Tupelo Elvis Festival Names The 2013 Elvis Tribute Artist Winner

Posted on June 11, 2013 by Allie West

The 15th annual Tupelo Elvis Festival names Louisiana native, Jay Dupuis, as their Elvis Tribute Artist (ETA) Winner.  

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Lyric Simulcast

Posted on May 07, 2013 by Allie West

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.

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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!

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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 - Tickets on sale next week for ‘Ultimate Elvis’

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

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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

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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.

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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: - 2012 Tupelo Elvis Festival poster unveiled Lineup announced

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