For nearly three decades, L.A. rock ’n’ roll enthusiasts have celebrated Elvis Presley's birthday, and this year’s show figures to have extra hunks of burning love for the King on a couple of fronts.
This year’s edition, set for Thursday, coincides with what would have been Presley’s 80th birthday. City Councilman Tom LaBonge is helping sponsor the show at Avalon Hollywood, the former Hollywood Palace stage where Presley delivered some of his earliest national TV appearances in 1956, as noted by event promoter Art Fein.
The event's guiding philosophy, as outlined by Fein in years past, is “all fun, no impersonators.”
The talent lineup of more than two dozen performers includes the traditional mix of roots-music musicians, actors and Presley-related celebrities. Actress-singer Donna Loren, who has recorded with Presley’s TCB Band, released “Donna Does Elvis in Hawaii,” a 2010 EP of four songs Presley had sung about the Pacific Islands, was scheduled to be part of the show, but had to pull out Wednesday because of a family illness. Former “My Three Sons” child actor Barry Livingston also is on the bill.
Others slated for this year’s show include L.A. music stalwarts Carla Olson, Deke Dickerson, Ray Campi, Rip Masters, Skip Heller and the Rockin’ Rebels. The Elvis Birthday Bash Band that will back each of the featured guests consists of Dave Raven, Harry Orlov, Marty Rifkin, Paul Marshall and Skip Edwards.
Presley was born Jan. 8, 1935, in Tupelo, Miss.
Full information on the event is available at the Avalon Hollywood website.
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