2019 Schedule of Events
Thursday, June 27th
Meet and greet some of the arriving ETA’s
doors open at 4:00pm
The Barking Parrot, Lakeside Resort
21 Lakeshore Drive W
Friday, June 28th
Competition Qualifying Round
ETA’s compete in Professional and Non-Professional divisions for a spot in the Semi-Finals
park opens at 12:00pm
opening ceremonies at 1:00pm
competition to follow
55 Main Street
after the park closes
260 Martin Street.
no cover charge
Saturday, June 29th
Qualifying ETA’s perform live for a spot in the Finals
gates open at 8:00am
competition starts at 9:00am
55 Main Street.
Featuring champion ETA’s Dwight Icenhower and Adam Fitzpatrick
doors open at 7:00pm
show starts at 8:00pm
Penticton Trade & Convention Centre
273 Power St.
Sunday, June 30th
Gospel Show & Pancake Breakfast
supporting Penticton Hospice
teddy bear toss – bring a teddy bear
gates open at 7:00am
show starts at 9:00am
55 Main Street.
$2 admission fee
Pancake breakfast $5
Final round of judging. Champions and Memphis Representative are determined.
doors open at 1:00pm
show starts at 2:00pm
Penticton Trade & Convention Centre
273 Power St.
ETA’s will be singing and mingling with all the fans.
Lakeside Ballroom, Lakeside Resort
21 Lakeshore Drive W
2019 Featured Headliners
Featuring Dwight Icenhower
& Adam Fitzpatrick
Saturday, June 29, 2019
Penticton Trade & Convention Centre
In November 1972, Sam Thompson was introduced to Elvis Presley by his sister, Linda Thompson. An officer with the Shelby County Sheriff’s Department at the time, Elvis and Sam became fast friends and in July 1973, Elvis purchased a home for Sam near Graceland. In November 1973, Elvis visited Sam’s home and recorded the tracks released by BMG on the CD entitled Made In Memphis. While still a deputy sheriff, Sam provided security for Elvis and traveled with Elvis on the road tours from 1973 until 1976 as Elvis’ friend and companion. In June 1976, Sam went to work full time for Elvis, as his personal bodyguard and tour advance man, providing security for Elvis on all the road tours, including hotel and airport security. Altogether, Sam witnessed, from a very personal perspective, essentially all of the concert and recording performances by Elvis Presley during the last five years of Elvis’ life. In 1984, the late Colonel Tom Parker wrote this about Sam Thompson:
I had the pleasure of working with Sam Thompson on his assignments with the airport, hotel and travel security. Of all the people I have ever been associated with in over 50 years in show business I know of no one any more reliable, on time, and always a proper gentleman with total control of himself, many times under very trying conditions. If Mr. Presley were alive today he would surely join me in my recommendation as to Sam Thompson’s honesty and reliability.
The first of the Memphis Mafia to leave Graceland following the death of Elvis, Sam returned to the Shelby County Sheriff’s Department and later graduated law school. In October 1977, at the personal request of Vernon Presley, he returned to Graceland to oversee the internment of Elvis and his mother Gladys in the Meditation Garden.
After a successful law practice and ten (10) years on the bench as a Judge in Memphis, Sam retired and became an equity owner in 143 Records, a joint venture with The Warner Music Group. As Vice President of Business & Legal Affairs Sam was instrumental in negotiating the signing of artists such as Josh Groban and Michael Buble. Sam has been a lawyer; a judge; a music industry executive; a mediator and arbitrator; a state energy and transportation commissioner; and a frequent public speaker about his time with Elvis.
As the tour producer for Elvis Presley throughout the 1970’s, Charles 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. 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 also developed a close working relationship and close friendship with Colonel Parker and the entire TCB gang.
Charles began his career in entertainment in the mid 1960’ as a booking agent and worked with popular acts such as Little Richard, Fats Domino, Louis Armstrong, and the Coasters.
In the late 1960’s Concerts West recruited Charles to promote artists such as Led Zeppelin, Chicago, Grand Funk, Three Dog Night, Frank Sinatra and eventually Elvis Presley.
Although Charles has worked with many amazing talents throughout his career, and has years of memories and personal stories to share, nothing compares to his time spent on tour and in Vegas with Elvis, the Colonel, and all the enthusiastic, supportive fans. There is nothing he enjoys more than having the opportunity to relive his Elvis years as he shares his memories and experiences during frequent speaking engagements around the world.
Charles’ book, “My Years with Elvis and the Colonel” is both informative and entertaining and gives an inside peek into the Elvis we all knew and loved.
Greg McDonald – VIP Judge
Greg is a highly experienced television, film, music executive, personal manager and marketing strategist. His early career featured a long stint with Elvis Presley’s personal manager – Col. Tom Parker. In later years, Greg’s career expanded to include professional associations with music icons Sonny Bono, Jerry Lee Lewis, Fats Domino , The Temptations, The Four Tops and for seventeen years was a personal manager and friend of legendary artist Ricky Nelson. Greg was a joint venture partner of Silver Eagle Records and TIME-LIFE Music, Two of the most successful direct response marketing companies in music history.
Greg was also the founder of Field of Dreams, the nationwide sports memorabilia stores. He partnered with Morton Downey, Jr. and was the executive producer of The Morton Downey, Jr. Show, a nationally syndicated television talk show. In the motion picture industry, Greg’s executive producer credits include the 20th Century Fox feature films “Deal”, starring Burt Reynolds, Charles Durning, & Shannon Elizabeth, and “SuperCross”, Starring Channing Tatum. As a record company executive, Greg was president of the record label responsible for the surge of the “Boy Band” era groups of the 2000’s (Backstreet Boys, N-SYNC, LFO, O-Town) and the Hit MTV/ABC series “Making The Band”. Greg is also a Chickasaw Indian and has relationships with prominent Native American leaders.
