February Has Elvis Fever

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February seems to have Elvis fever.

Donny Edwards is one of the most sought after Elvis tribute artist in the world, and you can catch him in concert on Feb. 11 for his “Donny Edwards ‘A True Tribute to Elvis’” show at the Fine Arts Center in Van Buren. Recently, Edwards was a top three finalist on ABC’s “The Next Best Thing.” This two-time world champion Elvis tribute artist will be backed by the eight-member band Fever. Edwards will take you through Elvis’ early years, and Las Vegas era with the looks, the moves and the voice. This Vegas-style show has been selling out all over the country, so get your tickets by calling 281-713-8140. Visit Donnyedwardslive.com for more information.

While you’re in Van Buren, you might as well head next door to Fort Smith and visit the Chaffee Barbershop Museum. Thousands of GIs received their first Army haircut here, one of whom was Elvis Presley. His famous Army haircut received national publicity when he reported for military duty. The museum contains period barbershop furnishings, Elvis photographs and Fort Chaffee historical exhibits. Visit Chaffeecrossing.com or call 479-452-4554 for more information.

On top of those experiences, you can catch Cody Slaughter in Million Dollar Quartet on Feb. 21-26 at the Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville. Slaughter has been tagged as one of the most talented, young Elvis tribute artists in the country. Born and raised in Harrison, Ark., Slaughter began entertaining at the age of 13 and was recently named 2011’s “Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist” by Elvis Presley Enterprises.

His likeness to the King is both uncanny and unmistakable, but his undying passion for the one he calls “the greatest entertainer of all time” is what makes his heartfelt performances so stunning and unforgettable. “My greatest joy is when I am paying tribute to Elvis and his music and trying to keep his spirit alive with his fans,” says Slaughter in a recent press release.

He’ll keep the spirit of Elvis alive in the new smash-hit musical inspired by the famed recording session that brought together rock ‘n’ roll icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins for the first and only time. On Dec. 4, 1956, those rock ‘n’ roll icons gathered at Sun Records in Memphis for what would be one of the greatest jam sessions ever. Million Dollar Quartet features a score of rock hits including “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Fever,” “That’s All Right,” “Sixteen Tons,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “Walk the Line,” “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On,” “Who Do You Love?,” “Matchbox,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” “Hound Dog” and more. Visit Waltonartscenter.org for tickets or more information.

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