Elvis will soon be in the building

By Geoff Lee

April 28, 2016 12:00 AM

Donny Edwards, an Elvis tribute performer will be bringing his Elvis Tribute Band, the Cadillac Kings featuring the Uptown Hornz to the Vic Juba Community Theatre May 16. The show is called The King—A Musical Tribute to Elvis.

One day there will be a Donny Edwards impersonator named Elvis.
From all accounts, an Edwards’ Elvis musical tribute is so authentic you’ll feel as if you’re watching the King of Rock and Roll himself.
Edwards, the Elvis android, will shaking his own pelvis on stage at the Vic Juba Community Theatre May 16 with the tribute band the Cadillac Kings  featuring the Uptown Hornz.
The Lloydminster show dubbed The King—a Musical Tribute to Elvis, is part of the group’s Western Canada tour and presented by Schell Shock Ent Inc. and TCB Rock and Roll Legends.
“Donny is a world renowned Elvis tribute artist,” said Mike Schell, the show’s co-promoter, trumpet player, backup singer and emcee from Schell Shock in Kelowna.
Schell notes Edwards stays in character for the whole set of Elvis hits from the 1950s, 60s and 70s.
The lineup includes classics from the 50s like “Hound Dog,” “Don’t Be Cruel,” “Love Me Tender,” and “All Shook Up” and “It’s Now or Never” and “Viva Las Vegas” from the 60s.
The audience will also be treated to Edwards’ realistic rendition of Elvis 70s’ hits “Burning Love,” “My Way,” “American Trilogy” and “Suspicious Minds.”
Schell puts Edwards in the top five of what he estimates are more than 60,000 Elvis tribute artists in the world.
He notes Edwards is a Las Vegas casino headliner act and is the only Elvis tribute artist ever to perform on the grounds of Graceland, the estate Elvis called his home in Memphis Tennessee before his death in 1977.
“The thing about Donny is he is not the type of tribute artist that cares about rankings and competitions,” said Schell.
“That’s not his game at all—his game is giving the most heartfelt authentic tribute to the King of Rock and Roll on stage.”
The show opens with Cassandra Friskie who will sing a couple of Marilyn Monroe’s classic songs while wearing a copy of the late actress’ iconic white dress and pearls.
“Once she opens the show, she joins the Cadillac Kings on stage as the female back up singer,” said Schell.
Edwards is fresh from tours to Japan and Australia and a short swing of sellout shows in Western Canada in January.
“Our demographic on our last tour, we saw kids as young as six or seven to grandparents in their 90s,” said Schell, who is no stranger to the Vic Juba.
“We’ve actually brought four or five different shows to the Vic Juba now and every show has been very well received,” he said.
Last September, he brought a popular Rod Stewart tribute show to Lloydminster with the same band that will back up Edwards.
Schell says the upcoming show will be high energy with a nine piece band that you would see and hear at the South Point casino resort in Vegas where Edwards is based.
“We’re bringing a piece of Las Vegas performing to Western Canada,” said Shell.
Tickets are $45 a person.

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