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NEW ELVIS FESTIVAL COMING TO NASHVILLE
September 01, 2016  -  Press Release  /  Elvis Express Radio
Music City Festivals, LLC is proud to announce the Nashville Elvis Festival - a premier Elvis event unlike any other, celebrating the music and legacy of Elvis Presley. Fans from
around the world will gather in Middle Tennessee March 30-April 2, 2017 for 4 days of celebrity appearances, live music events and on-stage interviews with Elvis’ friends and band
members - hosted by TOM BROWN, a longtime host of select Elvis Week events and one of the hosts of the Gates of Graceland web series.

Two special VIP events will feature live recreations of the “’68 Comeback Special” and an Elvis recording session inside one of Music City’s top recording studios (featured on the
hit series Nashville). And Nashville Elvis Festival will also be hosting an Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest preliminary round with the winner moving on to Elvis Presley Enterprises’
Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest Semifinal Round in Memphis during Elvis Week 2017.

Tickets will go on sale on Friday, August 26 at 10:00 a.m. CDT at http://www.NashvilleElvisFestival.com. The historic Franklin Theatre will serve as the host venue, with additional
events taking place at Paragon Studios and GRAYS on Main – all located just south of downtown Nashville in the charming suburb of Franklin, Tennessee.

Special guests for Nashville Elvis Festival will include members of Elvis’ inner circle, who will share their memories of the King of Rock and Roll. Among those scheduled to appear
are Jerry Schilling, Elvis' best friend, “Memphis Mafia” member, entertainment industry veteran and an Executive Producer of the 2016 feature film, Elvis & Nixon; D.J. Fontana, a
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee who was Elvis' drummer for 14 years and played on over 460 of his RCA cuts; Richard Sterban of The Oak Ridge Boys, who toured with J.D.
Sumner and the Stamps Quartet singing backup for Elvis (as seen in the film, Elvis On Tour); Norbert Putnam, an original member of the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section and
legendary session musicians Nashville Cats, who is featured on many of Elvis' best recordings; Disc jockey and television game show host Wink Martindale, who was at the studio
the night Dewey Phillips played Elvis' "That's All Right” for the first time. Wink hosted the TV show Teenage Dance Party, which featured Elvis as a special guest and the two
became lifelong friends; Sandy Martindale, who dated Elvis for six years and remained friends with him throughout his life. She’s also featured as a dancer in several Elvis movies
including Viva Las Vegas; and Armond Morales, best-known as the bass vocalist (and founding member) for the legendary vocal group, The Imperials. The group is well known to
Elvis fans, thanks to the years they spent backing Elvis on tour and in Las Vegas (as seen in the 1970 documentary film Elvis: That’s the Way It Is); and also appearing is
legendary Gospel artist Joanne Cash, the younger sister of Johnny Cash, who first met Elvis when he opened for her famous brother. Additional guests will be announced.

Nashville Elvis Festival will also feature performances by some of the top Elvis Tribute Artists in the world. Scheduled to appear are Bill Cherry, the 2009 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist
Contest winner and co-star of the Elvis Lives Tour; Jay Dupuis, the 2014 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest winner and co-star of the Elvis Lives Tour; and Jeff Lewis, an award-
winning Elvis Tribute Artist, GRAMMY® nominated singer-songwriter, actor and emcee. The festival house band for all live performances will be The EAS Band, the official band for
EPE’s 2016 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest, known for their performances all over the world backing tribute artists and giving the feeling and excitement of being at an actual
Elvis concert.

Nashville Elvis Festival is produced by Tom Brown & Brian Mayes for Music City Festivals, LLC

Connect with Nashville Elvis Festival:
Website:
http://www.nashvilleelvisfestival.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nashvilleelvisfestival/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/NashElvisFest
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nashvilleelvisfestival/

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NASHVILLE ELVIS FESTIVAL
Schedule of Events

Please note that tickets for all events are sold separately!

LOCATIONS:
Franklin Theatre, 419 Main Street, Franklin, TN 37064
Paragon Studios, 320 Billingsly Ct, Franklin, TN 37067
GRAYS on Main, 332 Main Street, Franklin, TN 37064

Thursday, March 30, 2017 - VIP DAY!

