Will you sing for my daughter's birthday party? I'll pay you $20! That request came after a 17 year old Dwight Icenhower received a standing ovation performing a tribute to his idol Elvis Presley at his high school legends show in Pomeroy Ohio.
Since that time, some 14 years ago, Dwight has performed extensively across the US and abroad. He has an unprecedented 55 first place awards including the 2010 Heart of the King Grand Champion contest held at the Las Vegas Hilton among 170 international contestants.
He is currently the undefeated King of the World Grand Champion which is held in Memphis TN during Elvis week. Dwight considers it a great blessing and honor to have performed with the legendary Jordanaires, Sweet Inspiration and DJ Fontana to name a few.
He has mastered the moves of Elvis's 50's, 60's and Vegas eras. That, along with his naturally gifted Elvis voice, makes his show one of the best all around Elvis tribute shows in the world!
After placing for 5 years in a row Jesse Aron won the 2009 Images of the King Championship. He placed in the top 3 in Canada's famous Collingwood Elvis Festival attended by over 250,000 Elvis fans. He now travels extensively across the USA, Canada and has toured in the UK. He has received letters of commendation from 2 Governors of Wisconsin for his performances for the Veterans and the Special Olympics stating he is both a role model and a credit to his community and state.
Jesse says it's not his goal to be Elvis but considers himself and Elvis fan first and foremost showing his respect for, who he considers to be the greatest entertainer that ever lived, Elvis Presley and performing his music and keeping his memory and music alive. He has been doing just that for the last 15 years!
In recent years Jesse has also been tributing another great legend, Roy Orbison. Elvis considered Orbison's voice to the the best and most unique he had ever heard. Jesse is able to reach that famous octave range and does so with the effortlessness so unique to Roy Orbison. We are honored to have him with us at our Festival.
Steve Bobbitt is an energetic entertainer who brings Rod Stewart alive with his perfect portrayal of the legendary “Leg Man”. He’s got the look, the moves, and is sure to make an adoring female fan’s heart skip a beat! Steve is a true professional and has performed live across the country for many years.
International award winning Elvis tribute artist Irv Cass brings his heartfelt tribute to the King all the way from Michigan. Irv has performed with 'Legends in Concert', toured in Europe and has shared the stage with several of Elvis' band members including the legendary Jordanaires.
He was the 1999 International 'Images of Elvis' Grand Champion in Memphis TN, 1st place in Dick Clarks' American Bandstand Grill Elvis, played in the Imperial Palace Las Vegas, Legends Theater Branson MO to name a few. He's performed in Berlin, Liverpool and the Philippenes.
Irv also does a tribute to Tom Jones. Many don't know how close Elvis and Tom Jones were.
A truly great fit for Irv as he is becoming very well know for tributing Tom Jones. A great performer and an artist we are honored to have.
Tim 'E' Hendry
Tim 'E' Hendry is a multi-award winning Elvis tribute artist. He was recently crowned the 2012 Toronto Elvis Festival grand champion, and in 2011 placed as runner-up at the King of the World Elvis Tribute Artist World Championship in Memphis. Tim 'E' has been a top 10 finalist at both the 2010 and 2012 Ultimate Elvis Contest. He was the grand champion at the Collingwood Elvis Festival in 2010.
Tim's love of Elvis started at a very young age, thanks to his father Diamond Jim Hendry who was a big Elvis fan. Tim 'E' is a professional musician, playing both drums and guitar. After much coaxing from family and friends, Tim 'E' made his first tribute performance to Elvis in 2003.
Every show Tim 'E' performs reflects his love, admiration and respect for Elvis. Tim 'E' plays to sold-out audiences all over the world.
Todd C. Martin
Todd has toured all over the United States and in Europe with appearances at Casinos, on cruise ships, numerous theatres in Branson, MO, as well as festivals and conventions. He even performed with the legendary Jordanaires in Las Vegas.
Todd recently headlined the Viva Elvis Festival in Virginia Beach, VA. While in Memphis for a competition, he was chosen to appear on 'Good Morning America' as part of their 'Elvis Week' coverage.
We are truly excited not only in having Todd perform his Elvis tribute but he has also made quite a name for himself with his great tribute to Tim McGraw. What a great performer!
Robert Washington is one of the best Elvis sound-a-likes worldwide; His voice is so close to 'the real thing' that he has stunned even the people from Elvis' inner circle, including emcee Al Dvorin, rhythm-guitarist John Wilkinson and bodyguard Sam Thompson. He has had the honor of working with Elvis' drummer DJ Fontana and the famous Jordanaires.
Robert performs all over the US, Europe and Japan. He's also been featured in the award-winning documentary "Almost Elvis" and won the World Champion Title as The Worlds Best Elvis at the prestigious 'Images of Elvis' in Memphis in 2003.
In his first European tour with the 'Original Elvis Tribute' he thrilled sold out audiences everywhere from Finland to Spain. Audiences who barely show much emotion gave Robert several standing ovations!
It is a great honor to have Robert Washington performing, not only his fantastic tribute to Elvis, but also a great tribute to legend James Brown. You won't soon forget Robert adored by fans worldwide, a gentleman and true class act!
Mori Yasumasa has become well known to many Elvis fans around the world while performing for the last 18 years. He is not your typical Elvis Impersonator he actually calls himself an Elvis Interpreter! His dedication to singing, entertaining and karate skills (9 degree black belt) captured the hearts of thousands, winning the 1992 World Champion Elvis Impersonator. He was the first non-American to win the title and will be joining us all the way from Japan!
A brief list of excellent reviews are: Italian News, Australian News, CNN, NBC, Japanese TV, MTV Asia, Readers Digest, Time, Life and Newsweek...to name a few. He has performed with James Burton and Charlie Hodge Elvis' guitarist and friend in Memphis TN with his TCB band (August '93, '95, '97 & '99)
Mori is a pure performer with his goal to make the audience happy. He does that and more! You will fall in love with this wonderful performer on and off the stage.