Merchants and Friends of Etowah will be hosting the award-winning Elvis tribute artist, Matt Cordell, in his “All Elvis Come Back Show” on Saturday, March 16 at 7:30 p.m. at the Historic Gem Theater in Etowah.
Mr. Cordell says every song will be an Elvis recorded song. Mr. Cordell performed tribute to numerous artists, including the "Great King of Rock N Roll, Elvis Presley" this past Saturday evening at Townsend Center at Tennessee Wesleyan College in Athens. The event was a benefit to raise monies for the tennis and volley ball teams at Meigs County High School.
Officials said, "Matt Cordell is no stranger to the Gem Theater in Etowah; Merchants and Friends of Etowah have been hosting Matt Cordell to several shows a year as he has performed different tributes as well as a fantastic 'All of Me' Concert last November. That performance was a first for Cordell to bring the Pigeon Forge Band with him. He performed his favorite songs, beginning with the first one he sung on stage at the age of eight, which was a song by group Alabama. Cordell’s career is most known for his tribute to the late Elvis Presley; which he has won more than a hundred awards, both National and World first place, or top five for his amazing performance songs that Elvis recorded. In the last few years, he has expanded his career with tribute to Award Winning Country Artist, Jason Aldean as well as many other artist. His career keeps him touring around the country and recently was the opening performance for the grand opening of Blake Shelton’s 'Ole Reds' in Gatlinburg.
"Saturday, March 16 will be the first all Elvis performance he has given in almost five years and his fans are ecstatic about it. Reserve tickets were almost all gone by this past Saturday but there are general tickets left and you may purchase them at the door. Merchants Events Coordinator Maxine Jones says all seats in the Gem Theater are good seats. So make it a weekend to remember, come out and enjoy Matt Cordell as he performs many of Elvis’s number one hits, including gospel favorites. Elvis’s 1968 Comeback Special was his beginning of his second great stardom of hit songs performed all way till his career ended. However, Elvis’s music lives on because of performers like Matt Cordell, who give their best tribute so that his memory lives on for many years to come.
"This show will be another that you don’t want to miss. Many performers may impersonate Elvis and love singing his songs, however, Matt Cordell performed the competitions that won him the awards and qualified him to be called an 'Award Winning Elvis Tribute Artist.' Come and enjoy the show, and you too will understand why his fans beg for his return and enjoy him performing Elvis’s songs. Cordell says it will be a while before he will do another All Elvis show since he is booked daily for his Jason Aldean tribute shows, and many other genres of music he performs."
The Gem Theater box office will open Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. and you may purchase general tickets while they last. "The monies earned by Merchants and Friends of Etowah help them to assist with restoration of the Gem Theater and to hold free educational events in Downtown Etowah. So remember, your attendance and support keeps giving back," officials said.