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Elvis Week 2008 in the works
 

With Elvis's Anniversary week just behind us, the staff at EPE is already working on Elvis Week 2008 (August). Judging by the already planned activities, this may very well be another Elvis Week fans will want to attend. Just like last year, a movie will be shown on the Graceland lawn, and several special guests are invited to Memphis. On a different note: Elvis impersonators are welcomed to join the Tribute Contest.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 9

26th Annual Elvis Presley International 5K Run to Benefit United Cerebral Palsy

8:00 a.m. Starts at the Graceland gates. Join thousands of Elvis fans and runners in front of Graceland for the 26th Annual Elvis Presley International 5K Run to benefit United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) of the Mid-South. Runners and walkers will enjoy more than the typical 5K. More than 2,000 entrants from around the world will join in the family fun while enjoying the festive atmosphere of Elvis Week 2008 and raising money for UCP. After the race, join everyone across from the mansion as UCP hosts one of the best post-race parties in town. Entertainment will be provided by The AIMS Gang, one of the best bands in Memphis. Pre-registration is $20; race day registration is $25. Click here to register for the race online or call Joanie Nuchols at (901) 761-4277.

Elvis Presley � His Home, His Story - DVD Theatrical Premiere

Three screenings: 9:30 a.m., 10:00 a.m., 10:15 a.m. Studio on the Square, 2105 Court Avenue, Memphis. Enjoy the theatrical premiere of the new Graceland tour DVD on the big screen. See stunning footage of Graceland while watching the story of Elvis�s life at Graceland and his amazing career. The new DVD features photos from the Graceland archives, home movies and more. Tickets for the event are free, however you must have a ticket to attend. Tickets will be available through Graceland Reservations starting on March 17 for Elvis Insiders and March 24 for the general public.

Memphis Welcomes the Fans Redbirds Baseball Game

6:10 p.m. AutoZone Park, 200 Union Avenue (corner of Third & Union) in downtown Memphis. On behalf of the citizens of Memphis, grateful to Elvis fans and all they mean to our city, the Memphis Redbirds baseball team and AutoZone Park celebrate Elvis and welcome the Elvis fans to town with this Elvis Week 2008 kick-off event. Ticket information for this event coming soon.

Elvis Week Kick-Off Party at the Memphis Hard Rock Caf�

10:00 p.m. � 3:00 a.m. Hard Rock Caf�, 315 Beale Street. After the Redbirds game, the official kick-off party is at the Memphis Hard Rock Cafe. The event will feature live entertainment.

General admission is $20. VIP admission is $40 and includes seating in the �Elvis Themed� mezzanine, food buffet and cocktails. Tickets will be available through Graceland Reservations starting on March 17 for Elvis Insiders and March 24 for the general public.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 10

Elvis Gospel Brunch

8:30 a.m. � 9:30 a.m. Elvis Presley Car Museum, Graceland Plaza. Enjoy brunch in the Elvis Presley Car Museum while listening to Elvis Gospel music and watching Elvis videos on the drive-in theater movie screen. Tickets are $33.00 per person. Tickets will be available through Graceland Reservations starting on March 17 for Elvis Insiders and March 24 for the general public.

Graceland Scavenger Hunt

5:00 p.m. � 7:00 p.m. Starting at the Graceland Ticket Office. Guests are invited to tour Graceland Mansion (no audio tour) and the Elvis Presley Automobile Museum while simultaneously participating in a trivia scavenger hunt. Adult and junior versions of the scavenger hunt will be available. Prizes for both adult and junior versions to be announced. All ticket holders receive a complimentary collectible item, to be announced soon. Admission: $29.00 Adults; $14.00 children 7-12. Tickets will be available through Graceland Reservations starting on March 17 for Elvis Insiders and March 24 for the general public.

