‘Young Elvis’ tickets still available
by RICK NORTON, Associate Editor
Nov 13, 2012 | 1125 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Young Elvis
Travis LeDoyt
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Elvis Presley fans who favored the leaner rock’n roller from his early glory years of the ’50s and ’60s still have the chance to grab tickets to the next best thing — the “Christmas with the King of Rock & Roll” concert scheduled Thursday night in the Dixon Center on the Lee University campus.

Show time is 7 p.m.

Featuring the onstage energy and crooning talents of Travis LeDoyt, who is billed as “The World’s Best Young Elvis,” the evening of rock is a fundraiser on behalf of Junior Achievement of the Ocoee Region. This is LeDoyt’s third visit to Cleveland. All have supported the relevant instructional programming of JA, a nonprofit cause for which the internationally traveled entertainer is a staunch believer.

Tickets are $35 for reserved seating and $20 for general admission, according to Tracie McCartney, JA president, and Kim Gunter, vice president of marketing for Bowater Employees Credit Union which is serving as primary sponsor for the concert.

Tickets may be purchased by calling JA at 423-476-6772, by visiting any BECU branch or by sending an email to jaocoee@bellsouth.net.

“Bowater Employees Credit Union is sponsoring this concert because we are very serious about the financial literacy of our community,” Gunter said. “Junior Achievement is doing an outstanding job of reaching the school-aged children in all five of the counties we serve — Bradley, McMinn, Meigs, Monroe and Polk.”

Gunter, an avid member of the JA board of directors, said enthusiastic Cleveland crowds have greeted LeDoyt for the past two years. The widely renowned entertainer’s third visit to Southeast Tennessee should be just as lively, she stressed.

LeDoyt, who has performed across the U.S. and internationally, will bring the same classic tunes from Presley’s early career in the ’50s and ’60s as he did during his Cleveland stops in 2010 and 2011. The key difference is this year’s timing. LeDoyt’s concert will feature the Christmas theme. As such, Young Elvis will perform some of Presley’s personally favored holiday tunes, as well as his hip-swinging classics that made the Tupelo, Miss., native and Memphis rocker a legend in modern pop music.

“We are thrilled to again host Travis 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 school systems in the Ocoee Region.”

McCartney thanked BECU for its sponsorship of the musical fundraiser.

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 has been described by professional music reviewers 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 entertaining stage presence have taken him to China, Scotland, England, Canada and Chile. Domestically, he has performed in 20 states.

McCartney used some of the same words to describe LeDoyt as others who have “experienced” one of his concerts.

“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,” the JA president stressed. “There is simply no way to describe Travis LeDoyt and his performance, except maybe ‘unbelievable.’”

LeDoyt’s concerts focus on Elvis Presley hits from 1954 to 1962. It is the reason he is dubbed as the world’s finest Young Elvis, McCartney explained.

A visit to LeDoyt’s website shows that others agree.

One is W.S. Holland, formerly a drummer for country star Johnny Cash, who said of LeDoyt, “Of all the people I’ve seen do Elvis material, this boy is more like him than anybody!”

Another, according to the website, is blast-from-the-past entertainer Little Richard who once headlined downtown Cleveland’s own Halloween Block Party. Little Richard is quoted as once telling the young star following a show where he was Little Richard’s opening act, “I met Elvis Presley when he was a young man in the ’50s and you are almost exactly like him.”

Good seats are still available for Thursday’s performance.

JA instructional programming for students in grades K-12 “... inspires young people to succeed in a global economy,” McCartney explained.

She cited, “Our sponsoring partners volunteer their time to get in the classrooms and teach our children about financial literacy; this includes areas like budgeting, checkbook balancing, business ethics and thriving in a work environment.”

JA instructors, all of whom are volunteers, work to supplement existing classroom curriculum. The instructional focus between JA and teachers is not overlapped.