Elvis Week Continues-Here Is the Upcoming Schedule of Events

Below is the current schedule of events for Elvis Week 2012. Additional details and guests will be posted as soon as they are confirmed.

Starting August 9, tickets available for purchase will be located at Graceland Guest Services. Tickets may also be purchased at the door 30 minutes prior to the start, pending availability.

ELVIS WEEK 2012 EVENT SCHEDULE
FRIDAY, AUGUST 10, 2012 – SATURDAY, AUGUST 18, 2012

All events, guests, ticket prices and other information listed below are subject to change at any time.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Elvis Insiders Conference
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Elvis Week Main Stage Entertainment Pavilion, Graceland. Break from 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM. Autographs with guests during lunch break and following conference. Hosted by Tom Brown, Vice President of Original Productions for Turner Classic Movies (TCM), this event will feature a full-day of special programming including special guests, videos and more, all celebrating Elvis. Special confirmed guests are: Jerry Schilling, Elvis’ lifelong friend who accompanied him to meet President Nixon; Egil “Bud” Krogh, President Nixon’s former aide who arranged and recorded Elvis’ meeting with Nixon in the Oval Office; Tom Perryman, a DJ who booked Elvis in east Texas as early as 1954 and in 1955, and his wife Billie, who cooked for Elvis and washed his clothes after performances; Dixie Locke Emmons, who met Elvis at church and dated him just as his career was taking off; June Juanico, who dated Elvis from 1955 to 1957; Larry Geller, Elvis’ hairstylist and close friend; DJ Fontana, Elvis’ drummer for 14 years who played on over 460 RCA cuts with Elvis; Allyson Adams, daughter of actor Nick Adams, whose father’s book “The Rebel & The King” details his close friendship and whirlwind eight days in Memphis during Elvis’ 1956 Tupelo homecoming; the Holladay Sisters – Ginger Holladay and Mary Pederson, who sang on Elvis’ famous Memphis sessions at American Sound in Memphis; and Wanda Jackson, Queen of Rock who toured with Elvis in 1955-1956. Tickets are $35. Starting August 9, tickets available for purchase will be located at Graceland Guest Services. Tickets may also be purchased at the door 30 minutes prior to the start, pending availability.

Elvis Presley Memorial Trauma Center 35th Anniversary Celebration
The Elvis Presley Fan Reception

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. MED Café at the Elvis Presley Memorial Trauma Center, 877 Jefferson Avenue. Tours of the Trauma Center will be free and available immediately after the reception. For more information, please contact Laura Terry at 545-6404 or Marsha Evans at 545-6405.

Book Signing with Bobby Wood of The Memphis Boys
August 13: 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. at Good Rockin’ Record Shop, Graceland Plaza. Meet Bobby Wood as he debuts his book “WALKING AMONG GIANTS” (From Elvis To Garth).  Additional members of the Memphis Boys (Reggie Young, Gene Chrisman, and Bobby Emmons) will also be available during the second hour of the signing.

The Memphis Boys Note Dedication
5:00 p.m. Beale Street, downtown Memphis. Ceremony for The Memphis Boys, who will be honored with a Beale Street Blues Note. Free.

Graceland Trivia Tour
5:00 p.m. Event starts at Graceland Ticket Office. Guests are invited to tour Graceland Mansion and the Elvis Presley Automobile Museum while simultaneously answering trivia questions to which answers can be found on the Graceland tour. Adult and junior version of the trivia tour will be available. Prizes will be awarded for both adult and junior versions. Tickets are $32 adult; $15 children 7-12; kids 6 and under are free. Starting August 9, tickets available for purchase will be located at Graceland Guest Services. Tickets may also be purchased at the door 30 minutes prior to the start, pending availability.
Hard Rock Last Chance Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest – Round 3
Doors open at 5:00 p.m. Show at 6:00 p.m. Hard Rock Cafe, 315 Beale Street. See some of the best Elvis tribute artists in the world compete in the “Last Chance” event! The winner will receive the right to go on to Semifinal Round One of the 2012 Ultimate ETA Contest. $10 admission. Pre-sale tickets are available at www.TicketAlternative.com.

