Elvis returns to Van Buren

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A two-time world champion Elvis Presley tribute artist will thrill area fans in August in Van Buren.

Donny Edwards will perform his “A Tribute to Elvis” concert from 7-10 p.m. August 3rd at the Van Buren School District Fine Arts Center, 2001 E. Pointer Trail in Van Buren. The concert will show why Edwards is “the top Elvis Presley tribute artist in the world,” said Steve Fountain, the concert’s promoter.

“This is the hottest Elvis show in the world,” he said. “Donny Edwards actually did a special concert in Memphis for the anniversary of Elvis’ death. He’s great.”

Edwards has been seen on numerous TV shows, including NBC’s “Next Best Thing,” among others, and he has performed with some of Presley’s original band members, like drummer D.J. Fontana and members of the Jordanaires.

In 2003, Edwards was hired for the Elvis-A-Rama event in Branson, Mo., before taking over that event’s main Elvis role in 2005. Also in 2005, he appeared on the TV daytime serial “The Young and the Restless,” and in 2006, Edwards was hired by Elvis Enterprises to do a 50th anniversary of Presley’s show alongside members of the Jordanaires.

“This is a show people won’t want to miss,” Fountain said. “Last time we were in Van Buren, we had over 1,200 people attend. We’re hoping for another big crowd.”

Edwards has entertained celebrities like Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Marie Osmond, and he’s worked with Presley’s singing friend, Jimmy Velvet. Edwards even married his wife, Donna, in Graceland, Presley’s home, after meeting in Las Vegas.

For his Van Buren performance, Edwards will front Fever, an eight-piece band.

“The Fever band is great, too, and we’ll have (Wayne King) open the show with songs by Roy Orbison and others,” Fountain said.

In Concert

Donny Edwards: A Tribute to Elvis

When: 7-10 p.m. August 3rd.

Where: Van Buren School District Fine Arts Center, 2001 E. Pointer Trail in Van Buren

Edwards is a two-time world champion Elvis Presley tribute artist who has appeared on the TV shows “Next Best Thing” and “The Young and the Restless.” He also has performed with Presley’s drummer, D.J. Fontana, and backup singers. Wayne King also will play. Tickets are $28 and can be purchased by calling the Van Buren Fine Arts Center at http://www.vanburen.org/fine_arts_center.php

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