Originally Published: December 8, 2012 10 p.m.
Elvis Presley's love of Christmas will resonate across the Elks Opera House stage on Sunday, Dec. 16, when Lonely Street Productions comes to town with "Blue Christmas - A Holiday Salute to the King."
"Elvis was a huge Christmas fan," Robert Shaw of Lonely Street Productions said. "He had so much good Christmas music. He was very close to his family and friends." Because Elvis was on the road so much, Christmas was a time that signified home for him, Shaw said, adding, "He spent a ton of money decorating Graceland."
Shaw and his Lonely Street Band are in the midst of a touring various Arizona cities with "Blue Christmas," which they launched in 2005. "It went really well," he said of that first performance, and each year, the ensemble "tries to infuse newness by adding a couple of songs" for the audience to hear. "One third of the music we have never done before" from the two Christmas albums that Presley recorded in thee 1950s and late 1960s, Shaw said.
The audience can look forward to hearing "Blue Christmas," "Santa Claus Is Back in Town," and "Santa, Bring My Baby Back to Me," along with favorites "White Christmas" and "I'll Be Home for Christmas."
Shaw promises that the "Holiday Salute to the King" will get the audience "in the Christmas spirit," while having a good time.
Besides the Elvis tunes, some members of the nine-piece band will get to perform their special holiday songs, as well, Shaw said.
"Blue Christmas - A Holiday Salute to the King" starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $22 to $25. Call the Elks Opera House box office from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Friday at 777-1370 or log onto www.elksoperahouse.com to buy tickets.
Tucson-based Lonely Street Productions, a regular on the Elks stage, has planned a series of headliners for Prescott audiences for the coming year.
On Jan. 13, "Dream Lover-A Salute to the Music of Bobby Darin" will feature the signature chart-toppers from the early days of "Splish Splash" and "Dream Lover" to the big-band stylings of "Beyond the Sea" and "Mack the Knife."
Jan. 27 will bring "Blues and Soul Explosion - A Salute to the Blues Brothers," and Shaw forecasts that audiences "will be dancing in the aisles" to favorites such as "Soul Man," "Sweet Home Chicago" and "Rubber Biscuit."
"Piano Pumpin' Rock 'n' Roll Revue" will wow the crowd on Feb. 9 with the "raw, powerful vocals of Elvis Presley and Ross Martinie Eiler, rock 'n' role piano sensation."
"Knock-out singer gals" the "Doo-Wop Divas" will re-live the golden years of doo-wop and early rock and roll on Feb. 23.
An all-new Lonely Street Production, "Last Stop ... Bakersfield," will take the audience back to the mid-1950s classic West Coast Country music and the likes of Buck Owens and the Buckaroos and Merle Haggard who spawned such groups as The Eagles, Creedence Clearwater Revival and Dwight Yoakam.
On Sunday, March 24, the antics of two comedic icons will be remembered in "The Best of Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis" in a show that will present re-enactments of signature songs, skits and the "outright hilarity" of Marin and Lewis in their heyday.
Audiences who saw pianist/singer Eric-Jan Overbeek in his recent "Mr. Boogie Woogie" show at the Elks will have the chance to see him again on April 10 in "FATS: A Salute to Fats Domino," a pioneer of rock and roll. Overbeek is "a monster on the piano," Shaw said, and for this show Overbeek will be bringing his 10-piece band from his native Holland.
All of Lonely Street Production shows begin at 7 p.m. and ticket information is available by contacting the Elks Opera House.