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.


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

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