Steve Connolly's million dollar Las Vegas production show on the Strip at Bally's convinced many he was the Best Elvis Impersonator. Elvis's original backup singers, The Jordanaires, caught the show and were overwhelmed. The Las Vegas press, and the LA Times both declared that Steve was the Ultimate in Elvis Entertainment. In fact, Bobby Morris, Elvis's first conductor at the Hilton said that Steve was truly the Best Impressionist of Elvis. So why does Steve Connolly - a songwriter,musician, art school graduate, and church muralist decide to do an Elvis Tribute? Steve puts it this way: 'Elvis Presley was a performer whose music can still top the charts today in country and pop. In fact, Leonard Bernstein, John Lennon, Bruce Springsteen, Bono of U2, and even Bob Dylan all declare that Elvis is the ultimate 20th Century American cultural icon. So, if my mission is to entertain audiences as completely as possible, why not re-create a COMPLETE experience of Elvis Presley's performance so that audiences experience not just the music of Elvis Presley but grasp the total 'Spirit of the King'. Given that motive, Steve decided to PERFORM with all of the athleticism, musical virtuosity, humor, and sexual energy of Elvis at his most vital (think '68 comeback special - black leather and guitar). Since Steve is also an accomplished guitarist, the response to this style of Elvis entertainment in Las Vegas has been exceptional: over 4,000 performances at the MGM, Mandalay Bay, Bellagio, Wynn, Caesars, Bally's, and Fitzgerald's; and too many film and TV appearances to mention. His Bally's show led longtime Las Vegas entertainment writer Joe Delaney to note how Steve was capable of fully entertaining the audience even as a humorist in Elvis's style and was in fact 'perhaps the best of the Elvis depictors'. Fans of Steve's version of Elvis Entertainment include well-known musicians: Steven Tyler of Aerosmith, Kenny Loggins, Mic Fleetwood of Fleetwood Mac and Paul Revere of the Raiders. Donald Trump has personally endorsed Steve as "Best Elvis". Numerous celebrities agree, publicly recognizing Steve as the 'Best Elvis' entertainer. In 1999 Steve won the 'Super Bowl' of Elvis contests in Las Vegas: officially giving him the title, 'Best Elvis in Las Vegas'. In 2003 Steve Connolly was selected by the prestigious Berklee School of Music to perform his Tribute to a sold out crowd - a first for an Elvis Impersonator! Steve has also been named Best Elvis consecutive years in the Las Vegas Review-Journal's annual "Best of Las Vegas" reader's poll. Steve was inspired by his experience with Elvis's music to write his own songs that were recorded on his CD, 'Truth' and released nationally. It sold several thousand copies in only six months. Unfortunately, Elvis himself can not be with us for a live performance but Steve Connolly can bring the spirit of the experience to you for an unforgettable event.
Children's Birthday Parties
Sweet 16 Parties
Wedding Cocktail Hours
$1000 - $10000
My influence is the musicianship, stage presence, and style of Elvis Presley. Add to this an understanding of the Stadium style of 70's 80's and 90's groups and the complexities of Las Vegas Shows.
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In addition to Las Vegas, Steve Connolly "Spirit of the King" -Elvis Tribute will also travel to North Las Vegas, The Lakes, Henderson, Blue Diamond, Boulder City, Jean, Indian Springs, Overton, Dolan Springs, Moapa, Logandale, Tecopa, Pahrump
and many other locations in and around the Las Vegas area.
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