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  • 'Viva Las Elvis'

  • Elvis Presley tribute artist Clint Ingbretson takes his responsibility to honor the King of Rock 'n' Roll seriously. His goal is to accurately recreate Presley's energy, spirit, heart, look and sound.
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      What: "Viva Las Elvis" with Clint Ingbretson
      When: 7 p.m. Saturday, March 22
      Where: Ramada Inn Convention Center, 2250 Biddle Road, Medford
      Tickets: $16 in advance; $20 at the door; VIP ti...
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      If you go
      What: "Viva Las Elvis" with Clint Ingbretson

      When: 7 p.m. Saturday, March 22

      Where: Ramada Inn Convention Center, 2250 Biddle Road, Medford

      Tickets: $16 in advance; $20 at the door; VIP tickets include dinner and cost $30

      Call: 541-772-0779, see www.clintingbretson.com, or go to Danson Kenneth Productions, 839 E. Jackson St., Medford
  • Elvis Presley tribute artist Clint Ingbretson takes his responsibility to honor the King of Rock 'n' Roll seriously. His goal is to accurately recreate Presley's energy, spirit, heart, look and sound.
    "There are thousands of Elvi out there in the world," Ingbretson says. "None of us will ever be him, but I want to be my personal best when I represent his work. After all, my audiences are Elvis' fans, not mine."
    Ingbretson and his nine-piece band — featuring lead guitarist Gary Richards, Danny Kalahiki on bass, Cameron Stewart on piano, drummer Michael Spencer, James King on trumpet and French horn, Isaac King on baritone sax, Gordon Greenley on alto sax and backup singers Ila Selene and Tracy Weber — will present a tribute show Saturday, March 22, at the Ramada Inn Convention Center, 2250 Biddle Road, Medford.
    Ingbretson grew up listening to Presley's music, along with Dean Martin, Glen Campbell, Tom Jones, The Imperials and his grandmother's gospel music.
    "I have a passion for music, and Elvis' songs just spoke to me," he says. "I recognized his love for family, his love for people."
    Ingbretson spends two to three hours a day rehearsing, watching Presley in films or reading something about the man. He works regularly at casinos in Nevada and California, and he's performed with tribute artists Rich Vickers and E Rock at the annual "Elvis Rocks Mesquite."
    The first half of Saturday's show will feature Presley's songs from the early to mid-'70s: "Burnin' Love," "Cee Cee Rider," "Moody Blue," "Kentucky Rain," "Suspicious Minds" and others. Ingbretson will sport his light blue, Tiffany jumpsuit and cape, then his black-and-white Phoenix during the show's second half. He purchased the Tiffany from B&K Enterprises; his sister created an accurate reproduction of the Phoenix.
    "They're beautiful," he says. "Hand-embroidered and jeweled. Laundering them is tough."
    The show's second half also will feature some of Presley's late '70s hits. One, "A Little Less Conversation," was never performed live by the King.
    "Elvis was always reinventing himself," Ingbretson says. "We'd like to present what he might do if he were alive, how he might sound."
    Tickets cost $30 and include dinner and an introduction to Ingbretson. The doors open at 4:30 p.m., and dinner will be served at 5. Tickets for the show only cost $16 in advance, $20 at the door, and can be purchased online at www.clintingbretson.com or at Danson Kenneth Productions, 839 E. Jackson St. Show time is at 7 p.m.
    — Laurie Heuston
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