 

Elvis Week Dance Party
8:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. Elvis Week Main Stage Entertainment Pavilion, Graceland. Come hang out and enjoy a dance party with Elvis Radio DJ Argo playing your favorite Elvis dance music. Tickets are $25. Starting August 9, tickets available for purchase will be located at Graceland Guest Services. Tickets may also be purchased at the door 30 minutes prior to the start, pending availability.
Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Fan Club Presidents’ Event
10:00 a.m. Elvis Week Main Stage Entertainment Pavilion, Graceland. Elvis fans are invited to celebrate the work of Elvis Presley fan clubs during this special event. In addition to celebrating and recognizing the work of fan clubs, the event will feature a program of EPE company updates and special announcements, including the latest from EPE media, marketing, licensing, merchandise, archives and more. The event also will feature a special guest segment with those who worked with Elvis. Confirmed special guests for the event will be TCB Band members James Burton and Glen Hardin, plus Elvis’ musical director and conductor from 1970 – 1977 – Joe Guercio. For the August event, the special spotlight charity will be Pacific Historic Parks, who is currently is working on restoration efforts for the USS Arizona Memorial. In March 1961, Elvis held a benefit concert at Bloch Arena in Hawaii and raised more than $64,000 towards the building of the memorial. We ask that all fan club presidents and attendees to the event bring at least a $5.00 donation to go towards Pacific Historic Parks’ USS Arizona Restoration efforts. The donation will be collected at the door of the event. Fan club presidents will get an invite and registration form directly from EPE to attend the event for free. Tickets for other fan club members and the general public are $15. Starting August 9, tickets available for purchase will be located at Graceland Guest Services. Tickets may also be purchased at the door 30 minutes prior to the start, pending availability.

Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest Showcase
1:00 p.m.  Elvis Week Main Stage Entertainment Pavilion, Graceland. See some the semifinalists for the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest showcase their talents as they prepare for the ultimate contest later in the week. Performers to be announced at a later time, but all will be 2012 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest Semifinalists. Tickets are $20. Starting August 9, tickets available for purchase will be located at Graceland Guest Services. Tickets may also be purchased at the door 30 minutes prior to the start, pending availability.

Appearance and Book Signing by Photographer Alfred Wertheimer

5:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Pink Palace in Memphis. Meet Alfred Wertheimer, the photographer who captured some of the most iconic photos of Elvis Presley during his meteoric rise to fame in 1956. Al will be autographing his books and more at the event.

The Memphis Boys Salute
7:00 p.m. Enjoy an incredible concert event featuring The Memphis Boys with special guests Andy Childs and Terry Mike Jeffrey. The Memphis Boys were the legendary house band at the American Sound Studio in Memphis, Tennessee, between 1967 until it’s closing in 1972. The Memphis Boys include Bobby Wood, Bobby Emmons, Gene Chrisman, Mike Leech, Reggie Young, and Tommy Cogbill. Recently inducted into the Musicians Hall of Fame, The Memphis Boys have played a large part in American music culture for the past forty years as the sound behind over 120 hit singles including Elvis’ “Suspicious Minds, “In the Ghetto”, and “Kentucky Rain”; Neil Diamond’s “Sweet Caroline”; Dusty Springfield’s “Son of a Preacher Man”; and many, many, more. Joining them will also be: the Holladay Sisters – Ginger Holladay and Mary Pederson – who sang on Elvis’ famous Memphis sessions at American Sound and have backed up entertainers like Sonny and Cher, Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis, Reba McIntyre, among others; singer Drea Rhenee, who has performed with artists such as Aaliyah, Mariah Carey, and CeCe Winans; and singer-songwriter and recording artist Scat Springs, who has recorded with such artists as Michael McDonald, Faith Hill, Patty LaBelle and She-Daisy. This special concert event will feature them performing some of their Elvis hits, as well as songs from the many other stars they have performed behind for the past forty years. Tickets are $30. Starting August 9, tickets available for purchase will be located at Graceland Guest Services. Tickets may also be purchased at the door 30 minutes prior to the start, pending availability.

