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The King Elvis tribute artists to perform Oct. 19 at Renaissance Center

Staff Report • Oct 12, 2012 at 4:21 AM

Local Elvis Presley fans can see performances from six different Elvis tribute artists next week during the Third Annual Elvis Extravaganza, a benefit show that helps raise money for veterans associations in East Tennessee.

The Elvis Extravaganza will be held Friday, Oct. 19 at the Kingsport Renaissance Center, 1200 E. Center St. Show time is 7 p.m. Admission is $10.

In previous years, the benefit was held in Knoxville and Talbott, Tenn., respectively, with proceeds going to the Disabled American Veterans Chapter No. 24. Proceeds from this year’s extravaganza will benefit Kingsport’s East Tennessee Veterans Association.

This year’s event will be hosted by Knoxville Elvis tribute artist Ronnie Miller.

Miller, a veteran of the U.S. Army, is a national, multi-award winning Elvis tribute artist and a member of the Elvis Entertainers Network.

Kingsport resident Jimmy Fields, another Elvis tribute artist and Army veteran, will co-host this year’s event. Fields is active in local veterans affairs in his community.

Other Elvis tribute artists set to perform are Terry Turner from Lincoln, Ala.; Joey Trites from Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; Brandon E. from Athens, Tenn.; and Gary Bigwood from Corryton, Tenn.

Mary Fields, Jimmy Fields’ wife, is one of the organizers and promoters of next week’s event, and says all of these Elvis tribute artists have one thing in common.

“They’re all trying to keep the memory of Elvis alive. They are kind of like a brotherhood and they all just come to be friends because of their love of Elvis,” she said.

Each Elvis tribute artist will perform for more than 20 minutes in a stage-show style performance piece as the original Elvis. From the late 1950s rebel to the 1960s movie era to the 1970s concert shows, every genre of Elvis’ music will be covered during the event.

For more information about the Elvis Extravaganza, call Missy Miller at (865) 684-6082 or Mary Sue Fields at (423) 863-6843.

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