Elvis’ Birthday Celebration at Helsinki Hudson January 17

Elvis’s birthday comes early in 2020 on January 8th, but that can’t stop Helsinki Hudson from celebrating on Friday, January 17, at 9pm, when once again, Mark Gamsjager & the Lustre Kings, longtime stars of the Capitol Region’s thriving rockabilly revival scene, will host Club Helsinki Hudson’s annual Elvis Birthday Bash. As always, expect special guests to show up and join the Lustre Kings to pay tribute to the King.

Elvis Presley’s impact on all music that came after him is impossible to overestimate. Bob Dylan, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, U2 – they’re all impossible to imagine without Elvis having paved the way.

For one night, Helsinki Hudson will celebrate the original music Elvis made along with his contemporaries, including Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Buddy Holly — music that revolutionized the sound of American popular culture, the sound that eventually had the entire world up on its feet and dancing.

And the Lustre Kings, featuring singer-guitarist Mark Gamsjager with Ian Carlton, Mike Kelley, Mike “Chops” LaConte, and Graham Tichy, will help us do it like no one else can. They bring an immediacy to the joyful music with a dark underbelly that has compelled performers like Wanda Jackson, the Queen of Rockabilly, as well as Bill Kirchen, Eddie Angel and Robert Gordon, to draft them into the service of rock ‘n’ roll revivalism.

Local music critic Seth Rogovoy once wrote, “The Lustre Kings are more than just another rockabilly revival outfit churning out versions of popular Elvis Presley and Chuck Berry tunes. Lead singer and guitarist Mark Gamsjager has a natural affinity for the music and delivers a rootsy twang on his electric Gretsch guitar.” In Metroland, Paul Rapp said of the group’s frontman, “Gamsjager brings a Chris Isaak-like flair and a Brian Setzer sass to his revival of rock and roll’s roots.”

But don’t just take their word for it. Check out the Lustre Kings in this live video performing “Jailhouse Rock.” Or this rendition of “All Shook Up,” recorded right here at Club Helsinki. And I especially love this version of one of my favorite Elvis tunes, “Suspicious Minds.”

So come on down and for one night, leave your troubles behind, get some “Burning Love” going on, and party to the original sounds of rock ‘n’ roll. And for heaven’s sake, don’t forget your blue suede shoes!

For reservations in the Restaurant or in the club call 518.828.4800. To purchase tickets online go here.

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