“Love Me Tender” and “Clambake”
10:30 p.m. Elvis Week Main Stage Entertainment Pavilion, Graceland. Enjoy an Elvis double feature of some of Elvis’ classic movies – “Love Me Tender” and “Clambake.” Event includes a cash bar, prizes and lots of surprises. “Love Me Tender” and “Clambake” are available to own on DVD and can be purchased at ShopElvis or wherever DVDs are sold. Tickets are $5. Starting August 9, tickets available for purchase will be located at Graceland Guest Services. Tickets may also be purchased at the door 30 minutes prior to the start, pending availability.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Conversations on Elvis – Behind the Camera
10:00 a.m. Elvis Week Main Stage Entertainment Pavilion, Graceland. Hosted by Tom Brown, Vice President of Original Productions for Turner Classic Movies (TCM). Priscilla Presley will be making a special guest appearance to talk about her efforts to open Graceland to the public 30 years ago among other featured topics. Also, hear from those who photographed Elvis over the years and find out more about thousands of photos of Elvis housed in the Graceland archives. Confirmed special guests include: Alfred Wertheimer, who in 1956 was assigned to photograph a 21-year-old singer, who RCA was promoting, by the name of Elvis Presley, along with Barbara Gray, who can be seen kissing Elvis in one of Wertheimer’s famous photos; Dave Darnell, who photographed Elvis at the Ten Outstanding Young Men Awards ceremony as well as around Memphis as a staff photographer for The Commercial Appeal newspaper; and Angie Marchese, Director of the Graceland Archives, and Robert Dye, EPE Photography Manager, who manage and care for the thousands of photos that are part of the Graceland collection. More guests to be announced. Tickets are $20. Starting August 9, tickets available for purchase will be located at Graceland Guest Services. Tickets may also be purchased at the door 30 minutes prior to the start, pending availability.

Aloha from Hawaii Party
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Elvis Week Main Stage Entertainment Pavilion, Graceland. Aloha. If you plan to attend “Elvis Presley’s Aloha from Hawaii” 40th Anniversary Celebration in January 2013 or would like to hear more details about this fun experience taking place in Honolulu, you’ll want to intend this informational event. Those in attendance will be receiving some great information about the trip, see photos and videos of Elvis in Hawaii, have an opportunity to meet others who you will see in Hawaii and lots fun of surprises. Mahalo! FREE to attend.

Memorial Mass for the Repose of the Soul of Elvis Presley
3:00 p.m. 1425 E. Shelby Drive, Memphis, TN 38116. The Mass will be held at St. Paul Catholic Church on August 15, 2012 at 3:00 p.m. and music beginning at 2:15 pm.  For more information, please contact St. Paul Catholic Church at www.stpaulmemphis.org or (901) 346-2380.

Elvis and Friends Concert
3:00 p.m.  Elvis Week Main Stage Entertainment Pavilion, Graceland. Join us for a celebration of Elvis music during a special afternoon concert event. The show will feature Jamie Aaron Kelley and Brad Birkedahl performing some of their favorite Elvis tunes. Opening the show will be country music entertainers and IMASTAR recording artists Lori Anderson and Gavin Kelly, musician/singer Jeff Wenberg and a performance by Deborah Allen singing her song “Amazing Graceland.” Tickets are $20. Starting August 9, tickets available for purchase will be located at Graceland Guest Services. Tickets may also be purchased at the door 30 minutes prior to the start, pending availability.

Autograph Signing with Jose Feliciano
3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Elvis Lives Exhibit, Graceland Plaza. International entertainer and eight-time Grammy winner Jose Feliciano will be signing copies of his new album “The King…by Jose Feliciano,” which is produced by Elvis’ long-time friend George Klein and is a tribute to the king. On the album, Jose not only sings the 12 handpicked songs, but also plays all of the instruments and performs the vocals in the background. The album will be for sale at the autograph signing. Feliciano is a singer, virtuoso guitarist and composer known for many international hits including the 1970 Christmas single “Feliz Navidad.” He’s been awarded over 45 Gold and Platinum records and has received prestigious awards from around the world.

Sony Award Presentations
5:30 p.m. Elvis Week Main Stage Entertainment Pavilion, Graceland. Join executives from Sony Music for this free event as they present multiple awards for releases of Elvis’ music that have achieved gold, platinum or diamond status based on RIAA record sales. Free to attend.

