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Graceland Parking

3717 Elvis Presley Blvd.
Memphis, TN 38116

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

The Guest House at Graceland

3600 Elvis Presley Blvd.
Memphis, TN 38116

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Hours

MONDAY - SATURDAY:  9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
sUNDAY: 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 2019. To learn more about purchasing tickets, schedule of events and more, please visit ElvisWeek.com


HOSTS

DJ Argo

Fan Celebration Event
The year 2019 will mark Argo’s 14th 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

American Sound Studio Panel; Fan Celebration Event; Conversations on Elvis; Elvis in Vegas Panel
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

American Sound 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.


Dean Z

The Ultimate Return; Fan Celebration Event; Ultimate Elvis Week After-Parties
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
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

Terry Blackwood

Elvis in Vegas 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

1969 50th Anniversary Concert – Elvis Returns to Vegas; Elvis Presley Gospel Homecoming
Terry Blackwood, who performed alongside Elvis with The Imperials, has joined forces with Darrell Toney and Lynn Royce Taylor, 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. 


Blackwood Brothers Quartet

Elvis Gospel Brunch; Elvis Presley Gospel Homecoming
The original Blackwood Brothers Quartet, led by James Blackwood, was formed in 1934 in Mississippi. That original quartet sang at Gladys Presley’s funeral at the special request of Elvis and Vernon Presley. James’ younger son Billy Blackwood now continues the Blackwood Quartet legacy. The Blackwood Brothers have won eight Grammy Awards, 27 Gospel Music Association Dove Awards and five All-American Music Awards. They are also members of the Gospel Music Hall of Fame, the Southern Gospel Museum and Hall of Fame, the Mississippi Musicians Hall Of Fame and the Rockabilly Hall of Fame.


James Burton

Elvis in Vegas Panel; 1969 50th Anniversary Concert – Elvis Returns to Vegas
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

American Sound 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.


Mac Davis

American Sound Studio Panel; American Sound 50th Anniversary Concert
Mac Davis has established himself as an all-around entertainer: songwriter, singer, film and stage actor, TV and radio personality, performer and legend. In the late 60s, Mac wrote several hits for Elvis Presley, including "In the Ghetto," "Memories," "Don't Cry Daddy," and "A Little Less Conversation," which was re-released in 2002 and became a #1 hit in 26 countries around the world. Nominated three times for Grammy Awards, he has written hits for Kenny Rogers, Bobby Goldsboro, Gallery, O.C. Smith, Freddie Hart, Ray Price, Lou Rawls, Dolly Parton, Rascal Flatts, Weezer, Avicii, Bruno Mars and many others. He had his own successful television show, "The Mac Davis Show," on NBC. He's starred in films such as "North Dallas Forty," "The Sting II" and "Cheaper to Keep Her." He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and has been inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame, Texas Country Music Hall of Fame, Nashville's Songwriters Hall of Fame, Texas Heritage Songwriters' Association, and the National Songwriter's Hall of Fame in New York. He recently performed on the NBC special, "Elvis All-Star Tribute."


Glen d. hardin

Elvis in Vegas Panel; 1969 50th Anniversary Concert – Elvis Returns to Vegas
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.


