MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Graceland® in Memphis, Tennessee has announced Elvis Week™ 2018 will feature more events and performances than ever.
Newly announced guests and events include marking the 50th Anniversary of the “’68 Comeback Special” with director and producer of the special, Steve Binder. The recently announced gospel album from RCA/Legacy Recordings, Elvis Presley - Where No One Stands Alone, will be heard for the first time at Graceland during a special listening party hosted by Lisa Marie Presley Aug. 11, and 10 concerts will feature music from Darlene Love, members of The Imperials, members of The Stamps, rockabilly and outlaw country artist Dale Watson and TG Sheppard and his wife, Kelly Lang.
A new wedding chapel called The Chapel in the Woods will open Aug. 13 and available for couples to get married or renew their vows Aug. 14.
Two new exhibits will be unveiled at Elvis Presley’s Memphis ™. The new Lisa Marie: Growing Up Presley exhibit will open Aug. 10. It will include personal items from her childhood including her record player, roller skates and clothing, as well as items from her musical career. The exhibit explores Lisa the daughter, the mother, her charity work, her career, as well as how she continues to carry on her dad’s legacy at Graceland. As part of Elvis: The Entertainer Career Museum, Where No One Stands Alone: The Gospel Music of Elvis Presley is an expansion exhibit which includes his three GRAMMYs, sheet music, original acetates, and much more, all related to Elvis’ love of gospel music. Also new is the just-opened Hillbilly Rock exhibit featuring country music and early rock ‘n’ roll artifacts from The Marty Stuart Collection.
Darlene Love, one of Rolling Stone’s “100 Greatest Singers of All Time,” Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee and lead singer for The Blossoms, who sang with Elvis in the "’68 Comeback Special," will rock Aug. 13 on the Graceland Soundstage. Darlene and her band will perform hits like “He’s a Rebel,” “The Boy I’m Going to Marry” and “Da Doo Ron Ron,” plus a special tribute to Elvis.
Elvis’ Imperials (Terry Blackwood, Darrell Toney and Lynn Royce Taylor) will join former members of The Stamps Quartet (Ed Hill, Donnie Sumner, Bill Baize and Larry Strickland) Aug. 14 for The Gospel Music of Elvis Presley Celebration Concert.
Elvis co-stars Millie Perkins and Ginny Tiu will join Darlene Love and Michael Dante at Conversations on Elvis: Co-Stars on Aug. 14. Perkins co-starred with Elvis in the 1961 film “Wild in the Country,” and later played Gladys Presley in the 1990 “Elvis” TV series. Tiu co-starred with Elvis in the 1962 film “Girls! Girls! Girls!”
Conversations on Elvis: Gospel features those who performed gospel music alongside Elvis, both on and off stage Aug. 15. Guests include host Andy Childs; Dr. Emily "Cissy" Houston, who was a member of The Sweet Inspirations; former members of The Stamps Quartet: Ed Hill, Donnie Sumner, Bill Baize and Larry Strickland; and The Imperials Terry Blackwood, Jimmy Murray and Armond Morales.
The concert Aug. 15 will celebrate the iconic music of blues, soul and rock ‘n’ roll with performers like Dale Watson and others to be announced. Guests will perform their own hits and a variety of Elvis’ music.
The Elvis Week cornerstone event, the Candlelight Vigil, will begin 8:30 p.m. CT Aug. 15 at Graceland’s front gate. Elvis music sets the tone of the evening as fans walk up the driveway to the Meditation Garden. This event lasts throughout the night as thousands of participants gather on Elvis Presley Boulevard listening to music, remembering Elvis and enjoying the memorials that are created by fans along the street.
Fans are invited to an open house 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Aug. 16 at the new Chapel in the Woods. Wedding cake to celebrate the opening will be served. The new chapel is located south of The Guest House at Graceland™. For the last 18 years the original Chapel in the Woods was host to almost 2,000 weddings, dedications, and vow renewals. The chapel now features modern design and architecture.
Marking the 50th Anniversary of Elvis’ “’68 Comeback Special” on Aug. 16, the day will start with Conversations on Elvis: ’68 Special. Guests will include the “’68 Comeback Special” director/producer Steve Binder; musical director Billy Goldenberg; writer Allan Blye; guitarist Mike Deasy; and Tanya Lemani George, the belly dancer who performed during “Little Egypt."
