music," Krick said. "He was the first rock 'n' roll icon, and he had the total package — voice, moves, looks."
Krick has performed all over the U.S. and Canada at concerts, clubs, conventions, private and corporate parties, restaurants as well as aboard cruise ships.
He made his television debut in August, with a guest appearance on "It's Your Call with Lynn Doyle" that highlighted the 30th anniversary of Presely's death.
He's also won many awards in Elvis impersonator contests.
Krick had his own band for 15 years, but it disbanded and he now uses a background music track. He tours with the Stamps Quartet from Nashville twice a year.
This is the first year Krick is employed full time as an Elvis tribute artist.
He put aside his degree in computer programming and employment in accounting to perform.
Krick said his concert will have all of Elvis' hits, like "Jailhouse Rock," "Hound Dog" and "All Shook Up."
Hoffard said the cost for the two-hour concert is $20 for adults and $10 for children under age 12. The cost includes beverages and snacks.
He said there are 300 seats available at the Liberty Fire Hall, and more than 100 have already been sold.
To order tickets, call Hoffard at 717-354-7183 or visit Radio Shack, 331 E. Main St., New Holland. You can call Radio Shack for tickets at 717-354-2200.
"It's an inexpensive night out for a great cause," Hoffard said.
Elvis® in Branson (preliminary to Images of the King)
Club Vegas Lodge of the Ozarks
3431 West Hwy 76, Branson, MO 65616800-213-2584
Friday, October 26, Saturday, October 27 & Sunday, October 28, 2007
Special Guest: Mori Yasamasa, 1992 World Champion
All contestants to be backed by the Japanese TCB Band
Ronny Craig - MC
Adult and Junior Divisions! Entries / Tickets
Robin Kelly dates
Please note: ROBIN KELLY's Casino Yellowhead November shows have been rescheduled. The shows are now scheduled for October 12 & 13. Robin's current 2007 and 2008 schedule is listed below.
Friday October 12 & Saturday October 13 - Casino Yellowhead, 12464 - 153 Street, Edmonton, AB - Robin Kelly with Thomas Alexander
Friday October 19 & Saturday October 20 - Casino Edmonton, 7055 Argyll Road, Edmonton, AB - Robin Kelly with Thomas Alexander
Thursday December 13 & Saturday December 15 - Chateau Louis Conference Centre, 11727 Kingsway, Edmonton, AB - Robin Kelly "One Night With You" Christmas Dinner Show - For tickets call (780) 452-7770
Thursday December 20, Friday December 21 & Saturday December 22 - Chateau Louise Conference Centre, 11727 Kingsway, Edmonton, AB - Robin Kelly will be making a cameo performance at these events - main entertainer is Kenny Holiday (Rod Stewart & Bon Jovi Tribute)
Monday December 31st - Eagle Rock Golf Course, Edmonton, AB - "One Night With You" New Years Eve Show starring Robin Kelly - For tickets call (780) 449-6646
Friday January 11 & Saturday January 12 - Casino Yellowhead, 12464 - 153 Street, Edmonton, AB - Robin Kelly
Friday March 7 & Saturday March 8 - Casino Edmonton, 7055 Argyll Road, Edmonton, AB - Robin Kelly
Friday April 25 & Saturday April 26 - Woodbend Community Hall, 215 Street & 9 Avenue SW, Edmonton, AB - Robin Kelly "One Night With You" show - For tickets call (780) 470-0574 or (780) 470-3338
Friday May 2 & Saturday May 3 - Casino Edmonton, 7055 Argyll Road, Edmonton, AB - Robin Kelly
Friday July 4 & Saturday July 5 - Casino Yellowhead, 12464 - 153 Street, Edmonton, AB - Robin Kelly
Friday September 5 & Saturday September 6 - Casino Edmonton, 7055 Argyll Road, Edmonton, AB - Robin Kelly
Friday November 14 & Saturday November 15 - Casino Yellowhead, 12464 - 153 Street, Edmonton, AB - Robin Kelly
Here is the info on our next fan club event. A flyer is forthcoming next week but for now here are all the details !! Hope to see you there, and please invite any Elvis Fans that you know! All are welcome !! :)
LOVE FOR ELVIS "BLUE HAWAII" NIGHT
Mark your calenders, and get ready for a night of fun !!!
DATE: Saturday October 20th
TIME: Doors Open 7pm
PLACE: St. Matthews United Church Hall at 333 Crosby Ave.
Richmond Hill, ON
COST: $5.00 Admission
WHAT: The Love For Elvis is holding a Blue Hawaii Elvis Night to raise Money for the yearly dues of our Adopted Child Kenneth Paul who we sponsor from the Philippines. COME on out and have some fun !! We will be viewing Elvis' movie BLUE HAWAII on a large screen.
Popcorn, Refreshments (including a Speciality Hawaiian Pineapple Drink), Chips etc. for Sale
Hawaiian Music Playing
There will be Elvis Memorabilia, Fan Club Items (magnets, T-Shirts) and other Collectibles for Sale (including some items of Princess Diana etc.)
Hawaiian DRESS is encouraged !! Come & Get Leied ;)
ELVIS MOVIE "BLUE HAWAII"
In the romantic comedy film "Blue Hawaii" (1961) Elvis plays the part of Chad Gates, who returns to Hawaii from serving in the army two years. His parents want him to work in their pineapple plantation, but he wants to make a go of it on his own. His mom is played by Angela Lansbury. He works with his girlfriend, Maile Duval (Joan Blackman, who also appeared in Elvis' tenth movie, "Kid Galahad"), as a tourist guide. Problems ensue including Chad getting thrown in jail, and being fired. However, as is the classic Hollywood Film - everything works out in the end! :)
Scenery is gorgeous !!
The songs include "Blue Hawaii", "Almost Always True", "Rock-A-Hula Baby", "Beach Boy Blues", "Hawaiian Sunset", "Moonlight Swim", "No More", "Slicin' Sand", "Hawaiian Wedding Song", "Island of Love", and one of Elvis' most popular love songs, "Can't Help Falling in Love". Later Elvis used this song as a finale in his concerts.
The Mouse Trap in Fonthill on 128 Hwy 20 E, Fonthill, Ontario CANADA, is having an Elvis Night on Wed Oct 17th. With movies, trivia, give-aways, and prizes! Eddy Prince will be performing throughout the evening too! There is no admission needed for this one, so get there early. It's going to be packed! All the fun starts around 7pm, and lasts until 11pm or so. (Source: Charmaine Voisine)
SHE IS THE KING& CO
ELVIS LIVES – THE 30TH ANNIVERSARY TRIBUTE
SYDNEY LIVE SHOWS TO BE ANNOUNCED SHORTLY
PLEASE KEEP THE WEEKEND OF THE 8TH & 9TH OF DECEMBER FREE TILL FURTHER NOTICE
Shawn Klush - King of the King impersonators: He made news around the world when he became King of the King impersonators.
And he’s a local boy, whose hometown wants to treat him royally.
So when Shawn Klush, who was named the “Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist” in Memphis, Tenn., on Aug. 17, comes back off the road to rest back in Pittston, the hometown folks want to honor him. City fathers would like to have something downtown, maybe a parade or a concert, City Councilman Joseph McLean said, adding, “We have to try to put things hastily together.”
Klush, 38, won the championship round of a series of Elvis tribute contests held around the world. Besides bragging rights, Klush won $5,000 in cash, a $5,000 shopping trip to Graceland’s souvenir shops, $3,000 toward a new Elvis jumpsuit and other prizes, according to The Associated Press.
Elvis Presley Enterprises, managers of Graceland and the majority of Presley’s estate, crowned Klush the new king, said his manager, Dan Lentino. It was the first contest ever sponsored by the late rock star’s estate. But just how his hometown will honor him is not yet decided, Pittston Mayor Joseph Keating said.
“We don’t know what costs are involved,” he said. “If nothing else, we’ll probably proclaim a Shawn Klush Day.”
It might be a few weeks before Klush is back in town, the mayor said.
“We have somebody that’s talking to his manager,” he said.
Klush has been touring the northeastern United States, and is scheduled for a South American tour next weekend.
The tribute contest in Memphis was part of a week-long series of concerts, dances and memorials in memory of Presley, who died at Graceland, his Memphis residence, on Aug. 16, 1977. Klush, decked out in a white jumpsuit, sang “My Way,’’ “Bridge Over Troubled Water’’ and “You Gave Me A Mountain.’’
“I worked with his father, going back to the 70s,” Keating said. “I could remember him telling me how his kid was always idolizing Elvis. He got pretty good at it". (Source: Charmaine Voisine)
Ultimate ETA Shawn Klush gets the Royal Treatment: He made news around the world when he became King of the King impersonators. And he’s a local boy, whose hometown wants to treat him royally. So when Shawn Klush, who was named the “Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist” in Memphis, Tenn., on Aug. 17, comes back off the road to rest back in Pittston, the hometown folks want to honor him. City fathers would like to have something downtown, maybe a parade or a concert, City Councilman Joseph McLean said, adding, “We have to try to put things hastily together.”
Klush, 38, won the championship round of a series of Elvis tribute contests held around the world. Besides bragging rights, Klush won $5,000 in cash, a $5,000 shopping trip to Graceland’s souvenir shops, $3,000 toward a new Elvis jumpsuit and other prizes. EPE, managers of Graceland and the majority of Presley’s estate, crowned Klush the new king, said his manager, Dan Lentino.
It was the first contest ever sponsored by the late rock star’s estate. But just how his hometown will honor him is not yet decided, Pittston Mayor Joseph Keating said. “We don’t know what costs are involved,” he said. “If nothing else, we’ll probably proclaim a Shawn Klush Day.” It might be a few weeks before Klush is back in town, the mayor said. “We have somebody that’s talking to his manager,” he said. Klush has been touring the northeastern United States, and is scheduled for a South American tour next weekend. The tribute contest in Memphis was part of a week-long series of concerts, dances and memorials in memory of Presley, who died at Graceland, his Memphis residence, on Aug. 16, 1977. Klush, decked out in a white jumpsuit, sang “My Way,’’ “Bridge Over Troubled Water’’ and “You Gave Me A Mountain.’’
“I worked with his father, going back to the 70s,” Keating said. “I could remember him telling me how his kid was always idolizing Elvis. "He got pretty good at it.” (News, Source; Sanja Meegin)
Australia's SHE IS THE KING tuesday morning on National TV: After all those overweight (and over 42 years old!) lame Elvis Tribute Artists at the Graceland crossing this year, Australia's 'She Is The King' sure let them know who was the boss! (see photos opposite!) So don't miss this great TV moment when She Is The King appears on Australia's Channel Nine 'Mornings with Kerri-Anne' this Tuesday, August 28th.
As the only female Elvis Presley interpreter to have been invited to compete in the EPE sponsored Ultimate ETA competition don't miss out on a chance to see her performing LIVE, as well as revealing all the news about her Memphis trip with Kerri-Anne. The second single from her highly anticipated, and appropriately named, album 'Edge Of Reality' has just been released. Click here for more details. (News, Source EIN/SITK)
Garry Wesley touring Australia:One of America's top Elvis tribute artists, Garry Wesley, is touring Australia again from the end of August. Garry is the consummate professional and puts on a high energy show. (Almost Elvis, Source: Ross Barbaro, Aug 2007)
SHE IS THE KING WILL RELEASE A DOUBLE A-SIDED SINGLE ON AUGUST 4TH.
