HARD ROCK HOTEL & CASINO SIOUX CITY TO HOST ELVIS WEEKEND: ULTIMATE ARTIST TRIBUTE CONTEST FOR 3RD TIME
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (November 21, 2016) –Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Sioux City, along with media partner the Sioux City Journal, will host the third annual Elvis Weekend on January 27-28, 2017. This preliminary competition for the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest, which will take place in Anthem, was first held in January 2015 at Hard Rock Casino Sioux City.
The Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest is the official search by Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc. (EPE) and Graceland for the best Elvis Tribute Artist. Now through August 2017, Elvis tribute artists are invited to compete in official preliminary rounds being held around the world for their chance at the title of Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist of 2017. Preliminary winners, including the winner from Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Sioux City, will then travel to Memphis for Elvis Week 2017, the 40th anniversary, to compete in the Semifinal Round.
“For the past two years we have watched some of the best Elvis artist tribute artists in the nation compete on Anthem’s stage,” said Todd Moyer, General Manager of Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Sioux City. “We cannot wait to see the talent at this year’s competition and expect it could be the best yet.”
Dwight Icenhower, a four-time world champion and winner of the 2015 Elvis preliminary competition at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Sioux City, went on to win first place in the 2016 competition. The 2nd place winner in 2016 was none other than Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Sioux City’s 2016 Elvis Weekend winner, Ben Thompson.
Elvis Weekend kicks off Friday, January 27 with a public meet and greet. On Saturday, January 28, the tribute artists will begin their competition with performances at 12pm and 4pm. The final round of judging and performances will be at 8pm in Anthem. All Saturday performances are in Anthem and are ticketed shows.
Tickets for Saturday’s shows go on sale Friday, November 25 at 10am and can be purchased online at www.hardrockcasinosiouxcity.com and at the Rock Shop.
Event details can be found online at https://www.hardrockcasinosiouxcity.com/events-list/.
To learn more about Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Sioux City, please visit www.hardrockcasinosiouxcity.com.
About Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Sioux City
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Sioux City is an award-winning gaming destination offering more than 835 slot machines and a wide variety of table games. The property’s Hard Rock Hotel is a AAA Four Diamond rated hotel, a distinction which only five percent of the more than 28,000 properties approved by AAA achieve. Complementing the Hotel and Casino are six restaurants and bars including the World Tour Buffet, Fuel American Grill, and Main + Abbey, the property’s AAA Three Diamond rated restaurant. Throughout the property, guests can experience the legends by viewing the vast Hard Rock memorabilia collection, with iconic pieces from SLASH to Johnny Cash.
The indoor live-entertainment venue, Anthem, hosts an impressive weekly lineup of concerts and performances from rock, pop, and country to comedy and blues. This unique venue leaves attendees with a one-of-a-kind entertainment experience from artists like Slash, Clint Black, Rick Springfield and George Thorogood. Battery Park, the outdoor entertainment venue with a festival-type atmosphere, hosts nationally touring performers along the likes of 3 Doors Down, Cheap Trick, Boston, Elvis Costello and Gary Allan, during the summer months.
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Sioux City was developed through a partnership between the Missouri River Historical Development and SCE Partners, LLC, an affiliate of Warner Gaming, LLC.
Hard Rock International
With venues in 73 countries, including 171 cafes, 24 hotels and 11 casinos, Hard Rock International (HRI) is one of the most globally recognized companies. Beginning with an Eric Clapton guitar, Hard Rock owns the world’s greatest collection of music memorabilia, which is displayed at its locations around the globe. Hard Rock is also known for its collectible fashion and music-related merchandise, Hard Rock Live performance venues and an award-winning website. HRI owns the global trademark for all Hard Rock brands. The company owns, operates and franchises Cafes in iconic cities including London, New York, San Francisco, Sydney and Dubai. HRI also owns, licenses and/or manages hotel/casino properties worldwide. Destinations include the company’s two most successful Hotel and Casino properties in Tampa and Hollywood, Fl., both owned and operated by HRI parent company The Seminole Tribe of Florida, as well as other exciting locations including Bali, Chicago, Cancun, Ibiza, Las Vegas, Macau and San Diego. Upcoming new Hard Rock Cafe locations include Valencia, Shanghai, Yangon and San Juan. New Hard Rock Hotel projects include Abu Dhabi, Atlanta, Berlin, Dubai, Itapema, London, Los Cabos, New York City, and Shenzhen, Dalian and Haikou in China. For more information on Hard Rock International, visit www.hardrock.com.
About Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest
Since 2007, Elvis Presley Enterprises has hosted an event aimed at finding the best representation of the legacy of Elvis. The competition has seen a tremendous amount of growth since its inception. From the original 24 impersonators that competed in the first incarnation, it has turned into a worldwide competition with events held at a multitude of events throughout the year in order to qualify for the main competition. It has truly proven to be a hugely successful event every year.
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