America’s Vacationland is once again gearing up to shake, rattle ‘n’ roll with the tenth annual Lake George festival dedicated to all things Elvis.
This year’s LakeGeorge.com Elvis Festival kicks off at 7pm on Wednesday, May 29 with the free opening ceremonies in beautiful Shepard Park.
According to organizers, Lake George’s Presley party is now the second-largest Elvis Tribute Artist Competition in the world. (Yeah, and please don’t call ‘em Elvis impersonators. They’re tribute artists.)
The festival’s centerpiece is the three-day competition beginning on Friday, May 31 at the Lake George Forum, featuring 50 competitors in professional, non-professional and youth divisions. In the international spirit of Elvis, the festival performers not only come from all over the United States, but also from Canada and England. And this year, there’s even a female tribute artist – Lady E from Florida – in the competition.
Also at the Lake George Forum at 7pm on Thursday (May 30), it’s the “Tribute to Rock and Roll History” concert featuring a tribute to Elvis by Jim Barone, who won the ’50s Elvis competition at last year’s LGEFest. In addition, the show will feature Dwight Icenhower’s tribute to Elton John, Irv Cass’ tribute to Tom Jones, Steve Bobbit’s tribute to Rod Stewart, Jesse Aron’s tribute to Roy Orbison and Tarie Aron’s tribute to Connie Francis.
Throughout the weekend, there are plenty of other concerts and Elvis-oriented events. You’ll also find the Elvis Classic Car Parade, the Elvis Collectibles Sale, the Elvis Cruise onboard the Minne-Ha-Ha, the Elvis Sunday morning gospel concert, lots of Elvis After-Hours Parties and even a Sunday morning Ultimate Elvis Wedding Ceremony.
Some events are free. The admission charge to other events range from $20-$85. Or you can purchase an all-fest pass for $95-$225.
ADDITIONAL UPCOMING FESTIVALS FOR 2013:
GottaGetGon @ Saratoga County Fairgrounds, Ballston Spa, 5/24-26/13
In the Pines Music Festival @ University Settlement Camp, Beacon, 5/25/13
SummerSound @ Tanglewood, Lenox, 5/26/13
Mountain Jam @ Hunter Mountain, Hunter, 6/6-9/13
Rhythm On the Ridge @ Maple Ski Ridge, Rotterdam, 6/8-9/13
A Taste of Country Music Festival @ Hunter Mountain, Hunter, 6/13-15/13
Clearwater’s Great Hudson River Revival @ Croton Point Park, Croton-On-Hudson, 6/15-16/13
Solid Sound Festival @ MASS MoCA, North Adams, 6/21-23/13
Old Songs Festival @ Altamont Fairgrounds, Altamont, 6/28-30/13
Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival @ SPAC, Saratoga Springs, 6/29-30/13
CountryFest @ Schaghticoke Fairgrounds, Schaghticoke, 7/13/13
Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival @ Walsh Farm, Oak Hill, 7/18-21/13
Rock Star Energy Drink Mayhem Festival @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, 7/20/13
The Big Up @ Hemlock Hollow Farm, Clavarack, 8/8-10/13
FreshGrass Festival @ MASS MoCA, North Adams, 9/20-22/13