It’s a King Thing
Shawn Klush brings his Elvis Tribute to The F.M. Kirby Center.
Put on your “Blue Suede Shoes”, grab your hunk of “Burning Love” and get ready for “A Little Less Conversation” (a little more action) with the World’s Greatest Elvis, Shawn Klush. The Pittston native is set to perform his tribute show at the F.M. Kirby Center on Nov. 24, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $35, $45 and $75 (VIP), and can be purchased at the Pittston Memorial Library, Kirby Box Office or through Ticketmaster. Proceeds from the show will benefit the Pittston Memorial Library expansion project.
Klush has been designated the “First Ever Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist” by Elvis Presley Enterprises. He has also been named “The World’s Greatest Elvis” following a vote of 6.5 million international viewers on BBC1 Television in the United Kingdom.
When it comes to inspiration, Klush recalls being influenced by The King at a very early age. “My father was DJ and I grew up listening to Elvis, The Beatles and Dean Martin,” Klush said. “I had more of an appreciation for music than I did for anything else. Elvis had charisma and that charisma just took over. It had me at a young age. I have a cassette tape of me singing ‘Blue Suede Shoes’ in the bathtub.”
As the years went by, Klush grew even more curious about the music and decided to explore deeper. “Other people were listening to Led Zeppelin I wanted to know where the music came from? Why is there a Led Zeppelin or The Doors?”
Klush said he shares a similar personality with Elvis, helping him take a more natural approach to his stage show. “Lisa Marie, Pricilla and Joe Esposito all say the same thing: ‘it’s very weird being around you sometimes because you have natural attributes that were like Elvis’,” Klush said. “My personality is close to his. I never sat in front of a mirror and said ‘I want to pull my lip up here’ or ‘do this move’. To me, that’s disrespectful. That’s an impersonation. Our show is a tribute. We don’t impersonate anything or anybody.”
Also appearing with Klush at the Kirby Center will be special guests, The Sweet Inspirations, who performed for years as backup singers for the King himself.
“It’s a high energy show,” Klush said. “It’s everything he did after the ’50s and the movies. He had a different fire about him. He got a chance to go to Vegas and revamp, we took that and put the new music to it and revamped it. The guys who made Elvis’s jumpsuits make mine. It’s a high energy version of rock ’n roll, right in your face.”
Those purchasing $75 VIP tickets will be provided with choice seating and access to a pre-show meet and greet that will include appetizers and a complimentary drink and photo/autograph opportunity with Klush. The meet and greet will be held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. To purchase tickets from the Pittston Memorial Library, call 654-9565, extension 25. The F.M. Kirby Center Box Office can be reached by calling 823-4599 or e-mail Ticketmaster at www.ticketmaster.com. Payment can be made by check, money order, or credit card.
All proceeds of the event will go to benefit the Cosgrove Capital Campaign for library expansion. The library plans to add a 5,175 square foot addition to the current facility at 47 Broad St. in downtown Pittston. The new addition will include a community/conference room large enough for 100 people and furnished with Smartboard, WiFi and teleconferencing capabilities. The new community/conference room will also serve as a home to the Intergenerational Family Center, an all-inclusive program designed to provide support and services to grandparents who are raising their grandchildren. The program will be open to all residents of Luzerne County.
The library addition will also provide a larger children’s section, arts and crafts room; teen, senior and veterans space; entrance, vestibule and other amenities.
— tom graham