FEST: Lake George Elvis Festival Kicks into High Gear Today

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All Elvis. All the time…

If that sounds good to you, then Lake George is where you want to be this week, as the 2018 Lake George Elvis Festival takes over New York State’s retro-vacation mecca for a long weekend of non-stop Elvis-and-nothing-but-Elvis entertainment, including a three-day competition for the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest.

Yes, beginning today (Thursday, May 31), it’s the annual Invasion of the Presley People…

More than 50 tribute artists from all around the globe will compete for over $10,000 in prize money in five categories – Early Years (’50s-’60s) Professional; ’70s Professional; Early Years (’50s-’60s) Non-Professional; ’70s Non-Professional; and Youth.

Other festival features which take place at a wide variety of different venues throughout the Village of Lake George include an Elvis collectibles sale, late night after-hours parties, a classic car parade, Elvis-themed cruises on the lake and a Sunday Elvis gospel concert.

Here’s a schedule of this week’s events all around Lake George:

TODAY (THURSDAY, MAY 31)
4pm: Past Champions’ Dinner @ the Shoreline Restaurant
Come to the Shoreline Restaurant and grab dinner before Thursday night’s show. Several of our past champions will be on hand to entertain you including last year’s champion Ted Torres and past winners Joe Ramsey and Bruce Stewart.

8pm: ’68 Comeback @ the Lake George Forum
After his stint in the army and disappointing career as a star of the silver screen, Elvis was despondent and felt like the music industry had left him behind. ‘68 Comeback is the follow-up to ELVIS ’56, presenting the next chapter in Elvis’ life by taking the audience on a journey from the King’s enlistment to his return to musical dominance in 1968. This concert stars two Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artists: Dwight Icenhower and Jay Dupuis backed by the Change of Habit tribute band. With an opening set of ’50s music by Riley Jenkins.

11pm: After Party @ King Neptune’s Pub
After each night’s concert, grab a bite to eat, a bit to drink and enjoy Elvis entertainment late into the evening.

FRIDAY, JUNE 1
10am: Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest Round I @ the Lake George Forum
More than 50 Elvis Tribute Artists compete for $10,000 in prize money and the chance to represent Lake George at the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest held during Elvis Week in Memphis. Competitors will compete in one of five divisions: Professional Early-Years; Professional ’70s; Non-Professional Early-Years; Non-Professional ’70s; and Youth. Each ETA will perform on Friday and four on Saturday. Each day, half the group performs with tracks and half will perform with the Change of Habit tribute band. The top five from each division (only top three Youth) will compete in Sunday’s finals.

1pm: Elvis Aboard the Adirondac Lake Cruise
All aboard the Adirondack for a cruise around Lake George. Enjoy Elvis entertainment and while you get a new perspective of this beautiful lake. Dwight Icenhower, Taylor Rodriguez and Riley Jenkins will appear. The cruise departs from the Shoreline Restaurant.

8pm: “Elvis: 30 No. 1 Hits” @ the Lake George Forum
Watch and listen as Dean Z, Ted Torres, Ben Thompson and Taylor Rodriguez recreate the album of the same name, live on stage.

11pm: After Hours Party @ the Boardwalk Restaurant
Grab a bite to eat, a bit to drink and enjoy Elvis entertainment late into the evening.

SATURDAY, JUNE 3
9am: Elvis Classic Car Parade @ Lake George High School
The local classic car club takes the tribute artists on a parade from the Lake George High School, through town to the Lake George Forum.

10am: Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest, Round II @ the Lake George Forum
More than 50 ETAs compete for $10,000 in prize money and the chance to represent Lake George at the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest held during Elvis Week in Memphis. Competitors will compete in one of five divisions: Professional Early Years; Professional ’70s; Non-Professional Early Years; Non-Professional ’70s; and Youth. Each day, half the group performs with tracks and half performs with the Change of Habit tribute band. The top five from each division (only top three Youth) will compete in Sunday’s finals.

12noon: Elvis Around Town @ various locations
Stroll around the village of Lake George to visit local bars and restaurants, get some lunch or a few drinks and enjoy music provided by the Elvis Tribute Artists.

1:30, 3 & 4:30pm: Elvis Aboard the Minne-Ha-Ha Cruises
The Minne sails three times today with Elvis aboard. Ted Torres will appear on the 1:30pm cruise; Diogo Light on the 3pm cruise; and Ben Thompson on the 4:30pm cruise. Cruises depart from the the Lake George Steamboat Company Dock.