Candlelight Vigil
8:30 p.m. Gates of Graceland. After an opening ceremony at the gates of Graceland, fans are invited to walk up the driveway to Elvis’ gravesite and back down carrying a candle in quiet remembrance. Free admission. No tickets or reservations. Gates remain open until all who wish to participate in the procession have done so, which typically takes to the early morning hours of August 16, the anniversary date of Elvis’ passing. Free secured parking at the Graceland visitor center complex after 6:00 p.m.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest Meet ‘n’ Greet
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon. Memphis Hard Rock Cafe, 315 Beale Street. Private event reserved for those who have purchased VIP tickets for the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest. VIP tickets for the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest are now SOLD OUT.

EP Party Jam
10:00 a.m. Elvis Week Main Stage Entertainment Pavilion, Graceland. A unique jam show featuring Jamie Aaron Kelley, with Brad Birkedahl and John McClure on guitar and bass. The show will include a wide variety of Elvis songs – studio, live, movie, home recordings and more. Tickets are $20. Starting August 9, tickets available for purchase will be located at Graceland Guest Services. Tickets may also be purchased at the door 30 minutes prior to the start, pending availability.

George Klein’s Elvis Memorial Service
12:00 Noon. Main Theatre Building, University of Memphis. Free admission. Annual event hosted by George Klein, longtime friend of Elvis. Speakers will include friends and family of Elvis and celebrity guests. For more information, contact the U of M Department of Communication at (901) 678-2565.

On Stage with Terry Mike Jeffrey and Andy Childs

1:00 p.m.  Elvis Week Main Stage Entertainment Pavilion, Graceland. On stage will feature acoustic sets with fan favorites Andy Childs and Terry Mike Jeffrey, as they eachperform some of their favorite Elvis songs. The event will also feature a special performance by Jose Feliciano, singer, virtuoso guitarist and composer known for many international hits including the 1970 Christmas single “Feliz Navidad.” Jose will be performing songs off his new CD “The King.” Opening will be Texas-bred songbirds Gladys and Maybelle. Tickets are $20. Starting August 9, tickets available for purchase will be located at Graceland Guest Services. Tickets may also be purchased at the door 30 minutes prior to the start, pending availability.

Elvis 35th Anniversary Concert Pre-Concert VIP Reception
5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. FedExForum, downtown Memphis. Private event reserved for those who have purchased VIP tickets for the Elvis 35th Anniversary Concert. The pre-event reception will allow VIPs the opportunity to gather together before the concert and enjoy light hors d’oeuvres, free soft drinks and a cash bar;  a private welcome from Priscilla Presley and Lisa Marie Presley; a gift bag that includes a commemorative badge/lanyard, limited-edition CD sampler and other bonus items that will not be available for purchase. VIP ticket holders will gain access for the pre-concert VIP Reception and collect their gift bag by showing their ticket at the door.

Tupelore: “Tupelove” and “Favorite Son” at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art
7:00 p.m. Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, 1934 Poplar Avenue. The Brooks celebrates the life of Elvis Presley with filmmaker, comic book artist, and fellow-Tupeloean John Michael McCarthy, the author behind “Teenage Tupelo,” “The Sore Losers,” and “Superstarlet A.D.” McCarthy will screen and discuss “Tupelove,” a fifteen-minute short exploring the boyhood mythos of Elvis, which features little-known places in and around Tupelo, Mississippi. Created for the Tupelo Convention & Visitors Bureau, “Tupelove” stars Corey Parker and Amy LaVere, and is narrated by Elvis’ original drummer, DJ Fontana. McCarthy will also screen footage from a work-in-progress called “Favorite Son,” which documents the making of the seven-foot tall “Tupelo Elvis” bronze statue by sculptor Bill Beckwith, modeled on Elvis’ pose in the Roger Marshutz photograph shot at the 1956 Tupelo Fair and unveiled at Fairpark in Tupelo on August 9. Admission is $8.00; $6.00 for Brooks members. For questions, call Memphis Brooks Museum of Art at 901-544-6226.

35th Anniversary ConcertElvis 35th Anniversary Concert
8:00 p.m. FedExForum, downtown Memphis. Elvis returns to Memphis for a spectacular concert event starring the real Elvis Presley via video. See some of Elvis’ finest concert performances projected on a large video screen, accompanied live on stage by a cast of singers and musicians who worked with him, an orchestra, and additional singers and musicians. All music heard in the concert production is performed live except for Elvis’ voice.

