During International Elvis Week this year, August 12-15, The New Daisy Theatre will be rocking with Elvis-related shows including Doc Franklin's Images of the King Tribute Artist Contest and Showcases, and Ronnie McDowell with The Florida Boys.
On Images of The King:
For the first time ever, the Images of the King Elvis Tribute Artist Contest and Showcase will take place on Beale Street. The historic New Daisy Theatre will be transformed into a classic Las Vegas-style showroom, hosting the contest and showcases; other parts of the event will be held in locations around Memphis' downtown.
cornerstone of the event, the Elvis Tribute Artist Contest will be expanded to
include five divisions. Competitors will choose to compete against other
ETAs portraying Elvis in the 50s/60s or 70s, in both professional and
non-professional classes. A youth division is being included for
competitors under the age of 12. Guaranteed prize money of more than
$13,000 will be awarded to the twenty-three finalists, with the Images Grand
Champion receiving $5,000.
In 1987, Elvis' veterinarian Edward "Doc" Franklin made the modern Elvis
Tribute Artist (ETA) community a reality when he established the event known as
"Images of the King." The event, which includes an internationally
recognized ETA contest and showcases, has crowned twenty-six world champions
who have gone on to be recognized as the preeminent ETAs performing today. Doc
Franklin was also the former owner of the New Daisy Theatre; he trained Mike
Glenn, who has run the New Daisy since December 1984.
Doc's death in 2006, Bobbie and Michael Hoover (the 1988 Images of the King
Champion) took over the event and have run it successfully until recently
passing the torch to Jason Sherry of Sherry Management.
Ronnie McDowell has been the voice of Elvis Presley in every major movie and television series since Elvis' passing.
Following the death of Elvis Presley in 1977, Ronnie McDowell came out of nowhere to dazzle the world with his heartfelt and self-penned tribute song "The King Is Gone." The record took off immediately and to date has sold more than 5 million copies.
McDowell proved that he wasn't just a one-trick pony by producing an impressive discography with dozens of Top 100 singles through the years.
While Elvis Presley has played a big part in Ronnie McDowell's musical career over the years, McDowell continues to entertain audiences with his own blend of romantic intimacy and country excitement! He looks great, he sounds great, and judging from the longtime adoration of his fans, he seems to grow better with each passing year!
On The Florida Boys:
Florida Boys has recorded some 100 albums and attained a following of devoted
listeners, including the late Elvis Presley. In addition, this legendary group
appeared on the first gospel quartet concert ever held in New York's Carnegie
Hall, which is universally recognized as the zenith of one's career.
the original Florida Boys (Les Beasley, Glen Allred and Derrell Stewart) retired
in 2007 after 60 years, these legends passed the mantel to the present group to
continue the Florida Boys legacy in front of an audience of 10,000 at the
National Quartet Convention in Louisville, KY.
Schedule of Events for The New Daisy Theatre:
Monday, August 12 10:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Images
of the King Contest
Monday, August 12 8:00 p.m. Images of
the King Showcase of Champions
Starring Doug Church with special guest Cody Slaughter
Tuesday, August 13 10:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. Images
of the King Contest
Tuesday, August 13 8:00 p.m. Images of the King Showcase of Champions
Starring Ben Portsmouth with Irv Cass
Wednesday, August 14 7:00 p.m. Ronnie McDowell with The Florida Boys
Thursday, August 15 Noon–4:30 p.m. Images of the King
For more information on each group:
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