Niko Live in Concert takes place 3 p.m. Aug. 16 at The Guest House Theater. Italian singer Niko will make his first appearance at Graceland. Niko has opened for Celine Dion, toured with Chicago and the Doobie Bros. and performed to a sold-out, standing ovation audience at Carnegie Hall in New York City. The event will include a stage introduction by ’68 Special director/producer Steve Binder.
Additionally, Elvis’ groundbreaking NBC television special will be celebrated at the ’68 Special 50th Anniversary Celebration. The event will feature an enhanced screening of the show with live music and special guest appearances.
A staple at Elvis Week also includes the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest events including the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest Showcase Aug. 9, the 2018 Ultimate ETA Contest Semifinals on Aug. 10, a special show featuring past winners in ELVIS: The Greatest Hits Ultimate Tribute Artist Show Aug. 11 and the 2018 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest Finals Aug. 12. Backing band for the shows will be the EAS Band.
The Auction at Graceland takes place Aug. 12 at The Guest House at Graceland Theater which will include items owned by Elvis, gifted by Elvis, written by Elvis, used by Elvis and created to promote his career. Every lot in this auction has been thoroughly researched and certified by Graceland Authenticated, the authority in Elvis and pop culture authentication. For more information, visit www.GracelandAuctions.com.
Conversations on Elvis: Elvis Connections will be held Aug. 17 at the Graceland Soundstage and will feature those who had personal and professional connections with Elvis. Special guests this year include: Ann Moses, who was editor at Tiger Beat Magazine from 1965 – 1972 and sat on the stage for Elvis’ “’68 Comeback Special,” toured Elvis’ and Colonel Parker’s offices, observed filming for “Change of Habit” and attended Elvis’ opening show in July 1969 in Vegas; Billy Blackwood, James Blackwood’s younger son, who toured with Voice, the opening act for the Elvis Presley in the 1970s; Donna Rhodes Morris, who sang harmony on the original Elvis recordings of Elvis’ “In The Ghetto,” “Kentucky Rain” and “Suspicious Minds”; Elvis' friend and country star TG Sheppard; and Mark Kogan, who worked with Concerts West to promote Elvis' concert tours.
The week will end with an afternoon performance by TG Sheppard and Kelly Lang in Concert at the Guest House Theater Aug. 18 at The Guest House at Graceland and the special Elvis Live in Concert - with an All-Star Band in the Graceland Soundstage. The show will celebrate the King of Rock 'n' Roll's greatest hits with Elvis live in concert and on the big screen, in the tradition of Elvis’ legendary, live concert tours. A live, rock ‘n’ roll all-star band will accompany Elvis and bring this stage production to life at Graceland with former members of The Stamps Quartet and a very special guest appearance by legendary TCB band member Ronnie Tutt.
In addition to these events the week will feature parties, a special brunch with TCB band member Ronnie Tutt, fan club events, receptions, meet and greets with celebrities and artists, evening entertainment at The Guest House at Graceland and more. For a complete schedule of events visit the Elvis Week schedule page. Tickets are available at www.ElvisWeek.com or by calling 800-238-2000 or 901-332-3322.
There is limited availability at The Guest House at Graceland resort hotel on select nights during Elvis Week. Visit www.GracelandGuesthouse.com for availability and room reservations.
About Graceland and Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc.
Elvis Presley’s Graceland, in Memphis, is music’s most important and beloved landmark, with hundreds of thousands of fans from around the world visiting the historic home each year. Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc. manages the operations of Graceland and its related properties, including Elvis Presley's Memphis, Graceland's new entertainment and exhibition complex over 200,000 square feet in size; the AAA Four-Diamond Guest House at Graceland 450-room resort hotel; and the Graceland Archives, featuring thousands of artifacts from Elvis’ home and career. EPE also produces and licenses Elvis-themed live events, tours, and attractions worldwide. Graceland Holdings LLC, led by managing partner Joel Weinshanker, is the majority owner of EPE. Auction A Circle and Graceland Auctions TNGL#5967 is the entity that manages Auctions at Graceland.
Graceland was named “Best Tennessee Attraction” for 2018 by USA Today’s 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards. In 2015, Graceland was named the world’s “Best Musical Attraction” and “Best Historic Southern Attraction” in the USA Today 10 Best Reader's Choice Awards and in 2013, voted the No. 1 “Iconic American Attraction” in the same poll. For more information, visit www.graceland.com