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’56 returns to Elks for rock ‘n’ roll show

Bret Kaiser/Courtesy

Bret Kaiser/Courtesy


The band 56 – featuring Bret Kaiser on vocals, Tom Mein on guitar, Jeff Garten on drums and Austin Case on bass. Case will not be present for the Friday concert which will instead feature Stew Hall on bass. (Bret Kaiser/Courtesy)

The band ’56 is returning to Prescott to present a full rock ‘n’ roll revue at the Elks Theatre and Performing Arts Center.

Featuring Bret Kaiser on vocals; Tom Mein on guitar; Jeff Garten on drums; and Stew Hall on bass (filling in for regular bassist Austin Case), the performance covers songs made famous by artists such as Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis and Gene Vincent. Kaiser said he has an affinity for the 1950s.

“I’ve always been an early ’50s fan and an Elvis fan,” he said. “(1956) was the year … Elvis bridges that gap.”

That was the year Presley became a star and when rock ‘n’ roll really blew up, Kaiser said. In that year alone, Presley had four Top 10 hits and became a movie star with “Love Me Tender.”

The hits begin at 7 p.m. Friday, June 22. Tickets are $25 for adults, $22 for seniors and $30 for opera box seats and can be purchased online at, by calling 928-777-1370 or at the door one hour prior to the performance.

The band has come to Prescott a couple times before and they always love performing in the area and at the Elks Theatre, Kaiser said, adding that it’s a great theater and the people are always so kind.

Kaiser described the show as straight-ahead rock ‘n’ roll that is high energy and entertaining. He’s all about making people laugh and have a good time because if you can make somebody smile, they remember that and want to go back the next time, he said. Further, at a ‘56 show, the audience can never tell what’s going to happen and that’s all a part of the surprise.

“We’re there to entertain, give people a full feeling,” he said. “With a band and a show like this you’ve got to have a connection … there’s nothing like it.”

The Elks Theatre and Performing Arts Center is located at 117 E. Gurley St.


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