Cooke Park Main Stage – Friday Program

Known as the heart of Parkes Elvis Festival, Cooke Park will present more than fifty top-quality entertainers over the four days. There will be a little less conversation, a little more action with all the non-stop entertainment that 2022 has to offer.

Many a famous tribute artist has launched their career on this stage – you could witness the next big thing!

Check out the entertainment on offer.

FRIDAY 22 APRIL

9.30amJohn Collins
10.00amVince Gelonese
10.30amElvis J Singer
10.45amRicky Ford
11.00amTerry Leonard, Nigel & Rick Charles
12.00pmLocal Showcase – Georgia and Birdee Sideris & Michael Green
12.30pmDon Masters
12.45pmJohn Coates
1.00pmFrank Pesely
1.30pmBrendon Chase
2.00pmAaron Mansfield (Big O)
2.30pmGabe Phoenix
3.00pmAmitie
3.45pmSydney Swing Katz
4.00pmKingsley Rock
4.30pmJeff Lewis
5.00pmBig Music Bandits
6.00pmIssi Dye
6.30pmStuey V
7.10pmDamian Mullin
8.00pmDean Vegas
9.00pm -10.30pmSoul Movers

Cooke Park Main Stage

  • Friday, 22nd Apr 09:30am (12 Hours)
FREE EVENT

John Collins

John’s tribute to the King of Rock n Roll “Elvis” will take you on a nostalgic journey his shows are a fun, exciting, interactive experience. Specialising in the 68 Comeback and Vegas era’s singing songs from three decades of hits. Whether you’re 8 or 80, the music of the world’s most iconic performer from the 50s, 60s and 70s will have you dancing isles.

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Elvis Singer

Elvis Singer has entertained audiences in and around SA with his distinctive style of Rock ‘n’ Roll.  Earning respect as a solo-performer and supporting many local and international bands, whilst continuing with his own unique tribute shows.

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Ricky Ford

Ricky Ford has been an Elvis Tribute Artist for around 18 months. All come about when he changed the graphics and name of his mobile coffee van to The King about 2 years ago. A 2nd hand jumpsuit, sideburns and a wig saw him serving coffee to customers as " the king". His love of Elvis and his music and singing karaoke, quickly turned interest away from serving coffee to paying tribute to his idol, Elvis Presley. He was fortunate enough to be accepted to compete in the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist competition at the Parkes Elvis Festival and Viva in 2019.

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Terry Leonard

Terry Leonard, “MR PERSONALITY”, has been performing as a tribute artist for the past 35 years. A native of Wellington, NSW, Terry is a regular at the Parkes Elvis Festival and has been a finalist at the “Ultimate Elvis Competition” many times, always making the top ten. Terry portrays Roy Orbison with humour and understanding, and covers many great songs – this act is a must see for all Orbison fans.

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Rick Charles

Rick Charles is known as Australia's' No1 showman! After almost three decades of performances - He's acknowledged as one of the most universal acts in Australia.

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Brendon Chase

Brendan has been singing Elvis's tunes for over 20 years. In 2017, he won the pristine title as "Australasia's Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist" which took him to Memphis to compete for the world title. Brendon looks like Elvis, sings like Elvis, and has an extraordinary stage presence that makes you temporarily believe you might be watching the King himself! Over the years, Brendon has won titles and played in all major venues throughout Australasia and featured many times on national TV. Originally from New Zealand, he is now based on the Gold Coast and regularly performs all over the globe. Seeing Brendon’s commanding and exciting performance as Elvis will leave you all shook up whether you’re a die-hard Elvis fan or not!

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Aaron Mansfield

Aaron is considered one of the best vocal replicas of Roy Orbison in the world today. His shows feature costumes and musical instuments identical to those used by Roy Orbison, Aarons' attention to detail makes for a world class tribute act.

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Gabe Phoenix

Gabe Phoenix is an Award-winning Elvis Tribute Artist, whose gold star performances have earned him both local and international acclaim. More recently he was awarded Runner Up at Parkes Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest 2019, going on to Win First Place in the Elvis Pro Gospel Division at Lake George, New York - then the second largest Elvis festival in the World!

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Amitie

Based in Parkes, Shevaun Brown, Christie Green and Christa Radley make up this talented trio. With amazing vocals and vibrant costumes, you will be swept back in time listening to hits of the 50's, 60's and 70's.

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Sydney Swing Katz

The Sydney Swing Katz are one of Australia's premiere swing dancing performance troupes. Their spectacular and extravagant floorshows replicate the dance styles done in the 20s, 30s, 40s and 50s - Charleston, Swing, Lindy Hop, and Rock n Roll.

