Entertainment Insider by Victor “Vegas Vic” Royer
Elvis is In the Building!
A 19-year-old Elvis Presley performed his first concert in Las Vegas on
July 30, 1954. He wasn't a big hit back then. In fact, his show pretty much
flopped. That was because he was booked into the old (and original) El Rancho,
and was playing mostly to an older audience used to Glenn Miller and Swing
Bands, then to Rock 'n Roll. But despite this rocky beginning (pun intended), it
didn't take long for Elvis to become an international sensation.
Since then, he
has sold over one billion records, which is more than any other artist in
history. He is now forever remembered as the King of Rock 'n Roll. Although
Elvis passed away in 1977, it is apparent that he has not "left the building" in
Las Vegas. Caesars Entertainment leads the way offering three Elvis shows on
the Strip that feature award-winning Elvis tribute artists. These entertainers
have been performing on the Strip for over a decade and have cumulatively
performed over 10,000 shows. Caesars Entertainment's Elvises are sure to have
audiences "All Shook Up."
Legends in Concert - Flamingo Las Vegas Hotel & Casino
lights up the stage with live re-creations of superstars from the past and
present. The show features several tribute artists including Britney Spears and
Michael Jackson, but no tribute show would be complete without homage to the
King of Rock 'n Roll, Elvis Presley. Victor Trevino, Jr. takes the audience back
in time as he performs some of Elvis' greatest hits on the Legends
stage.Trevino, who studied Elvis by watching YouTube videos, has performed in
over a thousand shows, including Elvis festivals. See Elvis and the rest of the
superstars perform in the Flamingo Showroom Sunday through Friday at 4 p.m. and
additionally Sunday and Monday at 9:30 p.m.
Big Elvis - Harrah's Las Vegas: While the King has been
gone for nearly 40 years, his legend lives on inside the Piano Bar at Harrah's,
courtesy of Pete Vallee performing as Big Elvis. Vallee first knew he wanted to
become a performer when he assumed the role as Elvis at the age of 13 for a
school talent show. He was inspired to become an Elvis tribute artist by
his mother, who is said to have had a special relationship with the King.
Vallee sings some of Elvis' biggest hits, as well as popular rock, gospel,
country and R&B songs. Celebrating his 11th year and over 7,000 performances
on the center Strip, Valle was named one of the top ten Elvis tribute artists
byTime Magazine and CNN in 2010. Watch Valle as Big Elvis take the stage
Monday,Tuesday,Thursday and Friday at 2 p.m., 3:30 p.m., and 5:30 p.m.
El Cortez - "Memories Of Elvis", Starring John Brooks.
This wonderful tribute show is at the Parlor Bar at El Cortez on
Fremont Street in downtown Las Vegas every Friday and Saturday night from 6 p.m.
to 10 p.m. Ifyou've never been to an Elvis tribute show before, you will love
this one. Brooks performs over three hours of Elvis's biggest hits from the 50's
60's and the 70's! A big portion of the show is doing requests from the
audience. Brooks has a library of over 350 songs, so chances are whatever you
want to hear he can do. Drinks at the Parlor Bar are very inexpensive, and they
now have a "small bites" menu available as well.
"The King" Starring Trent Carlini at the LVH.
swear he's back in the building! Nationally recognized Elvis tribute artist
and winner of ABC's "The Next Best'Ihing," Trent Carlini combines his uncanny
resemblance and incredible vocal ability in a performance that will electrify
In his most powerful tribute yet to the "King of Rock 'n Roll," Carlini
will take viewers on a retrospective of Elvis Presley's career, from his
unforgettable rock-a-billy sessions, through the movie years, his '68 comeback
special, and the Las Vegas years of the '70s. With multiple costume changes,
unbelievable visual media and more than 25 different hits, Trent Carlini truly
showcases the King's exciting life in entertainment. Show is nightly (dark
Tuesdays) at 6:30 p.m.
Million Dollar Quartet - Harrah's Las Vegas. The
TonyAward-winning Broadway musical that takes place on December
4, 1956, the
fateful day that brought Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis
Presley together for the first and only time. Sam Phillips, the music producer
responsible for launching the careers of these four musicians, brought them all
together at the Sun Records store-front studio in Memphis,TN. The jam session
that occurred that night was one of the most legendary in rock and roll history.
Inspired at the age of 11 by an Elvis tribute artist by the name of Bill
Chrastil,Tyler Hunter has been performing since he was 15, and has appeared
as Elvis in over 1,500 shows. See Million Dollar Quartet inside the Harrah's
Showroom Monday,Tuesday,Wednesda)~ Friday and Sunday at 7 p.m. and Thursday at
5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.
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