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3717 Elvis Presley Blvd.
Memphis, TN 38116

Only 10 minutes from downtown and 3 minutes from the Memphis Airport.

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3600 Elvis Presley Blvd.
Memphis, TN 38116

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Graceland will re-open for tours on May 21. 
DAILY:  9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
 

Free walk-ups to the Meditation Garden are daily from 7:30 - 8:30 a.m. 

 

 

Guests & Performers

Below you will find a list of special guests, hosts and performers for Elvis Week 2020. To learn more about purchasing tickets, schedule of events and more, please visit ElvisWeek.com


HOSTS

DJ Argo

Fan Celebration Event
The year 2020 will mark Argo’s 15th anniversary on Elvis Radio, broadcasting live from Graceland on Sirius XM. He’s been an Elvis fan as long as he can remember and loves meeting people from all around the world who visit Graceland. In addition to his involvement in various Elvis related events, Argo produces special events with individuals and municipalities, like fireworks displays and concerts. When you’re at Graceland, stop by the studio and say “hi."  Argo will probably have you pick your favorite Elvis song and shout out to the world on Elvis Radio.


Tom Brown

Memphis Excursion with Tom Brown and Angie Marchese; Down in the Jungle Room Experience; Conversations on Elvis; Fan Celebration Event; Elvis in 1970 Panel; Elvis Week Brunch featuring Elvis Co-Stars
Tom Brown is the former vice president of original productions for Turner Classic Movies. While at TCM, Brown was the executive in charge of production on special Elvis Presley projects featuring Priscilla Presley, Scotty Moore, D.J. Fontana, George Klein, Joe Esposito and the TCB Band. He has been the host of many Elvis Week events, interviewing Elvis' band members, personal friends and movie costars; and he can also be found hosting some of our recent Gates of Graceland videos. Prior to his tenure at TCM, Tom worked as a reporter/producer for TNT Network and at TV and radio stations in St. Louis and Shreveport. He began his television career in his hometown of Tupelo, Mississippi, at WTVA, and now he hosts a daily radio show out of Tupelo on Sunny 93.3. Every June he hosts the Tupelo Elvis Festival. His production company, Mean Machine 22, is currently working on several TV projects and live events.


ANDY CHILDS

Elvis Gospel Homecoming
Andy is the co-producer of the 2018 Elvis gospel album, "Where No One Stands Alone." He has opened for Faith Hill, Martina McBride, Clint Black, Trisha Yearwood, Tanya Tucker, Charlie Daniels Band, and many other top country stars. The Memphis native has released two albums and has played in the house bands for "Nashville," "Nashville Star," "Next Superstar" and "Can You Duet." He's a managing partner and CEO of Veritable Music, an independent publishing and production company with a staff of six songwriters. He has had songs recorded by the likes of Blackhawk, Chris Cagle, George Canyon and more.


Dean Z

Elvis: The Next Generation; Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest Meet 'n' Greet; Fan Celebration Event
Dean Z has dedicated his entire life to honoring the legacy of Elvis. Dean got his start in the tribute artist world in Las Vegas at the age of 17. For the next 12 years, Dean performed in Vegas, and has paid tribute to "The Memphis Flash" in Japan, Australia, Norway, Denmark, England, across Canada and the United States. Dean soon earned a spot with the World's Greatest Live Tribute Show, "Legends in Concert," then in 2007, moved to headlining the show in Branson, Missouri. After winning the Ultimate ETA Contest in 2013, Dean received the Heart Of The King Award in Las Vegas at the former Las Vegas Hilton, on the same stage the Elvis himself performed over 700 shows during the 1970’s. Dean also had the pleasure of being a part of the national touring production "Elvis Lives," a live musical highlighting Elvis’ career that features world champions from the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest.


JEFF LEWIS

Ultimate Elvis Week After-Parties
Jeff Lewis is a Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter and a voting member of The Recording Academy. He began his Elvis Tribute Artist career in 2011. Each year, he hosts the Jeff Lewis & Friends Music Festival, an event that features ETA performances. He has hosted the popular Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest after-parties during Elvis Week. He has won Ultimate ETA Contest preliminary rounds and competed in the Ultimate ETA Contest during Elvis Week. As a musician, he has toured with acts such as Buck Owens, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Garth Brooks and more.


JOEY SULIPECK

Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest Semifinal and Final Rounds; The Ultimate Return; Fan Celebration Event
Joey Sulipeck is a lifelong Memphian and is currently the Chief Meteorologist with FOX13, the FOX News affiliate in Memphis, Tenn. He’s been active in working with Elvis Presley Enterprises for the past decade. He was a returning host of Graceland’s annual Candlelight VigilCast and has hosted the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest since the beginning. He’s a two-time Emmy Award winner, a member of the National Weather Association, a member of Mensa, and a true-blue Elvis fan.


