2010 Elvis Week in Vegas

There’s a “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On” when it comes to Elvis in Vegas. August 16 marks the 33rd anniversary of the elvis_mainKing’s passing, and the city he once called home is paying tribute to the entertainer who has become synonymous with Vegas. Here are places we recommend you visit to experience everything you love about The King of  Rock ‘n’ Roll.

Hooters Las Vegas
“The King Lives” at Hooters is commemorating Elvis with a special show. On August 16, Pete Willcox, who stars in the show, will share some special stories about The King and will perform some additional songs to honor Elvis.

“I have been doing Elvis tribute shows for over forty years” said Willcox.  He added, “August 16 is always a sad day for me.  Elvis was the greatest performer the world had ever seen.  I do my best to honor his memory during every performance.  Elvis touched all of our lives.  I want Monday to be special.  I look forward to a special night.”

Hooters casino is joining in on the celebration by offering one free Bud or Bud Light to every guest in the showroom who purchased a ticket for the August 16 show. Guests will also receive an Elvis-style rubber duck.

Hard Rock Hotel
August 12 – 15 Johnny Smalls at Hard Rock Hotel is inviting guests to make a toast to The King with the Elvistini. Inspired by the entertainer’s favorite fried peanut butter and banana sandwiches, the Elvistini consists of Baileys, Creme de Banane, Chambord and Frangelico and is served with a Johnny Smalls’ twist for $12. For those who really want to go bananas, Johnny Smalls’ Chef Scott Minernini also created a peanut butter and banana beignet with candied peppercorn bacon fries available for $8.

Hard Rock Hotel also features Elvis memorobilia on display throughout the property. Some of the items include: Shooting Star Jumpsuit, made For Elvis in 1972 by designer Bill Belew; a Gibson Dove guitar with ELVIS PRESLEY inlaid in mother of pearl on the fingerboard; and The Elvis Gun, a 357 magnum from Elvis’ personal collection.

Imperial Palace
At Imperial Palace you can  check out “Legends in Concert.” Elvis tribute artist Matt Lewis closes the show. He’s been performing in the Vegas show for eight years and has some of the best moves in town. matt_lewis

Aria is home to Cirque du Soleil’s “Viva Elvis.”  The show features singers, dancers and gymnasts who convey Cirque’s unique interpretation of Elvis’ life and music.

You’ve seen the show and now you want to enjoy a drink in the same place that Elvis might hang out. Well, Gold Lounge , also in Aria is your next stop. Decked out in gold and dark colors, this lounge is just as ostentatious as one of Elvis’ jeweled jumpsuits.

Bill’s Gamblin’ Hall & Saloon
Elvis was one of the biggest acts of all time and this Elvis impersonator lives up to the reputation. Pete Vallee is “Big Elvis.” Performing at the hotel for more than eight years, Vallee has become a local favorite as well as a must-see stop for Elvis fans everywhere. His free show includes a vast catalog of Elvis hits spanning rock, country, gospel, R&B and pop music.
Between 1969 and 1976, Elvis performed a total of 837 shows at the International, later renamed the Hilton in 1971. During this time Elvis was the hottest act in town, performing to a recording-breaking number of audience members at every show.
Today guests can still see remnants of the King at the Las Vegas Hilton. There is a large bronze statue of Elvis at the entrance of the casino. In the Shimmer Cabaret, Trent Carlini, an award-winning Elvis Presley impersonator, pays a remarkably accurate tribute to the entertainer his show ‘The King starring Trent Carlini.”

Still want more of the King? Visit our Elvis Fan page for a guide to other places where you can live out your own Elvis sighting in Vegas.