Rockin’ with Travis
Nov 14, 2012 | 799 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Anyone who never had the opportunity to see the knee-jerking, hip-swinging antics of Elvis Presley, the “King of Rock & Roll,” in a live performance finally has the chance.

No, this is not THE hound dog of yesteryear, but he is far more than just a reasonable facsimile.

We refer to Travis LeDoyt, known globally as “the World’s Best Young Elvis.” The young impersonator, whose physical likeness to “The King” is uncanny, and who has a voice to match, is returning to Cleveland for a third stanza this week. The personable young rocker will appear in the spacious Dixon Center on the Lee University campus Thursday night.

Show time is 7 p.m.

Reserved tickets are $35 and general admission is $20.

This golden voice from an era gone by — yet one that never will be forgotten — is returning on behalf of Junior Achievement of the Ocoee Region. This stimulating fundraiser is being sponsored by Bowater Employee Credit Union, a well-respected organization that shares JA’s staunch belief in young people and the value of education in influencing their lives.

The baby-faced crooner, who has been described in professional entertainment reviews as the spitting image of a young Elvis Presley from his actual stage performances of the ’50s and ’60s, will bring the same energy to town as he did the last two years. He’ll amaze with some of the same music and many of the same numbers. But, this year — in keeping with the 2012 concert theme of “Christmas with the King of Rock & Roll” — LeDoyt will perform a variety of holiday songs that were personal favorites of “The King” himself.

The Nashville-based LeDoyt, who drew large Cleveland crowds in each of the past two years, will again bring an authentic three-piece band featuring bass, guitar and drums. As is his tradition, “Young Elvis” will pump local fans with hits made popular by Elvis Presley from 1954 to 1962, an era that rapidly changed the landscape of live entertainment in America and beyond.

The face draws swarming fans from all directions.

The hyper onstage act heightens this joy ride back into rock and roll history.

And the voice, well ... it’s phenomenal.

Let’s face it. The kid has a following. “Young Elvis” has sold out auditoriums in Busch Gardens in Tampa and Hershey Park in Pennsylvania, and he has become a star attraction among those who enjoy a cruise. LeDoyt has become a featured entertainer on Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines and he recently performed on the world’s largest ship, “Allure of the Seas.”

The casino crowds flock to see him as well. LeDoyt’s performances have out-rolled the dice in crowded casinos like Harrah’s, Hard Rock, Isle of Capri and Casino Magic.

Not only has he brought back memories of “The King” in almost half the states of the nation, he has performed internationally in Scotland, England, Canada, Chile and China. Whoa ... back up the wagon. China? China. The Asian crowds might not have understood all the lyrics, but they loved the swing. The rumor mill claims even the Chinese president was caught tapping his toes. The latter has yet to be confirmed.

It will be an evening of family entertainment.

And it will be an outing for an extraordinary cause. Kim Gunter, BECU vice president of marketing, told our newspaper her organization “... is very serious about the financial literacy of our community,” and is continuing to support JA in its bid to provide a well-rounded education to school-aged children in Bradley, McMinn, Monroe, Meigs and Polk counties.

Tickets may be purchased at any BECU branch or by calling JA at 476-6772, or by emailing jaocoee@bellsouth.net. Call the office for additional information or talk to any JA board member. They’ll be happy to answer your questions.

In today’s age where exercise is king, a night of gyrations with “The King” himself might be just the ticket for cardiovascular fitness.

We encourage attendance.

We urge enjoyment.