2016 Elvis Week Memphis
& Images of the King Contest
August 9-16, 2016
Elvis Tribute Artist Contest and Showcase since 1987.
Join us in 2016 as we hold the 30th annual Images of the King World Championship and begin a complete year of celebrations leading to Image’s 30th Anniversary and the commemoration of 40 years since Elvis’ passing during Elvis Week in 2017!
2015 WRAP UP
I hope everyone made it home from Elvis Week safely and I want to tank you all for making the week so wonderful. It was so great seeing old friends and meeting new ones. Our Elvis Family grows every year and its a great pleasure meeting someone who is experiencing the joy of friends through Elvis for the very first time. I met several this past week.
I want to especially thank the wonderful ElvisFestival.com team who pulled together this week to bring fans the best week of entertainment we’ve ever produced. Producing these events takes a tireless commitment and they all gave in spades this week.
I want to thank our pool of judges, both those who were with us in Memphis and crowned our new Images of the King Champion Brycen Katolinsky (full results), and those who’ve worked with us at other festivals. We have our first ElvisFestival.com Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest (UETAC) Champion in Mr. David Lee. And while we couldn’t be happier for David, we are so proud of all the current and past ElvisFestival.com champions that participated in the UETAC. Sometimes we wish everyone could go home a champion. You all did great and we look forward to seeing you all at our events over the next year.
The Change of Habit Tribute Band worked around the clock both at our events and at the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest to provide all of the entertainers a backdrop with which they can best showcase themselves. It’s a long week for everyone but these guys have to stay on stage longer than anyone else in Memphis. Thanks for your hard work and your always can do attitude!
Thanks to Irv Cass our masterful Master of Ceremonies. What would an event be without Irv? Not only does he work all day on stage, but he’s in the theater helping with set up and breakdown, folding chairs and stacking tables.
And thank you to all of the very talented artists who graced our stage at The New Daisy Theatre this year. Thank you to all the contestants and all the headliners.
Our Sunday and Monday concerts presented the cream of the crop of Elvis entertainers showcasing five extraordinarily talented Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest Champions Shawn Klush, Cody Slaughter, Ben Portsmouth, Dean Z as Elvis, and Jay Dupuis. Thank you guys for continuing to bring your best! Ben Portsmouth also performed an acoustic show for his fans on Tuesday afternoon playing both Elvis tunes and some of his own music. It was a great afternoon.
Wednesday night’s Elvis Meets the Beatles was as big a hit in Memphis as it was in Lake George. Thank you to Cody, Chris Connor, and the Liverpool Legends for making the house rock!
Thursday’s Jukebox Live gave Irv Cass a chance to perform his tribute to Tom Jones. Dwight Icenhower and Robert Washington performed their energetic tributes to Elton John and James Brown. Dean joined us once again doing his tribute to Buddy Holly and the always entertaining Samantha Chambliss brought the house down as Marilyn Monroe (as always) and showed off her vocal talents as Connie Francis.
And Friday night’s “Elvis ’56” was all that we hoped it would be. Thank you to Terri Futreal for producing such wonderful entertainment for us. Thank you to David Fontana, Wade Bernard, Steve C, and Eddie Watson our Hillbilly Katz! Thank you again to Samantha and Cody for great performances that moved the audience from laughter to tears.
And we capped the enter week off with a fundraiser for Saint Jude’s Childrens Research Hospital in Memphis. We have over thirty Elvis Tribute Artists perform from all levels of the profession. Many of the UETAC Champions came out as did both professional and non professional Elvis entertainers from around the world. We raised almost $12,000 through ticket sales and collect just over $8,000 in donations from fans and the ETAs for a total benefit to Saint Jude’s of around $20,000!!! Not bad for our very first outing and we’re super excited to give back after a week that gave us so much!
We also had the opportunity to present two events at the Hard Rock Cafe Memphis. On Monday, we presented a viewing of the short film Nobody by Bill Bryan and on Wednesday we held a book signing for Kristin Brooks’ children’s book Wyatt and the King. It’s a pleasure to present projects such as this that introduce a new generation to the magic and music of Elvis Presley.
A final thanks to the staff at the New Daisy Theater!
I hope you enjoyed Elvis Week 2015 as much as I did. We look forward to seeing you agin next year or at one of our upcoming events. See www.ElvisFestival.com for a complete list.
In closing… for the first time ever I wrote on the wall outside of Graceland. While I’ve always enjoyed reading what others have written, I never felt inspired to add something of my own until this week. I’ll sign off with what I put on the wall…
Welcome to the website for Elvis Week in Memphis and the Elvis Tribute Artist Contest and Showcase that started it all. In 1987 Elvis’ friend and veterinarian Edward “Doc” Franklin built the foundation upon which the modern world of Elvis Tribute Artists stands on.
ElvisFestival.com is pleased to offer an exciting lineup for 2015. Doc Franklin’s Original Images of the King Elvis Tribute Artist Contest and Showcase will anchor the week at the New Daisy Theater on Beale Street, and we’ll be offer more headline shows with the very best Elvis Tribute Artists around including shows featuring Shawn Klush, Cody Ray Slaughter, Ben Portsmouth, Dean Z, Jay Dupuis, Chris Connor, Doug Church, Michael Chambliss and David Lee.
Wednesday night we’re please to present a very special show called “Elvis meets the Beatles.” This show brings together the very best Beatles tribute act, the Liverpool Legends and two great Elvis Tribute Artists, Cody Ray Slaughter and Chris Connor. Don’t miss a night of iconic performers and great rock and roll.
Our “Jukebox LIVE,” a tribute to the history of rock and roll will return for another Thursday matinee. The show will star Dean Z as Buddy Holly, Cliff Wright as Johnny Cash, Irv Cass as Tom Jones and many more talented performers. Once again we’re please to present special guest Samantha Chambliss with her hilarious tribute to Marilyn Monroe.
JUST ANNOUNCED! Friday night of Elvis Week at the New Daisy Theater we are proud to present the world premier of Cody Ray Slaughter in “Elvis ’56.” Cody will perform live with a period appropriate 5-piece band in a show recreating the magic of Elvis Presley as he went from being a local talent to in international sensation.
ElvisFestival.com and Images of the King is honored to host the Elvis Week St. Jude Research Hospital Benefit Concert at the New Daisy Theater. The money from all ticket sales will go to benefit St. Jude’s. Check out the Elvis Week Schedule for more details.
This year’s Elvis Tribute Artist Contest, open to any an all, will feature three divisions: Professional, Non-Professional and Youth.
Our events are all held on historic Beale Street, the heart of Memphis. Again this year we’ve made some changes to the set up at the New Daisy Theater to improve your comfort.
We hope you find all the information you’re looking for here, but if you can’t find something, don’t be afraid to call us at 1-888-406-5885 or contact us using the form on the website.
“Back in 1986, when we first started working on the show, we had no idea that people would still be interested 27 years later. Carry on!”
– Jackie Myrick (Jackie Franklin), January 2013