This weekend, a handful of Ballard residents will be competing to be crowned Seattle’s Amateur Elvis Tribute Contest at the Experience Music Projec’s Sky Church. In honor of Elvis’s birthday week, the competition on Saturday, Jan. 12 will bring 30 impersonators to the stage, where they’ll perform classic Elvis songs, eat fried chicken, and dance the night away.
Here’s a preview of the Ballard Elvises (Elvi?), from Marlow Harris:
“Priscilla” and Jimmy Peschel-Elvis
Returning after a two-year hiatus, Ballard resident Jimmy Peschel will be doing his best to channel the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll, singing the perennial Elvis favorite “Never Been to Spain”. Jimmy, 11-year officer in the U.S. Coast Guard and now a Quality Assurance Manager for Foss Maritime, is a uber-fabulous ETA (Elvis Tribute Artist) by night, and is bringing his own posse of fabulous friends to the event to root him on to success.
Clay Volz-Elvis, Manager of NoMa in Ballard
Always a favorite, and not missing any Seattle Invitational competitions in nearly 10 years, Clay Volz will be appearing to wow the crowd and do his best to win this year’s Belt of Excellence. Clay is the manager of the Ballard Condominium “NoMa” and his favorite things about Ballard are the friendly people and the new Red Mill Burgers in the old Totem House.
“Cab Elvis” – David Groh
And now, back from Hawaii for his Come-Back Special, Ballard native CAB ELVIS is returning to Seattle to compete and go for the gold. You may remember Cab Elvis from the early ‘oughts, when he drove a cab around town dressed as the King of Rock and Roll. Well he’s BACK and now driving cab for Flat Rate For Fire. You can call and request him for your next party and he’ll show up in full Elvis regalia!
The Elvis Birthday Week celebrations don’t stop there; Top Pot Doughnuts is celebrating with “King’s Rings,” which are maple-glazed doughnuts topped with bacon. Available only today, the King’s Rings are to celebrate what would have been Elvis’s 78th birthday. To get tickets for Saturday’s Elvis showdown, click here.