Nine-Day Event to Celebrate the Music, Life and Legacy of Elvis Presley and Commemorate the Milestone 40th Anniversary of Elvis’ Passing
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Elvis Week 2017 marks the 40th anniversary of Elvis’ passing and the largest gathering ever of Elvis fans and friends from around the world is anticipated for the celebration of Elvis’ life Aug. 11-19 at Elvis Presley’s Graceland.
Events include appearances by celebrities and musicians, The Auction at Graceland, Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest Finals, fan club events, charity fundraisers and more. This will be the first Elvis Week since Graceland’s major expansion, which includes the AAA Four-Diamond Guest House at Graceland resort hotel and the new, multi-million dollar entertainment and exhibit complex, Elvis Presley’s Memphis.
Tickets for all Elvis Week events go on-sale beginning Thursday, May 25 (Presale for Graceland Insiders at 8:30 a.m. CT. General on sale is at 11 a.m. CT). For additional ticket information, including exclusive Elvis Week packages, visit the Elvis Week ticket page.
Most events will take place at the new Graceland Soundstage, a state-of-the-art production and performance space in the heart of Graceland’s new entertainment and exhibit complex, Elvis Presley’s Memphis, directly across the street from Graceland Mansion.
A special highlight of Elvis Week will be the 40th Anniversary celebration concert event, Elvis: The Wonder of You Aug. 16 at the FedExForum. In this new, live concert experience, a symphony orchestra performs live on stage with Elvis on the big screen. The concert will feature a special personal appearance by Priscilla Presley and other surprise guests. The critically-acclaimed production, which has sold out arenas across the world since last November, is inspired by the award-winning, chart-topping album releases "If I Can Dream" and "The Wonder of You,” which features remastered vocals of the king’s voice and new orchestral arrangements of some of his biggest hits.
The cornerstone event, the Candlelight Vigil, will begin 8:30 p.m. 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.
There is very limited availability at The Guest House at Graceland resort hotel on select nights during Elvis Week. For room availability and reservations, visit www.GracelandGuesthouse.com.
Celebrities, performers and other information will be updated regularly with new announcements www.ElvisWeek.com.
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. (EPE) 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 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. 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 #1 “Iconic American Attraction” in the same poll. For more information on EPE and Graceland, visit www.graceland.com.
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