*Greg will be serving as a VIP Judge for this years competition.
Andrea Anderson is a professional singer who knows how much dedication and hard work it takes to be a tribute artist and entertainer. She was born and raised on a Cattle Ranch in Alberta Canada where her roots ran deep with classic country music! She started singing in her teens by entering talent competitions across B.C and performing for friends and family and community events. Andrea knew early on she had discovered her passion! She trained with an opera singer who helped her develop her unique vocal style and range. In the early 90’s Andrea was honored to sing at the opening and closing ceremonies for the Canada Summer Games held in Kamloops and then followed her dream and moved to Nashville. She worked at a fan club on music row and networked with musicians and songwriters trying to break into the music business. She has performed with many bands from blues to rock ‘n roll as well as top 40 and country Music. Andrea travelled to Arizona to pursue a Degree in Business and Marketing and worked full time as a singer in various bands. She was one of the city’s most sought after National Anthem Singers performing for the Phoenix Coyotes, Arizona Diamonbacks and Chicago Cubs. In 2002 Andrea moved back to Canada and lives in Lake Country with her husband and two beautiful sons. She has been touring with the Louisiana Hayride show for 10 years as a tribute singer that captures the essence of the many Country Music Legends she performs. Andrea is excited and honored to be a part of this year’s Elvis Festival and will be singing the National Anthems at the opening Ceremony.
Sean was “Raised On Rock” in Lincoln, Nebraska. The only music that was playing on the record player was 45’s of Elvis and the Beatles. Sean saw one of Elvis’ last concerts in Lincoln, Nebraska on June 20th, 1977. As a motivational speaker, sales consultant and award winning author, Sean has traveled over 4 million miles since 2000 conducting seminars on sales and marketing on three continents and in all 50 United States, working with Fortune 500 companies, universities, television and radio stations, internet firms, newspapers and magazines, and the National Association of Broadcasters and the Radio Advertising Bureau. He’s on the road 40-plus weeks a year taking the “Liquid Fire” message to help others achieve their goals. His newest book “The Liquid Fire” is one of the top selling media marketing books. Sean is a contributing writer for various national publications in business, sales and sales management. He’s been featured in many of media’ top magazines, including Advertising Age, Promo magazine, and Radio Ink and many more. Like Elvis, he’s also an avid student of martial arts and uses the connection between martial arts and sales in many of his seminars. Sean is known on the seminar circuit for wearing “Leather Pants” …inspired by Elvis! Sean is the Head National Instructor for the Luce Performance Group International based in Houston, Texas and Los Angeles, California.
Denise Macris is an avid Elvis fan and has been a strong supporter of many Elvis Festivals throughout Canada and the United States. Denise is the owner and President of a large Marketing and Presentation company. She is a Nationally Recognized expert in communication and presentation skills. Her broad experience critiquing and judging presentations as well as helping to bring out the best in others has won her rave reviews. Denise was recognized in the United States as one of the “100 Most Influential Leaders” in her industry. She has won numerous awards and is a highly recognized columnist and blogger. As the wife of a winning Tribute Artist Denise knows what it takes to be a Champion. With a passion for performance and presentation arts, Denise loves watching Elvis Tribute Artists.
As a late bloomer in the music industry, I am a firm believer that it is never to late to follow your passion. In ‘92 I started a band in Penticton called Reckless Hearts and we had some great times for almost a decade. To help my daughter launch into her career, I left the band to go on the road with her. Strong female singers were my mentors growing up so I started doing a Patsy Cline Tribute Show, with a few other tribute artists, in BC and the U.S. and recently have been inspired to do a Linda Ronstadt Show. I am now happy to be part of the TCB Rock and Roll Legends Tribute Show. Having a passion for singing in Spanish, I also performed in various places in Mexico. Along the way, I’ve sung from Pop to Jazz to Country and everything in between. As Patsy Cline says, “Making music is the sweetest thing this side of Heaven”.
Our Guest Emcees
Jeff Bodner is a retired RCMP officer with over 30 years on the force. He retired from active duty on September 5th 2012. Jeff has been singing for 53 years and has competed in many Elvis competitions. In 2003 Jeff was fortunate enough to win the Grand Champion Amateur Championship in Collingwood Ont. in 2007 he won the Pacific North West Elvis Competition in Penticton and was one of the first 24 artists across the world to compete in the Ultimate Elvis Competition put in by EPE Jeff was the Penticton Elvis Festival spokesperson from the inception of the festival for the first five years. Jeff has been an advocate for the Penticton festival for years telling people about the great camaraderie and superb talent that comes to the Okanagan every year.
Dino grew up in Renton Washington and enjoyed singing and listening to music from a early age , he grew fond of Elvis watching and singing along with his movies in the 1960s , since then Dino has been singing to audiences throughout the United States and Canada and has competed in many Professional Competitions , he has won several competitions and was the winner of the Penticton Elvis Festival in 06 and currently sings in Festivals and Music venues throughout the country
Mike is proud to be back as MC for the kick off party and wind up party . This is Mike’s 14 yr performing in the headliners show . He currently is the music director for the 10 piece Cadillac Kings show band and sings bass and plays trumpet . Let’s have a great weekend and pay tribute to the King of Rock & Roll!