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Saturday, July 13, 2019

"Just a hunk, a hunk of burning love" rocks on for Elvis fans at festivals, stage shows


   One-Tank Trip for July 13/19

   (c) By Jim Fox

   This could be called the summer of Elvis as there will be numerous sightings of what appears to be the “King of Rock ‘n’ Roll” around southern Ontario.
   Keep a watch for multiple Elvi’s in Collingwood and Tweed at festivals in his honour.
   Even as Elvis “left the building” for good with his death at age 42 in 1977, his aura and popularity continue unabated.
   There are shows around the world and even an all-Elvis channel on Sirius-XM satellite radio.
   Fans from around the world show up daily to visit Graceland, his mansion in Memphis.
Visitors arrive daily to pay respects to Elvis at his grave site at the Graceland estate in Memphis. (Photo by Jim Fox)
   In Niagara Falls, Steve Michaels (Kabakos), of Milton who sings, moves, grooves and bears an uncanny resemblance to the king appears in concert from Sept. 5 to 15 at Fallsview Casino Resort.
   There’s a really big show in Collingwood with more than 100 Elvis “tribute artists” for this year’s 25th anniversary from July 26 to 28.
   Fans are still wondering if this will be the last Elvis fest there and are saying to the town council “Don’t be Cruel” and pull the plug.
   There’s new hope now even after councillors withdrew their support starting next year due to rising costs and administrative concerns.
   The town is considering turning it over to a suitable sponsor as a “facilitator” with council’s oversight.
Elvis tribute artists will be rocking and rolling at the annual Collingwood festival. (Photo by Dave West)
    Thousands of fans jam downtown streets and stages throughout town for what is recognized as the world’s largest annual gathering of Elvis tribute artists.

    Homecoming hootenanny
   Collingwood fest organizers have selected homecoming as this year’s theme.
   This is to “recognize and reminisce with fans, friends and family about all that makes Collingwood and Elvis so very unique and special.”
   There will be too-many-to-mention Elvis tributes, signatures shows, a Saturday night performance by Memphis Jones & His Trio, Sunday morning Sunrise Gospel Showcase and returning Grand Champions and VIPs.
   Friday events include the Outdoor Awesome Street Party from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. and qualifying competitions.
Fans cheer on the Elvis tribute artists at the popular car parade in Collingwood.
    Elvi’s will be gathering to greet the crowds at the Classic Car Parade on Saturday morning with about 50 vehicles in the lineup.
   In addition to three ticketed Signature Events along with the competitions, there are Elvis tribute artists performing at associated venues as well as the two stages on Hurontario Street.
   There is a Vendor Walk and ElvisYourselvis, an interactive station that measures how well a person mimics the moves of Elvis.
   For more details: collingwoodelvisfestival.com; (705) 444-2500, Ext. 3279

   More “Good Rockin Tonight”
   It’s being called “The Biggest Little Elvis Festival Anywhere” and it happens in Tweed, north of Belleville, from Aug. 23 to 25.
   The fest is in its ninth year and welcomes 18 tribute artists in competition to represent Tweed at the preliminary round in Memphis.
Diogo “Di” Light will appear as Elvis at the Tweed festival. (Photo by Tovita Razzi)
    One of the headline events is the Friday Night Showcase on Aug. 23 featuring Diogo “Di” Light as Elvis backed by the Casino Bros. Band. tweedelvisfestival.ca

   Return to Grace
   Elvis fans will be movin’ and groovin’ when Steve Michaels takes the stage for his Las Vegas-style show Return to Grace at Fallsview Casino Resort in Niagara Falls Sept. 5 to 15.
   The theatrical concert production combines the aspects of Elvis’ career and traces the greatest musical moments with song favourites that include All Shook Up, Are You Lonesome Tonight, Great American Trilogy, Heartbreak Hotel, How Great Thou Art, Love Me Tender and Teddy Bear.
Steve Michaels stars in Return to Grace at Fallsview Casino Resort in Niagara Falls.
   Backed by 30 musicians, dancers and singers, Return to Grace features Michaels performing every phase of the “King’s” career from his early years through the 1968 Comeback Special to the triumphant Aloha concert in Hawaii in 1973. fallsviewcasinoresort.com

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Jim Fox can be reached at onetanktrips@hotmail.com
For more One-Tank Trips: http://1tanktrips.blogspot.ca

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