The 30th Annual Elvis Presley Birthday Show
No other performer in American pop history had the reach and impact of Elvis Presley, the Memphis fireball who exploded America's identity and wholly redefined our sense of fashion, taste and social predilections. Equally deified and vilified, he was the original cultural warrior, one who embodied our still ongoing struggles over racial division and chastity versus lust. This annual birthday tribute, loaded with such potent acolytes as Ronnie Mack, Troy Walker, Jimmy Angel, Lisa Finnie and Groovy Rednecks, all performing Elvis songs, provides as fractious and variegated an earful as the man himself. Elvis' song canon offers innumerable flavors: blues mysticism, overstimulated rockabilly, lusty rhythm & blues and the grotesque pop of those ludicrous movie soundtracks (who could forget "No Room to Rhumba in a Sports Car" or, better still, "Dominic the Impotent Bull"?). The King is dead. Long live the King.
With Ronnie Mack, Troy Walker, Jimmy Angel, South Bay Surfers, Lisa Finnie, Groovy Rednecks, Stardust Ramblers, The Honey Lulus, Michael Ann, Joe Finkle, Christopher Lockett, Skip Heller, Talkin' Treason, Brian Whelan, Alias Means, Mister Morrison, Merle Jagger, Count Smokula, Rip Masters, Steve Stanley, Justin Curtis (proceeds go to L.A. Union Rescue Mission).