Stafford Leader

Jim Barone Pays Elvis Tribute at the Stafford Twp. Arts Center Oct. 28 

Oct 11, 2017
Jim Barone

Jim Barone brings his “Tribute to Elvis” show to the Stafford Township Arts Center on Friday, Oct. 28, at 8 p.m. He said the concert covers Elvis Presley from the very beginning at Sun Records to the Las Vegas bejeweled white jumpsuit days. The show features six costume changes.

“Most of the guys always do the Vegas look because that is the look that everyone expects to see onstage,” said Barone. “I am one of the few guys that can pick which era I want to do and do it. I can do my hair different, I can throw on different clothes, and I can do the younger Elvis voice as opposed to the Vegas voice.”

He said the concert opens with him singing the very first song Elvis ever recorded, “My Happiness,” in 1954.

“It was on a two-sided acetate disc,” said Barone. “The concert closes with ‘Can’t Help Falling In Love,’ which is how he closed his concerts in the 1970s.”

Barone, who has been doing Elvis shows for more than 25 years, said he will be backed up by a seven-piece band.

“I’m also going to have several back-up female singers,” he said. “When I play at the Lighthouse Tavern or Nardi’s, there isn’t much room, so I have to use background pre-recorded tracks. But the big stage at the arts center allows me to bring in a band, so people who have seen me at the bars and clubs will experience a whole new show.”

Barone said that while the audience will be treated to many familiar hits, he will also perform some lesser known tunes.

“I’ll do ‘Rock-a Hula’ from ‘Blue Hawaii’ and ‘Spinout’  from the movie of the same name,” he said. “I’ll also sing what I think is one of his most beautiful songs, ‘You Don’t Know Me’ from ‘Clambake.’”

The concert will also feature the gospel classic “How Great Thou Art.”

“Elvis loved gospel music,” Barone said. “When you consider how many hits Elvis Presley recorded, it’s amazing that he won only three Grammys. And oddly enough, they were not for pop and rock hits, but for gospel.”

Tickets are $30 per person. For a reservation, call the STAC at 609-489-8600.

 — Eric Englund

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