4pm: Dinner at the Shoreline Restaurant
The Elvis entertainers around town all day, hang out at the Shoreline Restaurant for an extra two hours to entertain during the dinner hour.

8pm: “My Way” @ the Lake George Forum
A musical celebration of Elvis through the years featuring Elvis’ hits from the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s. Riley Jenkins will open with a special rendition of Elvis’ first recording “My Happiness.” Then Taylor Rodriguez will bring you music from the ’50s; Dean Z will perform music from Elvis’ movie career; and Jay Dupuis and Dwight Icenhower will perform music from the early and late ’70s, respectively

11pm: After Hours Party @ King Neptune’s Pub
Grab a bite to eat, a bit to drink and enjoy Elvis entertainment late into the evening.

SUNDAY (JUNE 4)
10:30am: Elvis Music Gospel Celebration @ Lake George Forum
A celebration of Elvis’ gospel roots featuring Dwight Icenhower, Jay Dupuis, Dean Z, Ted Torres, Ben Thompson, Taylor Rodriguez and Riley Jenkins in this very special Sunday morning concert.

1:30pm: Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest, The Finals @ the Lake George Forum
Competitors will compete in one of five divisions: Professional Early-Years; Professional ’70s; Non-Professional Early-Years; Non-Professional ’70s; and Youth. The top five from each division (only top three Youth) will compete in Sunday’s finals backed by the Change of Habit. All 23 finalists will go home with a share of over $10,000 in prize money and our Grand Champion will go on to represent Lake George at the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest in Memphis.

8pm: Festival Wrap Party @ King Neptune’s Pub
Say goodbye to your Elvis friends and family and celebrate this year’s champion. One last opportunity to grab a bite to eat, a bit to drink and enjoy Elvis entertainment before Elvis leaves the building.

In addition to these events, the Elvis Festival will feature an Elvis Collectibles Sale showcasing Elvis merchandise from official festival t-shirts to key chains, CDs and DVDs, collectibles and more.

ADDITIONAL UPCOMING 2018 FESTIVALS
ABL’S BLUEGRASS ROUND-UP @ McConchie’s Heritage Acres Campground, Galway, June 1-3
FREEDOM FESTIVAL @ Freedom Square, Troy, June 2, FREE
DISC JAM MUSIC FESTIVAL @ Gardner’s Farm, Stephentown, June 7-10
A TASTE OF COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL @ Hunter Mountain, Hunter, June 8-10
BLACK & LATINO GAY PRIDE CELEBRATION @ Washington Park, Albany, June 9, FREE
CAPITAL PRIDE FESTIVAL @ Washington Park, Albany, June 10, FREE
MOUNTAIN JAM @ Hunter Mountain, Hunter, June 15-17
CLEARWATER’S GREAT HUDSON RIVER REVIVAL @ Croton Point Park, Croton-on-Hudson, June 16 & 17
FLY 92.3 SUMMERJAM @ the Fields of Saratoga Casino Hotel, Saratoga Springs, June 17
OLD SONGS FESTIVAL OF TRADITIONAL MUSIC & DANCE @ Altamont Fairgrounds, Altamont, June 22-24
FREIHOFER’S SARATOGA JAZZ FESTIVAL @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, June 23 & 24
NEW YORK STATE’S 4th OF JULY CELEBRATION @ the Empire State Plaza, July 4, FREE
COUNTRYFEST @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, July 7
SCHENECTADY SUMMERNIGHT @ State Street, Schenectady, July 13, FREE
KIDS DAY @ the Empire State Plaza, Albany, July 14, FREE
GREY FOX BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL @ Walsh Farm, Oak Hill, July 19-22
BLACK ARTS & CULTURAL FESTIVAL @ the Empire State Plaza, Albany, August 4, FREE
NEW YORK STATE FOOD FESTIVAL @ the Empire State Plaza, Albany, August 8, FREE
EASTBOUND THROWDOWN @ Irwin Farm, Salem, September 7 & 8
FRESHGRASS @ MASS MoCA, North Adams, September 14-16
PEARLPALOOZA @ North Pearl Street, Albany, September 15, FREE
HOPS & HARVEST FESTIVAL @ the Empire State Plaza, Albany, September 19, FREE
HISPANIC HERITAGE CELEBRATION @ the Empire State Plaza, Albany, September 22, FREE
OUTLAW MUSIC FESTIVAL @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, September 23

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