THE BRAND NEW SINGLE WILL CONTAIN THE LEGENDARY TRACKS -
"IF I CAN DREAM" & "EDGE OF REALITY"
AVAILABLE ON iTUNES FROM AUGUST 4TH
(If I Can Dream/Edge Of Reality was first released as a single in November 1968)
FOR AUSTRALIAN AUDIENCES ONLY
SHE IS THE KING WILL BE INTERVIEWED BY MERRICK & ROSSO ON NOVA 96.9fm
WILL KEEP YOU POSTED ON WHEN YOU CAN HEAR THE INTERVIEW AS IT WILL BE PRE-RECORDED THIS TUESDAY, 17TH JULY
Leading Australian ETA offering free dowload: SHE IS THE KING has announced a FREE DOWNLOAD for 2 WEEKS ONLY of a new "SURPRISE TRACK" from her forthcoming album.
SHE IS THE KING said: "I wanted to give something back to all the amazing people who have shown their love & support. Their continued support is deeply appreciated."
The "SURPRISE TRACK" will be available to all very soon. Check website www.sheistheking.com & My Space www.myspace.com/sheistheking DAILY for FREE DOWNLOAD.
The 2ND SINGLE from the album - "EDGE OF REALITY" - will now be released in August to coincide with Elvis' 30th Anniversary. Album release date coming soon. (Almost Elvis, Source: She Is The King, 29 June 2007)
Update: Unfortunately, due to new arrangements within iTunes, it is not possible to bring fans the FREE DOWNLOAD, so instead She Is The King is releasing a double-A sided single - see story above.
Doug Church show: Hello again, Friends and Fans, I will be returning for my first summer show of 2007 at Mancino's, (located at 4304 Lincolnway East, Mishawaka, call 574-255-3300 for info) on June 30th. Showtime is 8pm and admission is only $17 at the door. There'll be great food, lots of laughs, a few surprises and the best music in the world, ELVIS music. I'd also like to invite all of you to come out to the Big Easy in Elkhart (160 Easy Shopping Place (574) 293-4890) and catch the re-union of a band that has not played together since they broke up in 1977!!!, called The Eccentrics, featuring my old manager, Mr. Mac Pierce on drums. They'll be playing in the tent from 5-9pm and the cost is only $5. I have been invited to sit in with them for a few numbers as well. So, please come out and welcome them back to the showbiz scene and show them your support. Thanks very much! Doug Church
Trent Carlini of Las Vegas will carry the Longview mantle to the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist competition in the King's hometown in August, after besting 18 other tribute artists in the local preliminaries Saturday.
"Love Me Tender in Longview, Texas," was one of 24 rounds taking place nationally in the first Elvis tribute competition authorized by Elvis Presley Enterprises.
Local producer Carol Shahin declared the Longview show, which featured morning performances leading to evening finals, an enthusiastic success. She credited the Longview audience.
"All of my ETAs, my Elvis Tribute Artists, said, 'This audience — we've never performed for an audience like this,' " she said, explaining that most of them said they are used to crowds rooting for one contestant and sitting on their hands for the rest of the show.
"But here they didn't see that, and they said, 'Man, I want to come back and perform in Texas. The Texas audience is unlike any other audience.' And I said, I told y'all. They were on their feet many times through the night."
In addition to winning the right to swivel against the best Aug. 12 in Memphis, Carlini won $1,500 cash Saturday and an $800 certificate good toward B and K Enterprises, the company that made Elvis' jumpsuits and sells replicas. Tribute artist Nathan Belt of Grapevine earned second place, $700 cash and a $500 certificate. Third place, with $500 cash and a $250 certificate, went to Vince King of Houston.
Proceeds from the show are dedicated to Neal McCoy's Angel Network, and Shahin said Sunday that she was still tallying the take. She said Carlini had donated one-third of his cash winnings to McCoy's nonprofit foundation, which supports families with children facing disabling diseases. Shahin said she plans to produce another Elvis contest in the 2008 preliminaries. Before then, she added that she hopes to bring Saturday's three winners back to Longview to perform.
"Those three guys, they were awesome," she said. "I sure would love to have the winner of the Ultimate Elvis contest from Love Me Tender in Longview, Texas, be the one that gets picked (in Memphis)." (News, Source: Charmaine Voisine, 26 June 2007)
Jeff Bergen - Elvis Tribute Artist performing at Harrahs North Kansas City, MOJune 30, 2007 at 7pm July 7, 2007
ETA breaks world record: One of Quebec's best-known Elvis impersonators believes he has broken his own world record by singing songs by the King non-stop for two days.Beginning Sunday night in Delson, a suburb southwest of Montreal, Gaétan Lalonde of St-Jerome, sang a rotation of 44 tunes over the course of 46 hours and 30 minutes.He will now file documents from his attempt to officials in charge of the Guinness World Records book. Lalonde, who also goes by the name Scotty Davis, was allowed a 15-minute break every four hours.An Elvis impersonator for more than 20 years, Lalonde set two similar Guinness records, singing for 42 hours and 30 minutes in 2004 and 44 hours and one minute in 2005.Before he started this time, he said his game plan was to mix ballads and slower songs with outbursts of faster tunes, such as Jailhouse Rock. He also said he would consume energy drinks and limit his food intake.He told CBC News on Wednesday that he ran into a spot of trouble just before the half-way mark."At 20 hours, I felt a little bit different. I felt, in my throat, just a little bit, that it hurt," Lalonde said.Although he ultimately was fine, "this time, I just felt a little bit nervous," he added. A medical crew was also on hand to check him out at the end.
Lalonde staged his latest attempt as a fundraiser for local underprivileged children and estimates he raised a few thousand dollars. (June 2007)
Ed Enoch working to keep Elvis memory alive: To Ed Enoch, the death of Elvis Presley seems like it was only a few days ago, not 30 years.
“It’s a time to remember,” said Enoch, a member of Elvis’ backup band J.D. Sumner and the Stamps. “Elvis was an employer, a friend and like a brother. It was all of those emotions put together. Elvis was a great entertainer and gave a great gift to society.”
Enoch, 64, of Nashville, Tenn., continues to tour the country with The Stamps, a gospel quartet. Sumner died in 1998, and Enoch took over the ownership and management of the Stamps’ name in 2003. Enoch and the Stamps will perform a concert with Reidland native Terry Mike Jeffrey at 7 p.m. July 14 at the Kenneth Shadowen Performing Arts Center at Marshall County High School. The annual concert featuring gospel music and Elvis tunes draws nearly 1,000 people, said Jeff Waters of WCBL-FM radio in Benton.
The concert normally is in August, but Waters said the date was moved up this year because of Jeffrey’s and the Stamps’ commitments to perform during the 30th anniversary celebration of Presley’s death. Elvis died on Aug. 16, 1977. The concert also traditionally fell on the same weekend as the Fancy Farm Picnic and the Benton Watermelon Bust.
“These guys are such great entertainers for one thing,” Waters said. “Then there’s the Elvis connection.”
Jeffrey performs at Elvis tribute concerts throughout the country and traditionally performs during the celebration in Memphis of Presley’s death.
“It’s a great show,” Waters said. “The first year we had Terry Mike Jeffrey, we were blown away at how good the show was. The last two years, we have booked them for a return on the day of the show. They truly enjoy performing with each other. It’s something that we have a lot of fun with.”
The show is a benefit for the Marshall County Arts Commission. Tickets are $10 and available at WCBL and WCCK radio stations, all branches of the Bank of Benton in Marshall County, and at the Paducah branch on Park Avenue. (News, Source: Paducah Sun/Charmaine Voisine, 17 June 2007)
Elvis in the building...psychics reveal:Psychics have told Daytona Beach resident Jeffery Golden he is the reincarnation of Elvis Presley's twin brother, who died at birth. Saturday, judges will tell Golden and 19 other Elvis impersonators whether they have the right stuff to win the "Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest." Read full story(Almost Elvis/Odd Spot , Source: Daytona Beach News Online, 16 June 2007)
"Legends In Concert" show drops Elvis as headline act: Is EPE heading in the wrong direction with its Elvis stratefy? As EPE gears up on a steady diet of ETA competitions, the times are a changing elsewhere.
There's a different wrinkle to the latest edition of "Legends in Concert," which runs through June 28 at Resorts Atlantic City. For the first time in memory -- maybe the first time ever -- the popular musical mimic-fest is not anchored by an Elvis Presley impersonator. While there are sure to be some "Legends" devotees for whom this will be a major disappointment, it certainly doesn't detract from what is, overall, a typically strong program. In Elvis' stead is Cookie Watkins, whose turn as Tina Turner is filled with appropriate amounts of sass, sizzle and sex appeal.
Sporting a nest of blond hair and long legs accentuated by dangerously spiked heels, Watkins looks amazingly similar to the rhythm 'n' blues legend. She, likewise, delivers an excellent approximation of the pop 'n' soul diva's guttural vocal style on such songs as "What's Love Got To Do with It" and her late-'60s signature take on "Proud Mary." Two other acts, Steve McCoy and John Anthony, give Watkins a run for her money. (Sale of EPE, Source: Courier Post Online)
Winners of Australian round of Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest: Mark Anthony (pictured below), aged 28, and Kobe, aged 8, won the adult and junior divisions of EPE's ETA competition round in Australia.
Also present during the contest, held as part of Queensland's annual Wintersun Festival, was Kathleen DeNike (pictured right), President of the Collingwood Elvis Club in Canada. (Source: Christine Bamford, 12 June 2007)
Singer headlines 27th annual Spring Festival June 15-16: National recording artist Ronnie McDowell used to walk around the house as a child singing the songs he’d hear on the radio. It’s this music that would become the bread and butter of his life.
When he got out of Vietnam in 1972, he started out as a songwriter for country artists. Then in 1977, he hit national success when he wrote and sang “The King is Gone,” based on Elvis Presley. This fostered a continuing connection with Presley’s work, such as McDowell singing in several movies on the late singer.
“When you first do something that’s such an initial, overwhelming success, you will always be related to that first, initial success,” he said.
McDowell is currently recording his 45th album and performing live regularly. He will play the 27th annual Sagebrush Round-Up Spring Festival in Bunner Ridge on June 16 for one show at 8:30 p.m. His famous songs include “Older Women,” “You’re Going to Ruin My Bad Reputation” and “Watchin’ Girls Go By.” Making music has become one of the great thrills of McDowell’s life and has kept him performing all these years. One of his favorite experiences in his career was working and recording with his friend and hero, Conway Twitty.
“My love for it (has kept me going), but also it’s a great living,” he said. “I was fortunate enough to have a hit record and another and another and another. It’s a great way to make a living — doing what I love.”
And McDowell hopes to reflect that enjoyment in his live show.
“We sing a lot of our records and sing some things that influence me,” he said. “We get the audience to sing. We get them to dance and laugh. We just involve them in the show and make them feel a part of what we are doing and, basically, we have a ball.”
