Tupelo Elvis Festival Selected as Top 10 on

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  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.

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

Posted on February 01, 2013 by Allie West



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.

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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.

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

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