Elvis™ fans from around the world will gather in Middle Tennessee March 22-25, 2018 for the 2nd annual Nashville Elvis Festival, celebrating the music and legacy of the King of Rock & Roll™. The historic Franklin Theatre will serve as the host venue. Tickets are on sale now at www.NashvilleElvisFestival.com.
“Hundreds of Elvis fans traveled to the Franklin area for last year’s festival – many of them were visiting for the very first time. They LOVED downtown Franklin, And so do we. There’s nothing quite like the Franklin Theatre, and we’re thrilled to return for the 2nd Annual event, ” said Brian Mayes from the Nashville Elvis Festival.
The 4-day festival will be filled with celebrity appearances, live music performances, an Elvis movie screening with special guests and 25 of the best Elvis tribute artists from all over the world. In addition, two special VIP events will feature live recreations of a Sun Records recording session and a Jungle Room recording session – both events will take place inside Paragon Studios – one of the nation’s top recording studios (featured on the hit series “Nashville”).
Special guests confirmed to appear include legendary game show host, TV/Radio personality and lifelong friend of Elvis, WINK MARTINDALE; Fan favorite SANDY MARTINDALE, a close friend of Elvis who was a featured dancer in “Viva Las Vegas” and other Elvis films; Award-winning actress Victoria Paige Meyerink who co-starred with Elvis in “Speedway”; Bill Baize of The Stamps who recorded and toured with Elvis; GRAMMY®-winning recording artist Kevin Max; Award-winning singer-songwriter and TV/Radio personality Gary Chapman; and many more.
Nashville Elvis Festival will also feature performances by some of the top Elvis Tribute Artists in the world. Scheduled to appear are Bill Cherry, the 2009 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest® champion; Dean Z, the 2013 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest® champion; Australia’s #1 Elvis tribute artist Mark Anthony; Award-winning tribute artist Cote Deonath; and Jeff Lewis, an award-winning Elvis Tribute Artist, GRAMMY® nominated singer-songwriter, actor and emcee.
The festival will also be hosting an Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest preliminary round with the winner moving on to Graceland’s Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest Semifinal Round in Memphis during Elvis Week 2018. Twenty contestants have been invited to compete in Nashville, coming from all over the USA as well as Germany, Chile, Canada, Brazil, Australia and the United Kingdom.
Backing all live performances will be the incomparable EAS Band, known for their performances all over the world backing tribute artists and giving the feeling and excitement of being at an actual Elvis concert.
Nashville Elvis Festival is produced by Tom Brown & Brian Mayes for Music City Festivals, LLC, and hosted by Tom Brown, a longtime host of select Elvis Week events, one of the hosts of the “Gates of Graceland” web series and the former Vice President of Original Production for Turner Classic Movies (TCM).
For more information including special guests and schedule, please visit the official website at www.NashvilleElvisFestival.com.