The following guests are confirmed to appear at the concert:

  • Priscilla Presley and Lisa Marie Presley
  • Joe Guercio
  • TCB Band members James Burton and Glen Hardin
  • DJ Fontana
  • Norbert Putnam
  • The Sweet Inspirations – Estelle Brown, Portia Griffin & Kelly Jones
  • Former members of J.D. Sumner and The Stamps Quartet: Bill Baize, Ed Hill, Larry Strickland and Donnie Sumner
  • Former members of The Imperials:Joe Moscheo, Terry Blackwood, Armond Morales and Jim Murray
  • Former members of The Dempseys: Brad Birkedahl and Joe Fick
  • Special Guest Musicians: Paul Leim, Ron Feuer, Andy Childs and Terry Mike Jeffrey
  • Members of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra
  • Sound Fuzion from University of Memphis

Tickets for the event are $300 (VIP), $105, $95, $85 and $65. The $300 and $105 tickets are now SOLD OUT. Tickets can be purchased online at Ticketmaster.com, by calling Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000, at any Ticketmaster outlet or at the FedExForum box office.

Shuttle transportation from Graceland to the FedExForum will be available from Premier Transportation Services. Round trip shuttle is $20 and limited seating is available. Learn More.

The $300 VIP tickets include premium seating plus a pre-event reception that will allow you the opportunity to gather together before the concert and enjoy light hors d’oeuvres, free soft drinks and a cash bar; a private welcome from Priscilla Presley and Lisa Marie Presley; a gift bag that includes a commemorative badge/lanyard, limited-edition CD sampler and other bonus items that will not be available for purchase.

 

Friday, August 17, 2012

Plastic Products Record Plant – Hub Of Rock ‘n’ Roll Historic Marker Dedication
9:00 a.m. Plastic Products Record Plant, 1746 Chelsea Avenue (in North Memphis, just west of McLean Avenue). A key part of the rock ‘n’ roll wave that swept America in the 1950s was started by R.E. “Buster” Williams, who opened Plastic Products in 1949. His company quickly became a major producer of the 45-rpm records that revolutionized the music industry and filled jukeboxes and record collections across America. Knowing the struggles of small, independent recording studios, such as Sun, Williams offered them generous credit terms. By 1956, Plastic Products was pressing records round the clock for more than 49 labels nationwide, including STAX, Chess, Atlantic, ABC, Ace, Hi, Meteor, and Veejay records. In that same year, Williams doubled production, turning out more than 65,000 records a day. Recording artists often would visit the huts to see their records being created. In 1954, a young Elvis Presley showed up to see his early hit “That’s All Right” rolling off the presses. FREE to attend. For more information, visit JimmyOgle.com or call 901-604-5002.

Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest Semifinal Round One
10:00 a.m. Cannon Center for the Performing Arts, 255 North Main Street. See the best tribute artists from around the world compete in Round One of the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest Semifinals. During Round One, all semifinalists will sing one song on stage in front of a panel of judges. The Elvis tribute artists with the highest scores will proceed on to Round Two later that evening. All Elvis tribute artists will be backed by the EAS Band. Visit the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest page for a list of tribute artists who have already qualified and more about the contest. Seating for this round is general admission. Two-day tickets for the contest are $69 – and include one ticket to each of three rounds of the contest. The $139 two-day VIP ticket, which included premium seating, a collectible lanyard/badge and access to the Hard Rock Meet ‘n’ Greet, is now SOLD OUT. A ticket to Round One ONLY is also available for $10. Tickets can be purchased online at Ticketmaster.com, by calling Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000, at any Ticketmaster outlet or at the Cannon Center box office.

Conversations on Elvis – Behind the Stage

1:30 p.m. Elvis Week Main Stage Entertainment Pavilion, Graceland. Hosted by Tom Brown, Vice President of Original Productions for Turner Classic Movies (TCM), this event will explore what went on behind the scenes of Elvis’ touring productions with special guests who were there to experience it. Guests are: Lisa Marie Presley, Elvis’ only daughter;  Sam Thompson, Elvis’ friend who worked as a personal bodyguard for him at home and on tour; Dick Grob, who served as chief of security for Elvis; Charles Stone, tour producer for Elvis throughout the 1970s; Loanne Parker, who was hired in 1971 by RCA Records Tours as the tour secretary for Elvis and held that position throughout his touring years – she was also Colonel Parker’s companion and confidant for over 25 years and they married in 1990; and Tom Moffatt, a celebrated Hawaiian DJ who brought Elvis to Hawaii and worked with him through the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s. Tickets are $20. Starting August 9, tickets available for purchase will be located at Graceland Guest Services. Tickets may also be purchased at the door 30 minutes prior to the start, pending availability.

