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Published: 04/01/2013
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Bree Ortiz 505-768-3452 bortiz@cabq.gov

The Spirit of Elvis Lives on in Albuquerque on April 5th & 6th

ALBUQUERQUE, NM-For two days in April the spirit of Elvis Presley will be alive in Historic Old Town Albuquerque.On Friday, April 5th, the public is invited to attend and participate in an Elvis karaoke concert on the Plaza from 5 - 8 p.m., where anyone can step up to the microphone. Guests are encouraged to dress up like the King for the look-alike contest, wear 50's-style apparel, or just to come as they are for this lively and enjoyable event. Before the night is over, the best Elvis karaoke performer will be crowned as "The King."

The fun continues on Saturday, April 6th. Kick off the day with a variety of Elvis activities beginning at 10 a.m., including Elvis trivia at the Gazebo and a Classic Car Show that will celebrate the style of the era. Listen to the popular rockabilly trio Cowboys & Indian from 1 - 2:30 p.m. at the Gazebo. Bring the family and enjoy learning all about the King of Rock 'n Roll. For those people who are feeling particularly brave, a visit to the Elvis Sandwich Stand might hit just the right spot --- especially if you like fried peanut butter and banana sandwiches!

Elvis came to Albuquerque in April 1956, just before his song "Heartbreak Hotel" hit No. 1 on the charts. He played two shows at the Armory and stayed at the Bottger Mansion of Old Town Bed and Breakfast. His music has made a lasting impact on later generations, and celebrating his rock and roll legacy can be fun for everyone.

In 1956 it would have cost you $1.50 - $1.75 to see Elvis perform in the Duke City, but admission is free for the Elvis tribute weekend. This event is presented in partnership with the Old Town Merchants Association and the Bottger Mansion of Old Town.
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