SPECIAL GUESTS AND PERFORMERS

BRAD BIRKEDAHL

Elvis' Memphis Sessions featuring Brad Birkedahl
Brad Birkedahl is best known for his work with the rockabilly trio, The Dempseys. Today Birkedahl has expanded his rock 'n' roll repertoire with a powerhouse stage show. From presidents to prime ministers, Brad has entertained audiences around the world. In 2015, he was honored with a brass note on historic Beale Street in downtown Memphis. Brad has assembled an all-star lineup of players to carry on his reputation for bringing great music and dazzling guitar work to the stage.


Terry Blackwood

Elvis in 1970 Panel
Terry Blackwood is the son of Doyle Blackwood, original co-founder of the Blackwood Brothers Quartet. Terry's distinctive vocal styling has been featured on many chart-topping singles while associated with two highly acclaimed vocal groups - "Elvis' Imperials" and "Andrus, Blackwood & Co." Terry is currently singing selected solo dates at churches around the country and also with The Imperials around the world and here in the U.S.


Terry Blackwood & the Imperials

Elvis Gospel Homecoming; Elvis: That's The Way It Is 50th Anniversary Enhanced Screening
Terry Blackwood, who performed alongside Elvis with The Imperials, has joined forces with Darrell Toney and Will Shaw, creating a contemporary gospel sound. Terry Blackwood is the son of Doyle Blackwood, original co-founder of the Blackwood Brothers Quartet. Over the years, The Imperials, in its various membership incarnations, have released over 40 albums, racking up 12 Grammy Awards and 13 of the gospel field's Dove Awards. The Imperials have all been inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame. 


david briggs

Down in the Jungle Room Experience; Nashville Marathon Sessions 50th Anniversary Concert; Elvis in 1970 Panel
David Briggs was a member of Elvis' studio and touring band. The keyboard player, producer, arranger and studio owner played on Elvis' "How Great Thou Art"  in 1966 and continued to record and tour with Elvis through February 1977. David has also worked with B.B. King, George Harrison, Nancy Sinatra, Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton, Roy Orbison, Waylon Jennings, Alice Cooper, Dean Martin and more. Briggs, a native of Killen, Alabama, is a member of the Alabama Music Hall of Fame and Musicians Hall of Fame.


James Burton

Down in the Jungle Room Experience; Nashville Marathon Sessions 50th Anniversary Concert; Elvis in 1970 Panel; Elvis: That's The Way It Is 50th Anniversary Enhanced Screening
Guitarist James Burton organized Elvis' TCB Band and performed and recorded with Elvis from 1969-1977. A member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Burton has recorded and performed with artists such as Johnny Cash, the Everly Brothers, Ricky Nelson, John Denver, Merle Haggard, Joni Mitchell, Roy Orbison, Elvis Costello and many more. He has also been inducted into the Musicians Hall of Fame and Rockabilly Hall of Fame.


ANDY CHILDS

Nashville Marathon Sessions 50th Anniversary Concert
Andy is the co-producer of the 2018 Elvis gospel album, "Where No One Stands Alone." He has opened for Faith Hill, Martina McBride, Clint Black, Trisha Yearwood, Tanya Tucker, Charlie Daniels Band, and many other top country stars. The Memphis native has released two albums and has played in the house bands for "Nashville," "Nashville Star," "Next Superstar" and "Can You Duet." He's a managing partner and CEO of Veritable Music, an independent publishing and production company with a staff of six songwriters. He has had songs recorded by the likes of Blackhawk, Chris Cagle, George Canyon and more.


LARRY DOMASIN

Elvis Week Brunch featuring Elvis Co-Stars
Larry Domasin was eight years old when the was chose by producer Hall Wallis to star with Elvis in "Fun in Acapulco." He played the role of Raoul Almeido, who became Elvis’ showbiz manager in the film, booking him in some of Acapulco’s hottest nightspots. Larry then went on to star in other films with actors such as James Stewart, Marlon Brando, Maureen O’Hara, Barbara Stanwyck and Pat Boone among others. Currently, Larry is a Controller, as well as a Director of Business Development, for a prestigious architectural firm in Southern California. 


