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Elvis Presley festival begins on June 2

The eighth Elvis Presley Festival will include a musical mix featuring gospel, hard rockers and tribute artists.

india Updated: Mar 06, 2006 22:00 IST

The eighth Elvis Presley Festival will include a musical mix featuring gospel, hard rockers and tribute artists, organisers said.

The Main Stage will feature rockabilly trio, The Dempseys, on June 2, followed by country singer Jeff Bates and Travis LeDoyt, who shakes his hips like Elvis. New Orleans rockers Cowboy Mouth will close the opening night.

The Main Stage's June 3 lineup includes country artists Chris Cagle and Chely Wright, as well as hard-rocking Saliva. At the Fairpark Stage, the recreation of Elvis' triumphant 1956 homecoming concert will feature a trio of tribute artists, Donny Edwards, Jamie Aaron Kelley and Brandon Bennett.

In addition, Kay Bain and The Mornin' Show Band, Sonny Burgess and The Pacers and The Dempseys will perform.

On June 4, First United Methodist Church will host The Landmarks and LeDoyt during a gospel show that also will include Elvis' backing vocalists, The Jordanaires.

Presley was born in Tupelo but moved with his parents in 1948 to Memphis, Tennessee, where he later began his recording career. Presley died in Memphis on August 16, 1977.

First Published: Mar 06, 2006 18:06 IST