The spring festival will run from 6-11 p.m. on June 15 and from 1-10 p.m. on June 16. Performing in addition to McDowell on June 16 will be Wildfire, Floyd Cowger, Ray Hileman & The Wheels of Country, Your Request Band, Granny Blosser and The Round-Up Band. Admission to Saturday’s show is $15 at the gate and $10 in advance. For more information, call 304-292-5854.(Source: Charmaine Voisine)
Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest: Jacksonville native Neal McCoy’s East Texas Angel Network is the beneficiary of Love Me Tender, a June 23 tribute to Elvis Presley at 7 p.m. on Longview’s T.G. Field Auditorium. Tribute artists from throughout the Southwest are expected to compete in the event that is part of year-long, nationwide contest to determine the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist.
“Now is the time to enter,” Jacksonville’s Melody Walters, the owner of Mel’s Quick Stop and an organizer of the event, said. Her daughter has benefitted from the East Texas Angel Network, a charitable foundation started by Neal McCoy and his wife, Melinda, to help the children of East Texas and their families. Currently the foundation has raised more than $3.5 million dollars in 10 years.
ETAN is committed to enhancing the lives of the children of East Texas who are living with terminal or life-threatening diseases. ETAN, through fundraising activities such as Love Me Tender, provides financial assistance for medical treatments and related costs to the children of East Texas and their families.
The Longview event is one of 23 such contests nationwide that will ultimately lead to the final Ultimate Elvis Contest in Memphis. For more information visit www.lovemetenderintexas.com. (Source: Charmaine Voisine)
ETA Contest comes to Indianapolis: In the city where Elvis Presley last performed live, Indianapolis will host a preliminary competition for the “Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest” and a performance from Bigger Than Elvis following the contest. This competition is part of the first Elvis tribute artist contest officially endorsed by Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc. and is in conjunction with the 30th anniversary of Elvis’ death. The preliminary competition and concert will be held at Conseco Fieldhouse on Friday, July 13, 2007 at 7:00 p.m.
The winner of the Indianapolis “Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest” will receive $500 cash, entry into the qualifying rounds of the contest on August DATE in Memphis, Tenn., during Elvis Week and an opportunity to perform at a future Indiana Pacers or Indiana Fever game.
The grand prize winner of the “Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest” held in Memphis will receive $5,000 cash, $5,000 shopping spree at Graceland, $3,000 gift certificate from B&K Enterprises to use towards the purchase of a jumpsuit, a one-of-a-kind “Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest” champion belt, a recording session and a contract to perform on the first-ever Elvis Cruise. Second place will receive $2,000 cash and third place will receive $1,500 cash, respectively.
Elvis Tribute Artists (ETAs) will be judged on vocals, appearance, performance, stage presence and their overall tribute to Elvis. The preliminary contest at Conseco Fieldhouse will be judged by Indianapolis area personalities and/or celebrities.
The ETAs can register at the Conseco Fieldhouse Box Office or by mailing completed registration forms to Conseco Fieldhouse Box Office, 125 S. Pennsylvania St., Indianapolis, Ind., 46204. Registration ends July 10 at 5:00 p.m. The entry fee is $125 through July 2, 2007 and $150 after. Registration includes one ticket to the “Ultimate Elvis Tribute Contest” held at Conseco Fieldhouse, a commemorative group photo on stage and a chance to perform for the $500 local cash prize.
The “Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest” is officially endorsed by Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc. Tickets, priced at $37 and $27, go on sale Friday, May 25 at 10:00 a.m. and can be purchased at the Conseco Fieldhouse Box Office, all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at (317) 239-5151or online at Ticketmaster.com or www.ConsecoFieldhouse.com. For additional information, contact Pacers Sports & Entertainment’s Public Information department at (317) 917-2500(Source: EPE, 2 June 2007)
ETA wins through to next round of 'The X Factor' in UK: WIDNES Elvis impersonator Johnny Rocco is through to the second round of The X Factor after wowing the judges with his renditions of Always On My Mind and So Deep The Night. (Source: Amber Smith, 1 June 2007)
Ultimate ETA Contest in Canada: I’m writing to you today in your capacity as an Elvis Fan Club Leader to ask for your assistance in spreading the word about the Ultimate Elvis® Tribute Artist Contest™ preliminary round to be held in Ottawa/Gatineau, Canada. Our contest site was listed in early April and as such, we’ve been under a time-crunch to get the word around and let the ETAs and their fans know about our contest. We are holding this competition because we are huge fans of Elvis and truly respect the efforts and contributions of Elvis Tribute Artists everywhere who keep the memory of Elvis Presley alive and well.
Among the many benefits of coming to our contest location to compete, the biggest advantage to an ETA would be the increased chance that they would win our preliminary round and get to Memphis for the competition there. This would be especially beneficial to them if they have already registered in a high-traffic competition with many competitors.
Our competition will take place on Friday, July 6th at the Casino du Lac-Leamy and the Hilton Lac-Leamy – a 5-star resort complex in Gatineau, Quebec, right across the river from Ottawa, Ontario. We are accepting registrations of ETAs up until May 31st and we have limited spots available – both professional and amateurs are welcome to compete and registration can be completed online or mailed in. I invite you to go to our contest website at www.UltimateElvisTributeArtistContest.com to learn all about the contest and what we have to offer. I have also included a flyer and our press release to send out to your members if you wish to do so.
Please consider assisting us by spreading the word about our location to your fan club members and to your networks. Should you have any questions or need additional information, please do not hesitate to contact me personally. I look forward to hearing from you soon.
Alison Wilson, Executive Producer, Sugarphyx Productions, 2446 Bank Street, Suite 656, Ottawa, ONCanadaK1V 1A8
Scott Norton crowned The King in Tampa ETA Contest: The King of this contest was Scott Norton of Port St. Lucie. Norton was selected winner of The Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest on Sunday, besting seven other finalists in an Elvis-off before a sold-out crowd at Stump's Supper Club at Channelside. Norton won $1,500, an Elvis Presley wig and the right to represent Tampa in the national Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist competition in Memphis, Tenn., in August.
Four judges did preliminary voting Friday and Saturday during the Elvis Festival sponsored by the Tampa Parks and Recreation Department and Elvis Presley Enterprises. Jack Smink of Rockledge was second, Orlando's Ted Torres finished third and Gary Elvis Britt of Plant City was fourth. Also making the finals from 35 Elvises entered were Elvis Wayne of Cape Coral, Tampa's Bill Lindsey, Jeff "Jelvis" La Jess of Seminole and Largo's Steve Roberti. Each finalist also received cash and prizes.
D.J. Fontana, a drummer for Presley for 15 years whose snare drum playing was a "Jailhouse Rock" highlight, attended the Elvis Festival. (Source: TBO.com, 24 May 2007)
Elvis impersonators may be answer to Japanese island's problem - "Graceisland here we come!": Like many other places in Japan's countryside, Shiraishi Island is suffering from depopulation. When I came here 10 years ago, the population was 900. Now it is almost 700. Which goes to show that anyone can have his or her own island if one waits long enough. Soon, I'll be able to change the name to Amy Island. People will have to know the password to get onto the island and they may even have to log in before they come.
But of course, the island would be nothing without all the people on it who make it such a special place. Which is why everyone is searching for a way to increase the population here. Some ideas have been suggested. A bridge was once planned to connect our island and the five other islands in the Kasaoka island chain to the mainland. Bridges, long the symbol of prosperity and economic success in Japan, would bring tourists, commerce and jobs. Of all the five islands in our chain, Shiraishi Island was the only island that protested it. And without this approval, the bridge could not be built.
The Shiraishi people value their homeland and realize that a bridge will also bring crime, pollution, and other components of city life to this small, protected island community. Furthermore, a bridge would threaten the aura of the island, a special atmosphere created through the time-honored formula of interaction among the local people. Here, we don't have amusement parks, game centers, and shopping malls — we are the entertainment!
So the question is more how to revitalize the area while preserving the island atmosphere and sustaining a population. Most people blame Japan's declining population on the lack of children being born. But on our island of 700, where most people are way past child-bearing age, concentrating on increasing the population by having more children is silly.
Why don't we consider instead, trying to stop people from dying? After all, it's the people who are dying who are causing the decrease in population. Besides, once grandma and gramps die, the ancestral home is abandoned and no one benefits. These days, there is practically no chance that these people's grown children will ever move back to the island. As long as grandma and gramps are alive and eating and drinking, family members will come to visit and the local tradesman, grocers, and restaurants will benefit.
And, if we want to stop the dying, we're going to have to stop the hospital boat from coming. The hospital boat comes every couple of months and offers checkups, screening, testing, etc. to the people who live on these isolated islands.
But, am I the only one who has noticed that every time the boat comes, we lose a few islanders soon after they've been screened? Save the population! Stop that boat from coming! Some people suggest immigration as a possible answer to the population problems. You've heard of Ellis Island in the U.S., right? Over 12 million immigrants landed there between 1892 and 1954. Well, everyone also knows that immigration is not really the Japanese way. So, if we can't have an Ellis Island, how about an Elvis Island?
Japan loves Elvis Presley and there are many Elvis impersonators here, so perhaps we could get all them to come and live here on Shiraishi Island.
With all of them on one Elvis Island, they could live, not in Graceland but Grace-island. They could build their own mansions with jungle rooms and racquetball courts. Former prime minister Junichiro Koizumi would surely have a mansion here.
Elvis impersonators wouldn't need a bridge to drive a car here either as they could just fly here in their private jets. And Elvis impersonators love to interact with people.
We could all sing karaoke and gyrate our hips together every day. And there would be live concerts on the beach every weekend. Perhaps the best thing about an Elvis Island is that we'd never have to worry about the population declining again. Because, as every knows, Elvis lives forever! (Source: Amy Chavez, The Japan Times Online, 7 May 2007)
Join this special pre-Elvis tour get together, and meet your fellow travelers who will join you on your tour to Memphis. Come to Casino Rama and join the group for fun and games!
Cost is $10.00, which includes transportation, 1 hour stop at Cookstown Manufacturer’s Outlet Mall, full buffet meal upon arrival, escorted by CanAmera Tours guide, and the chance to strike it rich, or have fun while trying.
Departure is from the BW Brant Park Inn
on Saturday, June 2, 2007
19 Holiday Dr., Brantford, ON CANADA
Sign up required - payment of $10.00 required at time of boarding.
The Million Dollar Quartet in Australia
Matman Productions has informed EIN: As a follow up to my " American Trilogy" shows at lasts years Wintersun Festival featuring my friend Dean Vegas, Lance Lipinsky and Gerard, I am bringing a show(s) to Australia for May / June 2007. It has two working titles depending on the venues and available dates for the local Artists.
1. The Million Dollar Quartet featuring Dean Z (21) from Las Vegas who portays Elvis in the `Sun` era, Lance Lipinsky (22) as Jerry Lee also from Vegas, (Lance was recommended to me by Jerry Lee back in 2004.)
Also from the Usa. Shawn Barker at only 27 years of age and currently touring the Usa with his hugely successful `Man In Black ` show as Johnny Cash.
Local Australian Artists guesting will be Gerard O`Donoghue (Brisbane) as The Big O, and Ian B. MaCleod (Sydney) as Carl Perkins.
2. At some venues the show will be presented as The King, The Killer and Cash.
Come on out and Support your Favorite
Featuring performances by Jeff Marsh, Joey Cundari, Steven Pelleriti, Rick Duin, Geph Mitchell, Doug McKenzie, Bruce Herron, Anthony Carbone, Cathy Carbone, Terry Dieter, Gord McRae and others. Special appearance by The Graceliners !
