An Evening with Elvis

Adera Angelucci finds herself surrounded by the King(s) of Rock ‘n’ Roll at an Evening with Elvis down at the PNE, held on Sunday, August 31st. The event is hosted by celebrity MC Red Robinson, who explains that the event has come to the PNE after a deal was made between the PNE and Penticton, who have had an Elvis competition for the past eight years.

All of this started because Elvis appeared at Vancouver’s Empire Stadium on August 31st, 1957, a show Red himself hosted. Elvis never toured far from his homeland, making Canada the only country, and Vancouver one of three cities, he ever visited outside of the United States. Red Robinson decided to throw a party for this 50th anniversary, and 11,000 people came. This year, the 51st anniversary, shows crowds of similar proportions, with entertainers on hand such as Ben Klein, the winner of the Penticton festival, who also went to the Ultimate Elvis Competition held in Graceland, Memphis, where he placed fourth in the world. 

A number of Elvis look-a-likes are interviewed, explaining the reasons behind their decision to compete as an Elvis Tribute Artist. For most it starts with a love of his music, a love both old and new. Competitors pay tribute to different eras of Elvis, for example 1950s Elvis with all his wild hip maneuvers, and Vegas Elvis, a celebration of his later, golden years. The crowds came out to celebrate the era of the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll, and if you weren’t able to make it this year, make sure you and your Elvis memorabilia make it to the next.

Visit www.pne.ca to find out more about next year’s Elvis event. 

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