Elvis Presley’s 75th Birthday Celebration, on January 7-10, promises to be the largest ever, with thousands of fans traveling to Memphis from around the world to join Lisa Marie and Priscilla Presley in celebrating this landmark year.
A variety of birthday week events will help kick-off the year-long 75th birthday celebration, with additional events occurring throughout 2010 that will celebrate the life and legacy of Elvis Presley, the undisputed King of Rock ‘n’ Roll. Below is a calendar of events scheduled for Graceland celebrating Elvis’ birthday on January 8th followed by highlights of key events scheduled for throughout 2010. For full additional information on these and other events, please visit www.elvis.com.
THURSDAY, JANUARY 7
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm CT – Official Elvis Insiders Fan Club Reception & Graceland Tour
An event exclusively for members of the Elvis Insiders fan club. Special guests include Annie Helm, Gavin Koon and Robin Koon, who co-starred with Elvis in Follow That Dream, and Terry Blackwood and Joe Moscheo of Elvis’ Imperials. Special Elvis exhibits from the Graceland Archives will be on display inside the mansion just for the Elvis Birthday Celebration.
FRIDAY, JANUARY 8
9:30 am CT – Elvis Presley Day Ceremony
A special ceremony on the North Lawn of Graceland, featuring Lisa Marie and Priscilla Presley, Elvis Presley Enterprises officials, a birthday cake-cutting and a proclamation of Elvis Presley Day by Memphis and Shelby County officials. Free admission.
7:00 pm CT – NBA’s Memphis Grizzlies Tribute to Elvis
The NBA salutes the life and legacy of Elvis Presley when the Memphis Grizzlies host the Utah Jazz at 7:00 p.m. at FedExForum. The Memphis Grizzlies will defend their home court while honoring Elvis as they wear their “blue suede shoes” in an arena filled with the sounds of Elvis music, original Elvis performance clips and live entertainment.
SATURDAY, JANUARY 9
8:00 pm CT – Memphis Symphony Orchestra Elvis Birthday Pops
The Cannon Center for the Performing Arts, 255 North Main Street in downtown Memphis. Elvis returns to the Cannon Center to celebrate his landmark 75th birthday in style with Terry Mike Jeffery and special guests James Burton and Glen D. Hardin of the TCB Band, which toured with Elvis and played during many of his Las Vegas engagements.
9:00 pm CT – Elvis Presley’s 75th Birthday Bash on Beale Street
Join Elvis fans from around the world as they celebrate Elvis’ birthday on Beale Street, the birthplace of the blues and where Elvis first soaked up the signature Memphis sound. Entertainment venues along Beale Street will include Elvis-themed entertainment, drink specials and more.
SUNDAY, JANUARY 10
8:00 am CT – Southern Gospel Celebration with Elvis’ Imperials
Enjoy classic gospel songs performed by Elvis’ Imperials, the group that backed Elvis on vocals in concert and in studio recording sessions, as they entertain fans at Graceland Plaza.