A good ETA friend of mine shared this new ETA site with me, of an ETA that lives in my very own community. His name is "John Cigan" and he lives in Pickering, Ontario Canada. I have seen him perform LIVE 3 times, he is one amazing performer.
I would like to invite all to visit John's website and to please sign the guest book, and let John know what you thought of his website (Source: Charmaine Voisine)
Leo Days top-ranked Elvis Tribute ArtistPerforming at Wheeler High School 587 W. 300 N.; Valparaiso, IndianaMay 12th. at 7:30 p.m. Leo took first place at the Portage Elvis FestHe is the crowds favorite where ever he goesFor more information about the fundraiser
call 219-759-2561 ext. 6 or 2243
New Jamie Aaron Kelley CD
Announcing that May 1st 2007 is the release date of the brand new LIVE from Japan CD of Jamie Aaron Kelley - the Heart and Soul of Rock-n-Roll!! And they are all available thru the Fan Club. Cost is $25 for Jamie's very first LIVE album. Produced in Japan but available on a limited time basis. It's a great collaboration between America and Japan. The Prime Minister of Japan will love this album with a special song dedicated to him. It's filled with songs from Jamie's own albums as well as songs from several other artists.
A great collectors item for Jamie fans world-wide. A first for sure!
Shipping for this CD will depend on where we need to send them.
AUSTRALIA.....ARE YOU READY READY FOR SOME ROCK ‘N ROLL HISTORY?
August 16th, 2007 marks the 30th anniversary of the death of The King and ELVIS MEETS THE BEATLES is a unique and breathtaking tribute to the undisputed king of rock ‘n roll Elvis Presley, at this special time.
Argentino Russo – Musical Director for the show said “we’ve created a show that befits honouring the King of rock ‘n roll on the 30 th anniversary of his death, but we’ve added a twist. We wanted to see what it would be like if we developed a show that featured not only arguably the world’s best homage to the King, but also another legendary band, The Beatles and ELVIS MEETS THE BEATLES was borne. Its never been done before by Max Pellicano and The Beatnix and it’s allowed us to create a jaw-dropping musical experience, spanning 30 years musical history. The show will not only be entertaining, fun and mind blowingly authentic, it also promises to deliver some very special moments as Elvis ‘meets’ The Beatles live on stage”.
This national tour, featuring at least 2 ½ hours of entertainment, with acclaimed musicians, using authentic instruments, supported on stage with by a brilliant string orchestra!
The stars of ELVIS MEETS THE BEATLES will be Max Pellicano and The Beatnix.
Long considered to be the best in the world in the art of honouring the King, Max Pellicano has inspired many a critic to rave about his performances; “Tens of thousands of people world-wide have stood in amazement as Max Pellicano delivers a tribute to The King that can only be considered “breathtaking”. His tribute to the King is flawless and you’ll find yourself moved in time …”
Everything about Max is just like the King. He is a haunting clone of the pelvis swivelling King of Rock ‘n Roll. Pellicano looks like, sings like and cavorts on stage like Elvis at his absolute best. The legend lives on through Max Pellicano.
Here’s what the critics have been saying: “seeing Max doing Elvis was like being frozen in time – looking back on my own life” Charlie Hodge – Elvis backing vocalist.
“There are a lot of Elvis acts around, but Max is at the top”. Rolling Stone Magazine.
“Max as Elvis is sheer entertainment. You’ll be amazed” Sunday Mail.
“Elvis resurrected” San Francisco Chronicle.
And if that wasn’t enough, Glenn A Baker, respected music critic wrote of The Beatnix: “The Beatnix deftly honour and celebrate the Fab Four with enthusiasm, charm and considerable finesse”
These fab four musicians, keep their tribute to The Beatles breathtakingly real as they re-create with frightening accuracy the sound, feel and energy that was The Beatles. From the early hits, such as I Want to hold your hand and She loves you, through to the famous Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band and more, The Beatnix promise to take you on a magical mystery tour when Elvis meets The Beatles in August, 2007
It’s the concert of a lifetime, featuring all the hits, as Elvis and The Beatles together take centre stage – it just doesn’t get any bigger than that!
Canberra Canberra Theatre Wednesday, 8 August 2007
Sydney Theatre Royal Friday 10 & Saturday, 11 August 2007
Melbourne The Palms at Crown Tuesday 14, Wed 15 & Thursday 16 August, 2007
Adelaide Entertainment Centre Friday 17, August 2007
Perth Burswood Theatre Saturday, 18 August 2007
Bookings can be made through Ticketek – www.ticketek.com.au or 132 849, for all shows, except Canberra. Canberra Ticketing (02) 6275 2700.
For further information, interview opportunities and photo’s, please contact Hermine Bergmann at Jarvis Marketing on: (08) 8232 1100 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Elvis show in Canada: There are still tickets available for the up coming performance of 'Elvis-Elvis-Elvis', featuring Eddy Prince, John Cigan and Joe Cundari. Friday April 13th at The Club La Salle located on Arthur St. in ST. Catharines ON., CANADA Doors open at 7pm, show at 8pm. No reservations, seating is first come first served. Tickets are $15/pp and are available at the club, or by calling 905-321-1422. Please visit www.eddyprince.com for more details.
Search for Britain's top ETA: PULL on your blue suede shoes and start practising your lip curl – the search is on for the best Liverpool Elvis.
Fans of the King are invited to take part in a national competition, Britain’s Best Elvis 2007, to find the most convincing impersonator.
The Merseyside heat will take place at Southport Theatre on April 21 and Elvises are expected to try out their crooning and hip-swiveling gyrations on a panel of judges.
Lovers of Elvis, male and female and of any age, will get the chance to battle it out for three places in the One Night Of Elvis: The Return To Memphis show to take place that night.
The audience will pick a winner to go to the UK grand final in Blackpool in June, where they will battle it out for a place in the international final in Memphis, USA, in August.
The competition, organised by the Official Elvis Presley Fan Club of Great Britain, kicks off at 1pm, with the show to follow at 7.30pm.
Todd Slaughter, who has run the club for 40 years, said: “It is great fun. We want to hear from Elvis’s with a Merseyside accent – not a fake Memphis one. We’d love to see female Elvis’s and kids too.
“Elvis is a great communicator and is still inspiring people 30 years after his death. People adore his music. There is a huge appetite and audience for Elvis even after all these years. When we have organised prev-ious searches we have been inundated with Elvis’s. People have to be prepared to sing one Elvis song, without backing, for the judges. It is a bit like X-Factor but without the Simon Cowell cynicism.
“We are looking for someone with a great voice and personality. We know people will turn up in sunglasses and wigs and jumpsuits that have been made for them. It is a really good opportunity for our winner to compete for a nice holiday to Memphis.”
Are you Merseyside’s best Elvis? If so contact Mary Murtagh on 0151-472 2504 or email:
"Legends On Stage" Presents a Tribute to Roy Orbison (Tommy Dee), Neil Diamond (Bob James) and Elvis (Patrick Johnson) for 3 shows at the Hilton Center Theatre Albany, NY. June 29th at 8 pm, June 30th at 2pm and 8pm.Hilton Centre 40 Russell rd. Albany, NY 12206. For Ticket Info call 518-453-1048.(News, Source: Charmaine Voisine)
Legends on Stage: The East Aurora Kiwanis Club Presents on May 12th "Legends On Stage" A Tribute to Elvis (Patrick Johnson), Alan Jackson (James Mc Dermaid) and Neil Diamond (Bob James) at the Holland Willows 177 Savage Rd. Holland, NY. 14080 show time 7pm Tickets $20. (News, Source: Charmaine Voisine)
Fred Wolfe in concert: Saturday Night April 14th 8:00 PM. Last Lap Café presents Fred Wolfe in his Elvis Tribute. $10.00 tickets on sale now. 2 full shows. See the show everyone is raving about! Call now to purchase tickets so you don’t miss this show.
Last Lap Café 27758 Warren Road Westland, Michigan
Aussie female ETA has US critics "all shook up": She is the Elvis Presley impersonator who has critics in the US all shook up. Sydney singer Jacqueline Feilich is the only Australian competitor - and one of a handful of women - to make the second round of an official Elvis impersonator competition being held for the first time by Elvis Presley Enterprises.
The owners of the giant Elvis corporation usually snub impersonators. This is the first time they've embraced international Elvis performers.
Feilich is among 72 competitors chosen for the Elvis competition - there are about 250,000 Elvis impersonators worldwide - and will travel to Tupelo, Mississippi, in June to strut her stuff.
"This is the first time they've paid any attention to tribute artists," Feilich said. "Now they're really going hard with this - promoting it left, right and centre - saying the winner will be named the ultimate Elvis tribute artist."
The 36-year-old gemologist has been copying Elvis since she was three. After 10 years of building up a profile under her performance name She is the King, she works as a full-time Elvis impersonator.
"I'm obsessed [with Elvis]," she said.
Feilich sent a digital audition to Elvis Presley Enterprises late last year. She waited three months to hear if she was successful, such was the demand for auditions. (Source: Sydney Morning Herald, 25 March 2007)
ETA makes history at Graceland: For the first time in history Graceland has endorsed and approved an Elvis Tribute Artist to participate in one of their licensed events. The event occurred yesterday in Memphis.
Out of thousands of Elvis singers, David Crews was honored and selected to actually perform 4 songs in front of Jack Soden, President of EPE and EPE Executive Staff and guests at the American Diabetes Gala Event and Auction. He was dressed in a 68 Comeback Special Leather outfit at Graceland's request to reflect their emphasis in 2007 of the 68 Comeback Special.
Never before has Graceland ever endorsed an Elvis Tribute Artist for a licensed EPE event according to Jack Soden, President and we are thrilled to announce that they have selected him. He will be riding into the event itself through the building into the ballroom on the back of a Harley Davidson motorcycle !
In 1999, David did a cameo appearance in a Showtime Movie but for Graceland's policy was not allowed past the gates of Graceland for filming and filming had to be done outside the gates of Graceland.
David and his 12 piece show band, The EP Express Band, will be hosting a $300.00 a head fundraiser special Harley Davidson, American Diabetes and Graceland sponsored/licensed event April 21st on the rooftop of the Gibson downtown Memphis.
There are many great Elvis Tribute Artists out there and believe us David is truly grateful for this unique opportunity. For more information visit: www.elvisentertainmentofmphs.com(Almost Elvis, Source: David Crews, 24 March 2007)
"Elvis in the Bluegrass" - An Official Preliminary for "Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest": Step back in time on Saturday, June 16th as Harrodsburg welcomes Elvis back to town and classic cars roll onto Main Street. Historic Harrodsburg kicks off the 2007 Downtown Summer Entertainment Series with a Classic Wheels Cruise-In and an Elvis tribute artist competition called “Elvis in the Bluegrass.”
“Elvis in the Bluegrass” is an Elvis tribute artist contest to be held at the Mercer County Fairgrounds and is officially sanctioned by Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc. Qualifying rounds will be held on June 14th and 15th. The final contest will begin at 7:00 p.m. on June 16th. “Elvis in the Bluegrass” is an official preliminary competition that will send its winner to Memphis in August to compete in “The Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest,” the first tribute artist contest ever presented by Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc. and one of many events in the 30th Anniversary edition of “Elvis Week” in Memphis.