Former Members of J.D. Sumner and The Stamps Quartet featuring Donnie Sumner, Ed Hill and Larry Strickland

Elvis Gospel Homecoming
One of the great names in Southern gospel, J.D. Sumner & The Stamps Quartet were Elvis' male back-up singers from 1971 to 1977. Members during the group's time spent with Elvis include: J.D. Sumner, Bill Baize, Tony Brown, Ed Enoch, Dave Rowland, Richard Sterban, Larry Strickland, Donnie Sumner, Ed Wiedman and others. J.D. Sumner & The Stamps were part of the early tours of the recent hit show Elvis Presley in Concert and continued as a group until J.D.'s death in 1998.


Glen d. hardin

An Afternoon with Elvis' Piano Man Glen Hardin; Elvis in 1970 Panel; Elvis: That's The Way It Is Enhanced Screening
Glen D. Hardin played piano in Elvis' TCB Band from 1970-1976. He toured and recorded with Elvis and appeared in the "Aloha from Hawaii" special. He also arranged many of Elvis' hits, such as "The Wonder of You," "I Just Can't Help Believin'" and "Let It Be Me." Hardin was also an in-demand session pianist and recorded with numerous artists such as Gram Parsons, Nancy Sinatra, Linda Ronstadt, Dwight Yoakam, Kenny Rogers, Waylon Jennings, Dean Martin, John Denver and many more. He was also a member of Emmylou Harris' Hot Band.


MOTHER DOLORES HART

Conversations on Elvis
Dolores Hart made her movie debut in Elvis' second film, "Loving You," and starred with the king again in "King Creole." In her five-year movie career, Hart made 10 films, starring alongside Elvis, Motgomery Clift, George Hamilton, Stephen Boyd and Robert Wagner. Her filmography also includes "Where the Boys Are," "Francis of Assisi," "Lonelyhearts" and "Come Fly with Me." An established leading lady at 24, she surprised Hollywood by announcing that she was leaving her acting career to become a nun. She entered the Abbey of Regina Laudis monastery in Connecticut, where she still serves.


terry mike jeffrey

Nashville Marathon Sessions 50th Anniversary Concert; An Afternoon with Elvis' Piano Man Glen Hardin
Terry Mike Jeffrey is a singer, Emmy-nominated songwriter, entertainer, multi-instrumentalist, musical director, arranger and actor. He was born in Paducah, Kentucky, and was singing on stage by the age of 3. Throughout childhood, he'd mastered the guitar, piano, sax, and drums. Terry Mike has received critical praise from the New York Times, Variety, LA Times, and Music Row Magazine. He has had Network TV appearances on NBC's Today Show, CBS This Morning, CNN's Showbiz Today and Live with Regis and Kathie Lee.


John Paul Keith

A Tribute to Sun Records Featuring John Paul Keith
A 15-year veteran of the Memphis music scene, singer, songwriter and guitarist John Paul Keith has four critically acclaimed solo albums, including his latest, "Heart Shaped Shadow." He just completed his third headlining tour of Europe in 2019 and continues to tour the US regularly. When he’s not on the road, JPK can often be found playing Memphis classics alongside his own originals on Beale Street with a crack 6-piece band with horns. In December 2019, John Paul was the host and musical director of the Elvis: A Christmas Peace concert at the Soundstage at Graceland, performing Elvis Presley’s favorite holiday and spiritual music, and in January 2020 he paid tribute to Sun Records with a special concert at The Guest House at Graceland for Elvis’ 85th birthday. JPK's fifth studio album, "The Rhythm Of The City," is planned for 2020.


Gavin KOON
Elvis Week Brunch with Elvis Co-Stars
At age 8, twins Gavin and Robin Koon starred as Eddy and Teddy Kwimper, respectively, in Elvis' 1962 comedy "Follow That Dream." As an adult, Gavin worked in the entertainment industry behind the camera as a scenic artist in the entertainment industry for many years at various studios such as The Walt Disney Company, CBS, Metromedia Company, and Fox Television. In 1996, he became Executive Director, in charge of all Union affairs for I.A.T.S.E. Local 816, and serving as a Director on a number of boards and panels, including the Motion Picture Industry Pension and Health Plans. In 2010 Gavin joined the International Union of Operating Engineers as a Business Representative doing public sector Union representation for City of Los Angeles, County of Los Angeles, City of Pasadena, and Burbank Airport and serving as a Principle representative on the Coalition of Los Angeles City Unions and the Coalition of Los Angeles County Unions. Gavin is involved in charitable activities in the entertainment industry, in both an advisory and hands-on volunteer capacity. He was a Medallion Recipient on National Philanthropy Day in 2000, in recognition of his contributions to charitable organizations. One of Gavin’s interests is playing the cello, he currently plays for the Topanga Symphony Orchestra, the Lawyers Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Topanga Symphony Quartet. Gavin is married, has one son, and remains a resident of Southern California.


