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Tribute to Elvis at Phipps June 15

"The Elvis Show," a tribute to the king of rock 'n roll, will be performed Saturday, June 15, at 7:30 p.m. at The Phipps Center for the Arts.

"The Elvis Show" is a tribute to Elvis Presley's career, including his hits of the '50s, his movies in the '60s, his '68 comeback special, his Grammy-award winning gospel music, and his record-breaking years in Las Vegas in the '70s.

Joe Sir has been perfecting his rendition of Elvis for about 20 years, since he was a member of The Sir Brothers, a family band that performed around the Midwest. Playing Elvis by request grew so that it became the most popular part of their show.

"We try to capture the sound and look of an Elvis concert, and we make it very interactive with the audience," says Sir.

"I love to see the faces light up when I sing a favorite song or make an Elvis move that gets everyone clapping. It's fun to see jaws drop when I tell the audience that I am a pastor, especially when I do a gospel song and everyone sings along with us. "

Sir's back-up band, the Rockabilly Rebels, consists of Jerry Germain, bass; Samantha Sir (Joe's daughter), keyboards; Phil Wallander, guitar; Tom Nirmaier, guitar; and Paul Ashwood, percussion. Everyone sings back-up vocals.

Tickets are $22 for adults and $15 for students of all ages. Discounts are available by purchasing season tickets. Reservations may be made by contacting The Phipps ticket office at (715) 386-8409 or online at The Phipps.