Any Elvis tribute artist (ETA) is welcome to participate. ETA’s will be asked to perform a ballad, fast tempo, and song of their choice. ETA’s will compete in the preliminary competition on Thursday/Friday and the top 25 will compete on Saturday to determine the winner. ETA’s must submit their application and entry fee of $100 by May 1st. Applications are available online at www.mercerfair.com or by calling 859-734-5546.
Only one overall winner will be selected to represent “Elvis in the Bluegrass” in The Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest in Memphis in August. Along with $500 and a coveted spot in the Memphis contest, the “Elvis in the Bluegrass” winner will be given a seven-night stay at the Memphis Marriott East hotel to accommodate appearing in the contest and enjoying the many other events of Elvis Week in Memphis.
Elvis fans may enjoy “Elvis in the Bluegrass” all three days at the Mercer County Fairgrounds. The entry fee on Thursday and Friday will be $5 with children under the age of five admitted free. Seating in center ring will be $10 on Thursday and Friday and spectators must bring their own chair. The final competition on Saturday evening will cost spectators $10 with children under five admitted free. Seating in center ring Saturday evening will be $15 and spectators must bring their own chair. A three day center ring seating pass will be pre-sold for $30.
Vehicles dating from the 1930’s to the present will be on display at the Annual Classic Wheel Cruise-In from 3 to 6 p.m. There will be music, food booths, and many downtown businesses will be open.
During the Cruise In an Elvis look-a-like competition for children and adults will be held along with an Elvis Car look-a-like contest. The winners will be announced at the “Elvis in the Bluegrass” final competition later that evening. The Classic Wheels Cruise-In is sponsored by Harrodsburg First and the Bluegrass Cruisers. For more information about the Cruise In contact Harrodsburg First at 859-734-6811 or email at email@example.com. Get your cameras, cars, and Elvis records ready to welcome Elvis back to Harrodsburg!
For more information about “The Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest” and all the events of Elvis Week in Memphis, visit www.elvisweek.com. (Source: EPE, 20 March 2007)
ROBIN KELLY and the ULTIMATE TRIBUTE TO ELVIS "ONE NIGHT WITH YOU" up-coming show dates:
Sat March 10th, 2007 Robin Kelly - Two Hills Ukranian Travel Dance Club charity event. Tickets are $30 and available by contacting Lorna at 780-657-2464. Visit www.robinkelly.net or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
Fri March 23rd, 2007 - Robin Kelly and special guest Will Chalmers (as Neil Diamond). At the Barrie ANAF Club, 7 George St., Barrie, ON. CANADA Doors open at 7:30 pm and show starts at 8:30 pm. Tickets $20 each in advance or $25 at the door - portion of proceeds will be donated to the CBCF. Tickets available from ME Audio & Visual, 59 Bell Farm Rd., Barrie, ON. CANADA - 705-726-3100, Music World (Georgian Mall) - 705-734-2487 or by contacting Nora at 705-330-5306 or email email@example.com. Reservations available. Limited seating and tickets are selling quickly so avoid disppointment and buy your tickets now. Contact Nora or visit www.robinkelly.net for more details.
Sun March 25th, 2007 - Robin Kelly and Steven Pelleriti will be the Special Guests at the 2nd Annual Oshawa People's Choice Elvis Contest in support of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. At the Sikorski Hall, 1551 Stevenson Rd. N., Oshawa, ON. CANADA Doors open at noon, show/contest starts at 1 pm. Tickets are $25 each and a portion of proceeds will be donated to the CBCF. Tickets are available from Wilson & Lee Muisc, 87 Simcoe St. N., Oshawa, ON. CANADA - 905-725-4706 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Nora at 705-330-5306. Reservations available with the purchase of a full table. Visit www.ladyluckmusic.com or www.robinkelly.net for more details. Tickets are selling quickly, buy your tickets today. The 2006 event SOLD OUT prior to show date.
Sat April 21st, 2007 - Robin Kelly - Holy Family Parish Church charity show at banquet hall, 75 Poirier Ave., St. Albert, AB. CANADA Dinner show and silent auction. Tickets available by calling 780-418-2641. Visit www.robinkelly.net or email email@example.com for more details.
Sat May 12, 2007 - Robin Kelly at the Royal Canadian Legion Br. 163, 435 Limeridge Rd. E, Hamilton ON. CANADA Doors open at 7:30 pm and show starts at 9 pm. Tickets are $15 each and available from the Legion or by calling 905-387-4515. For more info contact Nora at 705-330-5306 or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.robinkelly.net. Avoid disappointment and buy your tickets early.
Fri Jun 1st and Sat Jun 2nd, 2007 - Robin Kelly and Thomas Alexander (formerly of the Platters) at the Casino Edmonton, 7055 Argyll Rd., Edmonton, AB. CANADA Visit www.robinkelly.net or email robinkellyproductions@shaw for more info.
Thurs July 26th - Sun July 29th, 2007 - Robin Kelly will be appearing at the Collingwood Elvis Festival. See Robin at the pub crawl on Thursday night, at the Street Dance on Friday night and on the arena stage Saturday afternoon when he will be co-hosting with Matt King and Anthony Von in the "Long Live the King" matinee show, 2 pm - 4 pm . For tickets contact the Collingwood Elvis Festival at 1-866-444-1162 or visit www.collingwoodelvisfestival.com.
Fri Jul 6th and Sat Jul 7th, 2007 - Robin Kelly and Thomas Alexander (formerly of the Platters) at the Casino Yellowhead, 12464 - 153 Street, Edmonton, AB. CANADA Visit www.robinkelly.net or email robinkellyproductions@shaw for more info.
Fri Oct 19th and Sat Oct 20th, 2007 - Robin Kelly and Thomas Alexander (formerly of the Platters) at the Casino Edmonton, 7055 Argyll Rd., Edmonton, AB. CANADA Visit www.robinkelly.net or email robinkellyproductions@shaw for more info.
Fri Nov 23rd and Sat Nov 24th, 2007 - Robin Kelly and Thomas Alexander (formerly of the Platters) at the Casino Yellowhead, 12464 - 153 Street, Edmonton, AB. CANADA Visit www.robinkelly.net or email robinkellyproductions@shaw for more info.
'Eddy Prince and friends' A Tribute To ELVIS! Up-coming Concert Listings.
Sat March 31st, 2007. FAN APPRECIATION NIGHT! NO COVER CHARGE! 9pm at Somebuddies Casual Eatery on Thoroldstone Rd / Kalar Rd. in Niagara Falls ON. CANADA For info call 905-374-0474.
Sat March 24th, 2007. Eddy Prince and friends. 8pm at The Royal Canadian Legion. 1o Nichols St. Lakefield ON CANADA (near Peterborough). $12.50/adv or $15/door. Tickets available by calling 705-652-7988 or by logging onto www.eddyprince.com
Fri April 13th, 2007. 'Back By Popular Demand',Eddy Prince and friends featuring John Cigan and Joey Cundari. Club La Salle, Arthur St.Catharines ON. CANADA Tickets are $15/pp, available at the club bar, or by calling 905-321-1422. Log onto www.eddyprince.com for more details. Tickets already going fast, get yours today!
Sat May 12, 2007. Mother's Day Show! Eddy Prince and friends. 8pm at The Royal Canadian Legion. 1180 Barton St. East, Hamilton ON. CANADA $12.50/adv or $15/door. Tickets available at the club bar or by calling 905-544-6385. Log onto www.eddyprince.com for more info.
Sat May 19th, 2007. Eddy Prince and friends. 8pm at the Royal Canadian Legion. 67 Clarence St., Port Colborne ON. CANADA Tickets are $12.50/adv or $15/door, available at the club bar or by calling 905-834-9512. Log onto www.eddyprince.com for more details
Sat May 26th, 2007. Eddy Prince and friends. 8pm at the Royal Canadian Legion. 200 West St. Simcoe ON. CANADA Tickets are $12.50/adv or $15/door, available at the club bar or by calling 519-426-3804. Log onto www.eddyprince.com for more details.
Fri July 20th, 2007. Eddy Prince and friends. Welland ON Lions Club, 414 River Rd. Welland ON. CANADA Dinner and show packages available for $45/pp. Vast menu, call Dave for more details at 905-714-1027, or log onto www.eddyprince.com
Rick Saucedo in Illinois: The Knights of Columbus, Good Shepherd Council 5573 present The Rick Saucedo Show, The Legend Lives On! Saturday, April 21st, 2007 at 7:00 PM, St, Mary Immaculate Church 15629 South Route 58, Plainfield, IL.
By special arrangement, well known Elvis Impersonator Rick Saucedo will perform two sessions on Saturday, April 21st at 7:00 PM. Long recognized for his showmanship abilities Rick Saucedo entertains his audiences with musical abilities only rivaled by Elvis.
General seating is $15.00; Reserved seating $25.00; Premiere seating $35.00 with the premier package including food. Food and refreshments will also be available for purchase. The program includes two performances with one Intermission. Seating is limited and ticket orders will be filled on a first come, first serve basis. Handicapped accommodations can be made at the time tickets are purchased.
For more information call (815) 436-2651, extension 884.
The money raised from this event will be donated to local charitable organizations and churches and to support seminarians of the Diocese of Joliet.
2nd Annual Oshawa People's Choice Elvis Contest: Kick off spring with an afternoon of fun and fabulous Elvis entertainment. Join the 12 talented ETAs, Lady Luck Music and the many Elvis fans while supporting the fight against breast cancer. Collingwood Grand Champions ROBIN KELLY and STEVEN PELLERITI will be the featured Special Guest ETAs at the 2nd Annual Oshawa People's Choice Elvis Contest in support of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. Robin and Steven will be joined by 10 talented Ontario ETAs (Bruce Herron, Rick Duin, Mike Calamusa, Larry Tschekalin, Doug McKenzie, James Gibb, Adam Scott, Jon Cigan, Joey Cundari and Dan Granger) who will be competing for YOUR vote. Join us on Sunday March 25th in the Main Hall at the Sikorski Hall, 1551 Stevenson Rd. N., Oshawa, ON. CANADA
Doors open at 12pm and the show/contest starts at 1pmTickets are $25 each and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the CBCFTickets available at Wilson & Lee Music, 87 Simcoe St. N., Oshawa CANADA905-725-4706 or contact Nora at 705-330-5306 or email email@example.com and arrange your ticket purchaseReservations available with the purchase of a full table (8 or 10 seats) so gather your friends and family and reserve your table today.If special seating arrangements are required please contact Nora. Elvis memorabilia vendor, King's Collectibles will be at the event as well as a Collingwood Elvis Festival representative available to answer any questions you may have about the festival, events and tickets.
The 2006 event SOLD OUT prior to show date so avoid disappointment and buy your tickets early. By attending this event you may be helping a loved one, friend, neighboour, co-worker or possibly yourself. Breast Cancer affects both men and women however much more dominant amongst females with 1 in 9 being diagnosed and 1 in 4 of them losing her battle. Let's work together for a better tomorrow by decreasing these numbers. (Source: Charmaine Voisine)
Website for Elvis 2007 tour in Europe: The special European fanclub tour “ELVIS 2007” has now its own website: www.elvis-2007.com. Check it out to find out who’s who, and see which dates are important for your agenda. However, we do wish to point out that the ticket sales only begins on March 12th for ElvisMatters members. On Monday April 2nd, ticket sales for the general public commences.