THE TCB SESSIONS - Special VIP Events with very limited seating!
Our two special VIP Thursday events will take place at Paragon Studios ​- one of the nation’s top recording facilities! Fans of the hit TV series Nashville​ will recognize the interior of
Paragon Studios, which has been featured repeatedly on the show. This is a world-class recording studio and post-production facility popular with many of today’s top artists,
including Amy Grant, Billy Ray Cyrus, Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood, Charlie Daniels, Dolly Parton, Dwight Yoakam, Faith Hill, Gavin DeGraw, John Hiatt, Keith Urban, Kenny
Loggins, Kris Kristofferson, Mac Davis, Marc Cohn, Michael W. Smith, Patty Griffin, Peter Frampton, Richard Marx, Sugarland, Tim McGraw, Vince Gill, Wynonna and many more.
Numerous TV and Film soundtracks have been recorded here as well, including Nashville, Vampire Diaries, Suits, VeggieTales, Divergent, Olympus Has Fallen, Soul Surfer, Cloudy
With A Chance of Meatballs 2, Country Strong, Safe Haven and many more.

5:00 PM (Please arrive 30 minutes early!)
TCB SESSION #1
**Limited to only 50 seats!**
'68 SINGER SPECIAL ACOUSTIC JAM RECREATION at PARAGON STUDIOS
Hosted by Tom Brown
Featuring Jay Dupuis as Elvis with members of the EAS Band, Jeff Lewis and special appearances by Jerry Schilling and D.J. Fontana.
Location: Paragon Studios, 320 Billingsly Ct, Franklin, TN 37067
Tickets: $149 for a limited time only! (Regular price: $199)
Transport yourself back in time to 1968, and attend the taping of NBC's "Singer Presents Elvis" (now known as the "'68 Comeback Special"). Paragon Studios will play the role of
NBC Studio 4 in Burbank and Jay Dupuis, the 2014 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist winner and co-star of the Elvis Lives Tour, will take on the iconic role of Elvis, performing the "'68
Comeback Special" acoustic jam in the round - up close and personal.  This very special event that will also include appearances by Jerry Schilling and D.J. Fontana.

INCLUDED: An exclusive TCB Sessions gift, plus a Cocktail reception and Meet & Greet immediately following the show!

8:00 PM (Please arrive 30 minutes early!)
TCB SESSION #2
**Limited to only 50 seats!**
ELVIS RECORDING SESSION RECREATION at PARAGON STUDIOS
Hosted by Tom Brown
​Featuring Bill Cherry as Elvis with members of the EAS Band, Jeff Lewis and Jerry Schilling  
Location: Paragon Studios, 320 Billingsly Ct, Franklin, TN 37067
Tickets: $149 for a limited time only! (Regular price: $199)
If you've ever wanted to know what it was like to be in the studio with Elvis, this is your chance! Step back in time as Bill Cherry, the 2009 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist winner and co-
star of the Elvis Lives Tour, recreates a Nashville recording session, celebrating Elvis songs recorded in Music City. Paragon Studios will play the role of Nashville's famed RCA
Studio B.

​INCLUDED: An exclusive TCB Sessions gift, plus a Cocktail reception and Meet & Greet immediately following the show!
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Friday, March 31, 2017

10:00 AM
ELVIS TRIBUTE ARTIST COMPETITION - ROUND 1
Hosted by Tom Brown and featuring the EAS Band
Location: Franklin Theatre
​Tickets: $39 (Balcony)/$49 (Rows G-P)/$59 (Rows A-F)/$89 (Table Seats)
Come watch Elvis tribute artists from around the country compete in Round 1. All tribute artists will be backed by the EAS Band. The winner of the Nashville Elvis Festival ETA
Competition will advance to Graceland's Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest to be held in Memphis in August 2017.

2:00 PM
​FRIDAY CONVERSATIONS
Hosted by Tom Brown
Special Guests: Jerry Schilling, Armond Morales (The Imperials), Norbert Putnam and more to be announced!
Location: Franklin Theatre
​Tickets: $39 (Balcony)/$49 (Rows G-P)/$59 (Rows A-F)/$89 (Table Seats)
This session will include Elvis Conversations with Elvis' best friend and original Memphis Mafia member Jerry Schilling, who was with Elvis the day he met President Nixon (as seen
in the 2016 feature film, Elvis & Nixon, on which he served as Executive Producer); Armond Morales, the bass vocalist and founding member of The Imperials, who spent years
backing Elvis on tour and in Las Vegas (as seen in the 1970 documentary film, Elvis: That's the Way It Is); and original Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section member Norbert Putnam,
who  played on some of Elvis' best recordings. Additional guests to be announced!