Sony Music Panel
4:30 p.m. Elvis Week Main Stage, Graceland. Find out more about upcoming releases from John Jackson, Vice President of A&R and Content Development for Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, and Ernst Jorgensen and Roger Semon, record producers for Sony and the team responsible for the Follow That Dream Record label. In anticipation of the upcoming release of “Prince From Another Planet,” included will be a screening of the never-before-seen footage from Elvis’ performance in Madison Square Garden in June 1972. The panel will also include more about the “I am an Elvis Fan” release, upcoming FTD projects and a chance to get answers to your questions about Elvis’ music. FREE to attend.

Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest Semifinal Round Two
7:00 p.m. Cannon Center for the Performing Arts, 255 North Main Street. Enjoy hours of Elvis music and entertainment as the top Elvis tribute artists from Round One, compete during Round Two of the contest for their chance to advance to the Final Round on Saturday, August 18. The top Elvis tribute artists moving on to the Final Round will be announced at the end of the competition. All Elvis tribute artists will be backed up by the EAS Band. Round Two will also feature a special performance by the 2007 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest winner Shawn Klush. Visit the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest page for a list of tribute artists who have already qualified and more about the contest. Two-day tickets for the contest are $69 – and include one ticket to each of three rounds of the contest. The $139 two-day VIP ticket, which included premium seating, a collectible lanyard/badge and access to the Hard Rock Meet ‘n’ Greet, is now SOLD OUT. A ticket to Round Two ONLY is also available for $25. Tickets can be purchased online at Ticketmaster.com, by calling Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000, at any Ticketmaster outlet or at the Cannon Center box office.

Elvis Luau Dance Party

10:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m. Elvis Week Main Stage Entertainment Pavilion, Graceland. Rock-a-hula at an Elvis luau-themed dance party with Elvis Radio DJ Argo. Tickets are $25. Starting August 9, tickets available for purchase will be located at Graceland Guest Services. Tickets may also be purchased at the door 30 minutes prior to the start, pending availability.

Spirit of the King
11:00 p.m.  Cannon Center for the Performing Arts, 255 North Main Street. This late night tribute and concert features 2007 Ultimate ETA Contest winner Shawn Klush and the 2011 Ultimate ETA Contest winner Cody Slaughter. The concert will follow the Ultimate ETA Contest Semifinal Round Two. This late night concert will also pay tribute to Elvis’ legendary performers for their contributions to the legacy of Elvis’ music. Special guest appearances include: Gordon Stoker,the original member and founder of Elvis’ legendary back up group The Jordanaires; Ray Walker, the bass singer of The Jordanaires who together with Gordon and can be heard on hundreds of Elvis recordings; Millie Kirkham, Elvis’ female backup vocalist who recorded with Elvis from 1957-1971; and The Blackwood Quartet, an award-winning Quartet and one of Elvis’ favorite family gospel singers. For more information, call 818-991-3892. Tickets can be purchased online at Ticketmaster.com, by calling Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000, at any Ticketmaster outlet or at the Cannon Center box office.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Morning Gospel Singin’ With First Assembly of God, Memphis

9:00 a.m. Elvis Week Main Stage Entertainment Pavilion, Graceland. Come experience the gospel music of the First Assembly of God Memphis, Elvis’ church during his early years in Memphis. Performers to include Soul City, which features members Bob Geabhart, Ben Kirk, Corey Riggs and David Wootton. Along with many of the classic songs Elvis would have heard as a young man attending youth services, several selections will be performed from their album “I Will Give You Glory.” The celebration also includes short interviews with many members of Elvis’ church youth group who will be available afterwards to greet fans. First Assembly’s music program is well-known around the world and, if you have an appreciation of Christian music, this concert is certain to be one of your favorite events during Elvis Week. Tickets are $15. Starting August 9, tickets available for purchase will be located at Graceland Guest Services. Tickets may also be purchased at the door 30 minutes prior to the start, pending availability.

