|Keith Wright of Nashville, Tenn., will make his first trip to Mesquite where he’ll be a judge in the fourth annual Elvis Rocks Mesquite competition June 21-22 in the CasaBlanca Showroom of the CasaBlanca Resort.
In its three years, Elvis Rocks Mesquite has created a buzz 80 miles north of Las Vegas each summer. A combination of nostalgia and professionalism related to the King of Rock and Roll Elvis Presley June 21-22 will undoubtedly again rock the walls of the CasaBlanca Showroom.
Judge Keith Wright has been to Las Vegas several times and he’s about to experience the charm and beauty of Mesquite for the first time considering the fact that he will judge his first-ever Elvis competition.
“I grew up not far from Nashville and have been singing, writing and doing radio work all my life,” said the 43 year-old Wright, who undoubtedly has one of the country’s dream jobs with the Country Music Hall of Fame.
“I came to work for the Hall of Fame 21 years ago. It’s a great job and I’ve been able to travel all over the world. I’m undoubtedly a very luck guy.”
While he’s a little young to have actually experienced the Elvis phenomena that captivated the world, Wright was surrounded by the music.
“I was raised around my parents’ Elvis record collection,” he said. “Then, too, I get to work at the RCA radio studio every day; and it’s the same studio that Elvis was in for so many years.
“You can still feel the atmosphere from Elvis.”
Now that he’ll be in Mesquite for one of the city’s fourth annual blockbuster gathering of Elvis Tribute Artists, Wright is fully aware that the competition is a very serious.
However, when it comes to the fans and the performers, Wright is dead-on as it relates to the event.
If you’re an Elvis performer, there are several requirements, he said.
“First, you had better have some charisma,” Wright advised. “Then, you also must have some swivel in your hips; and you also need an upper lip that you can raise to the beat.”
Additionally, the requirements require extensive travel along with a wardrobe that is not only impressive, but quite expensive, too.
“Some of these costumes cost more than $50, 000,” Wright explained. “Then, the wigs not to mention the jewelry are also expensive.
“The artists take this very seriously.”
And if you’re a first-time attendee of the event in the 500-seat CasaBlanca Showroom?
“You’re in for a ride down Memory Lane with artists who exemplify the reverence and respect that Elvis is due,” he added. “There is nothing close to the legacy of Elvis. There are some specific examples in the world like Cliff Richard in England, but he didn’t have the worldwide exposure that Elvis has had.”
Event promoter Sue Arko, president of Free Spirit Vacations and Events and a resident of Gilbert, Ariz., said Wright’s participation in Elvis Rocks Mesquite signals even more proof that the event has transcended into a widely-acclaimed program.
“We are honored to have Keith as one of our judges this year,” Arko said, adding that this year’s event has already attracted record entries. “He’s a music historian who has worked at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Historic Studio B for more than 20 years.
“His knowledge of the music industry will add even more prestige to the event.”
Competition in Best of the 60s is set June 21 from 3-6 p.m.; with Best of the 50s from 8-10 p.m.
On June 22, competition in Best of the 70s is slated from 2:30-5:30. The finals along with the always-popular Copy Cats will be presented from 7-11 p.m.
Tickets are priced from $17-$28 June 21 and are $21-$33 for the June 22 performances plus taxes and fees.
Further information can be found by visiting www.casablancaresort.com and hitting the Special Events category; or by calling Star Tickets at 800-585-3737.