Robin Koon
Elvis Week Brunch with Elvis Co-Stars
At age 8, Robin and his twin brother Gavin starred as Teddy and Eddy Kwimper, respectively, in Elvis' 1962 comedy "Follow That Dream." The brothers also starred in TV shows like "Julia," "Valentine's Day" and "The Richard Boone Show." As an adult, Robin began working in pharmacy and nutraceutical/pharmaceutical manufacturing. In 1998, he switched career gears and moved into the nutraceutical and pharmaceutical manufacturing industry. He recently retired last year, and now is performing consulting services. He is a well-known pharmaceutical/nutraceutical industry author for numerous articles published in industry-related journals (e.g. Chain Drug Review, Drug Topics, U.S. Pharmacist, California Pharmacist, Tablets & Capsules, Mass Merchant Retailer, Nutritional Outlook, Nutritional Insider, etc.). He has lectured at many nutraceutical and pharmaceutical industry related events; given pharmacy Continuing Education classes; given manufacturing and formulation training to major pharmaceutical companies; and consults as well. Robin and his wife Lynn have two sons, Casey and Perry, and they live in northern California.


Norbert Putnam
Nashville Marathon Sessions 50th Anniversary Concert; Elvis in 1970 Panel; Down in the Jungle Room Experience
Norbert Putnam, known as "Putt" by Elvis, played bass on the first hit records that established “Muscle Shoals” as a recording destination. In 1964 the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section opened the first American Beatles concert in Washington, D.C. Later that year Putnam moved to Nashville and quickly became Nashville’s busiest pop-rock bassist playing on thousands of recordings by such diverse artists such as Elvis and Roy Orbison. In 1970, Norbert and David Briggs opened Quadrafonic Studio and formed Danor Music Publishing. Putnam was to become Nashville’s top pop/rock producer and Quad became Nashville’s number one independent studio.


Charles Stone

Conversations on Elvis
As the tour producer for Elvis Presley throughout the 1970s, Charles Stone had the rare opportunity to be closely associated with both Elvis and his manager Col. Tom Parker. Charles flew with Elvis and his associates on Elvis' personal plane, the Lisa Marie, from city to city each time Elvis went on tour. Being in the unique position of traveling with Elvis and also managing the personal details of each tour, Charles experienced daily life in Elvis' world and developed a close working relationship and close friendship with Col. Parker and the entire TCB gang. He began his career in entertainment in the mid-1960s as a booking agent and worked with popular acts such as Little Richard, Fats Domino, Louis Armstrong and the Coasters. In the late 1960s Concerts West recruited Charles to promote artists such as Led Zeppelin, Chicago, Grand Funk, Three Dog Night, Frank Sinatra and eventually Elvis. 


lARRY STRICKLAND

Conversations on Elvis
The son of a Baptist minister, Larry Strickland grew up in a family that played and enjoyed gospel music. After Richard Sterban left J.D. Sumner & The Stamps to join the Oak Ridge Boys, the group held an audiiton to replace him - and Strickland was chosen to join the legendary gospel group. He joined them as they performed live with Elvis in Las Vegas and recorded with him in the Jungle Room at Graceland. The Stamps also performed at Elvis' funeral. In 2018, Strickland performed on the Elvis gospel album, "Where No One Stands Alone." Strickland married Naomi Judd in 1989 and, in addition to his music career, has helped managed her career. He is also the stepfather of Wynonna Judd and Ashley Judd.


SAM THOMPSON

Conversations on Elvis
Sam Thompson was a Shelby County Sheriff’s Deputy in 1972 when he met Elvis. The pair became fast friends, and Sam started accompanying Elvis on tour later that year. Sam went to work for Elvis as his body guard in 1976, providing security for Elvis both on the road and at home. 
 


Ronnie tutt

Elvis in 1970 Panel; Down in the Jungle Room Experience; Elvis: That's The Way It Is Enhanced Screening
The longest-tenured members of Elvis’ concert rhythm group were James Burton (lead guitar, 1969-77), Glen D. Hardin (piano 1970-76), Jerry Scheff (bass guitar, 1969-77), Ronnie Tutt ( drums, 1969-77), and John Wilkinson (rhythm guitar, 1969-77). They are known collectively as the TCB Band and, other than Elvis’ first band in the 1950s, are the players most closely identified with Elvis. Tutt, a Dallas, Texas, native, later toured with Neil Diamond's band. He has recorded and performed with the likes of Johnny Cash, Glen Campbell, Kenny Rogers, Elvis Costello, Stevie Nicks and Michael McDonald. 


