Elks concert Sunday salutes the King of Rock 'n' Roll
Elvis Presley fans can look forward to a big dose of his best music during the "Remember the King" concert at 7 p.m. Sunday evening at the Elks Opera House.
Robert Shaw, owner of presenter Lonely Street Productions of Tucson, is a natural for this salute to Presley's legacy. People have told him he looks like Presley, with his dark hair and sideburns, and his voice evokes memories of the King of Rock 'n' Roll.
"I try not to sound exactly like him," Shaw said, yet he acknowledged that his "vocal range and style are similar to Elvis."
Sunday's show will include three separate parts. The first will celebrate the King's music from the 1950s, with such melodies as "That's All Right," "Hound Dog" and "Don't Be Cruel."
After an intermission, the concert will resume with the second part, which will be "a little more loose and improvised set," Shaw said. Shaw as Elvis "will pick songs on the spot," as the superstar did in the "Elvis 1968 Comeback Special." The audience will also get the chance to pick a song.
The concert's finale will highlight Presley's Las Vegas era, with such hits as "Burning Love," "Suspicious Minds" and a couple of "surprises" that were suggestions from Facebook friends, Shaw said.
The concert falls on the eve of the 35th anniversary of Presley's death on Aug. 16, 1977, Shaw noted. "We are honored to help celebrate his life and his legacy and are looking forward to having a really good time."
Lonely Street Productions' fall series has lined up three shows, "Try a Little Tenderness - A Salute to Otis Redding and STAX Records" on Sept. 9, "When You're Smiling - A Salute to Louis Prima" on Oct. 13, and "The Best of Broadway" on Nov. 11.
"Try a Little Tenderness" will celebrate the 70th anniversary of the birth of soul legend Otis Redding with "rhythm and blues and soul sound."
The salute to Prima will present an evening of swing and jazz standards, Shaw said, and "The Best of Broadway" will entertain the audience with hits from the marquees, such as "Oklahoma," "West Side Story" and "Phantom of the Opera."
All the fall shows all begin at 7 p.m. and are brand-new Lonely Street Productions performances that will offer "a nice variety of music styles," Shaw said.
Tickets for this Sunday's concert cost $25 for adults and $22 for seniors and are available by calling the Elks Opera House box office at 777-1370 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, or by visiting elksoperahouse.com. The Elks Opera House is located at 117 E. Gurley St.