Events

 Special Thanks to the Tupelo Elvis Fan Club for the additional events this year.  All events took place Downtown.

Characters on Main

Bro. Frank Smith                Elvis’s childhood Pastor                                 John McCustion

Mrs. Grimes                         Elvis’ 5th grade teacher at Lawhon                    Pam Blissard

Mrs. Camp                            Elvis’ 6th grade teacher at Milam                        Debby Gibbs

Leroy Green                         Classmate from Milam                                    Krishtan Farrar

Mississippi Slim                   Local WELO Country Singer                          Chance Moore

Dr. Hunt                                 Delivered Elvis                                                 David Collins

Shirley  Wilson                     Classmate from Lawhon                                  Macy Mclellan

 

Tupelo Hardware Re-enactment

Elvis                                                       Tanner Palmer

Gladys                                                  Jennifer Collins

Mr. Bobo                                               Allen Cayson

 

The re-enactments took place Friday at 1pm, 2pm and 3pm and on Saturday at 11:30am and 12:30pm. 

Musicians were located on the corners of Front and Main and Broadway and Main and represented the four genres of music which influenced Elvis Presley’s musical style: Country, Blue, White Pentecostal Gospel and Black Inspirational Gospel.  Some of the musicians were as follows:

Kevin Waid - Bluesman

  • Kevin is a three-time Mississippi Music Awards nominee. He has shared the stage with Cedric, Duwayne, and Garry Burnside, Lightnin’ Malcom, Sam Mosely, Richard Johnston, Eden Brent, Kit Thorn and a host of others.

The Underwoods

  • The Underwoods of Nettleton, MS is a family Gospel group. They are known for their sweet and humble spirit and refreshing original material. This family has been singing the old time gospel songs which Elvis grew up listening to in the Assembly of God Church. They were influenced by Hank Williams Gospel songs...Vern Gosdin...the Blind Boys of Alabama...many quartets, and Dottie Rambo...

Bill Gault

  • 65 y/o radio employee (AFR). Sometime musician, sometime freelance artist, always a harmless nutcase. Sings country, blues and gospel.

Tupelo Unity Choir Members

  • Black gospel the way Elvis heard it.

Stephanie Stubbs

Jimmy Redd

  • Mississippi Jimmy Redd is James Redd’s music stage name. He grew up playing piano in his father’s church until he discovered rock and roll at the predictable age of 16. From there he picked up the instrument of teen angst: the guitar. As an on-call musician for any church or bar in central Mississippi, he played from antebellum cemeteries to Beale Street, recording five albums and touring with Big Blue Truck. For the past few years he's been touring the Midwest, but now he lives in Starkville, Mississippi and is writing a novel called Revival!

Mackey Hargett

Learn the Itawamba County, Mississippi connection to Elvis Presley.  Meet Mackey Hargett, Elvis' cousin who spent 20 years in and out of Graceland with Elvis during the early years. View Mackey's personal photo collection and hear first count stories of times spent at Graceland. Itawamba County, Mississippi is the birthplace of Vernon Presley, Vester Presley and Minnie Mae Hood Presley. Learn where the "Roots of Rock Began to Roll."  (Mackey will be located on Main Street with his photo collection and brochures that accompany the book, The Roots of Elvis Presley by Julian Riley) 

Sam Bell

  • Elvis’ childhood friend when he lived at 1010 N. Green Street will be hanging around to share stories of growing up with Elvis.