Symposium – The Musical Landscape the Inspired a young Elvis
Saturday 13 January 2018
4pm to 5pm
Parkes Little Theatre
34 Bogan St, Parkes
$30. Click here to purchase tickets.
An insightful hour-long symposium, with expert panel members discussing the early musical influences impacting on a young Elvis. This included Mississippi Blues, gospel, Hank Williams, BB King, Dean Martin, Jimmie Rodgers, Bing Crosby, Buddy Holly, Roy Acuff and Big Bill Broonzy to name a few.
Panel members include the esteemed music journalist Glenn A Baker, renowned Elvis tribute artist and music buff, Mark Andrew, and direct from Louisiana USA, Bernard Pearce.
Glenn A. Baker: Described by Rolling Stone magazine music editor David Fricke as ‘Not just Australia’s top pop scholar but a world class rock journalist who writes with the enthusiasm of a true fan’ and by musician Phil Collins as ‘the most thorough and knowledgeable music journalist in the world today’, Glenn A. Baker is a three time winner of the BBC’s Rock Brain Of The Universe title, though possessing a knowledge of music well beyond rock.
Mark Andrew: Mark is widely regarded as Australia’s most knowledgeable Elvis tribute performer on all things Elvis. He has been a tour guide on several occasions to Memphis gathering many stories regarding the man and his music. Mark has performed his Elvis tribute for Joe Esposito, Elvis’ road manager and best man at his wedding, who said, ‘Mark – you did an absolute fantastic tribute to Elvis and it brought back so many memories. You sang from the heart – just like Elvis did.’
Bernard Pearce: A Louisiana native, Bernard has owned and operated several music and arts venues in Lafayette, Louisiana. His experience with the dance hall began when his parents bought the Deviller Club in Grand Bois, Louisiana, a venue with a long history of being the site of zydeco and Cajun music dances.
Bernard has interviewed James Burton, Elvis’ guitarist, and taken him on a tour across the heartland of Elvis’ music inspirations; Louisiana and Tennessee. His knowledge of the history of Elvis’ influences comes from a shared geographical connection and a long family history immersed in the southern grassroots music scene.