Last Sunday marked the 77th anniversary of the birth of Elvis Presley, and although the day has come and gone, the celebration continues this weekend.
Mark Gamsjager & the Lustre Kings launched their annual Elvis Birthday Bash celebration last week with rollicking shows at The Linda in Albany and the Ale House in Troy. Then they took their musical birthday party on the road, but they’re headed home to wrap it all up this weekend. Joined by rockabilly kingpin Johnny Rabb, the all-Elvis shindig rolls into the Skytop Steakhouse in Kingston at 9pm on Friday and then caps off the King of Rock & Roll’s birthday tour with one last blast at Daisy Baker’s in Troy at 10pm on Saturday ($10). Expect a batch of special guests sittin’ in for this one.
The Lustre Kings are the only ones keeping the music of Elvis alive this weekend, however. Elvis tribute artists Mike Albert (’70s Elvis) and Scot Bruce (’50s Elvis) swivel their hips at the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield at 8pm on Friday. (Yes, they’re the same Elvis impersonators who took over the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall last month for “Blue Suede Christmas” concert last month.) They’ll be backed once again by the Big E Band, but hopefully they won’t be dragging out the holiday tunes this time around. Tix are $15, $25 & $45.