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Aug 17

Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest Semifinal Round One
8/17/2012
10:00 a.m. Cannon Center for the Performing Arts, 255 North Main Street
Details: See the best tribute artists from around the world compete in Round One of the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest Semifinals. During Round One, all semifinalists will sing one song on stage in front of a panel of judges. The Elvis tribute artists with the highest scores will proceed on to Round Two later that evening. All Elvis tribute artists will be backed up by the EAS Band. Visit the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest page for a list of tribute artists who have already qualified and more about the contest. Seating for this round is general admission. Two-day tickets for the contest are $69 - and include one ticket to each of three rounds of the contest. The $139 two-day VIP ticket, which included premium seating, a collectible lanyard/badge and access to the Hard Rock Meet 'n' Greet, is now SOLD OUT. A ticket to Round One ONLY is also available for $10. Tickets can be purchased online at Ticketmaster.com, by calling Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000, at any Ticketmaster outlet or at the Cannon Center box office.

Phone: 800-745-3000
Conversations on Elvis - Behind the Stage
8/17/2012
1:30 p.m. Elvis Week Main Stage Entertainment Pavilion, Graceland
Details: Hosted by Tom Brown, Vice President of Original Productions for Turner Classic Movies (TCM), this event will explore what went on behind the scenes of Elvis' touring productions with special guests who were there to experience it. Guests are: Lisa Marie Presley, Elvis' only daughter;  Sam Thompson, Elvis' friend who worked as a personal bodyguard for him at home and on tour; Dick Grob, who served as chief of security for Elvis; Charles Stone, tour producer for Elvis throughout the 1970s; Loanne Parker, who was hired in 1971 by RCA Records Tours as the tour secretary for Elvis and held that position throughout his touring years - she was also Colonel Parker's companion and confidant for over 25 years and they married in 1990; and Tom Moffatt, a celebrated Hawaiian DJ who brought Elvis to Hawaii and worked with him through the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s. Tickets are $20. Starting August 9, tickets available for purchase will be located at Graceland Guest Services. Tickets may also be purchased at the door 30 minutes prior to the start, pending availability.


Email: glsales@elvis.com
Phone: 800-238-2000 or 901-332-3322
Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest Semifinal Round Two
8/17/2012
7:00 p.m. Cannon Center for the Performing Arts, 255 North Main Street
Details: Enjoy hours of Elvis music and entertainment as the top Elvis tribute artists from Round One, compete during Round Two of the contest for their chance to advance to the Final Round on Saturday, August 18. The top Elvis tribute artists moving on to the Final Round will be announced at the end of the competition. All Elvis tribute artists will be backed up by the EAS Band. Round Two will also feature a special performance by the 2007 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest winner Shawn Klush. Visit the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest page for a list of tribute artists who have already qualified and more about the contest. Two-day tickets for the contest are $69 - and include one ticket to each of three rounds of the contest. The $139 two-day VIP ticket, which included premium seating, a collectible lanyard/badge and access to the Hard Rock Meet 'n' Greet, is now SOLD OUT. A ticket to Round Two ONLY is also available for $25. Tickets can be purchased online at Ticketmaster.com, by calling Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000, at any Ticketmaster outlet or at the Cannon Center box office.

Phone: 800-745-3000
Elvis Luau Dance Party
8/17/2012
10:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m. Elvis Week Main Stage Entertainment Pavilion, Graceland
Details: Rock-a-hula at an Elvis luau-themed dance party with Elvis Radio DJ Argo. Tickets are $25. Starting August 9, tickets available for purchase will be located at Graceland Guest Services. Tickets may also be purchased at the door 30 minutes prior to the start, pending availability.

