Variety of special activities scheduled for annual Elvis Week in Memphis
Posted: Wednesday, June 12, 2013 8:00 pm
By: By the Associated Press
The Messenger 06.12.13
By ADRIAN SAINZ
MEMPHIS (AP) — An appearance by former Elvis Presley co-star Mother Dolores Hart and a listening party for a new box set featuring his performances at Stax Records are highlights of the annual celebration of the rock ’n’ roll icon this August.
Elvis Week is a yearly spectacle in which thousands of his fans flock to Memphis for a fete of his life and remembrance of his death. Presley died on Aug. 16, 1977, at Graceland, his longtime Memphis home. He was 42.
After he died, fans began coming to Graceland to honor him with a candlelight vigil, which remains the keystone event for Elvis Week.
The vigil, in which fans line up outside Graceland for hours for a chance to visit his grave, begins Aug. 15 and stretches into the next day.
But the vigil is just one event among the parties, interviews and performances at Graceland and other venues being released Tuesday by Elvis Presley Enterprises.
Mother Hart is scheduled to appear at “Conversations on Elvis,” an Aug. 14 event where friends talk about their memories of the singer. She starred in “Loving You” and “King Creole” with Elvis before leaving Hollywood to become a nun 50 years ago. She was the subject of the documentary short film “God Is the Bigger Elvis,” which was nominated for an Oscar last year.
Hart also will be signing copies of her new book, “The Ear of the Heart.”
On Aug. 13, fans are invited to a listening party for a three-CD box set titled “Elvis at Stax,” which chronicles the music Elvis recorded at the storied Stax Studios in 1973. Stax was the recording home of Otis Redding, Sam & Dave, Booker T. and the MGs, Isaac Hayes and other R&B and soul acts of the 1960s and 1970s.
Elvis Week also features the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest, a screening of an enhanced version of the 1973 television special “Aloha From Hawaii,” and guest appearances by country star Ronnie Milsap and original Elvis drummer DJ Fontana at the Official Elvis Insiders Event.
Elvis Week runs Aug. 10-17.