Elvis Presley Enterprises (EPE) and Tees Events USA LLC are proud to announce Texas has joined the prominent list of official sites for the Elvis Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contests around the world. The first ever Texas’ Tribute to Elvis event will be held March 4-6, 2016 at the South Fork Ranch near Dallas.
“In 2007, when EPE launched the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest, we were in search of the Elvis tribute artist who ‘best represents the legacy of Elvis Presley,’” a spokesperson from Graceland confirmed today. “As the contest continues, we will continue to search for the Elvis tribute artist who best represents Elvis in the area of Vocals, Style, Stage Presence and Overall Performance.”
Texas event directors are reminding tribute artists, over 18, to get their applications in by Jan. 5, 2016 as they are limiting the number of contestants to no more than 25. The 2016 Texas’ Tribute to Elvis Festival is a preliminary for the 2016 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest in Memphis, August 2016. The contest in Memphis includes a Semifinal Round and a Final Round during Elvis Week 2016. All preliminary winners will compete in the Semifinal Round, with the top 10 Elvis tribute artists moving onto the Final Round.
The top three winners of the Final Round of the competition in Memphis will receive a great cash prize along with a selection of other valuable prizes. First place winner receives the title of “Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist of 2016,” recognition by Elvis Presley Enterprises, a cash prize of $20,000, a contract to perform with Legends in Concert and other valuable prizes.
The second place winner receives $3,000 and other prizes. Third place receives $2,000 and other prizes. All Elvis tribute artists finishing 4th through 10th place will receive a $500 cash prize.
The 2016 official preliminary round locations that have been licensed by Elvis Presley Enterprises are listed below in the order of their events:
- 5th Annual Tweed Tribute to Elvis Festival
August 21 – 23, 2015
Pat Dunn will represent the Tweed Tribute to Elvis Festival at the Semifinal Round in Memphis.
- Pomeroy Sternwheel Festival
September 17 – 19, 2015
Ryan Pelton will represent Pomeroy Sternwheel Festival at the Semifinal Round in Memphis.
- Indiana’s Elvis Fantasy Festival
October 2 – 4, 2015
Tim E. Hendry will represent Indiana’s Elvis Fantasy Festival at the Semifinal Round in Memphis.
- Ocean City Elvis Festival
October 23 – 25, 2015
Ocean City, Maryland
Jeffrey Krick Jr. will represent Ocean City Elvis Festival at the Semifinal Round in Memphis.
- Parkes Elvis Festival
January 6 – 10, 2016
Parkes, New South Wales, Australia
Australia’s original and largest Elvis festival will host its first Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest preliminary round at its 2016 festival. The festival features 120 events over five days, including performances, a gospel show, street parade, vow renewals, Miss Priscilla Dinner and much more.
- Elvis Weekend in Iowa
January 29 – 30, 2015
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Sioux City, Iowa
The King comes to where rock ‘n’ roll is worshiped, the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Sioux City, Iowa. The casino will host Sioux City’s Ultimate ETA Contest and many other promotions throughout the venue.
- Texas’ Tribute to Elvis Festival
March 4 – 6, 2016
The inaugural Texas’ Tribute to Elvis and Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest preliminary round will take place at the legendary South Fork Ranch in Dallas, Texas. The event includes the contest, special guests, parties and more.
- Georgia Elvis Festival
March 10 – 13, 2016
The Georgia Elvis Festival returns to the seaside town of Brunswick for their fourth annual festival. The four-day festival features an Ultimate Elvis Tribute Contest preliminary, a Sunday morning Elvis Gospel contest and three headline shows. This year’s headliners include Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Cody Ray Slaughter and past winners Michael Chambliss, Tim E. Hendry and Austin Irby. Irv Cass will return as Master of Ceremonies and all the performances will be backed up by the Change of Habit Band.
- 37th Annual Elvis Presley Continentals Charity Festival
March 18 – 20, 2016
The 37th annual Elvis Presley Continentals Charity Festival is hosting its first preliminary round of the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest. The winner, runner-up and third-place winner will each receive a cash prize, and the winner will advance to the Semifinal Round during Elvis Week in Memphis. The festival also includes special guests, open mic, dinner show, gospel show and much more.
- Branson Elvis Festival
April 8 – 10, 2016
Dick Clark’s American Bandstand Theater, Branson, Missouri
The 10 annual Branson Elvis Festival is a three-day event located at Dick Clark’s American Bandstand Theater, home of Legends in Concert, on the world-famous 76 strip in Branson, Missouri. The highlight of the festival, the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest, will take place on the Legends in Concert stage on April 9 at 7 p.m. Festival activities include an Elvis Meet and Greet Dinner, Elvis Karaoke, Elvis Festival Vendor Village and more.
- Myrtle Beach Elvis Festival
April 28 – May 1, 2016
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Sherry Management and Legends in Concert are partnering to bring a festival that will feature a free opening night concert, a special “Elvis Festival Edition” of the Legends in Concert show, a special show called “Elvis The Legend,” and an Elvis gospel event and a three-day Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest preliminary.
- LakeGeorge Elvis Festival
June 1 – 5, 2016
Lake George, New York
For over a decade the Lake George Elvis Festival has brought Elvis fans from around the world to the beautiful mountain and lake vacation town of Lake George, NY. This five-day festival includes a free lakeside opening ceremony, three big headline shows, an Elvis Gospel Concert, performances on the lake’s cruise boats, dinner and late night events, a classic car parade and much, much more! This year’s event will star Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artists Dean Z and Cody Ray Slaughter and award winning ETAs Michael Chambliss, Dwight Icenhower, David Lee, Robert Washington, Mark Gagnon and Irv Cass with special guests Samantha Chambliss and the Change of Habit Band.
- Tupelo Elvis Festival
June 2 – 5, 2016
Tupelo Elvis Festival is a musical celebration designed to honor Elvis Presley, Tupelo’s native son, and the impact that his music has on the world. Each year’s festival features regional, national and local artists along with a Sunday Gospel Concert and a preliminary to the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest. In addition to all of the great music, the festival features a number of local food vendors, a carnival midway, pet parade, beauty pageant, 5k run, disc golf, movie poster exhibit, and much more.
- Penticton Elvis Festival
June 24 – 26, 2016
Okanagan Lake Park, Penticton, British Columbia, Canada
The Penticton Elvis Festival features dozens of tribute artists on outdoor stages, which are set around the picturesque Okanagan Lake, along with special guests. It’s a wonderful weekend of remembering Elvis through his extensive musical library, and touching stories from those who knew him about how he touched their lives. The contest is June 25-26.
- Europe’s Tribute to Elvis Festival
July 1 – 3, 2016
Blackpool, Lancashire, England
The fourth annual Europe’s Tribute to Elvis Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist contest preliminary is July 1-3, 2016, at the world-famous Winter Gardens. The event also includes special guests, ETA performances, parties, raffles and much more.