ARTC Cooke Park Main Stage

Known as the heart of Parkes Elvis Festival, ARTC 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 2020 has to offer.

The ARTC Cooke Park Main Stage will host many talented performers backed by the dynamic Fourcasters. Many a famous tribute artist has launched their career on this stage – you could witness the next big thing!

Check out the free entertainment on offer from 9am to 4pm.

SUNDAY 12 JANUARY

9.00amElvis Gospel Service
10.30amChe Orton
11.00amFrancine Bell & Terrance Koo
12.30pm
1.15amUnplugged Tribute to Elvis Competition
2.00pmCrusin Country Raffle Draw
2.05pmTop Buskers Perform
2.30pmPrevious Parkes UETA Winners: Brody Finlay, Anthony Petrucci, Brendon Chase & Jack Gatto

ARTC Cooke Park Main Stage

  • Sunday, 12th Jan 09:00am (7 Hours)
FREE EVENT

Francine Bell

Renowned gospel singer and award-winning artist. A star of stage, film and television, Francine's powerful voice will touch your heart.

Jack Gatto

Jack Gatto became an Elvis Presley fan at an early age after hearing his father's records. He taught himself how to sing and play guitar and at 16, started playing Elvis's early hit Love Me Tender. Listening to Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash and Freddie Mercury sparked Jack's love of rock, blues and country music. Jack first began performing as an Elvis Tribute Artist in November 2014 and he prides himself on entertaining fans with a respectful tribute to the King. His main focus in being an Elvis Tribute Artist is to ensure that the next generation do not miss out on the music or the legend that is Elvis Presley. Jack has won the Australia Ultimate Elvis competition on two occasions. He has a voice that is eerily similar to that of Elvis' and accompanied with his jumpsuits, hair and make-up, he puts on a show that you are sure not to forget.

Anthony Petrucci

Anthony has been inspired by Elvis since childhood and made his national television debut as his idol on the Nine Network's Star Struck in 2005. Winning that competition saw him go on to perform a the Legends in Concert Show at the Imperial Palace in Las Vegas. Since then, Petrucci has been cast as Elvis in the Class of ‘59 stage show, Happy Days theatre production and also performed on Sony Music’s “Elvis by Request” album and tour. Late this year, Anthony decided to put on his own show backed by a full band. Showcasing all Elvis’s hits from the awesome Sun Sessions in 1955 through to his well-known songs, including Jailhouse Rock, Teddy Bear, Hound Dog and Follow that Dream.

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!

Terence Koo

Terence Koo is an Australian jazz pianist, composer, lecturer, teacher and recording artist. Born in Singapore, Terence holds a Master of Arts (Music), a Bachelor of Music, First Class Honours, the University Medal, an A.MUS.A. and a number of University scholarships and prizes. In 2017, Terence was awarded the University of Newcastle Faculty of Education and Arts Dean’s Award for Teaching Excellence and Contribution to Student Learning. Terence grew up in Tamworth, regional New South Wales, where he completed all his classical piano grades, and gained his Associate of Music (A.Mus.A.) aged fifteen. He came sixth in the state for music in his Higher School Certificate, and worked as a computer technician before moving to Newcastle to study music at the University Conservatorium. Terence studied under Carmel Lutton (OAM), and after completing his classical training, chose to specialise in jazz and contemporary music, genres about which he feels most passionate. Terence has been the musical director for numerous bands and projects, performing around the country for guests including the Prime Minister. He has released three feature albums (Pieces of Rain, Lunacity, and disCOVERies), and been a session musician on many others. In early 2014, he played on the album Amazing by Marcia Hines, and has appeared in a music video featuring Marcia Hines and Russell Crowe. Stylistically, Terence’s piano style has been described as smooth and elegant, passionate but subtle, continually striving for atmospheric colours, combining sensual harmonies with exciting swing grooves. Recently, Terence’s wicked sense of humour has seeped into his playing, making for some frivolous and highly entertaining performances.

Che Orton

New Zealand born musician and singer Che Orton, has been entertaining professionally for the past 17 years and has travelled throughout New Zealand and overseas as a solo artist and in professional tribute shows. After 14 years of being in tribute shows, Che has also formed one of the top bands around the Waikato, and has quickly gained a great reputation for polished performances throughout the country. In 2016, he travelled to Nashville to record his first single, “You’re the Reason” written for his wife. The song enjoyed success on one of NZ’s top radio station play lists. An accomplished singer/songwriter and recording artist Che represented NZ at the Texas Country Music Awards in 2017 having been recognised for his own songs. He is an incredibly versatile performer, sings a broad repertoire of music including with his own band and is well known throughout the clubs in New Zealand as both a soloist, a Bee Gee, a band lead and of course one of NZ’s top Elvis Tribute Artists.

Brody Finlay

Brody grew up loving the sounds of Elvis Presley and singing on stage since the age of five. He was scouted to perform as Elvis in Sydney and since then has developed his likeness to 'The King’s' movements, voice and mannerisms. Brody was placed 2nd in the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist contest at the Festival in 2018. He has also previously performed alongside two-time winner contest, Paul Fenech, and alongside the worlds best Roy Orbison Tribute Artist Aaron W Mansfield performing Blues Brothers Rebooted.

Venue

ARTC Cooke Park Main Stage

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

Organiser

Parkes Elvis Festival

P: 0268626000
E: [email protected]