Elvis Festival Scheduled at Little Graceland Saturday

Elvis Festival Scheduled at Little Graceland Saturday
Posted on 01/04/2016
This is the image for the news article titled Elvis Festival Scheduled at Little Graceland SaturdayHundreds of visitors are expected for the 23rd Annual Elvis Festival at Little Graceland in Los Fresnos Saturday, Jan. 9.

Eleven Elvis Tribute artists have been booked for the event, scheduled from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Simon Vega's Little Graceland is located at 701 W. Ocean Blvd. (Texas Highway 100).

The celebration is held annually to celebrate the birthday of Elvis Presley, who was born Jan. 8, 1935.

Gates will open at 9:30 a.m., and the museum will be open from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Opening ceremonies are scheduled at 10 a.m. The show concludes at 6 p.m.

Tickets are $8 for adults and free for children 12 years of age and younger.

There will be food, arts and crafts vendors to honor the "King of Rock and Roll," who died in 1977.

The schedule for the Elvis tribute artists is:
  • 10-10:20 a.m.: Opening Ceremonies 
  • 10:25-10:55 a.m.: Doug Perser
  • 11:00-11:45 a.m.: Henry Vasquez
  • 11:50 a.m.-12:20 p.m.: Jorge Corona
  • 12:25-12:55 p.m.: Luis Salazar Jr.
  • 1-1:30 p.m.: Eddie Carson
  • 1:35-2:05 p.m.: Danny Lee Garza
  • 2:10-2:25 p.m.: Mid-Day Ceremonies
  • 2:30-3 p.m.: Bill Christil
  • 3:05-3:35 p.m.: Domingo Carvajal
  • 3:40-4:10 p.m.: Luis Salazar Jr.
  • 4:15-4:45 p.m.: Jorge Corona
  • 4:50-5:20 p.m.: Eddie Carson
  • 5:25-6 p.m.: Danny Lee Garza
Simon Vega, a retired high school teacher, became a personal friend of Elvis while the two served together in the United States Army in Germany from 1958-1960.

In 1993, Vega turned his house into a museum called "Little Graceland" located in his native Los Fresnos. "Little Graceland" is loosely patterned on Presley's mansion, Graceland, in Memphis, Tennessee.

In 1978, a year after Presley's early death, Vega composed a song, "The Ballad of Elvis Presley." He produced 3,000 copies and has five remaining ones for his personal collection.

Little Graceland is a home converted into a shrine to the man dubbed "The King" of rock and roll music. The museum contains many pictures of Presley, some with Vega, which the museum owner considers among his most prized possessions.

Little Graceland regular museum hours are from 10 a.m. to noon and 2-5 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. For more information, call 233-5482. Groups and private showings may also be scheduled.
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