“The King” returns to Kilgore in March for the 14th Annual Early Bird Show from the Lone Star Lug Nuts Car Club.
Josh Davis, an Elvis tribute artist, will perform as the rock ‘n’ roll legend onstage at Kilgore City Park during the fundraiser, which will raise money for the Percy R. Johnson Burn Foundation. The event will be held Saturday, March 28, 2020 at Kilgore City Park.
Davis has been performing as Elvis Presley and other musical legends for over a decade and has built up a dedicated following while winning many awards. Josh was the second place winner and Fan Favorite for the Elvis Presley Birthplace Tupelo Elvis Festival in 2019.
He first became fascinated with Presley’s style and sound at a young age.
“It wasn’t until I was about 9 years old that I first heard Elvis. The first Elvis song I heard was a song Elvis covered by Frank Sinatra called ‘My Way’. I heard that on the radio and thought ‘Who was that?’ My grandfather said ‘That’s Elvis Presley.’ I said ‘Who’s Elvis Presley?’ I didn’t know who Elvis was. I asked somebody who Elvis was and they told me he was the king of rock and roll and known for wearing a rhinestone jumpsuit,” Davis said.
Even with more than a decade of experience as a tribute artist, it still takes a lot of work to put on a show, Davis said. He performs as Elvis in different stages of his career, portraying the icon’s many different styles. This requires costume changes and different vocal techniques.
“The greatest thing about Elvis Presley is that Elvis had different looks, he changed as the years got on, Davis said. “When Elvis started getting popular he was only 19 years old, so at the time, his voice was a lot higher. When you portray the younger Elvis, you kind of have to make your voice almost like a growl.
The result is a show spanning Elvis’ career and the early years of rock ‘n’ roll.
“Each and every era has its own sound, voice, look and style. You’ve got to have the moves, the mannerisms, the way he talked,” Davis said.
Davis said his performances are often well-received, with some audience members approaching him to say they remembered the day Elvis released a particular song and Davis’ performance helped transport them back in time and boosted their spirits.
The eventwill be held at Kilgore City Park on Saturday, March 28, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. with the concert taking place from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Those who wish to participate in the car show must submit their pre-registration by March 20. The pre-registration fee is $25 and may be made payable to Lone Star Lug Nuts. The fee can be mailed to 804 Doma St., White Oak, TX, 75693. The first 100 people to pre-register will receive a free t-shirt and dash plaque.
The host hotel will be Comfort Suites at 1210 Hwy 259 N., Kilgore, TX 75662.
Registration will be held Friday, March 27 from 5 to 7 p.m. with a cruise at Charlie’s Sno-Balls.
Awards will be given to Best of Show Car & Truck, Sponsor’s Choice, Percy R. Johnson Choice, Best Motorcycle and many more. Cash prizes will be donated by Jana Corporations. Awards will be presented at 3 p.m. the day of the event.
For event information, call Mike Tanner at 903-235-0167, Deborah Tanner at 903-452-2595, Gary Morris at 903-720-4733 or Marylin Morris at 903-431-2507.
Events at the show will include door prizes, a 50/50 pot, a Wipe-Out Board, a silent auction, food and music.
For more information about Davis, visit JoshDavisElvis.com.