Autograph Signing with Richard Sterban
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon. Elvis Lives Exhibit, Graceland Plaza. Come and meet Richard Sterban, current member of The Oak Ridge Boys and former member of JD Sumner and the Stamps Quartet, who performed both on stage as well as recorded in the studio with Elvis in the 1970s. Richard will be signing copies of his new book “From Elvis to Elvira,” which will be for sale at the autograph signing. For more about Richard’s new book, visit  www.RichardSterban.com.

Conversations on Elvis – In the Studio
1:00 p.m. Elvis Week Main Stage Entertainment Pavilion, Graceland. Hosted by Tom Brown, Vice President of Original Productions for Turner Classic Movies (TCM). Hear what it was like inside the recording studio with Elvis from session musicians who were the sound behind the king for many legendary recordings in the ‘60s and ’70s. Special guests will be Wayne Jackson of the Memphis Horns (trumpet), David Briggs (piano), Norbert Putnam (bass), Chip Young (guitar) and Richard Sterban, current member of the Oak Ridge Boys and former member of JD Sumner of the Stamps Quartet(backup singer). Starting August 9, tickets available for purchase will be located at Graceland Guest Services. Tickets may also be purchased at the door 30 minutes prior to the start, pending availability.

Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest Final Round
7:00 p.m. Cannon Center for the Performing Arts, 255 North Main Street. Enjoy a phenomenal show with the top Elvis tribute artists from Round Two as they compete for the title of Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist of 2012. The excitement will build throughout the night as the group is narrowed down to the top five, before the ultimate winner of the contest is announced. All Elvis tribute artists will be backed up by the EAS Band. The Final Round will also feature a special performance by 2011 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest winner Cody Slaughter. Visit the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest page for a list of tribute artists who have already qualified and more about the contest. Two-day tickets for the contest are $69 – and include one ticket to each of three rounds of the contest. The $139 two-day VIP ticket, which included premium seating, a collectible lanyard/badge and access to the Hard Rock Meet ‘n’ Greet, is now SOLD OUT. A ticket to the Final Round ONLY is also available for $49. Tickets can be purchased online at Ticketmaster.com, by calling Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000, at any Ticketmaster outlet or at the Cannon Center box office.

Elvis Week Farewell Dance Party Featuring Terry Mike Jeffrey and Jamie Aaron Kelley
10:30 p.m. – 1:00 a.m. Elvis Week Main Stage Entertainment Pavilion, Graceland. Get together with friends and fellow Elvis fans for one last fun event to end the week and say farewell. This dance party will feature Elvis dance music performed live with performers Terry Mike Jeffrey, Jamie Aaron Kelley. and special guest Duke Mason. Tickets are $30. Starting August 9, tickets available for purchase will be located at Graceland Guest Services. Tickets may also be purchased at the door 30 minutes prior to the start, pending availability.

Multiple Date Events

Free Entertainment Tent at Graceland Crossing
August 11 – 18. Continuous presentation of Elvis music performed live by various singers and bands, plus other activities. A schedule for the Elvis Week entertainment tent will be available at the Elvis Week information table upon arrival in Memphis.

Morning and Evening Walk Ups to Meditation Garden
Daily throughout the year, there is a special period of time for free admission walk up visits to the Meditation Garden at Graceland. Elvis Week morning walk ups will be from 7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. on August 10-19. Morning walk-ups may not be available on August 16 due to the Candlelight Vigil. Elvis Week evening walk ups will be from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. on August 10-14 and August 16-19. Evening walk-ups will not be available the night of August 15 due to the Candlelight Vigil.

Kids/Youth Karaoke at Graceland Crossing
August 14 and August 18: 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. at Graceland Crossing. Children will receive prizes for participating in our karaoke event. Ages for karaoke are 17 and below.

Children’s Activities at Ticket Pavilion
August 10 – 18: 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at Graceland Ticket Pavilion. Children can enjoy arts and crafts each day while learning about the history of the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll.

Gospel Breakfast Buffet in Chrome Grille
August 12 and August 18: 7:00 a.m. at Chrome Grille. Elvis fans can enjoy an all-you-can-eat American-style breakfast buffet for only $7.95.

Meet ‘n’ Greet with Betty Harper
August 12 – 15: 12:00 – 5:00 p.m. Heartbreak Hotel. Meet artist Betty Harper, view her broad collection of original Elvis portraits that illustrate the personal side of Elvis and take home some great pieces of art.

