Saturday, January 27, 2018
8:00pm (doors 7pm)
$60, $50, $40
Celebrating the 83nd Birthday of Elvis Presley, The Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Spectacular is the most successful touring Elvis tribute show in the world. It is an amazing era-by-era tribute to the King of Rock-N-Roll starring the best Elvis tribute artists in the world – Shawn Klush and Cody Ray Slaughter – and featuring Elvis’ Sweet Inspirations singers.
As seen on the Late Show with David Letterman, Winner of BBC TV’s ‘World’s Greatest Elvis’ and Elvis Presley Enterprises ‘First Ever’ Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist!
Born and raised in the small coal-mining town of Pittston, Pennsylvania, Shawn’s love for music led him to begin imitating his musical idol, Elvis Presley. He performed in the famous Poconos region followed by a tour of Canada where he entered and won the $5,000.00 prize in the “Worldwide Elvis Competition” in Montreal. This caught the attention of the award winning Las Vegas show, “Legends in Concert” where for many years he starred as ‘Elvis’ in their Myrtle Beach, Las Vegas, Branson and Atlantic City show rooms. Each January he stars in the “Elvis Birthday Tribute Tour”, an extravaganza with Elvis’ own musicians, singers, and friends, in major venues in multiple cities.
Shawn has released 5 CDs. He has performed with Elvis’ closest friends, musicians and singers such as JD Sumner and the Stamps Quartet, The Jordanaires, The Imperials, DJ Fontana, Charlie Hodge, Jerry Scheff, The Sweet Inspirations, Joe Guercio, Jerry Schilling and Joe Esposito. He portrayed Elvis in the hit TV miniseries “Shake, Rattle and Roll” which aired on CBS and VH1.
On Elvis’ 70th Birthday, Shawn became grand champion at the $25,000.00 “World Elvis Tribute Artist Competition”. He then received “The People’s Choice Award” from Gibson Guitar Co in Nashville for “Best Concert Elvis”. Shawn was then named the “World’s Greatest Elvis” by 6.5 million international viewers on BBC1 Television in the United Kingdom. Finally, on August 16th, on the 30th anniversary of Elvis’ passing, Shawn was named the ‘First Ever’ “Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist” by Elvis Presley Enterprises in Memphis TN. Shawn has record breaking performances in the US, Switzerland, Canada Australia, the UK and South America. He was named “Worldwide Ambassador of Elvis” at the Las Vegas Hilton where he headlines the annual the Las Vegas Elvis Fest, celebrating Elvis’ historic Las Vegas Performances.
Shawn was a featured performer on the Late Show with David Letterman performing to over 5 million viewers with the entire CBS Orchestra on Network Television and in 2016 will portray Elvis in the new HBO series called Vinyl produced by Martin Scorsese and Mick Jagger.
Shawn Klush is “The Closest Thing to the King in Concert” www.shawnklush.com
Cody Ray Slaughter:
Cody Ray Slaughter is hailed as one of the most talented, young Actors, Singer and Elvis Tribute Artist in the country. Born and raised in Harrison, Arkansas, gateway to the beautiful Ozark Mountains, Cody Slaughter began entertaining at the young age of 13. A true Southern boy, Cody’s true passion for Elvis’ music and memory has directed his career path.
Cody has performed all across the country as “Elvis” in the traveling production of the Tony Award-winning sensation “Million Dollar Quartet” and was nominated as best featured actor for his role. Slaughter has performed in many theaters in Branson, MO, such as Tony Roi’s Elvis Experience, Legends In Concert, 50’s At The Hop and The Liverpool Legends as well as in Pigeon Forge, TN where Cody was the featured entertainer at The Tennessee Shindig for over a year at the young age of 17. Cody also appeared on MTV’s “My Super Sweet 16” and “Late Night with David Letterman” Slaughter has performed at special events, corporate functions, and entertainment venues throughout the United States, Canada and the UK. His uncanny portrayal of Elvis Presley exhibits his amazing love for who he calls, “the greatest entertainer of all time”.
Among some of Cody’s most exciting accolades were winning The People’s Choice Award during Elvis Week 2008. In July of 2011. At the Las Vegas Elvis Fest, Cody received The New Horizon Award for best new Elvis Tribute Artist. The award was given on the same stage where Elvis made history at the Las Vegas Hilton.
Representing Tupelo, Mississippi (Elvis’ Birthplace) Elvis Presley Enterprises’ named Cody the 2011 ‘Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist” in Memphis TN in 2011.
Cody Slaughter, the 24 year old singing sensation, has the raw talent and passion that Elvis himself exhibited when he first started. Apart from his tribute to Elvis, Slaughter has a budding career as a country music singer and songwriter. But in spite of his repertoire and building a reputation with his own music Slaughter still says “My greatest joy is when I’m paying tribute to Elvis, his music and keeping his spirit alive with his fans”. www.codyrayslaughter.com
The Sweet Inspirations:
From the Queen of Soul, to the King of Rock and Roll, THE SWEET INSPIRATIONS have provided the background vocals on more platinum singles than any other group.
Unsurpassed in the industry, they were the most sought after background vocalists by producers to inspire their artists to do their best work. In addition to their work on some of Aretha Franklin’s greatest recordings in the late 60’s (including Son of a Preacher Man), their numerous recordings and live performances with Elvis Presley (from 1969 until his untimely passing in 1977), their work with Jimi Hendricks (on his Electric Ladyland recordings), to their work on most of Dionne Warwick’s recordings produced by Burt Bacarach (including Say a Little Prayer) THE SWEET INSPIRATIONS are a legendary force in the record industry with many of their own hits.
In 1967 Cissy Houston, Myrna Smith, Estelle Brown & Sylvia Shemwell were offered their own recording contract at Atlantic Records where they ultimately released five albums and numerous singles, leading off with their 1968 chart topper, “SWEET INSPIRATION” which reached #5 on the R&B chart and #18 on the Pop chart.
The Sweet Inspirations became even more in demand for background sessions as their popularity climbed shuffling between recordings and live performances with Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, and Elvis Presley as well as their own commitments. Elvis invited the Sweet Inspirations to be his female back up for all of his concerts and they never missed a show from 1969 until his untimely passing in 1977.
Though Cissy Houston left the group after their last Atlantic Recording, the original members Myrna Smith, Estelle Brown & Sylvia Shemwell recorded an excellent album for Stax Records in Memphis in 1973. After this – their final recording – the girls went their separate ways to pursue individual careers.
In 1978 THE SWEET INSPIRATIONS were asked to record backing vocals for Frankie Valli on the hit theme song to the major motion picture Grease. In 1979 the group hit the road with The Bee Gees on their Spirits Having Flown Tour. Reunited in 1994 to perform on selected shows (including a tribute to Elvis Presley), the original trio of Estelle, Myrna and Sylvia were joined by Portia Griffin who previously had sung with Herbie Hancock, Bobbie Brown, Jeffrey Osborne (for 18 years) and most recently The Black Crowes.
Today they continue to tour with the Elvis Tribute Show in the US as well as numerous engagements in Europe. They were also recently featured heavily on background vocals on the Pat Hodges Billboard Top Ten Club Hit, “LOVE REVOLUTION”. In 2004 they were featured on The Killers hit album Hot Fuss.
To this day THE SWEET INSPIRATIONS remain one of the most sought after recording groups throughout the world. The group continues to tour all over the world performing their own music and with various Elvis Tours. An all-new documentary recounting the struggles and triumphs of the Sweet Inspirations and their soulful sounds has just been released as well. www.sweetinspirationsmusic.com
*Lineup subject to change