I am an Elvis Presley Tribute Artist and stand-up comedian available to perform anywhere in North America. In 2013 I performed in Washington DC at a gala for President Barrack Obama. As a proud Native American I am very popular at Indigenous conferences, casinos and community events. I perform as a solo act or with my band, "Vegas Thunder".
Price Range: $1800.00 - 3000.00
Gig Length: 30 - 60 minutes
What to Expect
There is lot's of audience participation during my Elvis tribute show. I usually asked event organizers for 3 or 4 volunteers to act as my Memphis Mafia security team. I give the security team all sunglasses to play the part as they walk me to the stage as the theme music from 2001 rumbles throughout the auditorium. It's a great photo opportunity for the client. I usually wear a white Elvis jumpsuit, although I have other Elvis looks for rehearsals and meet and greets. My Elvis show varies in length depending on the client's needs. I can perform anywhere from 30 minutes to 45, 60 or a full 90 minute show with my band. There are scarf giveaways through the show, and during the song "Teddy Bear", I toss plush teddy bears into the crowd. I do mingle with the audience, singing up close and personal. After the show I always pose for pictures with audience members and have promotional pictures to autograph and giveaway. It's a lot of fun!
I am a Native American, (Ojibway) originally from Ontario, Canada. I grew up in a small town with a passion for the music of Elvis Presley and country. After graduating from college for radio and television broadcasting, I worked as a Broadcaster for 30 years. I am also a stand-up comedian and have toured extensively across Canada and the U.S.. In 2013 I was invited to Washington DC to perform stand-up and my Elvis tribute show at a gala event in honor of President Barrack Obama. I am married to my high school sweetheart and we live in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
Additional Booking Notes
For my "solo" Elvis tribute show, I use an Ipod that plugs into your sound system. For most conference events, a professional PA system is required, with a microphone stand, and a wireless mic. It's always best to have a sound tech handy to push "play" on my ipod and adjust the volume levels for the show.
For "The Vegas Thunder Band", we require all backline equipment, drums, music stands, stage monitors, guitar and bass amps and a professional house PA system. Depending on the distance travelling we can supply some of the gear, but if we're flying, the client looks after the band PA gear at the venue.
CC Rider, That's Alright Mama, Don't Be Cruel, Johnny B. Goode, Return To Sender, Teddy Bear, In The Ghetto, Viva Las Vegas, Little Sister, Hound Dog, Don't Cry Daddy, His Latest Flame (Marie's The Name), Devil In Disguise, When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again, Memphis Tennessee, G I Blues, Green, Green, Grass Of Home, All Shook Up, Blue Christmas, Suspicious Minds, Can't Help Falling In Love.
Influences & Inspiration
Of course the original Elvis Presley is the inspiration for my tribute show. As a tribute artist I have studied many other Elvis tribute acts including, Shawn Klush, Bill Cherry, Cody Slaughter and many others.
For a "solo" Elvis tribute show I use an ipod that plugs into a PA system. Usually the client supplies the PA system but in some cases I can rent a professional PA system and get the job done. A microphone stand is important as i play the guitar and sing
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