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Meet the 2018 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest Judges

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Meet the 2018 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest Judges

August 08, 2018

We are excited to announce the judge’s line-up for the 2018 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest.

The judges will select the winner of the 2018 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest based who they feel best represents the legacy of Elvis Presley. They'll evaluate the semifinalists in the areas of vocals, appearance, stage presence and overall performance quality.

Tickets for the Semifinal and Final Round of the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest on August 10 and 12 are still available through Graceland Reservations by calling 800-238-2000 or 901-332-3322 or online at Graceland.com.


Brett Batterson 

Brett Batterson is the President & CEO of the Orpheum Theatre Group. Prior to his role at the Orpheum, Batterson spent 11 years as Executive Director of the national historic landmark Auditorium Theatre in Chicago. In that role, he created three successful city-wide festivals (Miles Davis Festival, Billy Strayhorn Festival, and The Music + Movement Festival).


Jeff Kollath 

Jeff Kollath is the Executive Director of Stax Museum of American Soul Music. Prior to his role at Stax, he worked at the Wisconsin Veterans Museum, Milwaukee County Historical Society and the Center for Humanities at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. Kollath has a background in African-American and soul music history. 

 

Katie Smythe

Katie Smythe is CEO and Artistic Director of New Ballet Ensemble School. In addition to these roles, she also serves as Principal Teaching Artist, instructing young dancers daily in the studios and training the professional Teaching Artists.


Charles Stone

As the tour producer for Elvis Presley throughout the 1970's, Stone had the rare opportunity to be closely associated with both Elvis Presley and his manager Colonel 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.