If that sounds good to you, then Lake George is where you want to be this week, as the 2014 LakeGeorge.com Elvis Festival takes over New York State’s retro-vacation mecca for five days of non-stop Elvis entertainment, including a three-day preliminary for the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest.
Yes, it’s the annual Invasion of the Presley People…
America’s Vacationland is once again gearing up to shake, rattle ‘n’ roll with the eighth annual Lake George festival dedicated to all things Elvis.
This year’s LakeGeorge.com Elvis Festival kicks off at 7:30pm on Thursday with the free opening ceremonies in beautiful Shepard Park. Ronny Craig will serve as master of ceremonies, and you’ll get the opportunity to hear many of the fest’s sideburned headliners free of charge, including the 2009 Ultimate Elvis Champion Bill Cherry and the 2010 LakeGeorge.com Elvis Festival ’70s champion Mark Anthony. Other Elvis tribute artists slated to perform include Dwight Icenhower, Lance Dobinson, Denny Diamond, Ted Torres, Jesse Aaron and Mark Gagnon.
According to organizers, Lake George’s Presley party is now the second-largest Elvis Tribute Artist Competition in the world. (Yeah, please don’t call ‘em Elvis impersonators. They’re Tribute Artists.)
That can mean only one thing – it’s January, and time once again for the annual Elvis Birthday Bash.
Yes, the King is gone, but he’s not forgotten – certainly not by these guys. Elvis Presley would have celebrated his 75th birthday today, and his music remains as timeless as ever. In tribute, the Elvis Birthday Bash Band is once again hitting the road for a string of performances designed to delight every Elvis fan, young and old alike.
The band is revving up for a trio of local Nippertown performances. On Saturday night (January 9), they’ll serve it up concert-style at The Linda in Albany. On Sunday (January 10), they’ll squeeze into the intimate confines of the Ale House in Troy. And after rolling through NYC and Long Island, the all-star combo returns to town to wrap up the tour with one final blowout at Daisy Baker’s in Troy on Saturday, January 16.
The Lustre Kings – who have also accompanied Wanda Jackson, Bill Kirchen and Robert Gordon – are among the nation’s premiere roots rock acts, with a regular touring schedule that takes them from NYC to Austin, from Seattle to New Orleans. Critically-hailed guitarist Deke Dickerson says “Like a fine wine, the Lustre Kings just get better with each passing year.”
Johnny Rabb might have been Elvis if the King hadn’t beaten him to the punch. Rabb’s onstage intensity is undeniable, and he always gives 120 percent whether wailing with the Jailhouse Rockers in a Nippertown bar or shaking his tail-feather onstage in Europe with the wild ‘n’ woolly Neanderthals.
What English sounds like to foreigners: from 1972, Adriano Celentano’s “Prisencolinensinainciusol” is sung/rapped in nonsense syllables meant to sound like English. It has a surprisingly modern sound. Here’s a transcript of the lyrics.
I know, I know. You’ve got a special certain someone on your shopping list, and you’re looking for that perfect gift that says, “Hey, I don’t have a damned clue what to get you.” Well, we would like to suggest maybe a WowWee Elvis Alive Talking Robot with microphone-shaped remote control. Limit 5 per customer. And don’t forget the batteries, either – this sucker requires 8 Ds and 3 AAAs. (Thanks to Paul Rapp for the tip.)
Elvis was spotted working at a Burger King in Lake George!
Was that Elvis wandering through Shepard Park?
And over there on Canada Street buying a soft ice cream cone, isn’t that Elvis?
Yes, yes, yes, it certainly is. As Mojo Nixon used to say, “Elvis is everywhere” – at least in Lake George next weekend. You see, it’s time once again for the LakeGeorge.com Elvis Festival at a heap of locations throughout Lake George and Lake Luzerne beginning Thursday, May 28 and running through Sunday, May 31.
Beginning with the free opening night ceremonies in Shepard Park (7:30pm Thursday, May 28) and continuing through to the Festival Wrap Party at the Steel Pier dock (6pm Sunday, May 31), the spirit of The King will be in each and every side-burned, lip-curlin, hip-shakin person in Lake George.
Among the dozens of Elvis impersonators – I mean, tribute artists – slated to perform are Dwight Icenhower, Irv Cass, Ronny Craig, Gino Minopoli and Joe Ramsey. Also performing will be Ted “Ricky Nelson” Torres and Robert “James Brown” Washington.
There’s so gosh-darned much Elvis stuff going on that it’s nearly impossible to keep track of it all from the tribute artist competitions to the memorabilia sales, from the classic car parade to the dinners, cruises and after-hours parties.
But I know for sure that I don’t want to miss the Elvis Bingo session at 11:30am Sunday, May 31 at the Painted Pony Saloon.
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