The third annual “Elvis Festival” spans four days through Sunday, April 30, including special shows, and Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest preliminary rounds from which the winner gains a chance to compete in the national contest in August, during Elvis Week in Memphis, Tenn.:
- Thursday, April 27 – Opening celebration, 6-8 p.m. at Burroughs & Chapin Pavilion Park, on Myrtle Beach’s Ocean Boulevard, between Eighth and Ninth avenues North; and opening night party, 8 p.m. till closing, at The Boathouse Waterway Bar & Grill, 201 Fantasy Harbour Blvd., along Intracoastal Waterway, west of Myrtle Beach, off U.S. 501, next to Clarion Hotel.
- Friday, April 28 – At Legends in Concert, 2925 Hollywood Drive, Myrtle Beach, at U.S. 17 and 29th Avenue North, at Broadway at the Beach, first round of tribute contest, 1-5 p.m., and special tribute show headlined by Elvis tribute artist Travis Powell, 8 p.m.; and After Hours Party, 11 p.m at site to be announced.
- Saturday, April 29 – At Legends theater, second round of tribute contest, 1-5 p.m., and “Elvis Presley, The Legend” all-Elvis Legends” concert, 8 p.m. with Ryan Pelton (who also will perform at this site, Aug. 21-Oct. 30), Austin Irby, Cote Deonath, Powell, and Change of Habit Tribute Band; and After Hours Party, 11 p.m at site to be announced.
- Sunday, April 30 – “Elvis Gospel Event,” 10-11:30 a.m. at Myrtle Beach’s Plyler Park, at Mr. Joe White Avenue and North Ocean Boulevard; tribute contest finals, 1-5 p.m. at Legends theater; and “Wrap Party,” 7 p.m. at Johnny Rockets, at Broadway at the Beach.
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All-access ticket packages start at $119, and individual show tickets are available, at 888-406-5885 or www.myrtlebeachelvisfestival.com.
Also, separate from these festivities, the Rick Alviti Showband’s “That’s The Way it Was – Tribute To Elvis” is 7:30 p.m. Sunday, April 30 at the Alabama Theatre, at Barefoot Landing, on U.S. 17 in North Myrtle Beach, for $27.40 or $34.95. Details at 843-272-1111, 800-342-2262 or www.alabama-theatre.com.