‘Young Elvis’ set to rock Christmas
by By RICK NORTON Associate Editor
Nov 04, 2012 | 1198 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Young Elvis
Travis LeDoyt
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“Well, it’s one for the money, two for the show, three to get ready, now go cat go; but don’t you step on my blue suede shoes!”

And the heir-apparent to the 1950s title of “King of Rock & Roll” added, “You can do anything, but lay off my blue suede shoes.”

Whether his foot garb will include blue suede shoes is unknown, but this much has been confirmed: Travis LeDoyt, known globally as “the World’s Best Young Elvis,” is returning to Cleveland for the third consecutive year and Junior Achievement of the Ocoee Region leaders are urging those with a craving for this blast from the past “ ... to get ready,” and to let their cats go.

Actually, the latter reference in these Carl Perkins lyrics — made famous by the legendary Elvis Presley — are not to be taken literally. Cats are not invited. But people are.

Making his third stop to Cleveland in support of Junior Achievement, LeDoyt will appear Thursday, Nov. 15, at the Dixon Center on the Lee University campus. As has been the case for the past two years, concert proceeds will support the instructional programming offered by the local JA affiliate, according to Tracie McCartney, president.

Show time is 7 p.m.

LeDoyt, who has performed across the nation and internationally, will bring the same classic tunes from Presley’s early career in the ‘50s and ‘60s as he did in 2010 and 2011, but this year’s timing will coincide with the coming holidays as evidenced by the concert theme, “Christmas with the King of Rock & Roll.” The Yuletide hits performed by LeDoyt will be among Presley’s personal favorites.

Tickets may be obtained by calling JA at 423-476-6772 or sending an email to the office at jaocoee@bellsouth.net.

“We are thrilled to again host Travis LeDoyt in Cleveland,” McCartney said. “His past appearances here have been made possible because of his belief in Junior Achievement and our partnerships with the local schools systems in the Ocoee Region.”

She added, “We also want to recognize, and to thank, Bowater Employees Credit Union for serving as sponsor for this important fundraising concert.”

Based out of Nashville, LeDoyt’s concerts include an authentic three-piece band featuring bass, guitar and drums. The popular musician — whose physical likeness to the young Presley in his 20s is best described as “uncanny” — has performed to sold-out venues such as Busch Gardens in Tampa, Hershey Park in Pennsylvania and a variety of crowded casinos like Harrah’s, Hard Rock, Isle of Capri and Casino Magic, among others.

LeDoyt also is a featured headliner on Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines and recently performed on the world’s largest ship, “Allure of the Seas.”

Globally, his voice and energetic stage presence have taken him to China, Scotland, England, Canada and Chile. Domestically, he has performed in 20 states.

“To those people who think they have seen it all when it comes to Elvis tribute acts, this is the one that makes them do a double-take,” McCartney said. “There is simply no way to describe Travis LeDoyt and his performance, except maybe ‘unbelievable.’”

One of the allures of attending a LeDoyt concert is that it gives an opportunity to anyone who never experienced a young Elvis Presley performance to see for themselves what the talented entertainer was all about, McCartney said.

“It is a chance to relive that exciting era,” she stressed.

Another favorite among LeDoyt fans is that the singer limits his performances to “classic Elvis” tunes that rocked radio listeners and concert crowds from 1954 to 1962, the JA leader explained.

Others agree, including some who have performed with him onstage. Comments taken from the entertainer’s website (www.travisledoyt.com) include:

n “I met Elvis Presley when he was a young man in the ‘50s and you are almost exactly like him.” — Little Richard, following a show where LeDoyt was his opening act.

n “Being an old, jaded entertainment guy, I am not easily impressed, but Travis definitely impressed me. The casino people were knocked out, and want to have him back. He was a real pro and a pleasure to work with.” — Lou Baskin, SRO Entertainment in Scottsdale, Ariz.

n “Not only does LeDoyt look almost exactly like the 20-year-old Elvis, he has the voice and stage style.” — Lee Cotton, Rock and Blues News magazine and author of “Did Elvis Play in Your Hometown Too?”

n “Travis LeDoyt’s show will make you think you’ve gone back to 1956 and you’re actually seeing Elvis.” — Henry Harrison, founder of International Rock-A-Billy Hall of Fame and promoter of Rockabilly Fest in Jackson, Tenn.

n “Of all the people I’ve seen do Elvis material, this boy is more like him than anybody!” — W.S. Holland, drummer for Johnny Cash.

Concert details, ticket pricing and other information are available by contacting the local JA office by telephone (423-476-6772) or by email (jaocoee@bellsouth.net). Any JA board member can also provide information.

Junior Achievement of the Ocoee Region partners with local school systems in Bradley, McMinn, Monroe, Meigs and Polk counties.

The widely respected nonprofit provides relevant programming whose key concepts include work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy.

“Junior Achievement partners with area business leaders and their companies to educate and inspire young people to succeed in a global economy,” McCartney told the Cleveland Daily Banner earlier this year shortly after assuming the JA presidency. “Our sponsoring partners volunteer their time to get in the classrooms and teach our children about financial literacy; this includes areas like budgeting, check balancing, business ethics and thriving in a work environment.”

JA instructors do not repeat traditional instructional material already covered by teachers in the classroom. Their focus is to supplement education by providing instruction in areas not included in standard school curriculum.