When the King Visited the Duke
Having just finished an essay by Lester Bangs, titled “Where Were You When Elvis Died?” written for the Village Voice in 1977, I thought it exceptionally fitting that Albuquerque would be celebrating the King of Rock's visit to the Duke City in 1956, right before “Heartbreak Hotel” became a No. 1 hit. This song has such a deep-seated place in my heart for various reasons, mainly because my brother would dance around to this song in his underwear while doing Elvis's signature stage moves. This illustrious event, celebrating the man who not only made jailhouses cool and sang some of the world's greatest songs (and who can forget his spectacular Christmas albums?) kicks off on Friday, April 5. And, if you feel like paying tribute to the king, you can enter the Elvis karaoke concert in the Old Town Plaza from 5 to 8 p.m. Organizers say, “You can dress like the King, wear '50s-style apparel or just come as yourself.” I recommend you dress like the King. (Mark Lopez)
Friday Apr 5, 2013
Albuquerque, NM 87104
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Celebrating Elvis Presley's 1956 visit to Albuquerque, just before "Heartbreak Hotel" hit No. 1 on the charts.
Elvis karaoke contest and concert.