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Milwaukee's Daily Magazine for Friday, Dec. 19, 2014

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A Tribute to the King kicks off at noon today at Potawatomi Bingo Casino.
A Tribute to the King kicks off at noon today at Potawatomi Bingo Casino.

Maybe some "Blue Suede Shoes" will warm your toes

If you need a little "Blue Hawaii" or "Viva Las Vegas" heat in your polar Milwaukee icecap of a week, Potawatomi Bingo Casino hosts its annual Tribute to the King Elvis Presley impersonator contest beginning today at noon.

I was a judge at this event a few years ago and had no idea what I was in for. I expected the usual parade of sometimes delusional, often awful and occasionally brilliant Presley purveyors, but what I witnessed was something altogether different.

Thanks to its top prize of just over $25,000, A Tribute to the King draws the best Elvisonians the country has to offer.

Some focus on rockabilly Elvis, others on tubby Vegas Presley, but all of them are top-notch tributes.

Admission to the preliminary events are $5 and $7. Tickets for the four headlining performances, three of which will feature a live orchestra and video show spotlighting Presley’s career, are $27, $35 and $43.

Showtimes and further details can be had here.

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