Club Elvis

8:00 p.m. � 12:00 Midnight. Elvis Presley Car Museum, Graceland Plaza. Come hang out and enjoy a private party with your fellow Elvis fans. A disc jockey spins Elvis records for your listening and dancing pleasure. Cash bar featuring adult beverages (ID's checked) and soft drinks. Outdoor smoking area designated � no smoking inside. A wristband ticket allows you to come and go from Club Elvis as much as you like during the evening in order for you to enjoy all the other activities on the property. Admission $25.00. Tickets will be available through Graceland Reservations starting on March 17 for Elvis Insiders and March 24 for the general public.

MONDAY, AUGUST 11

A Celebration of Fans - Fan Club Presidents� Event

10:00 a.m. � 12:00 p.m. Location TBA. Join Elvis Presley fan club presidents from independent Elvis fan clubs from around the world at this special event. All fans are invited to attend this event where they can learn more about what official Elvis Presley fan clubs do, while also enjoying a program of EPE company updates, special announcements and a special guest speaker. Elvis Presley fan club presidents� will receive detailed information directly from EPE to reserve their complimentary ticket for the event. Tickets for fan club members and the general public are $8.00 and can be reserved through Graceland Reservations. Tickets will be available through Graceland Reservations starting on March 17 for Elvis Insiders and March 24 for the general public.

Music and Movies at Graceland � Day One

7:00 p.m. (Gates open at 5:00 p.m.) Front lawn, Graceland Mansion. Bring your lawn chair or a blanket and make yourself at home on the front lawn of Graceland to enjoy a live concert by Andy Childs and his band while the sun begins to set. Then, stay for a screening of an Elvis movie under the stars. Movie TBA. Refreshments available in a vendor area outside the mansion gates. Food, beverages and coolers may not be brought onto the mansion grounds. One day Music and Movie admission is $44.00. If you plan on attending day two of Music and Movies as well, you can purchase a two night package for $75.00. Tickets will be available through Graceland Reservations starting on March 17 for Elvis Insiders and March 24 for the general public.

TUESDAY, AUGUST 12

Elvis Film Festival Presented by Malco Theatres

9:30 a.m. � 12:30 p.m. Studio on the Square, 2105 Court Avenue, Memphis. More details and ticket information coming soon!

The Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest Meet �n� Greet

11:00 a.m. � 1:00 p.m. Hard Rock Caf�, downtown Memphis. Private event reserved for those who have purchased the platinum seating package for the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest.

Shawn Klush in Concert

3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Location TBA. Enjoy an amazing concert by 2007 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest winner Shawn Klush. Opening act will by comedian Sammy Shore, who opened for Elvis in Las Vegas in 1969-1972. Ticket prices TBA and more details coming soon. Tickets will be available through Ticketmaster starting on March 17 for Elvis Insiders and March 24 for the general public.

Music and Movies at Graceland � Day 2

7:00 p.m. (Gates open at 5:00 p.m.) Front lawn, Graceland Mansion. Bring your lawn chair or a blanket and make yourself at home on the front lawn of Graceland to enjoy a live concert by Terry Mike Jeffrey & Band, members of the TCB Band and The Imperials. Then, stay for a screening of an Elvis movie under the stars. Refreshments available in a vendor area outside the mansion gates. Food, beverages and coolers may not be brought onto the mansion grounds. One day Music and Movie admission is $44.00. If you plan on attending both days of Music and Movies, you can purchase a two night package for $75.00. Tickets will be available through Graceland Reservations starting on March 17 for Elvis Insiders and March 24 for the general public.

Club Elvis

9:30 p.m. � 12:30 a.m. Elvis Presley Car Museum, Graceland Plaza. Come hang out and enjoy a private party with your fellow Elvis fans. A disc jockey spins Elvis records for your listening and dancing pleasure. Cash bar featuring adult beverages (ID's checked) and soft drinks. Outdoor smoking area designated � no smoking inside. A wristband ticket allows you to come and go from Club Elvis as much as you like during the evening in order for you to enjoy all the other activities on the property. Admission $25.00. Tickets will be available through Graceland Reservations starting on March 17 for Elvis Insiders and March 24 for the general public.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 13

Elvis Expo 2008 � Day 1

9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Location TBA. The ultimate Elvis tradeshow with more than 75 booths and 35,000 square feet of Elvis that includes all the latest Elvis music, movies, merchandise, celebrity autograph sessions, authors, artists and photographers, and lots of Elvis freebies and samples. Elvis Expo special guest information coming soon. Admission is $15.00 per day. Elvis Insiders Conference attendees are admitted free by showing their conference badge. Tickets will be available through Graceland Reservations starting on March 17 for Elvis Insiders and March 24 for the general public.

