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Wellington Daily News - Wellington, KS
  • Elvis is coming: Concert for a cause

  • Elvis is coming to Wellington. It's not the real Elvis, but its pretty close. Marshall Matthews and the Memphis Kings will be putting on their show at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Memorial Hall in Wellington.
    The event is called Concert for a Cause, and will benefit Safe Homes, a four-county organization that helps battered women and children.
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  • Elvis is coming to Wellington.  It's not the real Elvis, but its pretty close. Marshall Matthews and the Memphis Kings will be putting on their show at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Memorial Hall in Wellington.
    The event is called Concert for a Cause, and will  benefit Safe Homes, a four-county organization that helps battered women and children.
    Matthews is a police officer in Caldwell, but has been doing Elvis impersonations for about eight years. He has been with his current group, The Memphis Kings, for about two years.
    The concert will be very much like concerts the King of Rock and Roll gave in the early 70s.
    Matthews tours nationally and it has "gone better than I ever expected," he said.
    There are about 2000 people doing Elvis impersonations. Matthews and his band are called "Elvis Tribute Artists," and they try to recreate a concert as closely as possible.
    "We strive for complete accuracy as far as looks, sounds and movements," he said. "When I entertain, the purpose is to give audiences as close of an experience of an Elvis performance as possible."
    He has studied the "King of Rock and Roll" for several years and has been to Graceland, which was Elvis' home in Memphis.
    There is a lot of practice and preparation in getting ready for shows, but research has also been an important part of making his on-stage character.
    "It is interesting to delve into his mindset and the culture he grew up in," Matthews said.
    The image of Elvis Matthews tries to portray is the 1970-73 era, but they will perform songs from throughout Elvis' career.
    The opening act will be Debbie Cay from Caldwell, and local painist Mason Lough will perform at intermission.
    Tickets are available at the Wellington Chamber of Commerce, 207 S. Washington, or by calling 620-326-7466.
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