Florida has never been known as an Elvis enclave. The King of Rock and Roll has long been equated with his adopted hometown of Memphis, Tennessee, his stint in Hawaii, and that over-the-top Las Vegas era. Yet Elvis lives on in Florida, at least June 27-28, when Elvis Fest 7 comes to the Seminole Casino Hotel in Immokalee. Two days of all the Elvis fun one could want, Elvis Fest invites tribute artists from all over the country to celebrate, and compete to be named the King. From costume contests, to tribute renditions, and a little karaoke thrown in the mix, Elvis Fest is a must for anyone who enjoys a hip-swinging tune—and Blue Hawaiians.
On Saturday, June 27, the Elvis Tribute Artists’ Contest qualifying begins. At 11 a.m. in the casino’s Seminole Center, join Elvises of all eras—from the svelte “That’s All Right” days of Sun Records to the muttonchops and sequins of Las Vegas—as they throw their hat in the ring, evoking their best performance rendition, keying in on musical talent, performance style, and overall stage presence. Following the qualifying round, which runs from 11 a.m.-4 p.m., join the tribute acts in the Zig Zag Lounge from 6-9 p.m. for Elvis-themed karaoke session—the Blue Hawaiians are sure to be free flowing.
Qualifiers will move onto Sunday’s final round, which will run from 1-5:50 p.m. Tributes will be competing for $1,000 first prize, $500 second, and $300 for third, and the always fun People’s Choice Awards. Karaoke will resume in the Zig Zag Lounge at 6 p.m.
- Elvis Fest 7 is free and open to the public—you also get a complimentary Blue Hawaiian cocktail. Think you have the Elvis chops? Anyone who is 21 or older can join. For more information, visit seminoleimmokaleecasino.com.