The Official Elvis Insiders Conference � Day 1

10:00 a.m. � 4 p.m. Location TBA. Hosted by Tom Brown, Vice President of Original Production at Turner Classic Movies. Enjoy two full days of special guests and programming put together by Elvis Presley Enterprises, including on-stage interviews with people who were part of Elvis's life and career. Conference attendees will receive a welcome kit loaded with Elvis-themed gifts and everyone will win a door prize. The Elvis Expo 2008 will be open nearby and admission to the showroom is included with your Elvis Insiders Conference ticket.

Special guests confirmed so far for August 13: Dixie Locke Emmons, who dated Elvis early in his career; Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, songwriters for which Elvis recorded many of their songs, including "Jailhouse Rock", "King Creole", "Hound Dog", "Treat Me Nice", "Love Me" and many more; Sammy Shore, comedian who opened for Elvis from 1969-1972 in Las Vegas . More guest announcements for August 13 coming soon.

Special guests confirmed so far for August 14: Steve Binder, producer of Elvis�s '68 Special. More guest announcements for August 14 coming soon.

Tickets are $84.99 for a two-day ticket. Tickets will be available through Ticketmaster starting on March 17 for Elvis Insiders and March 24 for the general public. (Special seating may be purchased for the Official Elvis Insiders Conference by purchasing the Elvis Week Ticket Package. More details on the ticket package will be coming soon.)

Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest Semifinals

7:00 p.m. Location TBA. Semifinal round of competition for the 2008 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest. Attendees to the show will see the best Elvis tribute artists from around the world performing and competing on stage for their chance to move onto the finals round on August 14. Elvis Tribute Artists will receive their chance to showcase their talents and why they should be named Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist of 2008. Finalists chosen from these rounds will return on August 14th to compete for the title of Elvis Tribute Artist of the Year. Visit the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest web site to find out more about the preliminary rounds and winners.

Tickets are only available in a set that includes one ticket to the semifinals on August 13 and one ticket to the finals on August 14. Platinum package seating for the event is $139.99 and includes a special Meet �n� Greet with the semifinalists. Gold package seating is $79.99. Silver package seating is $49.99. Tickets will be available through Ticketmaster starting on March 17 for Elvis Insiders and March 24 for the general public.

THURSDAY, AUGUST 14

Elvis Expo 2008 � Day 2

9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Location TBA. The ultimate Elvis tradeshow with more than 75 booths and 35,000 square feet of Elvis that includes all the latest Elvis music, movies, merchandise, celebrity autograph sessions, authors, artists and photographers, and lots of Elvis freebies and samples. Elvis Expo special guest information coming soon. Admission is $15.00 per day. Elvis Insiders Conference attendees are admitted free by showing their conference badge. Tickets will be available through Graceland Reservations starting on March 17 for Elvis Insiders and March 24 for the general public.

The Official Elvis Insiders Conference � Day 2

10:00 a.m. � 4 p.m. Location TBA. Hosted by Tom Brown, Vice President of Original Production at Turner Classic Movies. Enjoy two full days of special guests and programming put together by Elvis Presley Enterprises, including on-stage interviews with people who were part of Elvis's life and career. Conference attendees will receive a welcome kit loaded with Elvis-themed gifts and everyone will win a door prize. The Elvis Expo 2008 will be open nearby and admission to the showroom is included with your Elvis Insiders Conference ticket.



