Elvis Presley band to perform at BPAC

Elvis Presley band to perform at BPAC

Cleveland, MS (WDAM) - This is a news release from Delta State University

The Bologna Performing Arts Center and GRAMMY Museum® Mississippi are proud to present "A Band of Legends Remembers Elvis," hosted at the BPAC Aug. 24 at 7 p.m. on the campus of Delta State University.

One of the most revered artists of the 20th century, Elvis Presley elevated early rock and roll to untold heights in America. However, he did not do it alone. Presley worked with a group of studio musicians so talented that they earned the name "A Band of Legends."

A Band of Legends features guitarist James Burton, drummer Gene Chrisman, bassist Norbert Putnam, keyboardist Bobby Wood, and Memphis native and singer/songwriter Andy Childs on vocals. The group will perform some of the legendary songs they recorded with the King of Rock and Roll at the BPAC. Between the four musicians, they played on over 200 recordings with Presley.

"We are looking forward to coming to the Delta. I am bringing some great players with me," said Putnam, who also put in a stint as the executive director of the Delta Music Institute during the early days of the program. "We will talk about Elvis, his artistry, his music and tell tales of our time with him. He changed music and took it in a different direction, and we were there as it happened."

Proceeds from the show will benefit the BPAC's Janice Wyatt Mississippi Summer Arts Institute and GRAMMY Museum Mississippi's education programs.

"Education is at the heart of both of our organizations' missions, and we are delighted to have designated this event as a fundraiser for our educational programs," said Laura Howell, BPAC executive director.

"The Band of Legends are top musicians that worked closely with Elvis for many years," added Emily Havens, executive director of GRAMMY Museum Mississippi. "We are thrilled to be able to bring these musicians to Cleveland for a fantastic night to benefit our museum's education programs."

To purchase tickets, call the BPAC Ticket Office at 662-846-4626 or visit www.bolognapac.com. Tickets are $35 for the concert or $50 for VIP, which includes a ticket to the concert, post-show reception and a meet-and-greet with the band members.