Ocean City Today

Elvis tribute artists coming to OC

By Kara Hallissey | Oct 12, 2017

(Oct. 13, 2017) Guests will be singing along to classics such as “Teddy Bear” and “All Shook Up” during the Elvis Festival when 20 of the world’s best tribute artists will gather at the Clarion Resort Fontainebleau Hotel on 101st Street, next weekend.

The three-day event returns to Ocean City on Thursday for the fourth year with performers hoping to be named the No. 1 Elvis. A few passes were still available as of Tuesday afternoon.

It is an invitational contest. The champion will take home a cash prize of $4,200 and the opportunity to represent Ocean City while competing for the title against other winners of preliminary contests at the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest held during the 2018 Elvis Week in Memphis, Aug. 10-18.

“It is very intimate with everything happening in the same hotel and many opportunities to meet the Elvis tribute artists,” said Adam Sherry, box office and customer service manager. “Ocean City is a fabulous place to be. A great location and destination.”

At 9 p.m. next Thursday night, a welcome karaoke party will take place at the Horizons Oceanfront Restaurant, hosted by Dan Barrella.

Next Friday and Saturday, audience members will see the first and second rounds of the contest. Each contestant will perform four songs both days. Half of the group will perform with tracks and the other half with the Change of Habit tribute band. The top 10 will advance to Sunday’s finals.

The competition begins at noon Friday, Oct. 20, and 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 21.

The event will also feature Elvis tribute artists from previous years to headline the shows including Dean Z, who will join last year’s champion, Diogo Light, on Friday night at 8 p.m. Irv Cass will perform master of ceremony duties.

Closing out Friday night’s festivities, an auction will take place in Horizons Oceanfront Restaurant with Barrella hosting. Proceeds are being donated to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

After the Elvis Tribute Artist competition on Saturday, the ’56 show of music and storytelling will take place at 7 p.m. featuring Cody Ray Slaughter and David Fontana.

Next Saturday night, the annual “Spooktacular” Halloween Costume Ball will take place at 10 p.m.

“There is a themed party every night with entertainment and music,” Sherry said. “The most popular is the Halloween party where everyone gets dressed up.”

On Sunday morning at 10 a.m. there will be an Elvis Gospel music event at the Clarion before 10 Elvis tribute artists take the stage at 1 p.m. for their final round of competition.

A Fabulous Fifties wrap party will send off Elvis tribute artists at 7 p.m.

Elvis Presley Enterprises Inc., the company that controls the Presley estate and operates Graceland, is the proprietor of the event. In 2007, it started searching for the best representation of Elvis Presley and now the event is held annually.

“There is amazing entertainment and world-class Elvis tribute artists,” Sherry said.

In addition to Ocean City, Elvis festivals will be held in Brunswick, Georgia, Lake George, New York, Las Vegas and Memphis this year.

Elvis merchandise will be available, from official festival T-shirts to key chains. In addition, CDs, DVDs and other collectibles will be available as well.

A limited number of passes are available for the event, which start at $228 and includes a room at the Clarion hotel for the weekend.

For more information on the event, visit www.oceancityelvisfestival.com or call 1-888-406-5885.

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