Special guests confirmed so far for August 13: Dixie Locke Emmons, who dated Elvis early in his career; Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, songwriters for which Elvis recorded many of their songs, including "Jailhouse Rock", "King Creole", "Hound Dog", "Treat Me Nice", "Love Me" and many more; Sammy Shore, comedian who opened for Elvis from 1969-1972 in Las Vegas . More guest announcements for August 13 coming soon.

Special guests confirmed so far for August 14: Steve Binder, producer of Elvis�s '68 Special. More guest announcements for August 14 coming soon.

Tickets are $84.99 for a two-day ticket. Tickets will be available through Ticketmaster starting on March 17 for Elvis Insiders and March 24 for the general public. (Special seating may be purchased for the Official Elvis Insiders Conference by purchasing the Elvis Week Ticket Package. More details on the ticket package will be coming soon.)

Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest Finals

7:00 p.m. Cannon Center for the Performing Arts, Memphis Cook Convention Center, downtown Memphis. The finals of the 2008 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest. Top finalists from semifinals on August 13 compete for the title of Elvis Tribute Artist of 2008. Elvis Tribute Artists will receive their chance to showcase their talents and why they should be named Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist of 2008. Visit the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest page to find out about the finalists.

Tickets are only available in a set that includes one ticket to the semifinals on August 13 and one ticket to the finals on August 14. Platinum package seating for the event is $139.99 and includes a special Meet �n� Greet with the semifinalists. Gold package seating is $79.99. Silver package seating is $49.99. Tickets will be available through Ticketmaster starting on March 17 for Elvis Insiders and March 24 for the general public.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 15

Breakfast at Graceland with Special Guest

8:00 a.m. � 9:00 a.m. Elvis Presley Car Museum, Graceland Plaza. Have breakfast in the Elvis Presley Car Museum while enjoying Elvis music and watching Elvis videos on the drive-in theater movie screen. Special guest TBA. Tickets are $33.00 per person. Tickets will be available through Graceland Reservations starting on March 17 for Elvis Insiders and March 24 for the general public.

Elvis Presley � His Home, His Story - DVD Theatrical Premiere

Three screenings: 9:30 a.m., 10:00 a.m., 10:15 a.m. Studio on the Square, 2105 Court Avenue, Memphis. Enjoy the theatrical premiere of the new Graceland tour DVD on the big screen. See stunning footage of Graceland while watching the story of Elvis�s life at Graceland and his amazing career. The new DVD features photos from the Graceland archives, home movies and more. Tickets for the event are free, however you must have a ticket to attend. Tickets will be available through Graceland Reservations starting on March 17 for Elvis Insiders and March 24 for the general public.

Candlelight Vigil

8:30 p.m. Gates of Graceland Mansion. After an opening ceremony at the gates of the Graceland Mansion property, fans are invited to walk up the driveway to Elvis�s gravesite and back down carrying a candle in quiet remembrance. Free admission. No tickets or reservations. Gates remain open until all who wish to participate in the procession have done so, which typically takes until the early morning hours of August 16, the anniversary date of Elvis�s passing. Free secured parking at the Graceland visitor center complex after 6:00 p.m. Prior to Elvis Week, posted here will be a link to the text of the special information and guidelines flyer for the Vigil that is handed out at Graceland during Elvis Week.

Can't be here for the Vigil? Enjoy live coverage from Graceland by Elvis Radio/Sirius Satellite 13. They also will have special Elvis programming throughout Elvis Week.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 16

Special Concert Event To Be Announced Soon

SUNDAY, AUGUST 17

Elvis Gospel Brunch

8:30 a.m. � 9:30 a.m. Elvis Presley Car Museum, Graceland Plaza. Enjoy brunch in the Elvis Presley Car Museum while listening to Elvis Gospel music and watching Elvis videos on the drive-in theater movie screen. Tickets are $33.00 per person. Tickets will be available through Graceland Reservations starting on March 17 for Elvis Insiders and March 24 for the general public.


 

Posted:  8th. March 2008 

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