The Downtown Tupelo Main Street Association is excited to celebrate the 16th anniversary of the Tupelo Elvis Festival, which will be held June 5 – 8, 2014. The preparation began shortly after the 2013 festival and there is a lot to look forward to.
The Tupelo Elvis Festival is known worldwide for the Elvis Tribute Artist (ETA) Concerts and Competition that have taken place at the Lyric Theatre in previous years. The festival staff is excited to announce the ETA Concerts and Competition will move to the BancorpSouth Arena for the 2014 festival. The new venue will allow for more fans to attend the events and support their favorite ETA’s.
2014 contestants will compete to represent Tupelo, Mississippi in the 2014 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Competition in Memphis, Tennessee. Each night former Tupelo winners will perform their tribute to the King of Rock n’ Roll. The performers include Brandon Bennett, Bill Cherry, Cody Slaughter and Jay Dupuis.
For a limited time, pre-sale ticket packages will be available at the Tupelo Elvis Festival office. These tickets will be available Tuesday, January 21st through January 31st. Walk in customers can secure tickets at 9 am central at the Elvis Festival office located at 108 S. Broadway Street in Downtown Tupelo. Customers may purchase by phone, 662-841-6598, starting at 10 am central on the 21st. Individual tickets will be available at the BancorpSouth Arena Box Office and www.ticketmaster.com February, 10th.
Jay Dupuis, Winner of the Tupelo Elvis Festival makes it to the Top 10 in Memphis during competition on Wednesday, August 14th. Here is a picture of Jay during his performance singing "You Don't Have to Say You Love Me!"
The top ten finalists will compete for the title of 2013 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist on Saturday night at 7:00 p.m. The group will be narrowed down to the top five, before the ultimate winner of the contest is announced.
Elvis Presley Enterprises will host the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Competition in Memphis, TN this week. The first round of competition will be held Wednesday, August 14th and the Finals will be held on Saturday, August 17th at the Cannon Center. The Tupelo Elvis Festival is proud to have Jay Dupuis represent them in Memphis this year.
The 15th annual Tupelo Elvis Festival names Louisiana native, Jay Dupuis, as their Elvis Tribute Artist (ETA) Winner.
Each year we strive to find a balance between the increasing demand for seats and the desire to preserve the intimate setting at the LIVE event. We would like to extend invitations to all fans in the Elvis Presley community. Unfortunately, we are constrained by a limited amount of seating. In order to satisfy all guests, we are hosting a high-caliber, simulcast event for those who do not have tickets for the Lyric Theater. The simulcast event will be sheltered under a cooled tent outside the Lyric Theater and will feature the three night performances:
Thursday, June 6 @ 7pm - Billy Cherry, Victor Trevino with the EAS Band, Sonny Burgess and the Legendary Pacers, and D.J. Fontana
Friday, June 7 @ 7pm - Kevin Mills and Brandon Bennett with the EAS Band
Saturday, June 8 @ 7pm - Final Round of ETA Competition, David Lee, Tyler Hunter and Cody Slaughter with EAS Band
Tickets are $10.00 per night or $25.00 for the three night package.
Tickets are available for purchase by calling 662-841-6598.
Tupelo Elvis Festival Presents: Elvis Presley Enterprises ‘First Ever’ Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Shawn Klush
As the 15th Anniversary of the Tupelo Elvis Festival approaches, the excitement for each event is building. The Downtown Tupelo Main Street Association encourages fans to wrap up the festival weekend with the Gospel Brunch Sunday, June 9th. The 2013 lineup will not only be entertaining, but will also pay tremendous tribute to gospel background of Elvis Presley.
The morning will begin with a catered brunch outside the Lyric Theatre on Court Street. While eating, patrons will be entertained by the Tupelo Unity Choir. Following brunch, The Landmarks will perform inside the Lyric and open for the Elvis Presley Enterprises ‘First Ever’ Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist, Shawn Klush. Shawn will perform along with Elvis’ favorite gospel family, ‘The Blackwood Quartet' with special guest, Joe Moscheo of Elvis’ Imperials Quartet. The EAS Band will accompany the musicians during the concert.
General Admission tickets for the Brunch and Gospel Concert will be available for purchase Friday, March 8th at 10:00am CST for $25.00. Click Here for Tickets!
CBS’ “LATE SHOW with DAVID LETTERMAN” CAN’T HELP FALLING IN LOVE WITH “ELVIS WEEK,” AS THE BROADCAST PRESENTS A WEEK OF PERFORMANCES FROM ELVIS TRIBUTE ARTISTS,
MONDAY, FEB. 4 THROUGH FRIDAY, FEB. 8
Also Visiting the LATE SHOW Week of Feb. 4 Are Mariah Carey, Pauley Perrette from “NCIS,” Eric Stonestreet, Joel McHale and Academy Award Nominee Sally Field.
It’s going to be a “Roustabout” at the Ed Sullivan Theater when the LATE SHOW with DAVID LETTERMAN presents “Elvis Week” on the broadcast, with performances from some of the best known Elvis Presley tribute artists, Monday, Feb. 4-Friday, Feb. 8 (11:35 PM-12:37 AM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
“The King of Rock and Roll,” who would have turned 78 on Jan. 8, will be honored by five entertainers who were selected as “Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artists” by Elvis Presley Enterprises. On Monday, Feb. 4, Cody Ray Slaughter, who is currently in the touring production of “The Million Dollar Quartet,” and is the youngest person ever to be named an “Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist,” will perform. Brandon Bennett, who stars in the Chicago cast of the hit musical “The Million Dollar Quartet” and who also starred in the hit Canadian show “The Elvis Story,” will rock the Ed Sullivan Theater Tuesday, Feb. 5. On Wednesday, Feb. 6, Justin Shandor, who currently portrays Elvis in the touring show “Rock ‘n Roll Legends,” performs on the broadcast. Ben Portsmouth, current star of the European “Tribute to Elvis” tour, performs Thursday, Feb. 7, while Shawn Klush, named BBC Television’s “World’s Greatest Elvis” and who will recreate Elvis’s famed Hilton performances at the Las Vegas Elvis Fest, rounds out the week on Friday, Feb. 8.
Also visiting the LATE SHOW next week are GRAMMY® Award-winning superstar Mariah Carey (Monday, Feb. 4); actor Eric Stonestreet and actress Pauley Perrette from the hit CBS drama series “NCIS” (Tuesday, Feb. 5); actor Joel McHale and dog trainer and reality television star Kenny Licklider (Wednesday, Feb. 6); two-time Academy Award winner Sally Field, who is again nominated for the prestigious honor for her role in the film “Lincoln” (Thursday, Feb. 7); and comedian Jake Johannsen (Friday, Feb. 8).
The LATE SHOW with DAVID LETTERMAN is a production of Worldwide Pants Incorporated. Barbara Gaines, Matt Roberts, Jude Brennan, Maria Pope, Eric Stangel, Justin Stangel and Rob Burnett are the executive producers.
RATING: TV-PG (Rating may change on day of broadcast due to specific subject matter.)
Press Release taken from Brandon Bennett's Facebook Page.