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April 2, 2014

Put on your blue suede shoes – it’s Elvis time

Kraig Parker brings acclaimed Elvis tribute show to Weatherford Friday

There are many Elvis Presley tribute artists, but few are as critically acclaimed as Kraig Parker.

From Las Vegas to London, Parker has been called the ultimate image of “The King of Rock and Roll.” He has been astonishing crowds more than 16 years with his Presley tribute.

Local Elvis fans will have the chance to get all shook up with Parker and his Elvis show Friday night at Durant Auditorium on the Weatherford High School campus. The show is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. with the doors opening at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 each and are available in the WHS main office or by emailing cgross@weatherfordisd.com.

Friday’s show is a fundraiser for the WHS Senior Class and Project Graduation, which provides a night of safe fun and entertainment for seniors following graduation ceremonies.

All ages are shook up by Parker’s amazing likeness to Presley in look, voice, moves and stage presence. There is screaming, there is swooning and there is the trademark scarf giveaway.

This exciting performance has left audiences stunned, thrilled and hungry for more.

Unlike many imitators, Parker hits the stage with a full Las Vegas-style show band that is second to none. He has been joined on stage by some of Presley’s original singers such as The Jordanaires, The Stamps Quartet and the Sweet Inspirations. In addition, several of Presley’s original body guards, as well as Loanne Parker, widow of Col. Tom Parker, Presley’s manager, have welcomed Parker as a premier tribute to Elvis and a good friend.

Prior to performing as Presley, Parker led various rock bands and recording projects, but never seemed to find his niche in the music business until he donned a rhinestone jumpsuit and portrayed the king at an office party. From then on, he knew he was meant to play the role of Elvis Presley.

Since forming the project in 1996, Parker has toured his Royal Tribute Band and Orchestra around the world in major venues, such as sports arenas, concert halls, performing arts theaters, casinos and fairs.

In August 2004, the London Times hailed Parker as the world’s foremost Elvis tribute performer.

 “The fans are amazing and God has blessed me with an awesome gift,” says Parker.

For more about Parker and his show, go to thekinglives.com.

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