The inaugural New England Elvis Festival will be held September 4-6 at the Radison Hotel in Manchester, NH. On September 5, there will be a performance of “Aloha from New England,” which features 2007’s Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Competition winner, Shawn Klush, recreating Elvis’ famous “Aloha from Hawaii” concert. The show will open with Pete Paquette doing a tribute to Elvis’ early years, and both Paquette and Klush will be backed by the Change of Habit Tribute Band with Ronnie Craig serving as the master of ceremonies,
Other highlights include an extensive Elvis memorabilia and souvenir sale, a free morning Gospel Concert on September 6 and after-hours events. Tickets for “Aloha from New England” and a pass to all the other festival activities and packages range from $65-$115. Tickets for only “Aloha from New England” start at $35. All tickets go on sale on April 13.
Modeled after the highly successful Lake George Elvis Festival held in New York’s Adirondack Mountains, the three-day event will feature 20 of the world’s most seasoned Elvis Tribute Artists (ETAs) vying for the champion’s crown and more than $3,500 in prize money.
“For the past few years we’ve been looking to transplant our festival to a larger, more cosmopolitan stage,” Jason Sherry, president of Adirondack Promotions, whose company has overseen the Lake George event since its inception in 2005, said in a statement. “Our inaugural event in this market will feature the country’s finest tribute artists performing some of Elvis’ most beloved songs.”
Professional ETAs from all corners of the country and as far a field as England and Australia have been invited to appear. Those taking part will perform 15-minute sets on September 4-5 and will have their results from both nights tabulated to determine the overall winner.
All performers have experience playing at major venues in Las Vegas or Memphis. “The level of talent we’ve assembled will capture our fans’ hearts and give them a memorable show all weekend long,” said Tribute Artist Advisor Terry Collins.
“I’ve seen hundreds of ETAs perform across the country, but there’s only one person who makes me sit still for 90 minutes with my mouth open in amazement and that’s Shawn,” added Collins. “He’s the complete package. He has the vocals, appearance, stage presence and overall performance. And that’s why he won Elvis Presley Enterprises’ first Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist competition two years ago.”