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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

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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

2013 Elvis Festival Entertainment Announced!

Posted on January 09, 2013 by Allie West

15 Years of the Tupelo Elvis Festival

Entertainment Announcement and Image Unveiled

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 2013 Elvis Presley Festival poster painted by local water colorist Brent Farrar was unveiled at Park Heights.


The Tupelo Elvis Festival is known for the Elvis Tribute Artist Competition that takes place at the Lyric Theatre in Downtown Tupelo. Contestants will compete for the title of Tupelo’s Elvis Tribute Artist. Each night former Tupelo winners will perform their tribute to the King of Rock n’ Roll. The performers include Victor Trevino, Bill Cherry, Brandon Bennett, Kevin Mills, Tyler Hunter, David Lee and Cody Slaughter. 


An exciting addition to the Lyric will be “Conversations on the Ultimate with Tom Brown”. A native of Tupelo, Tom Brown will sit down with Tupelo’s Ultimates Brandon Bennett, Bill Cherry and Cody Slaughter to discuss what it’s like being the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist. 


Fairpark is another well-known part of the Tupelo Elvis Festival. With a record breaking 2012 festival, Fairpark is looking forward to another successful year. With more announcements to come, the planning committee is excited to announce the Friday night headliner, Cowboy Mouth. With 15 Top 10 songs and 5 Number 1 hits, Montgomery Gentry will be the headliner for the Saturday night concert.  

Tickets for the Lyric competition and concerts will be on sale Tuesday, January 15, 2013. 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. 


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

Posted in entertainment, fairpark, festival, lyric

2013 Lyric Tickets

Posted on January 04, 2013 by Allie West

Starting Tuesday January 15th Elvis Fans will be able to purchase ticket packages to the 2013 Elvis Festival Events at The Lyric Theater. Walk in Customers can secure tickets starting at 9 am Central at The Elvis Festival Office located at 108 S. Broadway St in Downtown Tupelo.  Customers may purchase by phone 662-841-6598 starting at 10 am Central.

New Events and Complete Lineup will be announced on Tuesday January 8th as part of the Elvis Birthday Celebration.

Posted in concert, entertainment, eta, festival, lyric

2012 Tupelo Elvis Festival Poster Unveiled; Lineup Announced

Posted on January 09, 2012 by Dephene Hendricks



The 2012 Elvis Presley Festival poster was unveiled during a ceremony at the Tupelo Convention and Visitors Bureau on Friday. Artist Lucia Randle said the work was inspired by a John Lennon quote "Before Elvis, there was nothing." She said her intent was to highlight the showmanship side of Elvis.
Officials announced the lineup and unveiled the poster for this year's 14th annual Tupelo Elvis Festival during a ceremony at the Tupelo Convention and Visitor's Bureau on Friday.

The poster, designed by local artist Lucia Randle, features a 70s Elvis in a rhinestone-studded jumpsuit and cape striking one of his classic poses of the era on top of a starry background.

The line-up of musicians to perform during the festival features local, national and international acts such as Little Big Town, David Nail, Paul Thorn and Jordyn Mallory.

Three of the past five winners of the National Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest are also slated to perform including: Bill Cherry, Brandon Bennett and Cody Slaughter.

Tickets, available via Ticketmaster and the Downtown Tupelo Main Street Association office will go on sale on January 17. The event will begin on Thursday, May 31 and end on Sunday, June 3.

Read more: djournal.com - 2012 Tupelo Elvis Festival poster unveiled Lineup announced

Posted in concert, entertainment, eta, fairpark, festival, lyric

2012 Tupelo Elvis Festival Entertainment Announced

Posted on January 09, 2012 by Dephene Hendricks

For the 14th annual Tupelo Elvis Festival on May 31, June 1, 2, and 3, regional, national and international artists will entertain the fans. This year’s entertainment lineup includes three of the National Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Champions and renowned current musical acts that have regional and national recognition.

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