Jamie Harden, of “The Ultimate Oldies” will return this month with his most cherished work to date, the “Elvis Tribute” to be held June 20-23 at the Manchester Arts Center.
Harden is quick to confirm there will be no cheesy impersonators in his show. Harden had to submit all his ideas through the Presley estate for final approval.
“It’s a serious yet fun tribute,” Harden said. “It’s going to be professionally produced.”
The show centers on the music of the king, the early years, his birth, and goes through Sun Studios and RCA, his movie career, comeback tour and Gospel works and into the ‘70s.
There will be over 40 songs, an ensemble of live band, singers and orchestra.
Harden said one of the biggest challenges he faced was picking the songs, because there are so many.
“It’s hit after hit after hit. It was almost impossible narrowing it down to two hours, but I think we’ve done a good job at [capturing the essence of his career].”
Harden developed the his first Pressley Estate-approved tribute in the summer of 2015. Since then, he has performed the show in Tullahoma in 2018 and in McMinnville in 2017.
“We are excited about it and have worked really hard. There is a reverence to it because it is Elvis, we want to do it right and know that it is top-notch.” Harden said a love of Elvis was part of the draw to an exclusively Elvis show.
“The normal ‘Oldies’ shows we cover everything from the ‘50s to the ‘80s. Harden said there are very few Elvis tribute shows. “You see some gimmicks and some Elvis impersonators, but you don’t see a real tribute. We think that everybody’s going to like it.” Harden said that Elvis is a rags-to-riches story that has a universal common-man appeal, but creatively, the music is just as profound. “It set the standard for everything that came after. Even his Gospel music was his own.
“Nothing [Elvis] ever did was average.” This has been our best seller over the years and we have even raised the bar by adding some new talent to the group.
The Elvis Tribute will only run for four shows, and sellout crowds are expected. Tickets are $20.
The “Ultimate Oldies” Elvis Tribute will be held June 20-23. Thursday, Friday and Saturday shows start at 7 p.m. and Sunday matinee is at 2 p.m.
Purchase tickets at www.millenniumrep.org or by calling (931) 570-4489.