PORTHCAWL GOES ELVIS CRAZY

The Welsh seaside town of Porthcawl is going Elvis Crazy on the weekend of October 1st-3rd. The whole town is supporting this fabulous Event with even the Mayor and Mayoress renewing their wedding vows in a special Elvis themed chapel, along with many other couples.

It is great to see a whole community behind such an exciting venture and there will be tribute acts from around the world. Fans who have read about Al Dvorin's sad death may know that he was with one of the ETA's, Kraig Parker in a show in Vegas shortly before he died. Kraig is a famous tribute artist in the States and is managed by Charles Stone who worked closely with Elvis, the Colonel and Al Dvorin putting on Elvis Shows from 1972-77. Charles' friend, Elvis fan club president Sandi Pichon has just released a new book "Raised on Elvis! Elvis! Elvis!" that has had wonderful reviews in the Elvis World and she will be in Porthcawl launching her book.

You can see the 'Black Elvis', Colbert Hamilton and 'Maltese Elvis', Martin who both supported our promotion to launch "Elvisly Yours Restaurants" on July 5th. Colbert and Martin both made the final ten places in our contest. Then there is Dave Riley, the Welsh Elvis and a dear friend, Linda Gail Lewis. If you haven't seen Linda Gail Lewis perform you don't know what you are missing. Her version of "Great Balls of Fire" is as good as her brother's, Jerry Lee. Linda Gail was performing with Jerry for years. In fact, her dear brother knocked her off stage in Memphis during a gig after she got married to an Elvis Tribute Artist so she started her own solo career and has never looked back. She is the greatest female rock 'n' roll artist in the world and just watching her fingers fly across the keyboards as she plays is a sight to behold.

There will be karaoke sessions, competitions and most of the events are FREE with over 30 different events in the town. A neat idea is a Welsh Male Voice Choir singing Elvis songs. Will they include "Green, Green Grass of home" and I wonder if Tom Jones will make an appearance?

Full details about all the events and all the participating acts and artists can be found on the official "Porthcawl Elvis Festival" website:   www.elvies.co.uk . You will find Porthcawl just off the M4 about half way between Cardiff and Swansea. It is the biggest Elvis Festival in Europe this year and promises to become an annual event that Elvis fans cannot afford to miss.

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