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|Arender's Elvis Tribute show slated at Arcade|
Feed The Children will benefit from a program scheduled at the Arcade Theatre Friday, June 19, starring Shea Arender, an Elvis tribute artist.
"It'll be like seeing Elvis in the 1970s," said Arender. "It's a family-oriented show."
Arender, who grew up in Tallulah, makes his home in Jackson, Miss., today but spends some of his time in Las Vegas where he and his 10-piece band perform.
"Our performance in Ferriday will include a five-piece band and I will perform Elvis songs from his first to last recordings," said Arender. "This will be just a good hometown gospel and rock-n-roll showcase."
He said the show will feature Elvis songs such as "American Trilogy," "Suspicious Minds," "Blue Suede Shoes," and "Blue Moon."
"I've been doing this since I was seven-years-old," said the 28-year-old Arender. "My first paying show was when I was 12."
Arender said the program will begin at 7 p.m. at the Arcade and will be "formatted like a Branson show. We'll have prize giveaways throughout." Admission is $10.
He said Ferriday legend Mickey Gilley "has been a big influence on me."
In 1945, the 10-year-old Elvis made his first public performance at the Mississippi-Alabama Fair and Dairy Show. Arender also took to the stage at a tender age, appeared as Elvis when he was 12, singing "Hound Dog" and "Jailhouse Rock" aboard a Commodore Cruise Line ship in New Orleans.
He began performing at local festivals and towns, gradually expanding his repertoire and vocal range. Now 28 years old, he travels frequently with his band, recreating Elvis shows for audiences in Italy, Brazil and Puerto Rico, hitting the high notes in classics like "American Trilogy," "Hurt" and Presley's version of Frank Sinatra's "My Way."
Arender considers himself an Elvis tribute artist, not an impersonator. The distinction is subtle but significant, he says. When impersonators takes the stage, they discard their own identity and fully adopt the character of the artist as best they can.
Arender, on the other hand, remains Shea Arender, channeling Elvis through his own personality. While loyal to Elvis' arrangements and stage presence, Arender adds guitar solos, performs songs that Elvis never sang live and otherwise tweaks the experience to his own tastes.
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