“ELVIS 2007” will be the highlight of this special Elvis Year. On stage: the TCB Band, The Imperials, The Sweet Inspirations, Joe Guercio + Orchestra and lead vocalist Terry Mike Jeffrey. On Thursday September 20th, the kick off takes place in Eindhoven, The Netherlands (Frits Philips Music Center). The name of the special guest for Eindhoven cannot be revealed for contractual reasons. On Sunday September 30th, the Elvis Presley Road Show hits Antwerp (Elizabethzaal) with WILL TURA as special guest. Info: Elvis 2007(News, Source: Elvis Matters, 5 March 2007)
ELVIS 2007 – The European Fanclub Tour: The 30th anniversary of Elvis Presley’s death cannot remain unnoticed by the European fan clubs.
In September and October 2007, the official European fan clubs, fully supported by The Original Elvis Cast, take an amazing show on the road: “ELVIS 2007 – The Original Cast”.
This unprecedented show features the original band mates that worked with Elvis: The TCB Band, The Sweet Inspirations, The Imperials, Joe Guercio & Orchestra, featuring original Joe Guercio Orchestra Members. A similar show sold out the big ‘Frits Philips Concert Hall’ in May last year (picture), and will now be exported to Norway, Sweden, Germany, The Netherlands, Belgium, France and Switzerland. Lead singer on the entire tour is Terry Mike Jeffrey.
The promoters have contracted a very special guest for The Netherlands – although we can’t tell his name yet, due to contractual obligations. For Belgium, the immensely popular Will Tura will do a special guest performance with his musical heroes, the Full Elvis Cast.
Tickets for this amazing live show go on sale on Monday, April 2nd. All details to follow soon on this website and Elvis Matters' brand new own website.
The Sweet Inspirations
Joe Guercio + Orchestra, feat. The original Orchestra members
Terry Mike Jeffrey
Special guests in Holland and Belgium
Thursday September 20: Frits Philips Music Hall – EINDHOVEN (NL)
Saturday September 22: Stadthalle Soest, Germany
Sunday September 23: Stadthalle, Germany
Wednesday September 26: Jonkoping, Sweden
Friday September 28: Oslo, Norway
Sunday September 30: Koningin Elizabethzaal – ANTWERPEN (B)
Tuesday October 2: Marseilles, France
Thursday October 4: Geneva, Switzerland
Saturday October 6: Paris, France (News, Source: Elvis Matters/ Elvis News)
First ever Online ETA contest:On February 4th we will begin conducting Elvis Tribute Artist Contests - ONLINE, exclusively on the internet. The ONLINE CONTEST will not replace or intersect with the traditional contests we have been producing and will continue to produce.
Through an online contest we offer a service to ETAs and fans who are often unable to travel and attend the traditional contest. The online contest will allow ETAs and FANS worldwide to participate in the same event together without the time and expense of traveling to a traditional contest.
The ONLINE CONTEST will allow ETAs to show us their very best... Their best photo. Their best video. Their best song. And their bio.
Fans view contestant materials online and listen to the contestant performances during the broadcast of the online contest on ELVII RADIO. Fans can register online as well and login and vote for their favorite contestant. At the conclusion of the contest the top-scoring contestants will win the prizes posted and advertised for that ONLINE CONTEST. Complete rules and regulations and details are available here. (News, Source: Elvii Radio, 11 Feb 2007)
Patsy Andersen joins Elvii Radio: A life-long Elvis Presley Fan, for over 22 years Patsy Andersen worked for Elvis Presley Enterprises at Graceland and wore many, many hats including Fans Relations manager and Marketing manager. Since leaving EPE Patsy has been busy operating her successfull promotions and management company. During Tribute Week 2006 Patsy produced a one-of-a-kind Gospel concert in Memphis. Hosted by Country Music Star Naomi Judd the show featured former-members of "JD Sumner & The Stamps Quartet", Elvis' Cousin Jerry Presley and others.
For over 22 years Patsy was a voice for the fans at Elvis Presley Enterprises and we are proud that Patsy has become a part of the ELVII team and will continue to be a voice for fans thru ELVII Radio. Beginning SUNDAY FEBRUARY 11 at 1:00PM Eastern time tune into ELVII Radio for "Presley & Andersen: Together Again." This new show and unique format will answer your questions and is all about you - the fans, your fan clubs. Listen for exclusive interviews with Elvis' friends, family, band-members, co-stars and more. (News, Source: Elvii Radio, 11 Feb 2007)
New Elvis Tribute Artist Contest Preliminaries: Contests in Texas, Kentucky, and Windsor, Canada, are among the newest editions to the schedule of Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest preliminaries. EPE's first-ever Elvis tribute artist contest will see winners of the preliminary rounds in Memphis during Elvis Week to compete for the ultimate title. The city of Arnold, Missouri, is the first preliminary round location scheduled to pick their winner on March 24. Visit the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest site for a full schedule of confirmed contest locations. In Australia, the annual Wintersun festival has also been accepted to stage the "downunder" preliminary contest. (Source: EPE/Wintersun, 10 Feb 2007
"Elvis" concert at Strand aims to raise funds for Arc: For the moment, Ernest Gabriele's undivided attention was to a reporter asking him questions. He gave his age, 67, where he grew up, Philadelphia, and where he lives now, a home in New Jersey for the mentally disabled.
But then, seeing the man in black wearing shades and thick sideburns a few feet away, Gabriele — sporting his own red cape and jumpsuit — re-focused."Elvis!" he said and ran over to slap the sweating impersonator on the back. "What's up, partner? You look sharp, man.
"Gabriele, who became a fan when his mother took him to see Elvis years ago, had come Saturday with a special-needs group called Special Vacation to the Strand Theatre for a repeat performance. He now was admiring the sideburns on this particular imitator of the King, Ruben Castillo."They real? I'm working on mine, here," he said, touching his temples.Castillo had just finished singing a number. About six of his fellow impersonators — collars up, drenched in cologne — mingled in the theater lobby waiting for their turns on-stage.
The three-hour concert was a benefit to raise money for The Arc, a nonprofit agency that represents those with special needs. About 500 people bought tickets.As Robin Collins, Arc's program coordinator for the Ocean County chapter, explained: "Our clients have an affinity for Elvis."
In fact, she said, this concert fundraiser began four years ago with one act from impersonator Andrew Howard before a small crowd of clients at the agency's main office on Cedar Bridge Road. It was so popular, they moved the show to the Toms River Elks Lodge. Packing the 300-person standing-room only club, Arc raised between $1,500 and $2,500.When even that venue grew too small, the show moved to the luxurious Strand Theatre for Saturday.
This year, Arc also joined forces with Howard Enterprises, which held an Elvis convention at the theater an hour before the show. Arranged on the vendor tables was everything from Elvis comforters and dishware to a $12 box of Elvis cologne coupled with a cassette featuring "Come What May."Samuel Formica, stage name Sammy J., stood by one table in his white checkerboard suit, a gold ring on each finger."I get more joy out of this than anything else I do," he said, of impersonating. "I like keeping Elvis' name alive. I like the fans' reactions. There's a certain adrenaline rush you get that you can only find maybe in skydiving.
"Formica began performing seriously about five years ago when he sang karaoke as a joke at a bar on the 30th anniversary of the King's death."I just really liked it," said Formica.It seems many of the impersonators more stumbled than intended on a side-career as an Elvis double. For Andrew Howard, it was Halloween night years ago when he dressed as the rocker. He now has run these conventions for six years.His best impersonation, however, is Johnny Cash.
"He's the man," he said. "And there's only one Elvis." (Source: Charmaine Voisine)
VALENTINE SHOW AND DANCE
Starring Las Vegas World Champion Elvis Roy LeBlanc
with Roy Orbison and Ricky Neslon
Saturday February 10th
Ukraina Club, 3375 Gore Rd., London, Ontario Canada
Holiday Print 519-453-5880
or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Southern Cruisers Riding Club proudly presents
3rd Annual Sock Hop ~ 50s & 60s Showcase & Dance
Featuring performances by Geph Mitchell as Elvis, Riley Mahoney as Little '"E" and Memphis Motion as the Divas of Rock 'n' Roll.
Saturday April 21st
8:00pm - 1:00pm
Army, Navy & Airforce Club
53 Water Street, Simcoe
$15.00/person (includes light buffet)
DJ Sock Hop. Door Prizes. Costume parade/prizes for best 50s & theme related costume.
For tickets and more information please call Southern Cruisers @ (519) 429-0246
Apr. 29 – May 5 – Cruisin’ 2007 Elvis Cruise – Vince King, Billy Wayde, Jeff Rainey,
(with the Hello Texas Band), Carnival Conquest. * All deposits must be
received before Nov. 25th. (979) 480-0300
+++++ATTENTION ALL CANADIAN ELVIS FANS++++++++++++ Help support Hearth Place Cancer Support Centre & The Ajax/Pickering Sea Cadet & Navy League Branch. Join us on Saturday February 10th, 2007 for the "Magic of Elvis Peoples Choice Awards 2007 " featuring 10 of Canada's BEST Elvis Tribute Artists performing LIVE in one incredible concert experience. With a showcase performance by our very special Guest & Host "ANTHONY VON" Visit us at www.themagicofelvis.com
Location: St. Andrews Community Centre48 Exeter Road, Ajax, Ontario CANADA Doors open at 7:00 pmTickets $25.00 per personinclude Light Refreshments Tickets Info: Call 905-426-1595www.themagicofelvis.comA portion of the proceeds will be donated to Hearth Place Cancer Support Centre & The Ajax/Pickering Navy League
Bus Tour to Memphis!:30 years after his death, the number of Elvis fans is estimated at 50 million and growing! Graceland is preparing for the largest number of fans ever, from around the world, for celebrations during Elvis Week 2007.
Join Memphis Motion, and 3 busloads of Elvis fans & Elvis Tribute Artists, for this exciting tour which includes the Platinum tour of Graceland and surrounding sites, 30th Anniversary Candlelight Vigil, Week-long Elvis Weeks celebrations/events, area attractions, tours of Sun Records and Memphis, Tupelo-Elvis’ Birthplace, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and the tour will culminate in the immensely popular 30th Anniversary Reunion Concert of musicians and entertainers who shared the Presley Magic, with anticipated appearances by Lisa Marie and Priscilla Presley. All of this and much more!!!
Tour will include tribute concerts on route to and from Memphis with fan favourites from Canada and the United States.
Performers include but not limited to: Memphis Motion, Wayne Curtis, Bob Hajas, Doug McKenzie, Bruce Herron, Jamie Hoffmann, Amber Hoffmann and BJ Minnery. (Fans please note that due to the delightful news of a new baby on the way; Geph Mitchell is unable to attend).
Join us for this wonderful fan experience and be there with us as we celebrate the greatest musical hero of all time...ELVIS PRESLEY!!!
