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Tupelo Elvis Presley Festival
Friday, June 5 music schedule:
5 p.m. – Busted Screen door
5:45 p.m. – John Milstead
6:15 p.m. – The House Rockers
7:30 p.m. – Drew Chapman
8 p.m. – Spunk Monkees
9:15 p.m. – Lucero
11 p.m. – Allyria
Saturday, June 6 music schedule
Noon – Stone Lizard
12:45 p.m. – Jordyn Mallory
1:15 p.m. – Forever amp& Never
2:15 p.m. – Lisa Lambert amp& the Pine Ridge Boys
4 p.m. – Leith Loftin
5 p.m. – Antioch Road
5:45 p.m. – Kevin Floyd amp& Shane Rowe
6:15 p.m. – Kevin amp& Bethany Paige Band
7:30 p.m. – Tatum Shappley
8 p.m. – Shagadoo
9:15 p.m. – Jamie Davis amp& Soul Gravy
10:30 p.m. – Jason Michael Carroll
Where: Fairpark Stage
Cost: $9/Friday, $5/6-11 Friday OR Saturday, $11/Saturday, $18/weekend pass, $9.99/6-11 weekend pass, free/6 and under.
Info: tupeloelvisfestival.com or (662) 841-6598
TUPELO – You could say Lucero plans to channel the spirit of the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll for its gig at the Tupelo Elvis Presley Festival.
“We’re just fun,” said Lucero’s guitarist, Brian Venable. “We’re gonna play some rock ‘n’ roll, and hopefully some people will come down and watch and have a good time.”
Venable and his bandmates – guitarist and vocalist Ben Nichols, drummer Roy Berry and bass player John C. Stubblefield – don’t have anything special planned for the festival other than playing some of their most upbeat tunes.
“We don’t really do setlists – we’ve never done setlists,” he said. “You just want to play the fun stuff.”
And Lucero definitely has its choice of music.
Lucero began in Memphis in 1998. Since 2000, the band has released seven studio albums, live records and EPs, and kept a rigorous touring schedule that’s taken the guys all over the country.
In late 2008, Lucero signed a four-album deal with Universal Music, and will release its debut major studio record this fall.
“We just finished recording our new record, and we’re trying to get mixes done on the road,” Venable said. After a little bit more touring and some time off, the band will release the new record and tour to support it.
The new album has a Memphis sound.
“We went into it making a Memphis soul record,” he said. “There’s horns all over it.”
Venable said it’s hard not to feel the influence of Elvis in Memphis.
“He didn’t invent rock ‘n’ roll, but he invented the King culture,” he said. “It was just so long ago, you don’t realize how unprecedented it was.”
Venable said he realizes Lucero may be new to many Elvis fans, but invites them out and said he hopes the band can impress them.
“I have a feeling there’s going to be a lot of fun Elvis fans and Elvis impersonators and Elvis paraphernalia and Elvis hot dogs and what-not, but I think it’s gonna be fun,” he said. “You’re entertaining people that didn’t come to see you, so you want to put that best foot forward … you put on your good suit, so to speak.”