Meet ‘n’ Greet with Lowell Hays
August 10: 12:00 – 2:00 p.m.  August 11: 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. August 12: 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. August 13: 12:00 -2:00 p.m. August 14: 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. August 15: 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. August 16: 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. August 17: 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. August 18: 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. Gallery Elvis, Graceland Plaza. Meet jeweler Lowell Hays, the creator of Elvis’ famous TCB ring.

Lowell Hays Trunk Show
August 12: 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. August 13: 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. August 14: 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. August 15: 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. Gallery Elvis, Graceland Plaza. Meet jeweler Lowell Hays, the creator of Elvis’ famous TCB ring. View both his fine and fashion jewelry lines featuring items made from the original molds of Elvis’ jewelry. Lowell will be debuting several new items during this 35th anniversary Elvis Week.

Meet ‘n’ Greet with Joe Petruccio
August 12: 4:00 – 9:00 p.m.  August 13-15: 3:00-9:00 p.m. Everything Elvis, Graceland Crossing. Meet artist Joe Petruccio, view his new fine art pieces, and don’t miss out on Graceland exclusive 35th anniversary merchandise featuring his artwork.

Meet ‘n’ Greet with Darwin Lamm
August 12: 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. and August 14: 12:00 – 5:00 p.m. at Heartbreak Hotel. August 15: 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. and August 16: 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. at Good Rockin’ Record Shop, Graceland Plaza. Meet Darwin Lamm, publisher of “Elvis…The Magazine.” 35th Anniversary issues of “Elvis…The Magazine” and other books by by Darwin will be available for purchase and for him to autograph.

Shop for your favorite Elvis fashions with B & K Costume Company
August 13 – 15: 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. at Elvis On Tour, Graceland Crossing. Don’t miss the expanded assortment of stage and casual clothing plus jewelry available only for this 35th anniversary Elvis Week. Butch and Kim Polston will be on hand to assist you with your Elvis fashion purchases.

Ornament signing by Lisa Kelechava, Founder and Designer Joy to the World Collectibles, Inc.
August 15: 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.  and 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. August 16: 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. at Walk a Mile Gift Shop, Graceland Plaza. Lisa will be on hand to sign the Graceland Collection of handcrafted ornaments. Celebrate Elvis Week with these limited collectibles including the new Graceland 3D ornament- new for 2012! All Joy To The World ornaments are designed exclusively for Graceland and are created completely by hand by the finest European artisans. All elements of production are created the old fashion way, from the initial glass blowing stage to the final touches of glitter.

If I Can Dream International Art Exhibition
July 21 – September 16. Brooks Museum of Art, 1934 Poplar Avenue. Come and see the winning pieces of artwork for the “If I Can Dream Art Contest and Exhibition.” All original artwork in the exhibition will inspired by the song “If I Can Dream,” sang by Elvis during the closing of his 1968 NBC television special. Through August 19, you will have the opportunity to vote for your favorite piece and a “Fans’ Favorite” will be announced following Elvis Week. Find out more about the Brooks Museum of Art, including hours and admission, by clicking here.

Elvis is in the Building Photography Exhibition
June 23 – October 31. Brooks Museum of Art, 1934 Poplar Avenue. Elvis is in the Building, a photography exhibition curated by Marina Pacini, Chief Curator and Curator of American, Modern, and Contemporary Art, will be on view at the Brooks from June 23 through October 31. Consisting of early, yet iconic photographs of Elvis Presley, the exhibition includes an Ernest Withers photograph of Elvis and B.B. King at the 1957 WDIA Goodwill Revue and a 1956 image of Elvis on his Harley-Davidson motorcycle by Alfred Wertheimer. Find out more about the Brooks Museum of Art, including hours and admission, by clicking here.

“Elvis at 21: Photographs by Alfred Wertheimer” at Pink Palace

July 21 – October 14, 2012 at Pink Palace Museum in Memphis. Come relive the King’s innocent younger days and feel the energy of a young man who was only just beginning to realize his potential at the “Elvis at 21: Photographs by Alfred Wertheimer” Exhibit. The Pink Palace will extend their hours until 9:00 p.m. on August 10 – 15 for the 35th celebration.

All events, guests, ticket prices and other information listed below are subject to change at any time.

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