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Elvis Comes to the Lincoln

March 28, 2019
Wetzel Chronicle

In August of 1954 a young man's first recorded songs were about to change music history. In Memphis, Elvis Presley burst into the world of rock-n-roll, and it would never be the same again. That was 65 years ago. Elvis is long gone, but still his music lives on. Listen to any modern rock-n-roll station, and you will likely hear one of the over seven hundred songs he recorded. Throw in his many movies and you can easily understand how his music and memories are still with us today.

Last Saturday night, downtown New Martinsville came to life with the sounds of the King's music once again. Thanks to the Wetzel County Convention & Visitors Bureau, THE ULTIMATE ELVIS TRIBUTE ARTIST SPECTACULAR SHOW was in town to entertain those who love the King's music. Do you wonder how big a draw the Saturday night show had? Not only local citizens, but it drew people from as far away as Pittsburgh. Those who wanted to be first in line began waiting in front of the theater by four o'clock in the afternoon. By the time the doors were opened, the line extended down the street as far as the WesBanco building. Every seat in the theater was filled as the show was a complete sell-out with all 382 tickets being sold.

The show was unique in that it not only had one performer singing Elvis songs, it had two of the very best in show business. The show featured tribute singers Shawn Klush and Code Ray Slaughter. Both men have performed as the legendary Elvis all over the world. In all the two men's travels, neither of them nor their back up band - The Fabulous Ambassadors Tribute Band - have ever performed in West Virginia.

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Cody Slaughter's music was from the early days of Elvis' career. From the style of his hair to his physical gyrations, he embodied the performer as he was from the 50s into the 60s. Shawn Klush gave the audience a taste of Elvis from the late 60s until the end of his career. His performance drew dozens to the front of the stage just to touch Shawn's hand. They also hoped to catch one the many silk scarves he tossed into the audience.

Our community never had the privilege of having such a great performer as Elvis visit our town. But I have to think after last Saturday's performance by the tribute performers Cody Slaughter and Shawn Klush, they may have left a little of the King's magic within the walls of the Lincoln Theater.

The Wetzel County Convention & Visitors Bureau is working hard to bring quality talent and entertainment to our county. Next month, it has been announced that Gospel music will be the next show at the Lincoln Theater in this year's series of performances. If you get a chance, I believe you will enjoy the sounds of gospel music inside the theater as you watch Through the Lens.

Last week my story showed you a picture which contained four items I have noticed over the years. I challenged each of you to use your five senses to locate each of the items. As promised, I will now reveal the locations if you have not found them for yourself. (1) Is a cast of a feather set into the concrete in front of the court house. If you take a drink from the fountain and look down you will see the feather. (2) The Cutout of the Wildcat Football Player is on the east side of the red building that houses the M&K Bar. The player faces east toward the railroad tracks. (3) The commemorative monument sits in front of the War Memorial Building. It is dedicated to the men and women who gave their lives and served in Vietnam. (4) The shoes are hanging on the power pole's ground line. Their location is just south of the town of New Martinsville, where a fruit stand and car dealership once stood. I hope that you had already found these items as you used all of your senses to see the world around you.



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