By BRAD KELLAR
More than five decades after he appeared locally, a tribute concert is scheduled this week in honor of the late Elvis Presley.
Presley appeared at Greenville Municipal Auditorium (GMA) in October 1955, and the facility will play host to “Elvis Returns! A Tribute to Elvis with Kraig Parker.”
The event is being promoted as a faithful recreation of Presley’s performances and is scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday. The concert is presented in partnership with the United Way of Hunt County with a percentage of proceeds to benefit the local non-profit, as well as to benefit the restoration of the auditorium.
Doors to the auditorium will open at 6 p.m. and tickets at $15 and $35 each are still available through the auditorium’s web site at www.showtimeatthegma.com.
Elvis performed at the GMA on Oct. 5, 1955, as part of the famous “Louisiana Hayride.”
Parker has been performing as Elvis for 15 years and has come to know and earn the respect of those who also appeared with Presley.
Parker said it will be an elaborate Las Vegas-style performance featuring an eight-piece backup band.
The concert will feature another Elvis tribute, a 14 year-old boy whom Parker has taken under his wing.
The performance is being produced by Charles Stone, who produced all of Presley’s shows in the 1970s.