Originally Published: August 12, 2014 6 a.m.
The era when Elvis Presley's popularity began to pop will be in the spotlight in Lonely Street Production's "Heartbreak Hotel" salute to the King of his younger years on Aug. 16 at the Elks Theatre and Performing Arts Center.
Elvis of the 1950s was instrumental in ushering in rock and roll, Robert Shaw, executive director of Lonely Street said. "Heaartbreak Hotel - A Salute to the Young Elvis" will bring "exciting new energy" to this time of Elvis' stardom, Shaw said.
The show begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $22/$25 and are available at the Elks box office. Call 777-1370 or log onto www.prescottelkstheater.com for advance tickets, which will also be on sale one hour before show time.
The audience has more than just songs to look forward to, Shaw said. "We like to tell stories of how Elvis rose to fame and share tidbits of things that happened in his music."
One such story Shaw related is when Elvis was working on his first recording for Sun Records.
"The album was not coming together," Shaw said, so the group of musicians decided to take a break. Elvis picked up a guitar and started playing 'That's All Right,'" Shaw said. This melody dated back to the 1940s, and was Elvis's first big hit and was number 113 on the 2010 Rolling Stones magazine list of the 500 greatest hits of all time.
The show will also devote a segment to movie songs of the four films Elvis made, all four of which had hit songs, Shaw said.
The play list for the evening assures that the audience will "get the big ones" of Elvis's repertoire, Shaw said.
He will star as Elvis, and with the accompaniment of the Lonely Street Band, the ensemble will perform "Blue Suede Shoes," "Jail House Rock," "Big Hunk of Love," in addition to gospel songs that Elvis was known for, too, Shaw said.
"The audience can expect a nice variety - rockers like 'Blue Suede Shoes' and gospel to nice ballads like 'Can't Help Falling in Love' and 'My Way.'"
The Lonely Street Band members are music director Khris Dodge on piano; Chip Ritter on drums; Evan Dain on bass; and Ed DeLucia on guitar.
Ritter is new to the band and has been on the Dave Letterman show. And, he's famous for his "drum stick tricks," Shaw said.