Guinness Book of Records considering ETA: ETA William Maurice is being considered by the Guinness Book of Records for inclusiuon as the longest performing ETA. Check out William's website(News, Source: Lady Jane Dixon, Personal Assistant)
Canada - The Magic of Elvis: We are hosting an exciting NEW Elvis show called "The Magic of Elvis" People's Choice Awards, which will take place in Ajax, Ontario, Canada February 10th, 2007. Just in time for Valentine's Day. The show will feature 10 of Canada's top ETA's competing for the top prize. The winners will be chosen by the audience. We are very proud to be presenting this exciting event which will benefit two charities, the "Ajax/Pickering Navy League" and "Hearth Place Cancer Support Center" We would be interested in exchanging banners to help promote your site as well as get the word out about our show. (News, Source: Bob Attwell)
USA - Various ETA Shows: There are several shows we wanted to remind you about that are coming up this weekend and on Elvis' birthday on Monday. One of them, Billy Wayde's appearance at the Lake Theater, did not make the newsletter so we didn't want you to miss out on that.
Jan. 6th - Billy Wayde - Lake Theater, Lake Jackson, TX. 7:30 PM. (979) 480-0300 to reserve seats.
Jan. 8th - Doug Olvey - Dick's Last Resort, (Contest and Entertainment),Dallas. 7 PM.
If anyone knows of other Elvis related special events such as at the Hard Rock Cafe in Houston and/or Dallas, please let us know sending an email to Harvey at email@example.com. (News, Source: Charmaine Voisine)
USA - Elvis Birthday Show, Memphis Clarion Room Rates: I spoke to the Clarion this morning and the rates for this coming weekend are $79. Tell them that you are coming in for the Elvis Birthday Show. The folks have been very nice and are looking forward to our being there. This promises to be an extra special fun night, so make your plans now and we will see you in Memphis. The Clarion Hotel on Brooks Rd. at 7pm, Saturday, January 6th. This Elvis Birthday Tribute Show is going to be amazing........lots of really great raffle prizes, door prizes and a show that is going to be more than you can even imagine!
David Allen, Todd Martin and Alex Swindle will be looking for you and so will I. (News, Source: Charmaine Voisine)
USA - Jamie Aaron Kelly takes a new path:The transition is well underway. Boone's Jamie Aaron Kelley, whose initial flight to fame was the result of national acknowledgement as the world's number one Elvis impersonator, is now in the midst of forging an updated reputation, one as a solo artist, actor and songwriter. Oh no! He would never forget those early roots entirely. He'll still be incorporating songs that Elvis made famous into his shows. Read full story & view picture (News, Source: Charmaine Voisine, 5 Jan 2007)
USA - Elvis imitator honors the King with 2 concerts: Don't be surprised if you see Elvis impersonators toting balloons and flowers next week. Many will be celebrating the birthday of the "King" of rock 'n' roll, who would have turned 71 Monday. Tucsonan Robert Shaw, 28, is among them. He and his Elvis tribute band will honor the legend in a concert Jan. 15 at The Gaslight Theatre. Shaw discusses his career as an Elvis imitator with Calendar Plus.
Question: When did you first start impersonating Elvis?
Answer: I first started performing theater in high school, and then worked my way up from there. I guess that, by virtue of having dark hair and being able to carry a tune, anytime there was ever an Elvis song in a show, it would always go to me. I started performing the full-on Elvis tribute act nearly two years ago, I work full time at the Gaslight Theatre and we were doing a show that was sort of a spoof of an Elvis movie and several folks encouraged me to try and do an Elvis "concert." I put together a band and we started by doing a tribute to Elvis' younger years and it just took off, and now we're more than 30 sold-out shows later.
What about him appealed to you?
Well, I've always enjoyed Elvis' music but I wasn't always a die-hard fan. As I mentioned, this whole thing started almost coincidentally, but as our act progressed I learned more and more about the man and his music. As well as being a tremendous musician who revolutionized the way the world experiences music, he was also a dynamic live performer and a philanthropist. You always hear stories about how he'd give away his car to a stranger or buy a house for one of his buddies. But he also quietly gave away millions of dollars to hundreds of charitable organizations. We all know he wasn't without his faults, but he was a great man, nonetheless. As a result of all this, I have become a huge Elvis fan.
What did your family and friends think of your act?
Everyone has been overwhelmingly positive. At first I got a few funny looks. But I've got a tremendous support system. I'm also very lucky to be surrounded by top-caliber musicians. I consider my band to be the real secret to my success.
What kind of special training did you have to undergo?
The school of hard knocks! It's been a real learn-as-you-go experience. I'm fortunate though that my background is in musical theater, and that lends itself quite well to the Elvis side of things. I also watched lots and lots of Elvis movies, documentaries and footage of live performances and educated myself on his life by reading several comprehensive biographies.
What about your pelvis and hips? How naturally wiggleable are they?
Well, I'm not quite as wild as Elvis was, but you'll definitely see some hip swiveling at one of our shows.
Which one of Elvis' co-stars was the hottest and why?
Elvis was a lucky guy. He got to share the screen with some of the most beautiful and talented women Hollywood had to offer. But, without a doubt, Ann-Margret was the best. She could sing, she could dance, she could act, and she was gorgeous.
If someone wanted to paint a velvet painting of you, how would you react?
I think I'd be flattered. Who doesn't like velvet paintings, really?
Which songs do fans request the most?
You'd think it would be "Hound Dog" or "Blue Suede Shoes," but our most requested tune is an arrangement of a gospel song - "How Great Thou Art" - that is modeled after the way Elvis did it at his concerts. It's a very powerful and stirring rendition and we do our best to stay true to it. I'd say after that it's a tie between "Suspicious Minds" and "Burning Love."
OK, pretend you're the real Elvis. What would you tell daughter Lisa Marie about her marriage to Michael Jackson? (Source: ROGELIO OLIVAS, Tucson Citizen, Jan 2007)
USA - ‘Elvis’ will be in the building: Brian Whitton, Elvis tribute artist, will perform at the Live Elvis Experience Birthday Bash at 9:30 p.m. Saturday at Jugs Hitching Post, 5781 Main St., West Bend, WI.He also does karaoke every Friday evening starting at 9:30 p.m. at Wonderland Tap, W233-N536 Highway F, City of Pewaukee, WI.He also is taking part in an Elvis contest hosted by Potawatomi Bingo Casino, 1721 W. Canal St., Milwaukee, that runs from Friday through Monday.
The four-day competition will feature preliminary rounds at noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Friday through Sunday. A "wild card" round will take place at 2 p.m. Monday. The winners of each daily round and the "wild card" round will compete for the Grand Championship at 8 p.m. Monday.Guests can attend the preliminary rounds and the "wild card" round at no cost. The daily finals will be held at 8 p.m. each night of the competition The competition’s Grand Championship is at 8 p.m., Monday. Tickets for the evening tribute shows are $15, $20 and $25 and are available at the Potawatomi Bingo Casino Box Office, (414) 847-7922 or through Ticketmaster, (414) 276-4545. Attendees must be 21.
USA - The American Trilogy "Live On Stage": Come celebrate the music of "The King of Rock & Roll" On Saturday, January 13th at 8PM LIVE onstage with Elvis 2007 - The American Trilogy presented by the Union County Arts Center. The evening's concert will take place at Rahway High School (1012 Madison Ave, Rahway, NJ) as part of the Union County Arts Center's 2006 - 2007 Season - On The Road.
Join the UCAC for this first time ever musical celebration of Elvis through the 50's, 60's and 70's. The evening's review features three stages of Elvis' career & life represented by three award-winning Elvis impersonators; backed by a ten-piece orchestra.
Ray Guillemette Jr. will kick off the tribute with his performance of Elvis through the 50's. Ray Guillemette Jr. is one of today's leading, premier, Elvis Tribute Artists. Check out this 9-time, International 1st place Elvis Presley Impersonator and watch him rock your world with his striking look, outstanding vocal range and unabashed excitement. Ray delivers with the style and energy that was Elvis.
Mark Reno will continue the evening with his tribute performance of Elvis through the 60's. National champion Mark Reno is an enthusiastic, multi-talented, high energy Elvis impersonator of the Las Vegas concert years. A dynamic performer, Mark's likeness to Elvis is uncanny! Taking great care in authenticity, Mark has all authentic jumpsuits made by the same designers used by Elvis himself. Each outfit is an exact duplication of stage worn Elvis jumpsuits. Known for his ability to work an audience, Mark even has authentic style scarves to give out to "lucky" members of the crowd.
Don't miss New Jersey's own Anthony Liguori, Jr. perform his nationally acclaimed Elvis of the 70's. Anthony Liguori, Jr. is also one of the country's top Elvis tribute artists. He performs his show stopping reviews in concerts, casinos and cruise ships throughout the country. Anthony has also portrayed Elvis for "Legends in Concert", an internationally acclaimed show that pays tribute to the superstars of show business.
The authentic musical accompaniment for the evening's tribute show will be provided by Bill Turner's Big Band, the country's # 1 Elvis Tribute Band, with backup vocalists The Lazzaro Sisters.
Don't miss your chance to feel the energy, rekindle the memories and experience the magic of Elvis' life with three nationally acclaimed Elvis impersonators.
Tickets are $20 and may be purchased by calling 732-499-8226 or online by visiting the website at www.UCAC.org . Tickets may also be purchased in person at the UCAC Box Office located at 1591 Irving Street, Rahway. The Rahway High School provides barrier-free access and seating for our patron upon request. The venue is located at 1012 Madison Avenue in Rahway and can be reached by taking exit 135 from the Garden State Parkway or exit 12 from the Turnpike. Lot parking is available behind Rahway High School and on street parking is also available along Madison Avenue.(Source: Charmaine Voisine, 1 Jan 2007)
USA - History Of Elvis Show - Temecula - Sunday January 14, 2007 - Cruisin Oldies Concerts Presents: All Shook Up: The Ultimate Tribute To The King Of Rock And Roll, Starring Mark W. Curran
Old Town Temecula Community Theater, 42051 Main Street, Temecula, CA 92590 ....1-866-OLD-TOWN (866-653-8696), Showtime: 3:00pm. ONLINE TICKETS:
A live concert performance featuring Mark W. Curran and The Suspicious Minds Showband and Memphis Soul Singers.
The story of Elvis presented in four parts, from his early pioneering Sun Records era, Movies, 1968 Comeback Special, and recreations of the historic Aloha and Vegas concerts.
Utilizing a unique narrative, and live performances with four costume changes, this show covers many of the greatest hits of The King highlighting a phenomenal career that spanned three decades of solid gold. Mark W. Curran has been called one of the most authentic and dynamic Elvis performers working today.
Don't miss this fun, informative and highly entertaining show. Ticket Price Adults: $38/ Seniors: $36/ Children/Student: $32. For info on this and other Cruisin Oldies Concerts Please Visit: http://www.cruisinoldies.com/shows.html(News, Source: Charmaine Voisine)
New CD release from Shawn Klush:
You can purchase the CD from me [ firstname.lastname@example.org ]. The promotional cost is $10.00 each. If anyone is interested you can mail a money order to me Terri Mueller at 933 Narrow St., West Wyoming, PA 18644. Please make the money orders out to me. I have attached a snippet of the song Angel for you to sample some of the sound of the CD. Thanks so much for your support and we hope to see many of you sometime over the next 5 or 6 weeks on the Elvis Birthday Tour. Happy New Year!!! Terri email@example.com(Source: Charmaine Voisine)
ETA Birthday Tribute Show in Memphis, Jan 2007
Jim Parsley Memories of Elvis
January 6, 2007 at The Glad Crab
3086 S Queen St, Dallastown, PA 17313
Cost: $5.00 Cover
It's An Elvis Birthday Bash!!!!