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Kingsley Rock

Elvis may have "left the building" but the King can still Rock your world and Kingsley Rock is the man to do it! Kingsley Rock has the look, the moves and the voice that will transport you back through time, to a time when Elvis Presley became....."The King of Rock 'n' Roll"

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Big Music Bandits

The BIG MUSIC BANDITS are super excited to be back for the 2020 Parkes Elvis Festival after debuting on the ARTC Cooke Park Main Stage last year.

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Issi Dye

ISSI DYE is one of Australia’s LEADING ORIGINAL cabaret stars, with over 50 years in showbiz! ISSI toured as support artist in the 60’s 70’s and 80’s with the likes of ROY ORBISON, RAY CHARLES,THE BEACH BOYS, THE PLATTERS, THE SUPREMES, THE EVERLY BROS, & aussie artists…JOHNNY FARNHAM , NORMIE ROWE, JOHNNY YOUNG, ROSS D WYLIE, MARCIE JONES, BRIAN CADD, RUSSELL MORRIS, BOBBY BRIGHT, COLLEEN HEWITT.

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Stuey V

Stuey V brings a very vibrant and energetic performance to the stage and also recently had the honour of performing in the 'The Graceland Tent' in Memphis in 2017, and the 2018 Nashville Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest reaching Top 10 Status . He portrays Elvis from the 50s, 68 Comeback Special and 1970 Vegas years, and he sure knows how to excite an audience.

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EXTRAORDINARY” and “BRILLIANT”… There are no truer words to describe Damian Mullin. Regarded as one of the most versatile live entertainers, Damian’s outstanding talent is second to none.

Damian Mullin

EXTRAORDINARY” and “BRILLIANT”… There are no truer words to describe Damian Mullin. Regarded as one of the most versatile live entertainers, Damian’s outstanding talent is second to none. Hailing from rural Victoria in Australia, Damian’s musical journey commenced at the tender age of seven when long, regular road trips to Melbourne with his mother involved listening to classic tunes playing through the airwaves.

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Dean Vegas

Dean is a renowned entertainer who has toured the world performing in Dubai, China, Ecuador, Bali, Sweden, Indonesia, Lebanon, Canada, Memphis, London, Las Vegas, New Zealand, Norfolk Island and in clubs and Casinos across Australia. He sang his first rendition of an Elvis song at his school play ‘Bye Bye Birdie’ he sang ‘Rubberneckin’ which he has since added to his repertoire of Elvis songs. Dean travels the world wowing audiences with his ‘Tribute to Elvis’ spectacular. Throughout this energised Vegas style show, audiences not only share the hits from Elvis’ amazing career, but experience the passion and warming personality of a truly great performer. Dean’s shows offer a dynamic and powerful performance that will leave you breathless and wanting more.

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Soul Movers

The Soul Movers musical recipe combines sixties-style soul with a sprinkling of pop all laid down on a retro rhythm and blues slab. Their sound is all about creating an unforgettable, soul-moving performance that stays with audiences long after the last encore.

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Vince Gelonese

Having joined his first band at 16 as a guitarist, Vince persued 6 years of classical and opera vocal tuition. He then made the transition into a career as both a solo/Pop/Rock artist and a covers tribute artist. Italian born Vince is from Las Vegas but now calls Australia home. Whilst in the USA, he […]

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Johnny Gardiner Band

The Jonny Gardiner band have toured constantly since 2014 as the house band for the Abstract Entertainment touring company playing on numerous tours including Songs in the Key of Motown, The Sun Records All Stars, Kings of Country and many more. The band became the “Elvis to the Max band “playing with Max Pelicano on his Australian tours between 2011 & 2017. The Jonny Gardiner band performed at the Parkes Elvis Festival in 2018 & 2019 and excited to be back in 2022.

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Frank Pesely

Frank Pesely first performed as Elvis at professional shows around Perth at the age of 14. Now 30 years old, Frank has been performing professionally for 2 years where he performs to sold out ticketed shows.

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The CC Band

The CC Band are a group of very experienced musicians appearing on the Cooke Park Main Stage as the backing band for Parkes 2022.

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John Coates

John Coates has performed as an Elvis Tribute Artist for many years. He is a member of the ETA Hall of Fame in the USA, and has performed in the Graceland Pavillion, and Sun Studios Memphis.

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Venue

Cooke Park Main Stage

Welcome Street, Parkes
P: 0268626000
W: https://www.parkeselvisfestival.com.au

Organiser

Parkes Elvis Festival

P: 0268626000
E: elvis@parkes.nsw.gov.au

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