& CODY SLAUGHTER
SATURDAY NIGHT’S CONCERT
On Saturday night we are pleased to present an epic Elvis concert starring Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artists Shawn Wayne Klush and Cody Ray Slaughter.
Almost six decades ago, Elvis rocked Las Vegas for the very first time at the New Frontier Hotel and Casino. Cody Ray Slaughter, on stage with Elvis’ drummer DJ Fontana, will recreate all the electrifying magic of Elvis’ first appearance, back when he was billed as the “Atomic Singer.”
Then, after a brief intermission, Shawn Wayne Klush will recreate parts of the “Elvis, That’s The Way It Is” concert which was the subject of a documentary film. Featuring Joe Moscheo of Elvis’ Imperials, the Sweet Inspirations, comedian Sammy Shore and new this year, the Blackwood Quartet plus special guest Joe Esposito, the concert will pay homage to the 837 sold out shows Elvis’ performed from 1969 to 1976 in this very showroom.
In just a short time Shawn Klush has emerged as the nation’s top Elvis tribute artist. Born and raised in the small coal-mining town of Pittston, Pennsylvania, Shawn’s love for music led him to begin imitating his musical idol, Elvis Presley. He performed in the famous Poconos region followed by a tour of Canada where he entered and won the $5,000.00 prize in the “Worldwide Elvis Competition” in Montreal. This caught the attention of the award winning Las Vegas show, “Legends in Concert” where in 2004 he starred as Elvis in their Branson, MO. production. He also alternated in their Las Vegas and Atlantic City show rooms. Each January he stars in the “Elvis Birthday Tribute Tour”, an Elvis extravaganza with Elvis’ own musicians, singers, and closest friends, in major venues in multiple cities.
Shawn has recorded 2 CDs and performed with Elvis’ closest friends, musicians and singers such as JD Sumner and the Stamps Quartet, The Jordanaires, DJ Fontana, Charlie Hodge, Myrna Smith, The Sweet Inspirations and Joe Esposito. He recently portrayed Elvis in the hit TV miniseries “Shake, Rattle and Roll” which aired on CBS and VH1. On Jan 6th 2005, just 2 days before Elvis’ 70th Birthday, Shawn became grand champion at the $25,000.00 “World Elvis Tribute Artist Competition.” This year he received “The Peoples Choice Award” from Gibson Guitar in Nashville as “Best Concert Elvis.” Shawn was recently named the international champion of BBC1′s World’s Greatest Elvis competition in the United Kingdom. In August, Shawn was chosen by Graceland as the winner of Elvis Presley Enterprises’ first ever Ultimate Tribute Artist Contest in Memphis, TN.
Shawn Klush brings all the electrifying magic of Elvis to the stage. Shawn is “The Closest Thing to the King in Concert.”
Cody Slaughter is the youngest tribute artist ever to win the title of Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist World Champion. Charismatic and good-looking, Cody has the moves, the looks, the voice, and the showmanship of the young Elvis. His passion for excellence earned him the title of “the best of the best!” At only 20, Cody has accomplished what people twice his age can only dream of! This talented young man has landed multiple performances in many theaters in Branson, Missouri and in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. Cody was the headliner at the 1,000-seat resort complex “The Tennessee Shindig”, where he performed for a year when he was just 17. He also appeared on MTV’s “My Super Sweet 16” in 2008, and has been performing at special events, corporate functions, and entertainment venues throughout the United States.
His amazing love and respect for the “Greatest Entertainer of All Time” is apparent every time he performs. Some of Cody’s accomplishments include: winning “The People’s Choice Award” at the “Images of the King” contest during the 2008 Elvis Week; placing 3rd in the “Images of the King Contest” in August 2009; 2nd place winner of the Ultimate ETA Contest in Tupelo, Mississippi in June 2010; and 1st place winner of the Memphis Hard Rock Ultimate ETA Contest in 2010. To top it all off, Cody was awarded the “Heart of the King Horizon Award” for best new Elvis Tribute Artist at the 2011 Las Vegas Elvis Fest. Now, this young performer belongs to that elite group – the most talented Elvis Tribute Artists in the world! Cody said, “My greatest joy is when I am paying tribute to Elvis and his music and trying to keep his spirit alive with fans.”