Elvis Returns to Stage for Bicentennial Event Mobile will shake, rattle and roll at a Tribute to Elvis gala set for 7 p.m. Friday, October 19 in the ballroom of the downtown Holiday Inn, 301 Government St.
Limited tickets go on sale this week for the Mobile County Bicentennial event that will include Elvis food (cheeseburger sliders included) and an Elvis impersonator show by Shane Tucker - a local Elvis tribute artist with a long resume of performances on the Gulf Coast.
An Elvis musical evening will be provided courtesy of DJ Glenn Normand with a background laser light show by Mike Dorsett. Festivities will also include a 1950's costume contest - blue suede shoes optional - with prizes for the winners. A cash bar and heavy hors d'ouevres will be provided.
"This is a tribute to Elvis in honor of his contributions to Mobile County," said Maura Garino, a member of the board of director of the Mobile County Bicentennial Commission.
"He came to Mobile many times. He sold out Ladd-Peebles Stadium. He sold out the Civic Center and the Fairgrounds. He visited Vigor High School (but the principal pulled him off the stage). He helped put Mobile on the map," she said.
Tickets are $25 per person and are tax-deductible. The event is open to the public.
The Mobile County Bicentennial Commission is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization formed to lead the celebrations for the county's 200th birthday year.
Upcoming events include a Veteran's Day concert on November 11 at the new Mobile County Bicentennial Pavilion being erected now in Medal of Honor Park. The concert is free and open to the public.
In November, the Bicentennial Commission will hold a leadership luncheon recognizing outstanding individuals of our community. Former Gov. Bob Riley will be the featured speaker.
A final community-wide birthday bash is planned for the afternoon of Saturday, December 15, at the downtown Cruise Terminal. It will be a family event featuring a Mobile Marketplace of local vendors and craftspeople, a Children's village, a youth stage, the fabulous Tip Tops band, and 2,012 birthday cupcakes. The birthday party is free and open to the public.
For more detailed information about the Bicentennial celebration, visit www.celebratemobilecounty.org.or call 574-9064.
Mobile County will officially turn 200 on December 18.