Nashville Elvis Festival has moved to Jamison Theater in The Factory at Franklin, located just south of downtown Nashville in the charming suburb of Franklin, Tennessee. The festival’s new venue will allow for new vendor space, free parking and larger crowds, as most shows sell out each year.
Legendary entertainer PAT BOONE will close out the festival with what he says will be his final Nashville concert appearance. Billed as an evening of stories and songs, Boone will perform his biggest hits (such as “Love Letters in the Sand” and “April Love”), reminisce about his incredible career, and share some loving memories of his friend Elvis as well. One of America’s most beloved performers, Boone has sold over 45 million records worldwide, starred in 15 feature films, hosted his own hit ABC television series, and he has 3 stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Other special guests confirmed to appear include LARRY STRICKLAND of The Stamps, who recorded and toured with Elvis; CHARLES STONE, who worked for Colonel Parker assisting on Elvis tours as a promoter, booking agent and security; Multi-platinum recording artist MICHAEL SWEET (Stryper/BOSTON); Award-winning singer-songwriter and TV/Radio personality GARY CHAPMAN; CHARLIE MATTOS of WSM Radio’s “Coffee, Country & Cody,” Grand Ole Opry’s GINA KELTNER and more.
The festival will also feature headliner performances from Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest® world champions BILL CHERRY (2009), DEAN Z (2013), BEN THOMPSON (2018) and reigning champion TAYLOR RODRIGUEZ (2019). Also appearing are Nashville’s reigning champion, AL JOSLIN, fan favorites MICHAEL CULLIPHER and RILEY JENKINS, and King of the Elvis festival late night parties, JEFF LEWIS — an award-winning Elvis Tribute Artist, GRAMMY® nominated singer-songwriter, actor and emcee.
A highlight of each Nashville Elvis Festival is the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest preliminary round, with the winner moving on to Graceland's Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest Semifinal & Finals in Memphis during Elvis Week each August. 20 contestants have been hand-selected and invited to compete in Nashville, coming from all over the USA as well as Australia, Canada, Norway, Chile, England, Germany and Ireland. Backing all live performances will be Australia’s TIC Band, known for their performances all over the world backing tribute artists and giving the feeling and excitement of being at an actual Elvis concert.
TOM BROWN returns as the festival’s host and emcee. For nearly 2 decades, he has served as a host for Graceland's Elvis Week, Tupelo Elvis Festival and numerous other Elvis events around the country. He can be seen on Graceland's popular "Gates of Graceland" web series, and heard each weekday hosting "Tom Brown in the Morning" on Sunny 93.3 in his hometown of Tupelo, Mississippi.
Nashville Elvis Festival is produced by Tom Brown & Brian Mayes for Music City Festivals.
For tickets or more information, please visit the official website at www.NashvilleElvisFestival.com.