GINGER HOLLADAY AND MARY HOLLADAY PEDERSON

American Sound Studio Panel; American Sound 50th Anniversary Concert
Mary Holladay Pederson and Ginger Holladay, along with Susan Pilkington, Jeanne Green and Donna Thatcher, sang back up for many of the top artists in the late '60's and 70's. These five vocalists (in various combinations) sang on the Memphis recordings for B.J. Thomas's "Hooked on a Feeling," Neil Diamond's "Holly Holy," The Box Top's "Cry like a Baby" and such artists as Percy Sledge, Joe Tex, Joe Simon, Sonny and Cher, Merrilee Rush and Joan Baez. However,  it was Elvis Presley's 1969 American Sound Studios recordings of "Suspicious Minds" and "In the Ghetto" that was the zenith of their careers. “Long Black Limousine,” “Kentucky Rain,” and “Any Day Now” are among the numerous songs they did with Elvis at American Sound. They also recorded backup vocals in Memphis for Elvis on both of the 1973 Stax Studio sessions. Mary and Ginger later toured with Ronnie Milsap, Linda Ronstadt and others. The two sisters also sang on Jimmy Buffet’s “Cheeseburger In Paradise," Willie Nelson's "Always on My Mind," Jerry Reed's "When You're Hot You're Hot," Dave Loggin's "Please come to Boston,"  Billy Swan's "I Can Help" and “Steve Young’s "Seven Bridges Road," and backed up Emmy Lou Harris, Roy Orbison, Dolly Parton and many others.


terry mike jeffrey

Fan Celebration Event; American Sound 50th Anniversary Celebration Concert
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.


Memphis jones

Memphis Jones & the King
Family friendly and fun for all audiences, Memphis Jones is a life-long Elvis fan and is an expert on the birthplace of rock 'n' roll. His love for the king turned into a lifetime dedicated to music and educating people about the unique sound of Memphis's finest musicians.

 


Memphis boys' Gene chrisman and bobby wood

American Sound Studio Panel; American Sound 50th Anniversary Concert
The Memphis Boys are a self-named rhythm section whose professional careers began in and around Memphis in the early sixties. The band played on more hit recordings during a six month period than any other studio rhythm section in history (Billboard Magazine). Among these hits are: Elvis' "Suspicious Minds," "In the Ghetto" and "Kentucky Rain." Decades later, The Memphis Boys are still entertaining several generations of fans. 


Armond Morales

Elvis in Vegas Panel; 1969 50th Anniversary Concert – Elvis Returns to Vegas
Armond Morales has made a name for himself as a member of The Imperials' original quartet. The group recorded and performed with Elvis from 1966-1971. The Imperials backed Elvis on his two Grammy Award-winning gospel albums, "How Great Thou Art" and "He Touched Me," and appeared alongside Elvis in the documentary "Elvis: That's The Way It Is." The Imperials have won many Grammy and Dove Awards and are members of the Gospel Music Hall of Fame. 


Jim murray

Elvis in Vegas Panel; 1969 50th Anniversary Concert – Elvis Returns to Vegas
Tenor Jim Murray served as a member of The Imperials for 20 years and, during that time, backed artists such as Elvis Presley, Jimmy Dean, Carol Channing and Pat Boone. The Imperials released more than 50 albums and won five Grammy Awards and Dove Awards. Since his time with The Imperials, Jim has enjoyed a solo career and has also performed and recorded with the Gaither Vocal Band. Jim now serves as Music Director at Victory Baptist Church in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee. 


Ronnie tutt

Elvis in Vegas Panel; 1969 50th Anniversary Concert – Elvis Returns to Vegas
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; Elvis Unplugged with Dean Z; Elvis: The Rocker
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; Elvis Unplugged with Dean Z; Memphis Jones & The King
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.


dwight icenhower

2016 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Winner; Elvis Unplugged with Dean Z
Dwight Icenhower began his career 18 years ago as a junior in high school performing in a high school musical. Since then, Dwight has traveled around the world with his tribute to Elvis Presley. He has been a fan of Elvis since he was young, when his mother introduced him to Elvis' music. He says being a tribute artist is a dream come true and to be recognized for his tribute is a real honor. 


SHAWN KLUSH

First-Ever Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Winner, 2007; The Ultimate Return
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.


Cody slaughter

2011 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Winner; The Ultimate Return
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; Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest Final Rounds; Elvis Unplugged with Dean Z; The Ultimate Return
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; Elvis Unplugged with Dean Z; The Ultimate Return; Elvis: The Rocker
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. 


2019 semifinalists

Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest Semifinal Round
Elvis tribute artists from around the world will compete at Elvis Week 2019. 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 2019 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Semifinalists.