7 of the events will be held at the Historic Franklin Theatre, with additional events taking place at Paragon Studios and GRAYS on Main. For a complete schedule of events and additional information, please visit www.NashvilleElvisFestival.com .
Saturday, April 1, 2017 – 10:00 AM
ULTIMATE ELVIS TRIBUTE ARTIST CONTEST – ROUND 2
Special Appearance by Jay Dupuis! Judges: Wink Martindale, Sandy Martindale, Brenda Lee, Mary Sarah and Gina Keltner! Come watch Elvis tribute artists from around the country compete in Round 2. All tribute artists will be backed by the EAS Band.
Saturday, April 1, 2017 – 2:00 PM
Special Guests: Joanne Cash, Brenda Lee, Wink & Sandy Martindale, Bill Cherry, Jay Dupuis and Dean Z! This session will include Elvis Conversations with Gospel legend Joanne Cash, sister of Johnny Cash, who met Elvis when he was opening for her famous brother; Brenda Lee, a lifelong friend of Elvis and one of the most iconic female vocalists in history who shot to fame with worldwide hits like “I’m Sorry” and “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree”; Legendary game show host Wink Martindale, a lifelong friend of Elvis who was in the studio the night Dewey Phillips played “That’s All Right” for the very first time; Sandy Martindale, who dated Elvis for six years, leading to her dancing in Viva Las Vegas and several other Elvis movies; and a special Q&A with Ultimate Elvis® Tribute Artist Contest™ champions Bill Cherry (2009), Dean Z (2013) and Jay Dupuis (2014) – who will collectively discuss Elvis Presley’s impact on their lives and their careers as Elvis Tribute Artists.
Saturday, April 1, 2017 – 7:00 PM
ULTIMATE ELVIS TRIBUTE ARTIST CONTEST FINALS plus ELVIS IN CONCERT: Bill Cherry with the EAS Band
Judges: Wink Martindale, Sandy Martindale, Collin Raye and more to be announced! Elvis tribute artists compete in the Final Round. All tribute artists will be backed by the EAS Band. Immediately following the Finals, Bill Cherry, the 2009 Ultimate Elvis® Tribute Artist Contest™ winner and co-star of the Elvis Lives Tour, presents a live concert event you won’t want to miss!
NASHVILLE ELVIS FESTIVAL LATE NIGHT PARTY
Hosted by Jeff Lewis & Friends
Location: GRAYS on Main
Tickets: $10 cover charge at the door
Immediately following the Saturday Main Event, come down the street to GRAYS on Main and join Jeff Lewis & Friends for a late night all-Elvis after party that you won’t want to miss!