Email: glsales@elvis.com
Phone: 800-238-2000 or 901-332-3322
Plastic Products Record Plant – Hub Of Rock ‘n’ Roll Historic Marker Dedication
8/17/2012
9:00 a.m. Plastic Products Record Plant, 1746 Chelsea Avenue (in North Memphis, just west of McLean Avenue)
Details: A key part of the rock ‘n’ roll wave that swept America in the 1950s was started by R.E. “Buster” Williams, who opened Plastic Products in 1949. His company quickly became a major producer of the 45-rpm records that revolutionized the music industry and filled jukeboxes and record collections across America. Knowing the struggles of small, independent recording studios, such as Sun, Williams offered them generous credit terms. By 1956, Plastic Products was pressing records round the clock for more than 49 labels nationwide, including STAX, Chess, Atlantic, ABC, Ace, Hi, Meteor, and Veejay records. In that same year, Williams doubled production, turning out more than 65,000 records a day. Recording artists often would visit the huts to see their records being created. In 1954, a young Elvis Presley showed up to see his early hit “That’s All Right” rolling off the presses. FREE to attend. For more information, visit JimmyOgle.com or call 901-604-5002.

Web: jimmyogle.com/
Phone: 901-604-5002
Spirit of the King
8/17/2012
11:00 p.m. Cannon Center for the Performing Arts, 255 North Main Street
Details: This late night tribute and concert features 2007 Ultimate ETA Contest winner Shawn Klush and the 2011 Ultimate ETA Contest winner Cody Slaughter. The concert will follow the Ultimate ETA Contest Semifinal Round Two. This late night concert will also pay tribute to Elvis’ legendary performers for their contributions to the legacy of Elvis’ music. Special guest appearances include: Gordon Stoker, the original member and founder of Elvis’ legendary back up group The Jordanaires; Ray Walker, the bass singer of The Jordanaires who together with Gordon and can be heard on hundreds of Elvis recordings; Millie Kirkham, Elvis’ female backup vocalist who recorded with Elvis from 1957-1971; and The Blackwood Quartet, an award-winning Quartet and one of Elvis’ favorite family gospel singers. For more information, call 818-991-3892. Tickets can be purchased online at Ticketmaster.com, by calling Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000, at any Ticketmaster outlet or at the Cannon Center box office.

Web: www.ticketmaster.com/event/1B00482A8A3B55A8?artistid=1205568&majorcatid=10001&minorcatid=52
Phone: 800-745-3000
Meet 'n' Greet with Lowell Hays
8/17/2012
12:00 - 2:00 p.m. Gallery Elvis, Graceland Plaza.
Details: Meet jeweler Lowell Hays, the creator of Elvis’ famous TCB ring. Also available on August 10: 12:00 - 2:00 p.m.  August 11: 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. August 12: 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. August 13: 12:00 -2:00 p.m. August 14: 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. August 15: 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. August 16: 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. August 17: 12:00 - 2:00 p.m. August 18: 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Sony Music Panel
8/17/2012
4:30 p.m. Elvis Week Main Stage, Graceland
Details: Find out more about upcoming releases from John Jackson, Vice President of A&R and Content Development for Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, and Ernst Jorgensen and Roger Semon, record producers for Sony and the team responsible for the Follow That Dream Record label. In anticipation of the upcoming release of “Prince From Another Planet,” included will be a screening of the never-before-seen footage from Elvis’ performance in Madison Square Garden in June 1972. The panel will also include more about the “I am an Elvis Fan” release, upcoming FTD projects and a chance to get answers to your questions about Elvis’ music. FREE to attend.


Free Entertainment Tent at Graceland Crossing
8/11/2012 - 8/18/2012
Details: Continuous presentation of Elvis music performed live by various singers and bands, plus other activities. A schedule for the Elvis Week entertainment tent will be available at the Elvis Week information table upon arrival in Memphis.

Morning and Evening Walk Ups to Meditation Garden
8/10/2012 - 8/18/2012
7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.
Details: Daily throughout the year, there is a special period of time for free admission walk up visits to the Meditation Garden at Graceland. Elvis Week morning walk ups will be from 7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. on August 10-19. Morning walk-ups may not be available on August 16 due to the Candlelight Vigil. Elvis Week evening walk ups will be from 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. on August 10-14 and August 16-19. Evening walk-ups will not be available the night of August 15 due to the Candlelight Vigil.

Children's Activities at Ticket Pavilion
8/10/2012 - 8/18/2012
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at Graceland Ticket Pavilion
Details: Children can enjoy arts and crafts each day while learning about the history of the King of Rock 'n' Roll.

