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Performers announced for Tupelo Elvis Festival

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Sister Hazel and Joe Nichols are the headliner acts for the 16th Tupelo Elvis Festival June 5-8, the Downtown Tupelo Main Street Association announced late Friday.

• At  the Fairpark stage on the night of Friday, June 6 will be Sister HazelThey’re an alternative rock band Elvis Fest logofrom Gainesville, Fla.,that “blends elements of folk rock, pop, classic rock ‘n’ roll and southern rock,” according to Wikipedia. Here’s their hit from 20 years ago, “All For You.” if you want a sample of their music.
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Tupelo Elvis Festival named one of top 20 events for 2014

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Thank you, thank you very much! Elvis Fest logo

The Tupelo Elvis Festival has been selected as one of the Southeast Tourism Society’s Top 20 Events for 2014.

Here’s what they said:

The Southeast’s only international festival in honor of Elvis Presley; Tupelo, Mississippi’s native son, with the exception of Graceland in Memphis, Tennessee. The internationally attended festival was started in 1999 as one of the only eleven festivals within the United States officially licensed by Elvis Presley Enterprises and includes an Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest Preliminary Round as part of the event.

Along with Elvis music, the Elvis Festival is known for their top country music acts that perform in Fairpark Friday and Saturday night. The Saturday night attendance had a 25 percent increase from the year before. Other events during the festival include a Miss Elvis Festival Pageant, Carnival Midway, Elvis Look-A-Like Pet Parade, Running with the King 5k and Fling with the King Disc Golf Tournament. Spanning six blocks of historic Downtown Tupelo, the Tupelo Elvis Festival welcome people from all over the country and world. Read the rest of this entry »

Tupelo Elvis Festival looking for additional sponsors

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The 16th Tupelo Elvis Festival is three months away, and the Downtown Tupelo Main Street Association is putting the call out to get additional sponsors. ElvisFest

At today’s monthly board meeting of DTMSA, it was noted that the festival – to be held June 5-8 – is looking to secure another big sponsor to contribute $50,000 or more. The Tupelo Convention & Visitors Bureau already is the presenting sponsor of the festival with its $50,000 commitment, but festival organizers would like to add another.

Having several smaller sponsors is another option as well to help fill that funding level. Sponsorships are critical in securing the entertainment for the festival.

There are several levels of sponsorship available. Each level includes special amenities including VIP tickets, tents, T-shirts, framed posters:

  • Platinum – $50,000 or more
  • Gold – $25,000
  • Silver – $10,000
  • Bronze – $5,000
  • Festival Friend – $4,999 and below

For more information about becoming a sponsor, contact Jessica Hollinger at (662) 841-6598 or

Meanwhile, sales for the Festival have gone well in the early going. In January, a limited offer of special ticket pages garnered about 350 purchasers. Individual tickets went on sale Feb. 10 at the BancorpSouth Arena and Ticketmaster, yielding nearly 300 sales.

In a change for this year’s festival, the Elvis Tribute Artist competition has been moved to the BancorpSouth Arena to accommodate more fans. In the past, the event was held at the Lyric Theater.


Downtown Tupelo Main Street give awards; Oleput revival mentioned, too

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The Downtown Tupelo Main Street Association held its annual meeting this morning, recognizing the achievements of the Downtown Tupelo logoorganization during the past year and those who contributed to those efforts.

Award winners this year:

  • Best Special Event: All American Picnic in the Park- 4th of July Celebration
  • Best Downtown Public Improvement: BancorpSouth Arena
  • Best Business Promotion: Caron Gallery’s Art Openings and Artist Demonstrations
  • Best of Design: Reed’s and Jessica Black
  • Elvis Festival “Can to Can’t”: Carr Sams & Rachel Etheridge
  • Volunteer of the Year: Tammy Rodgers
  • Board Member of the Year: Blair Hughes
  • Entrepreneur of the Year: Jason and Amanda Hayden, owners of Café 212
  • Special Service Award: Jan Miller

Other items of note: Since 1991, more than $142 million has been invested in downtown Tupelo ($45 million public, $97 million private). For this year to date, more than $1.8 million has been invested.

And, in comments at the meeting, Mayor Jason Shelton said the Oleput festival may make a return next year. Talks are strictly preliminary, and nothing is definite. Dates and sponsorships have to be considered, among other things. We’ll have to see where it goes.

Written by Dennis Seid

November 5, 2013 at 10:35 am

Elvis Birthplace one of top Rock n’ Roll landmarks

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From the Tupelo Convention and Visitors Bureau comes this cool new:

The Elvis Presley Birthplace has been named one of Rolling Stone magazine’s Top 52 Rock ‘N Roll Landmarks in Elvis birthplaceAmerica.

“Tupelo is the cradle of rock ‘n roll, where Elvis was born and influenced by gospel music and the blues,” said Neal McCoy, Tupelo Convention & Visitors Bureau Executive Director. “He became the international superstar that he was, and still is today, as a result of his humble upbringing in Tupelo, Mississippi. You can’t really know Elvis until you understand where he came from.”

The Elvis Presley Birthplace features an array of exhibits detailing the King of Rock ‘N Roll’s first thirteen years. From the original shotgun shack where he was born, to the childhood church where Elvis first heard gospel music, a visit to the Birthplace both offers visitors a glimpse into a simpler time and puts the extravagance of Graceland into greater perspective.

“Visitors from around the world flock to the Elvis Presley Birthplace each year to see where it all began,” said Dick Guyton, Executive Director of the Elvis Presley Birthplace. “We offer visitors the authentic experience of how life was for Elvis during the thirteen years that he lived in Tupelo.”

Rolling Stone’s list, that includes other Elvis sites like Graceland and Sun Studio, features a litany of significant locations in the history of America’s music. To see the entire list of America’s Rock ‘N Roll Landmarks, visit For more information on the Elvis Presley Birthplace, visit


Written by Dennis Seid

October 9, 2013 at 3:31 pm

Don’t forget – Elvis Fest tickets on sale

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Tickets have been on sale for the Tupelo Elvis Festival in June, and festival organizers sent a reminder via Twitter that “Fairpark Weekend Passes ONLY $20! This won’t last forever! Get your tickets today!”

Those weekend passes  are available through April 30.

Here’s more background:

• Tickets for the June 7 concert in Fairpark are $10, and the line-up includes Cowboy Mouth, The Cadillac Three, Kirk Chism and the Lost Highway and an Elvis tribute artist.

• Tickets for the June 8 concert in Fairpark are $20, and the line-up includes Montgomery Gentry, “American Idol” finalist and Brandon native Skylar Laine, Surviving Allison and an Elvis tribute artist.

• Fans can buy tickets online at or at the Downtown Tupelo Main Street Association office.


Written by Dennis Seid

March 20, 2013 at 10:50 am

‘Ultimate Elvis’ tickets go on sale today

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Tickets go on sale today at 9 a.m. for the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Competition in Tupelo.

This is what the line looked like last year. (via @downtowntupelo)

This is what the line looked like last year. (via @downtowntupelo)

The competition is part of the 15th annual Tupelo Elvis Festival, which will be June 6-9. Tickets for the Lyric events are sold separately from the Fairpark stage.

Prices are $155 for the package of Elvis events at the Lyric Theatre in downtown Tupelo. If attendees want to go to the gospel brunch, the ticket package is $175.

Tickets are only on sale at the Downtown Tupelo Main Street office at 108 S. Broadway St. Walk-in ticket sales start at 9 a.m. today. Phone sales start at 10 a.m.

Click here for previous coverage.

Written by Carlie Kollath Wells

January 15, 2013 at 7:29 am