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New Dawn Theater to host Elvis tribute

IF YOU GO

• What: Elvis tribute — “The Aloha Concert”

• When: 8 p.m. Saturday

• Where: New Dawn Theater, 3087 Main St., Duluth

• Cost: $10 to $15

• For more information: Visit www.newdawntheatercompany.com

DULUTH -- Long live the King -- of rock 'n' roll. On Saturday, New Dawn Theater hosts Mark Pitt as Elvis Presley for "The Aloha Concert" as tribute to the performer's famous "Aloha from Hawaii" concert.

"I do this 'Aloha' show as a commemorative anniversary of Elvis' death, which is Aug. 16," Pitt said. "(The concert) was broadcasted in front of a billion people and it's never been done since by a single performer. I always do it because it's really the most notable performance he had ever given since it was on TV and worldwide. More people watched that than the first man walking on the moon."

For the first time, Pitt is going to recreate the live concert, song-for-song. He usually puts together a set list and has fun, but wanted to keep the purity of the performance intact.

"This one is different than my other shows," he said. "This show is reenactment song for song, costume for costume. We'll show some footage from the press conferences when they announced (the original show) and some clips from the show before our live show."

Attendees will hear all of the songs from the Jan. 14, 1973, performance, including "Steamroller Blues," "See See Rider," "Burning Love," "Blue Suede Shoes," "Suspicious Minds," "Can't Help Falling in Love," "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry," "It's Over," "Welcome to my World" and "What Now My Love."

Besides the music, the theater is planning to decorate the building with a Hawaiian theme, which includes fruity cocktails with mini umbrellas for sale. There will be virgin drinks available for the designated drinkers, non-drinkers and children.

"We hope people wear their Hawaiian shirts," Pitt said. "We will be handing out leis and playing Hawaiian music -- it's going to be a lot fun and festive. People will feel like they stepped back in a time machine."