The Elvis Birthday Bash Continues…

Mark Gamsjager
Mark Gamsjager

Last Sunday marked the 77th anniversary of the birth of Elvis Presley, and although the day has come and gone, the celebration continues this weekend.

Mark Gamsjager & the Lustre Kings launched their annual Elvis Birthday Bash celebration last week with rollicking shows at The Linda in Albany and the Ale House in Troy. Then they took their musical birthday party on the road, but they’re headed home to wrap it all up this weekend. Joined by rockabilly kingpin Johnny Rabb, the all-Elvis shindig rolls into the Skytop Steakhouse in Kingston at 9pm on Friday and then caps off the King of Rock & Roll’s birthday tour with one last blast at Daisy Baker’s in Troy at 10pm on Saturday ($10). Expect a batch of special guests sittin’ in for this one.

The Lustre Kings are the only ones keeping the music of Elvis alive this weekend, however. Elvis tribute artists Mike Albert (’70s Elvis) and Scot Bruce (’50s Elvis) swivel their hips at the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield at 8pm on Friday. (Yes, they’re the same Elvis impersonators who took over the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall last month for “Blue Suede Christmas” concert last month.) They’ll be backed once again by the Big E Band, but hopefully they won’t be dragging out the holiday tunes this time around. Tix are $15, $25 & $45.

  1. Rich says

    Wish they would put on an Elvis Show earlier for kids on a weekend. How about at Wolfs 1-11?

  2. derbis says

    the heck with the kids………what about me? I’m 59. Why do bar shows have to start so late? You’re going to start a show at 10pm? Why? I’ve been a Raab, Angel, L-Kings fan for decades.

  3. colleen says

    hey…right back at you derbis regarding a Rabb, Angel, L-Kings fan for decades! The clubs are the clubs…10pm start time. Check out John Mancini’s Pauly’s Hotel. Monday night “blues jam” starts at 8pm — 11pm. You can see them all with no cover! Chris Busone, Graham Tichy, Charlie Smith, Scottie Mac, Kevin Maul are the guest musicians on a rotation basis every Monday. You never know who’s going to show up to jam…Colette and the Mudcats, Ted Hennessey, George Boone to name a few! Just a thought…….

  4. Fred says

    It ain’t rock and roll if it’s played before 10pm! This is not Branson, Missouri! I say take a Saturday afternoon nap, recharge, and go hear some live music!

    Ditto on the Pauly’s revival, by the way. Now if only The Metro in Saratoga could recapture its glory days of live music…..

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