ELVIS TRIBUTE ARTISTS

Dean Z

2013 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Winner; The Ultimate Return; Rockin' with Elvis & Friends, Elvis Unplugged Starring Dean Z & Friends
Dean Z has dedicated his entire life to honoring the legacy of Elvis. Dean got his start in the tribute artist world in Las Vegas at the age of 17. For the next 12 years, Dean performed in Vegas, and has paid tribute to "The Memphis Flash" in Japan, Australia, Norway, Denmark, England, across Canada and the United States. Dean soon earned a spot with the World's Greatest Live Tribute Show, "Legends in Concert," then in 2007, moved to headlining the show in Branson, Missouri. After winning the Ultimate ETA Contest in 2013, Dean received the Heart Of The King Award in Las Vegas at the former Las Vegas Hilton, on the same stage the Elvis himself performed over 700 shows during the 1970’s. Dean also had the pleasure of being a part of the national touring production "Elvis Lives," a live musical highlighting Elvis’ career that features world champions from the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest.


jay dupuis

2014 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Winner; The Ultimate Return; Rockin' with Elvis & Friends; The Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest Semifinal Round; Tiger Man 1970 featuring Jay Dupuis
Jay Dupuis of Louisiana grew up in a musical family, and he became a drummer – and an Elvis fan – at an early age. He studied Elvis’ life and performances so he could respectfully pay tribute to his idol. He has starred in the touring production “Elvis Lives” as well as the Legends in Concert productions.


SHAWN KLUSH

First-Ever Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Winner, 2007; The Ultimate Return; An Intimate Evening with Shawn Klush and Cody Ray Slaughter
Shawn Klush  of Pittston, Pennsylvania, has traveled the world paying tribute to his musical idol, Elvis. Since winning the Ultimate ETA Contest in Memphis, he has starred as Elvis in the TV miniseries “Shake, Rattle and Roll” and HBO’s TV show, “Vinyl.” Klush has been a featured performer on the “Late Show with David Letterman,” and won many awards for his performance as Elvis.


TAYLOR RODRIGUEZ

2019 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Winner; Elvis: The Next Generation; The Ultimate Return; Elvis Unplugged - Starring Dean Z & Friends; Rockin' with Elvis & Friends; Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest Final Round
Taylor Rodriguez, 22, of Lynchburg, Virginia, has a passion for entertaining. He was introduced to Elvis' music by his aunt, who was a lifelong Elvis fan. When Taylor was 9 years old, he began to seriously study Elvis' music and moves. In addition to being an Elvis tribute artist, Taylor enjoys writing songs, playing guitar and working with youth in his community. His favorite Elvis song is "How Great Thou Art" - a favorite of his aunt's, too - and his favorite Elvis song to perform is "The Impossible Dream."


cody ray slaughter

2011 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Winner; Elvis: The Next Generation; The Ultimate Return; An Intimate Evening with Shawn Klush & Cody Ray Slaughter
Arkansas native Cody Slaughter has performed around the world as Elvis. He starred in the musical “Million Dollar Quartet” and in many productions, such as Legends in Concert, 50s at The Hop and Liverpool Legends. Cody has appeared on MTV’s “My Super Sweet 16” and the “Late Show with David Letterman.” 


Ben thompson

2018 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Winner; The Ultimate Return; Elvis: The Next Generation; Elvis Unplugged - Starring Dean Z & Friends; Rockin' with Elvis & Friends
Ben has been an Elvis fan since he was a child. He became an Elvis tribute artist at the age of 15 and has performed in many venues around the world. He is an international multi-award-winning Elvis tribute artist and he takes pride in his tribute. He starred as Elvis in the 2017 film "Blade Runner 2049."


EAS BAND

Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest Semifinal and Final Rounds
The EAS Band performs note-for-note duplication of Elvis' music and concerts of more than 600 songs. The band performs all over the world backing tribute artists, giving the feeling and excitement of being at an actual Elvis concert. The band also provides music for other tribute acts including the Blues Brothers, Rod Stewart, Roy Orbison, Johnny Cash and more. 


2020 semifinalists

Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest Semifinal Round
Elvis tribute artists from around the world will compete at Elvis Week 2020. In response to the excitement generated by previous contests, the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist contest features some of the most skilled Elvis tribute artists in the world. See our list of 2020 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Semifinalists.