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"Ultimate Gospel for the Soul"

Posted on March 08, 2013 by Allie West

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!

Posted in Broadway, eta, Gospel, lyric, Tickets

Exciting Additions to the Entertainment Lineup at Fairpark

Posted on February 27, 2013 by Allie West

The Downtown Tupelo Main Street Association continues to make additions to the celebration of the 15th anniversary of the Tupelo Elvis Festival, which will be held June 6-9, 2013.  The Fairpark entertainment lineup has developed into a high energy and exciting festival.

Earlier this year, award-winning duo Montgomery Gentry was announced as the Saturday night headliner. To start off the night is a performance by Surviving Allison. The local hip band will take stage at 7:00pm and lead into the rest of the night. Opening for Montgomery Gentry, the Tupelo Elvis Festival will welcome Skylar Laine to the stage. Skylar Laine took America by storm when she competed in American Idol Season 11, where she sung her way into the Top 5. This Brandon, Mississippi native was praised for her magnetic and sparkling personality, her rockin’ stage presence and her authentic country vocals that often moved her audience to tears.

Friday night will kick off with Kirk Chism and The Lost Highway at 7:00pm, followed by Cadillac Three, a country/rock band from Nashville, Tennessee. The three-member band has recently been signed to Nashville label Big Machine Records, which is the home of many well-known country musicians. Cadillac Three will open for headliner the New Orleans rock band, Cowboy Mouth.

As tribute to Tupelo’s hometown son, each night will feature one of Tupelo’s Ultimate Elvis Preliminary winners. After all, Elvis made country cool.

Tickets for each Fairpark concert will be on sale Friday, March 1, 2013 at 10:00AM CT.  Weekend passes (1 ticket for Friday night and 1 ticket for Saturday night) are twenty dollars and available until April 30th. Customers can purchase tickets at www.tupeloelvisfestival.com or through our office at 108 South Broadway Street in Downtown Tupelo.

Posted in entertainment, fairpark, Tickets

Tupelo Elvis Festival Selected as Top 10 on AmericaTheBeautiful.com

Posted on February 22, 2013 by Allie West

 

This week The Tupelo Elvis Festival was notified that we were selected as a Top 10 Event in the State of Mississippi by AmericaTheBeautiful.com.  President Peter Smith said, "Out of the hundreds of events that happen each year across your state – we have selected yours as one of the TOP 10 that represents your state very well."  We are very honored to be selected.  Click Here to see our listing.

Posted in Awards, festival, Media Coverage

Montgomery Gentry and Cowboy Mouth Tickets “On Sale”

Posted on February 14, 2013 by Allie West

The Downtown Tupelo Main Street Association is excited to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Tupelo Elvis Festival, which will be held June 6-9, 2013.  The preparation began shortly after the 2012 festival and there is a lot to look forward to.

With a record breaking 2012 festival, Fairpark is looking forward to another successful year at the 2013 Tupelo Elvis Festival. Earlier this year, Cowboy Mouth was announced as the Friday night headliner and Montgomery Gentry as the headliner for Saturday night.

Tickets for each Fairpark concert will be on sale Friday, March 1, 2013 at 10:00AM CT. Customers can purchase tickets through our office at 108 South Broadway Street in Downtown Tupelo. They can also purchase online at www.tupeloelvisfestival.com. 

Posted in entertainment, fairpark, festival, Tickets

Vendor Applications Available

Posted on February 08, 2013 by Allie West

The Downtown Tupelo Main Street Association is excited to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Tupelo Elvis Festival, which will be held June 6-9, 2013.  The preparation began shortly after the 2012 festival and there is a lot to look forward to.

The three-day festival offers a wide variety of entertainment on Broadway Street and Fairpark in Downtown Tupelo. Artists, vendors and non-profit organizations create a fun-filled experience as guests enjoy the events. Anyone interested in the following categories should follow through with the application process on the website.  Click Here!

- Broadway Stage*

    Cheer and Dance Groups

    Musicians

- Food Vendors for Broadway Street and Fairpark

- Merchandise Vendors for Broadway Street

- Non-Profit Organizations for Broadway Street

    Must provide children’s activity


*Groups will be performing for free.

Please contact the Tupelo Elvis Festival office with any questions: 662-841-6598 or jessica@tupelomainstreet.com

Posted in Broadway, fairpark, Vendors

Winners and Contestants from Tupelo Elvis Festival will be on David Letterman

Posted on February 01, 2013 by Allie West

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.

Posted in eta, Media Coverage

Tickets on sale next week for ‘Ultimate Elvis’

Posted on January 10, 2013 by Allie West

TUPELO – Tickets go on sale Tuesday for the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Competition in Tupelo.

The competition is part of the 15th annual Tupelo Elvis Festival, which will be June 6-9. Tickets for the Lyric events are sold separately from the Fairpark stage.

Prices are $155 for the package of Elvis events at the Lyric Theatre in downtown Tupelo. If attendees want to go to the gospel brunch, the ticket package is $175.

Tickets are only on sale at the Downtown Tupelo Main Street office at 108 S. Broadway St. Walk-in ticket sales start at 9 a.m. Tuesday. Phone sales start at 10 a.m.

Four hundred tickets are available for the Lyric event and tickets have sold out the past three years.

“Usually by mid-February,” said Craig Helmuth, program associate at the Downtown Tupelo Main Street Association, which produces the festival.

The ticket package guarantees the buyer of an assigned seat inside the Lyric at all of the Elvis events, including the tribute artist competition preliminaries, the final, a tribute artist concert and a panel discussion with previous winners.

Prices increased from last year’s $135 (all Elvis) and $150 (all Elvis plus gospel). Helmuth said the new price reflects an additional event on Saturday and food at the gospel event.

A VIP package upgrade is available for $75 and includes a festival poster, T-shirt, meet & greet event and invites to two Elvis parties.

Tickets for the individual events will go on sale in Feb. 5 if there are any seats left. Prices range from $15 to $50 per event.

Helmuth said tickets for the Fairpark events hopefully will go on sale in February.

Read more:djournal.com - Tickets on sale next week for ‘Ultimate Elvis’


by Carlie Kollath Wells/NEMS Daily Journal; Printed 1/10/2013

Posted in lyric, Media Coverage, Tickets

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