Elvis 80th Birthday Bash set for Jan. 10

BIG RAPIDS — Area residents are invited to go back in time and enjoy the hits from the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s during the Elvis 80th Birthday Bash featuring tribute artist Jake Slater.

The show, which starts at 7 p.m. on Jan. 10, also will feature the Blues Brothers impersonation team of Quentin Flagg and Bill Downey, as well as a solo performance by Flagg singing rock-n-roll hits from the ‘50s and ‘60s by a variety of artists, including Elvis Presley.

“It’s not just about someone going up and singing Elvis music. It’s about the connection with the audience, and I know Jake does that really well and so does Quentin,” said Jennifer Thede, event organizer and co-founder of the Michigan Elvis Presley Fan Club.

Tickets are $20 each before Wednesday, Dec. 31. After that, tickets will be $25. The doors will open at 6 p.m. for light hors d’oeuvres before the show.

Tickets are available at the Holiday Inn or online at elvisbdaybash.brownpapertickets.com.

The Sporting News Grill inside the Holiday Inn will offer 10 percent off for all ticketholders before and after the show. As a sanctioned Elvis fan club, every show has to benefit a charity according to the Elvis Presley Enterprises rules, Thede said. Proceeds from this event will benefit the Animal Rescue Coalition of Mecosta County.

“I volunteer there, it was an easy fit,” Thede said. “Definitely, animals are near and dear to my heart.”

For a lucky few attendees, the fun won’t end when the show does, either. Prizes will be awarded at the show, including two tickets to Graceland and four tickets to the national tour of the Elvis Lives show at the Fox Theater in Detroit, Thede said.

“We hope everyone will come out to see the show and support the Animal Rescue Coalition,” Thede said. “There’s not a lot to do in the winter sometimes — come on out and have a good time.”