Jan. 8 would have been Elvis Presley's 81st birthday, and every year around this time, fans gather at parties, tributes and theme nights to celebrate the King of Rock and Roll. This weekend sees the Big E in action on screen and onstage (in spirit) at two hip-shakin' events.
It's Elvis, Elvis, Elvis in Girls! Girls! Girls! at the Eureka Theater on Jan. 22 at 7:30 p.m. ($5). Elvis plays a Hawaiian fishing guide who loves the simple life and, you know, two women at the same time. Like one does when trying to keep things simple. There's fisticuffs, singing, girls in bikinis, singing and more singing. Toss on your coolest coconut-button shirt and enjoy a tropical cocktail in the lounge before the show. This one's sponsored by the folks at The Banana Hut Hawaiian BBQ (where they know a thing or two about rocking a lei and keeping things Aloha).
Next up, Bear River Casino hosts one of the best Elvis impersonators to slip on the sequins and hop into a jumpsuit when Travis Powell and his sideburns roll into town Jan. 23 for the Ultimate Elvis Extravaganza at 8 p.m. ($25, $150 VIP). The audience will be thanking the full-lipped, loose-hipped crooner very much for the experience.
Since they're on different nights, you don't have to choose between the two (take note, Elvis on a boat). Just make it an all-Elvis weekend. If the King taught us anything, it's that more is more.