Make Reservations Now!!! 717-244-7636
USA - Please join us for our Annual Elvis Birthday Celebration! You will have a wonderful time helping us celebrate "THE KINGS" 72nd birthday.
USA - Shawn Klush: For Elvis Presley fans, Friday, Jan. 5 at the Paramount Theatre marks a night when The King's music will be in one era, then into another. Four Elvis Presley stylists, in addition to other featured guests, will present the music of Presley during The Elvis Birthday Tribute. The concert follows the singer through his early rock-a-billy years, his movie years, his 1968 comeback television special and his Las Vegas concert years.
Presley would have turned 72 on Jan. 8.
The tribute is split between four Elvis performers, covering roughly the years from 1956 to 1973. Donny Edwards will perform in the early rock-a-billy years segment, Rick Saucedo will present the movie years, Matt Lewis will re-create the 1968 comeback special and Shawn Klush will perform in the Las Vegas concert years segment.
"People just can't see him anymore," said Klush about the appeal of Presley stylists like himself. "If someone puts on a tape of Aloha from Hawaii (a 1973 Elvis concert), that brings back a bunch of memories."
The 37-year-old Klush, who resides in Pittston, Penn., has no real memories of Presley since he was only a child when The King died in 1977.
But the Presley stylist was surrounded by music when he was growing up.
"My father, Ed, was a disc jockey in the 1950s," said Klush last year. "By 16 years of age I had every Elvis, Beatles and blues album that existed. I was an only child and music was a big part of my growing up. Most of what my dad played at home was Dean Martin, Elvis and Mahalia Jackson."
Klush first performed as Elvis when he was three years old, but has been doing it professionally since 1985. During some intense years, he played more than 600 dates in one year.
Klush's Elvis gigs have included performing in the famous Poconos region followed by a tour of Canada where he won a prize in the Worldwide Elvis Competition in Montreal. This caught the attention of the Las Vegas show, "Legends in Concert," where in 2004, he starred as Elvis in their Branson, Mo., production. He also alternated in their Las Vegas and Atlantic City show rooms. Klush also portrayed Elvis in the TV miniseries Shake, Rattle and Roll, which aired on CBS in 2000.
Klush believes he is a better Elvis stylist because he surrounds himself with people who associated with Presley. In the tribute show, for example, guest artists include: D.J. Fontana, Elvis' original drummer who played on more than 45 recording sessions between 1956 and 1968 and performed on 28 movie soundtracks; The Sweet Inspirations, who appeared with Elvis on almost all of his concert tours from 1969 to 1977; and the Fabulous Ambassadors Band.
"I understand his personality in a different way because of knowing the people who worked with him," said Klush in an interview last year. "I take that into consideration when I am performing. I talk to the Jordanaires and Joe Esposito (an Army buddy and road manager for Elvis) and I draw from them on a professional level. I do not take it to the extreme by saying 'This is me,' but I stand on stage and say, 'This is how it was.'"
As for this year's tribute show, Klush said that some changes might be in place.
"We always try to change it up a bit; do different songs from that era," said Klush, who handles the time from 1969 to 1973 in the tribute show. "Maybe it is the anniversary of what went on during that time period or maybe it is the 40th year since a song was written, so we make note of it in the show."
But one thing that stays the same is Klush's commitment to his craft.
"If you are not doing it from your heart," he said of his performances as Elvis Presley. "Then you are not doing it right."
The Elvis Birthday Tribute will be presented at 8 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 5, at the Paramount Theatre, 23 East Galena Blvd., Aurora. Tickets range in price from $20 to $49. Tickets are available at the Paramount Theatre box office, by phone at (630) 896-6666, or at all TicketMaster outlets. (News, Source: Charmaine Voisine)
Canada - The line up for 2nd Annual Oshawa Ladyluckmusic Peoples Choice has been announced. Once again this event will support the Canadian Breast Cancer Fundation. King Collectibles will be at the show. There will be food available for purchase and the bar will be open.
in support of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation
10 talented ETAs competing for your vote
Special Guest ETAs
2006 Fans Choice Winner
2002 Collingwood Grand Champion
9 time Youth Champion including title of
2004 Collingwood Youth Jr. Grand Champion
Sunday March 25, 2007
At the Sikorski Hall (Main Hall) - 1550 Stevenson Rd. N., Oshawa, ON CANADA
(N of Taunton between Thornton & Simcoe)
Elvis tribute to rock Rahway
USA -- Come celebrate the music of “The King of Rock & Roll” at 8 p.m. Jan. 13 with Elvis 2007 – The American Trilogy presented by the Union County Arts Center. The evening’s concert will take place at Rahway High School (1012 Madison Ave.) New Jersey, NJ., as part of the Union County Arts Center’s 2006 – 2007 Season: On The Road.
Join the UCAC for this first-time musical celebration of Elvis through the '50s, '60s and '70s. The evening’s review features three stages of Elvis’ career and life represented by three award-winning Elvis impersonators, backed by a 10-piece orchestra.
Ray Guillemette Jr. will kick off the tribute with his performance of Elvis through the '50s. Guillemette Jr. is one of today's leading Elvis tribute artists. Check out this nine-time, international first-place Elvis impersonator and watch him rock your world with his striking look, vocal range and excitement. Ray delivers with the style and energy that was Elvis.
Mark Reno will continue the evening with his tribute performance of Elvis through the '60s. National champion Reno is an enthusiastic, multi-talented, high-energy Elvis impersonator of the Las Vegas concert years. A dynamic performer, Mark's likeness to Elvis is uncanny. Taking great care in authenticity, Mark has all authentic jumpsuits made by the same designers used by Elvis.
Don’t miss New Jersey’s own Anthony Liguori, Jr. perform his nationally acclaimed Elvis of the '70s. Liguori, Jr. is also one of the country's top Elvis tribute artists. He performs his show stopping reviews in concerts, casinos and cruise ships throughout the country. Anthony has also portrayed Elvis for "Legends in Concert", an internationally acclaimed show that pays tribute to the superstars of show business.
TICKETS ARE ON SALE NOW
Tickets are $20. Call (732) 499-8226 or visit www.UCAC.org. Tickets may also be purchased in person at the UCAC Box Office at 1591 Irving St., Rahway. (Source: Charmaine Voisine)
It’s A Party Fit For The KING!!!
Showcase & Dance
Starring ~ A Whole Lotta Elvii
Saturday January 6th
8pm - 1am
Army, Navy & Airforce Club,
645 Colborne Street, Brantford ON, Canada
Cash Bar. Food Available. Prizes/Draws.
For info please contact: Joan Minnery @ (519) 752-1694
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January 6, 2007 at The Glad Crab
3086 S Queen St, Dallastown, PA 17313
Cost: $5.00 Cover
It's An Elvis Birthday Bash!!!!
Make Reservations Now!!! 717-244-7636
(Source: Charmaine Voisine)
Hips set to wiggle in Tupelo: Nobody swiveled their hips quite like the King of Rock n' Roll, but people will be welcome to try at the 2007 Elvis Presley Festival. Organizers will pit tribute artists against each other and the winner will earn the right to represent Elvis' hometown in the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest in Memphis.
"We have room for 72 competitors this year, so we're doing a call for entries," said Debbie Brangenberg, executive director of the Downtown Tupelo Main Street Association, which oversees the festival.
The performers will be judged by vocals, appearance, stage presence and other rock n' roll qualities. Official rules and registration forms are located at www.tupeloelvisfestival.com , and the deadline for entries is Feb. 1. Brangenberg said there's already been plenty of interest.
"We've had about 120 inquiries," she said. "We've heard from 23 states and from six countries."
Contestants will need to send a DVD or CD recording of their performance, an 8-by-10-inch black and white photo and a 50-word bio. The field will be cut to 72, then 28, then 10 will shake, rattle and roll in the finals.
The winner will represent Tupelo at the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest in Memphis during Elvis Week, Aug. 11-17. They'll also get $2,500 in cash and a guitar from Tupelo Hardware, as well as a bronze replica of the statue of Elvis at 13 that's on display at the Elvis Presley Birthplace Museum.
"We're very excited," Brangenberg said. "We've just had a huge response to this already. We're amazed." (Source: http://tinyurl.com/y6cx89 /Charmaine Voisine)
mit Dennis Jale & der Original-Band von Elvis Presley
18. – 21. Jänner 2007, um 20.00h
Einlass zum Elvis-History-Land ab 18.00h
Hernalser Hauptstraße 55, 1170 Wien
Karten unter 01-407 77 407
!ACHTUNG, auch diesmal sind nur noch Restkarten erhältlich!
Wenn Dennis Jale sie ruft, treten die Herren geschlossen an. Seit nunmehr vier Jahren kommt die berühmte TCB-Band von Elvis Presley nach Wien, um den Geburtstag ihres verstorbenen Chefs zu feiern. James Burton an der Gitarre, Jerry Scheff am Bass und Glen Hardin am Piano stehen für puren, ehrlichen Rock'n'Roll. Heuer wieder mit dabei: der legendäre Elvis- Rhythmusgitarrist John Wilkinson, der mit Storys und unvergesslichen Songs für Emotionen sorgt. Und jetzt kommt's: Dennis Jale holt dieses Jahr noch einen weiteren Special Guest nach Wien. Nach drei Jahren, die er mit Neil Diamond auf Tour verbrachte, ist erstmals wieder Elvis-Schlagzeuger Ronnie Tutt mit dabei.
Wer's nicht mehr bis zum Showbeginn um 20.00 Uhr aushält, kann sich schon ab 18.00 Uhr im Elvis-History-Land im Metropol in Stimmung bringen. Und danach gibt's wieder Meet & Greet und Autogramme für alle Fans.
(Source: Charmaine Voisine)
Patrick Johnson live...
January 27th 2007 Saturday “Elvis Birthday Celebration” Dinner show starring Patrick Johnson at Golden Ponds Restaurant and party house, 500 Long Pond Rd. Greece NY Dinner 6:30pm $27.95 call for tickets 585.723.1344
3rd Annual Ontario Birthday Bash
Happy Holidays to all of our friends both old and new from the staff of LadyLuckMusic.Com/ETARadio. We thank you for supporting our ETAs & hope that 2007 brings you good health, happiness and lots of great shows to attend! 2007 will be a monumental year marking 30 years since the passing of the greatest entertainer of our time and with that said, on January 13, 2007, LadyLuckMusic.Com proudly presents our 3rd annual Ontario "Elvis Birthday Show" in Oshawa, Ontario CANADA and we'd love for you to join us!
It's going to be a birthday party like no other, with a line up of over 23 (& counting) Ontario ETAs,esteemed guests speakers, surprise guests, dancing, refreshments, non-stop exciting performances both on and off the stage, memorabilia vendors and partying with the stars! Full details on the show including info on hotel/venue & ticket price can be obtained by clicking on the graphic in this email, or on this link: http://www.ladyluckmusic.com/birthday-2007/.
Tickets will make a great Christmas gift for the Elvis fan, but tickets are limited so get in touch with Karla Begley asap at 905-576-7647 (firstname.lastname@example.org) or call LLM at: 514-637-5458 (email@example.com). Let's make it a date to party with the stars - January 13,2007- Happy Holidays, Joanna