Elvis Week 2012 - 35th Anniversary Celebration
8/10/2012 - 8/18/2012
Memphis, Tennessee
Details:

Elvis Week 2012 will be the 35th anniversary and we know fans from around the world are already looking to make plans to be in Memphis for this very special celebration. Each event is feature in the calendar of events or you can see the complete schedule at www.ElvisWeek.com.

Multiple Day Events

Free Entertainment Tent at Graceland Crossing
August 11 - 18. Continuous presentation of Elvis music performed live by various singers and bands, plus other activities. A schedule for the Elvis Week entertainment tent will be available at the Elvis Week information table upon arrival in Memphis.

Morning and Evening Walk Ups to Meditation Garden
Daily throughout the year, there is a special period of time for free admission walk up visits to the Meditation Garden at Graceland. Elvis Week morning walk ups will be from 7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. on August 10-19. Morning walk-ups may not be available on August 16 due to the Candlelight Vigil. Elvis Week evening walk ups will be from 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. on August 10-14 and August 16-19. Evening walk-ups will not be available the night of August 15 due to the Candlelight Vigil.

Kids/Youth Karaoke at Graceland Crossing
August 14 and August 18: 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. at Graceland Crossing. Children will receive prizes for participating in our karaoke event. Ages for karaoke are 17 and below.

Children's Activities at Ticket Pavilion
August 10 - 18: 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at Graceland Ticket Pavilion. Children can enjoy arts and crafts each day while learning about the history of the King of Rock 'n' Roll.

Gospel Breakfast Buffet in Chrome Grille
August 12 and August 18: 7:00 a.m. at Chrome Grille. Elvis fans can enjoy an all-you-can-eat American-style breakfast buffet for only $7.95.


Meet 'n' Greet with Betty Harper
August 12 - 15: 12:00 - 5:00 p.m. Heartbreak Hotel. Meet artist Betty Harper, view her broad collection of original Elvis portraits that illustrate the personal side of Elvis and take home some great pieces of art.

Meet 'n' Greet with Lowell Hays
August 10: 12:00 - 2:00 p.m.  August 11: 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. August 12: 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. August 13: 12:00 -2:00 p.m. August 14: 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. August 15: 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. August 16: 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. August 17: 12:00 - 2:00 p.m. August 18: 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. Gallery Elvis, Graceland Plaza. Meet jeweler Lowell Hays, the creator of Elvis’ famous TCB ring.


Lowell Hays Trunk Show
August 12: 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. August 13: 12:00 - 2:00 p.m. August 14: 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. August 15: 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. Gallery Elvis, Graceland Plaza. Meet jeweler Lowell Hays, the creator of Elvis’ famous TCB ring. View both his fine and fashion jewelry lines featuring items made from the original molds of Elvis’ jewelry. Lowell will be debuting several new items during this 35th anniversary Elvis Week.

Meet 'n' Greet with Joe Petruccio
August 12: 4:00 - 9:00 p.m.  August 13-15: 3:00-9:00 p.m. Everything Elvis, Graceland Crossing. Meet artist Joe Petruccio, view his new fine art pieces, and don’t miss out on Graceland exclusive 35th anniversary merchandise featuring his artwork.                        

Meet 'n' Greet with Darwin Lamm
August 12: 2:00 - 5:00 p.m. and August 14: 12:00 - 5:00 p.m. at Heartbreak Hotel. August 15: 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. and August 16: 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. at Good Rockin' Record Shop, Graceland Plaza. Meet Darwin Lamm, publisher of "Elvis...The Magazine." 35th Anniversary issues of "Elvis...The Magazine" and other books by by Darwin will be available for purchase and for him to autograph.

Shop for your favorite Elvis fashions with B & K Costume Company
August 13 - 15: 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. at Elvis On Tour, Graceland Crossing. Don’t miss the expanded assortment of stage and casual clothing plus jewelry available only for this 35th anniversary Elvis Week. Butch and Kim Polston will be on hand to assist you with your Elvis fashion purchases.

Ornament signing by Lisa Kelechava, Founder and Designer Joy to the World Collectibles, Inc.
August 15: 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.  and 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. August 16: 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. at Walk a Mile Gift Shop, Graceland Plaza. Lisa will be on hand to sign the Graceland Collection of handcrafted ornaments. Celebrate Elvis Week with these limited collectibles including the new Graceland 3D ornament- new for 2012! All Joy To The World ornaments are designed exclusively for Graceland and are created completely by hand by the finest European artisans. All elements of production are created the old fashion way, from the initial glass blowing stage to the final touches of glitter.

