2012 Seattle Invitationals
Saturday, January 14th 2012
EMP MUSEUM – Level 3
“It Happened at the Seattle Center”
A 50th Anniversary of the King´s visit to Seattle:
and the 15th Annual Seattle Invitationals
– Amateur tribute contest and all-star revue –
Hosted by KING 5’s Jim Dever
The Kentucky Rain Band
(w/Special guest Billy Joe Huels from The Dusty 45s on guitar)
Plus Special Guest opening band:
The Graceland Five
Special Guest Judges of Art Zone’s Nancy Guppy, KVI’s Mark Christopher, the “Vern Fonk Guy” Rob Thelke, Sweet Pea and more!
Plus other surprise “King” Tributes!
EMP Museum at Seatle Center
325 5th Avenue North Seattle, WA 98109
Tix: Tickets in advance $12 at
Brown Paper Tickets $15.00 (Day of Show)
21 and over with ID required
That’s right, the Grandaddy of all Seattle amateur musical contests” is back with a bang for the 50th Anniversary of “It Happened at the World´s Fair“
On Saturday, January 14th 2012, this beloved Seattle institution returns to Seattle and will once again beckon impersonators from near and far to represent just what “The King” really means to them! There is only one place in Seattle each year where you can see thirty different impersonators in full hip-gyrating, fried Chicken-eating and swooning action… You’ll probably even see his wife Priscilla, manager Colonel Tom Parker, best friend Red West in the crowd or on stage…
It’s all at the 15th annual
2012 Seattle Invitationals !
Lucky Attendee´s will see each performer tackle one of “The Kings” many personas: the innocent and magnetic country boy, the hip-swinging rockabilly superstar, The G.I. Guy, Hollywood playboy, the devout gospel singer, or the diamond-studded, gold-sun glassed Vegas crooner. Each amateur impersonator will get one chance to show what he (or she) is made of – a single shot to perform a song, in costume, backed by the fabulous Kentucky Rain band!
To start the evening off with a bang we invited back the Graceland Five band- playing supercharged punk rock versions of the Kings music. Following this 35 minute “super set” we´ll bring on several surprise guests and professional singers to warm the crowd up for the main event.
Performers – Sign Up Here!
We’re Looking for a few good Elvii!
Currently we are looking for amateur performers to sign up (and agree to perform one song in their own costume) on the legendary EMP stage. All contestants will be backed by the local longtime Pro outfit The Kentucky Rain Band. Interested parties should see the contest rules & judging criteria and the available songs.
Are you a budding ETA (Elvis Tribute Artist?) If you are not a professional and would like to perform and compete with other Northwest Elvii, please contact us!
First, CHOOSE A SONG HERE.
Then, email BOTH SeattleInvitationals@gmail.com and Marlow@SeattleTwist.com with the following information:
2. Your Song Choice(s) 1, 2 & 3
3. Your contact info
4. What town & neighborhood you live in
5. Photo as a ETA (if you have one!)
Providing prizes for the top twenty entries of the event will be Archie McPhee, Top Pot Doughnuts plus other fun sponsors.
Peter Verbrugge, 206-399-9565
Marlow Harris, 206-329-3795
21 and over with ID required
– PRINT MEDIA –
High Resolution Photos from previous events can be found here
and also here from previous years…
If you need high resolution Band Photos or promotional graphics
for this event, you can find the original high resolution files here.
Click the “ALL SIZES” button over the individual pics & download original sizes.
– SPONSORS –
Past Seattle Invitationals
Interview with Helen Anne Gately (Hellon Wheels), Seattle’s Lady Elvis
Jim Dever of Evening Magazine infiltrated the Seattle Invitationals in 2007
Meet Colonel Parker, Priscilla and Hellon Wheels
Invitationals 2005 Stage Page
(lots of performance shots)
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