Seattle Invitationals 2012

15th Annual
2012 Seattle Invitationals

Saturday, January 14th 2012
EMP MUSEUM – Level 3
Seattle, WA

Saturday January 14th 2012,
Doors 7:30pm, Show at 8:00pm

“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!

Then, email BOTH and with the following information:

1. Name
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.


Media contacts:

Peter Verbrugge, 206-399-9565

Marlow Harris, 206-329-3795

21 and over with ID required

You can find downloadable files to print your own High Resolution Poster Graphics for this event here at this Flickr set link. Find the Original Size for whichever size you wish to print here.


King 5 Evening Magazine
and Jim Dever report on


Click Here to see Jim Dever’s performance of Blue Suede Shoes

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.







Past Seattle Invitationals

Seattle Invitationals 2011 videos and pics on

VIDEOS of all 2010 performers on

2010 Seattle Invitationals

2009 Seattle Invitationals

2007 Seattle Invitationals

2006 Seattle Invitationals

Assorted Seattle Invitationals Contestants from years past

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)


The King and I – 2005


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