If I Can Dream International Art Exhibition
July 21 – September 16. Brooks Museum of Art, 1934 Poplar Avenue. Come and see the winning pieces of artwork for the "If I Can Dream Art Contest and Exhibition." All original artwork in the exhibition will inspired by the song "If I Can Dream," sang by Elvis during the closing of his 1968 NBC television special. Through August 19, you will have the opportunity to vote for your favorite piece and a “Fans’ Favorite” will be announced following Elvis Week. Find out more about the Brooks Museum of Art, including hours and admission, by clicking here.

Elvis is in the Building Photography Exhibition
June 23 – October 31. Brooks Museum of Art, 1934 Poplar Avenue. Elvis is in the Building, a photography exhibition curated by Marina Pacini, Chief Curator and Curator of American, Modern, and Contemporary Art, will be on view at the Brooks from June 23 through October 31. Consisting of early, yet iconic photographs of Elvis Presley, the exhibition includes an Ernest Withers photograph of Elvis and B.B. King at the 1957 WDIA Goodwill Revue and a 1956 image of Elvis on his Harley-Davidson motorcycle by Alfred Wertheimer. Find out more about the Brooks Museum of Art, including hours and admission, by clicking here.


"Elvis at 21: Photographs by Alfred Wertheimer" at Pink Palace

July 21 - October 14, 2012 at Pink Palace Museum in Memphis. Come relive the King’s innocent younger days and feel the energy of a young man who was only just beginning to realize his potential at the "Elvis at 21: Photographs by Alfred Wertheimer" Exhibit. The Pink Palace will extend their hours until 9:00 p.m. on August 10 - 15 for the 35th celebration.


All events, guests, ticket prices and other information listed below are subject to change at any time.


Email: glsales@elvis.com
Web: www.elvis.com/elvisweek/default.aspx?=2011
Phone: 800-238-2000 or 901-332-3322
If I Can Dream International Art Exhibition
7/21/2012 - 9/16/2012
Brooks Museum of Art, 1934 Poplar Avenue.
Details: Brooks Museum of Art, 1934 Poplar Avenue. Come and see the winning pieces of artwork for the "If I Can Dream Art Contest and Exhibition." All original artwork in the exhibition will inspired by the song "If I Can Dream," sang by Elvis during the closing of his 1968 NBC television special. Through August 19, you will have the opportunity to vote for your favorite piece and a “Fans’ Favorite” will be announced following Elvis Week. Find out more about the Brooks Museum of Art, including hours and admission, by clicking here.

Web: brooksmuseum.org/
"Elvis at 21: Photographs by Alfred Wertheimer" at the Pink Palace Museum
7/21/2012 - 10/14/2012
July 21 - October 14. Pink Palace Museum, 3050 Central Avenue in Memphis.
Details: Come relive the King’s innocent younger days and feel the energy of a young man who was only just beginning to realize his potential. Alfred Wertheimer’s gorgeous photo exhibit has been displayed in prestigious museums and galleries across the country, including the National Portrait Gallery in D.C. and the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles. The exhibit is finally coming back to its rightful home here in Memphis just in time for Elvis Week 2012. The Pink Palace will be extending their hours until 9:00 p.m. on August 10 - 15 for the week-long celebration.

Web: www.memphismuseums.org/exhibit-14909/
Elvis is in the Building Photography Exhibition
6/23/2012 - 10/31/2012
Brooks Museum of Art, 1934 Poplar Avenue.
Details: Elvis is in the Building, a photography exhibition curated by Marina Pacini, Chief Curator and Curator of American, Modern, and Contemporary Art, will be on view at the Brooks from June 23 through October 31. Consisting of early, yet iconic photographs of Elvis Presley, the exhibition includes an Ernest Withers photograph of Elvis and B.B. King at the 1957 WDIA Goodwill Revue and a 1956 image of Elvis on his Harley-Davidson motorcycle by Alfred Wertheimer. Find out more about the Brooks Museum of Art, including hours and admission, by clicking here.

Web: brooksmuseum.org/