7:00 PM
FRIDAY MAIN EVENT
ELVIS IN CONCERT: Jay Dupuis with the EAS Band, plus Special Guests to be announced!
Hosted by Tom Brown
Location: Franklin Theatre
​Tickets: $49 (Balcony)/$59 (Rows G-P)/$69 (Rows A-F)/$99 (Table Seats)
Jay Dupuis, the 2014 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist winner and co-star of the Elvis Lives Tour, presents a live concert event you won't want to miss! Other special guests to be
announced... This will not be an event to miss!

10:00 PM
NASHVILLE ELVIS FESTIVAL LATE NIGHT PARTY
Hosted by Jeff Lewis
Location: GRAYS on Main
​Tickets: $10 cover charge at the door
Immediately following the Friday Main Event, come down the street to GRAYS on Main and join Jeff Lewis & Friends for a late night all-Elvis after party that you won't want to miss!  
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Saturday, April 1, 2017

10:00 AM
ELVIS TRIBUTE ARTIST COMPETITION - SEMI-FINALS
Hosted by Tom Brown and featuring the EAS Band
Location: Franklin Theatre​
​Tickets: $39 (Balcony)/$49 (Rows G-P)/$59 (Rows A-F)/$89 (Table Seats)
Come watch Elvis tribute artists from around the country compete in the Semi-Finals. All tribute artists will be backed by the EAS Band. The winner of the Nashville Elvis Festival
ETA Competition will advance to Graceland's Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest to be held in Memphis in August 2017.

2:00 PM
SATURDAY CONVERSATIONS
Hosted by Tom Brown
Special Guests: Joanne Cash, Richard Sterban (Oak Ridge Boys & The Stamps), Wink & Sandy Martindale and more to be announced!
Location: Franklin Theatre
​Tickets: $39 (Balcony)/$49 (Rows G-P)/$59 (Rows A-F)/$89 (Table Seats)
This session will include Elvis Conversations with Gospel legend Joanne Cash, sister of Johnny Cash, who met Elvis when he was opening for her famous brother; Richard Sterban
of the Oak Ridge Boys, who toured with J.D Sumner and The Stamps singing backup for Elvis (as seen in Elvis On Tour); Legendary game show host Wink Martindale, a lifelong
friend of Elvis who was in the studio the night Dewey Phillips played "That's All Right" for the very first time; and Sandy Martindale, who dated Elvis for six years, leading to her
dancing in Viva Las Vegas and several other Elvis movies. Additional guests to be announced!

7:00 PM
SATURDAY MAIN EVENT
ELVIS TRIBUTE ARTIST COMPETITION - FINALS - Hosted by Tom Brown and featuring the EAS Band
ELVIS IN CONCERT: Bill Cherry with the EAS Band, plus Special Guests to be announced!
Hosted by Tom Brown
Location: Franklin Theatre​
​Tickets: $59 (Balcony)/$69 (Rows G-P)/$79 (Rows A-F)/$109 (Table Seats)
Elvis tribute artists compete in the Final Round. All tribute artists will be backed by the EAS Band. The winner of the Nashville Elvis Festival ETA Competition will advance to
Graceland's Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest to be held in Memphis in August 2017. Immediately following the Finals, Bill Cherry, the 2009 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist winner
and co-star of the Elvis Lives Tour, presents a live concert event you won't want to miss!

10:00 PM
NASHVILLE ELVIS FESTIVAL LATE NIGHT PARTY
Hosted by Jeff Lewis
Location: GRAYS on Main
​Tickets: $10 cover charge at the door
Immediately following the Saturday Main Event, come down the street to GRAYS on Main and join Jeff Lewis & Friends for a late night all-Elvis after party that you won't want to
miss!  
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Sunday, April 2, 2017

10:00 AM
ELVIS GOSPEL EVENT
​Hosted by Tom Brown
Special Guests: Bill Cherry, Jay Dupuis, Jeff Lewis and the EAS Band
Location: Franklin Theatre
​Tickets: $39 (Balcony)/$49 (Rows G-P)/$59 (Rows A-F)/$89 (Table Seats)
Join the EAS Band along with Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist winners Bill Cherry and Jay Dupuis, plus Jeff Lewis and more for a very special concert event featuring the Grammy Award-
winning Gospel Music of Elvis Presley.
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