If Sugar Hill resident and Elvis tribute artist Mark Pitt had to chose his favorite patriotic song by the King of Rock And Roll, it might be a toss up.
On the one hand, there’s “An American Trilogy,” a Civil War-enthused medley of three songs that begins with “Dixie” (a Confederate song), moves on to “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” (a Union army song) and then moves into “All My Trials” before a finish that hearkens back to “The Battle Hymn of the Republic.”
On the other hand, there is Elvis’ rendition of “America The Beautiful,” which begins as a quiet, soulful version of the song and builds to a gospel-style finish.
“Elvis did (‘An American Trilogy’) so much in concert and he’s just associated with that song,” Pitt said. “I do it a lot in my shows but, really, when you do a Memorial Day, Fourth of July — anything patriotic — you’ve got to do that one.
“That’s probably my favorite (but) I also love ‘America The Beautiful.’ Elvis’ version is really powerful so there’s that as well.”
Pitt, who has been an Elvis tribute artist for 28 years, will perform both songs during his musical show, “Tribute to Elvis: Salute to America,” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the New Dawn Theater, which is located at 3650 Satellite Boulevard Suite A in Duluth.
The show is intended to tie into the Fourth of July holiday, Pitt said.
“It’ll be after the fact, but there’s so much going on on the fourth with fireworks and (other) things happening that we just decided to have it on the weekend,” he said.
The show will include a run through of hits from Elvis’ extensive music catalog including favorites such as his early hits, memorable songs from his movies and on into his popular music from the 60’s and 70’s.
The patriotic songs that Elvis sang will cap the evening off.
That means, in addition to “America the Beautiful” and “An American Trilogy,” audience members will get to hear some of Elvis’ other well known songs, such as “Jailhouse Rock,” “Love Me Tender” and “Suspicious Minds.”
“You gotta do certain songs,” Pitt said. “People want to hear ‘Love Me Tender,’ they want to hear ‘Jailhouse Rock,’ ‘Suspicious Minds’ of course. You just have to do those, but we always try to throw in some different stuff, maybe some obscure songs that people didn’t even know Elvis recorded. That always goes over well too.”
Tickets cost $18 for adults and $12 for children under 12 and can be purchased by calling 678-508-9846 or by visiting newdawntheatercompany.com/Purchasetickets.html.
Pitt said audience members who will be celebrating birthdays can mention that when they register or when they arrive at the show, and he’ll make an effort to recognize them during the show.
It’s the same thing with people who are celebrating anniversaries, he said.
“We’ve got some folks who are celebrating their anniversaries and they’ve already sent in their requests for their songs,” Pitt said. “We always try to remember those and people that’s having birthdays.”