Sunday, September 03, 2006
Danny Vernon's Illusions of Elvis show
This show also had two other performers, one as Buddy Holly and one as Ritchie Valens. I have a photo here of the Ritchie Valens singer but the other was not on long, I didn't go up front near the stage while he was singing and so I don't have any decent photos of him. There are a pair of dancers, "Double Trouble," who are good and dance along with some of the Elvis songs. Danny's wife, Marcia, also performs on stage with him singing backup. Now off to the photos, with a brief description of each:
Here is Danny in his portrayal of Elvis in his middle years. He breaks the show down into three eras- early Elvis, the middle years and the final years. That is his wife, Marcia, in the background singing backup:
Danny is performing with the dancers, "Double Trouble" in this photo:
Here they are again. The nearest dancer reminds me a lot in appearance of SW, except SW is not a blond:
I am sorry that I don't have the name of this performer who is in the role of Ritchie Valens, but he was good & really got the audience participating:
This is Danny's late Elvis part of the show, with Marcia in the background:
Danny's whole show is a high-energy performance:
Elvis loved the ladies in the audience and Danny seems to also. Here he is presenting scarves to some of them while singing. My DIL was in this position at the show we attended in May but Danny came to her in the audience, plus she also got a kiss:
Danny does get pretty emotional during his performance. You get the feeling he loves doing this and really gets into his role:
This is the conclusion of the show with all the performers on-stage. This is the only decent photo I have of "Buddy Holly" and it does not include the drummer nor the two guitarists. The musical backup was by live performers and it was good:
I have included a link above to Danny's offical web site. You can hear some of his music there and check out his performance schedule as well as see more photos. Most of his shows are in the northwest but I understand he has performed in Las Vegas and other places. If you have a chance to go see him, do it, especially if you are a fan of the music of Elvis Presley.
It was a learning experience for me as far as the photography is concerned. I deleted four times as many photos as I kept due to them not being up to the quality I prefer and really none of them are really great. But, I am learning.
Edit: 5 Sep 2006 - "Buddy Holly's" actual name is Ray Sanchez. "Ritchie Valens'" actual name is Ray Anthony.
Glad you enjoyed the show!
A couple of neat coincidences: My Dad is named Dick and just turned 63. In fact, you even look a wee bit like him so I read your profile extra-carefully just in case Dad was blogging and I didn't know it. LOL!
Sounds like you had a wonderful time at the concert. I (thanks to Dad) was raised on Elvis, Ritchie Valens and Buddy Holly so it would have been a great time, indeed. Great pictures! As a bit of an amateur photographer myself, those dark shots are best done with the shutter open a little longer (which generally means using a tripod...a bit big for a concert, right?). However, one can get little desktop tripods or even mono-pods (a one-legged stand for keeping the camera steady to prevent blur). Maybe something like that would have helped?
I'll be back to visit again. This was fun! (and before I forget to mention it, Huggy is handsome! I love Russian Blues).
One more thing...we're almost neighbours. My husband Brent and I live in New Westminster (a suburb of Vancouver) and visit his family in Bellingham on a very regular basis. Mount Vernon is just lovely! We've been there a few times and I like the 'small town' feel to it.
not a big Elvis fan either, but it looks like this guy enjoys himself. Hope all is well with you. Hubby and I are going to an RV show this weekend, but with gas prices the way they are, we are only going to look. :(
Thanks for your comments on my Steve Irwin post.
Have a great week.
Take care, Meow
I just wish I understood what you and Chelle P were talking about on her blog!!!!
I am not a big Elvis fan but that is just me. I live
around plenty who are and I appreciate their excitement
at certain time.
You do not give yourself enough credit with your pictures
though because I think these are good. Thank you for sharing.
My parents are also full time RVers. They've spent a lot of time in La Connor and Blaine. So you may have met them without knowing it!
It looks like you had a great time at the concert. The photos are fun!
I'm also just re-discovering my love of photography. Always on the quest for a "portfolio shot" as my husband calls them! I've even started a city blog in order to make sure I keep taking those photos!
I'll be visiting again.
Some great photos. I thought you did well. It is hard to get good photos of stage shows but yours turned out really well.
I checked out Danny's site. Really had some good music. Seems to have the early sixties Elvis voice.
And finally, I should call to your attention to the fact that we Elvis fan bloggers have had trouble in the past with "Saz" bashing Elvis. I noted others have followed her lead here on your post. I have repeatedly contacted the "Memphis Mafia" to look into this situation concerning her continued outbursts but it would appear no real progress has been made on the problem. But like Chief Dan George has taught us....we must Endeavor to Persevere!
Thank you....Thank you very much!
I think the shots are great, very real, and i know how hard they were to take.
Thanks for spreading the word of Danny Vernon's "Illusion of Elvis" show! - www.dannyvernon.com -
Elvis is gone but his memory lives on.
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