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Elvis sighting

Tribute artist bringing three decades of the King to The Maryland Theatre

Tribute artist bringing three decades of the King to The Maryland Theatre

November 02, 2006|by TIFFANY ARNOLD

Elvis is coming to Hagerstown.

Sort of. It's Elvis Presley tribute artist (don't call him an Elvis impersonator) Chris MacDonald, who will do his best Elvis at 8 p.m. Saturday at The Maryland Theatre.

To be more specific on what to expect, the show is best described as "Chris MacDonald's Elvis," the performer says.

"Really, I just get on stage and do what I feel," MacDonald says. "I don't get on stage and try to act like Elvis. I am inspired by him. That's what guides what I do on stage."

MacDonald said he's been performing Elvis songs since he was a young adult in the late '70s. He's performed in Las Vegas and at Graceland. He resides in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. He also writes and performs original country music.

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MacDonald says fans and music lovers alike will get the full range of Elvis - the '50s movie Elvis, the "bad boy" black leather comeback Elvis of 1968, and the fringe-wearing Elvis of the 1970s.

MacDonald was among the Elvises during 2005's Elvis Lives in Hagerstown, a concert fundraiser for the Barbara Ingram School for the Arts which is projected to open in 2008 in downtown Hagers-town. Elvis Lives organizers chose not to do another festival this year because of poor attendance, says Donna Long, an organizer who also works for the Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce.

Long says MacDonald was one of the better tribute artists she's seen.

"He puts on a really good show," she says.




If you go ...



WHAT: Chris MacDonald's Memories of Elvis in Concert

WHEN: 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4

WHERE: The Maryland Theatre, 21 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown

COST: Tickets cost $30 or $35.

MORE: For tickets or more information, call The Maryland Theatre box office, 301-790-2000, or go to MDTheatre.org.

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