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‘The Elvis Show’ coming to First Baptist Saturday night

The Rockabilly Rebels Band includes from left, Hudsonites Jim Schrock (guitar) and Paul Ashwood (drums), Heather Kittelson (vocals) of New Richmond, Joe Sir of Deer Park as Elvis Presley, Samantha Sir (keyboard) of Deer Park, Chuck McGill (bass) of Hudson, and Terry Jenister (guitar) of White Bear Lake. (Submitted photo)

“The Elvis Show,” a tribute to the king of rock ‘n roll, is coming to First Baptist Church of Hudson on Saturday evening, May 17.

The 7 p.m. show will feature Elvis impersonator Joe Sir and his Rockabilly Rebels band, who have wowed audiences in previous performances at Bethel Highlands Lutheran Church, The Phipps Center for the Arts and the Hudson Rotary Gala.

Sir, a church music minister from Deer Park, started imitating Elvis 20 years ago when his sister-in-law asked him to sing at the nursing home where she was the entertainment director.

“I was in a band and liked to goof around singing Elvis songs. So I bought a cool jacket and went and sang, and soon after was going around to nursing homes all over the Twin Cities,” Sir recalls.

He was in a band with his brothers called The Sir Brothers, and they started doing the show as part of their concerts throughout the Midwest.

The first time a friend asked him to do the show for a church outreach event, he thought it was a crazy idea. Elvis at church?

“That’s when I began to discover his gospel music, and it dawned on me that this is a great way to connect people to the gospel through the life and music of Elvis Presley,” he says.

The show includes hits from the 1950s, Presley’s movies in the ’60s, his ’68 comeback special, his Grammy Award-winning gospel music, and the Las Vegas years in the ’70s.

The Rockabilly Rebels include three Hudsonites –- Paul Ashwood on drums, Chuck McGill on bass and Jim Schrock on guitar. Ashwood is a member of First Baptist, where the band rehearses.

When the group discovered that the church needs new siding and paint, they offered to put on a show for the community with all the proceeds going to the restoration.

Tickets for the show are $20. Admission is free for children under 12.

Seating is limited. Tickets can be reserved by calling the First Baptist office at (715) 386-9589 between 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Monday-Friday.

A dessert buffet and bake sale will precede the show, starting at 6 p.m. Desserts also will be available during the intermission.

Located at the corner of Third and Vine streets, First Baptist has the oldest public meeting room in Hudson. The sanctuary was built in 1866, in the New England architectural style.

The church’s organ, which arrived from Pittsburg on a riverboat in 1872, is believed to be one of just two Jardine organs still in use in America.

Randy Hanson

Randy Hanson has reported for the Star-Observer since 1997. He came to Hudson after 11 years with the Inter-County Leader at Frederic, and eight years of teaching social studies. He’s a graduate of UW-Eau Claire.

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