By The Associated Press
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Organizers say that this year’s Elvis Week, the annual party celebrating the life of late rock and roll icon Elvis Presley in Memphis, is expected to be the largest since the event began 30 years ago.
Each year in August, fans flock to Memphis to honor Elvis and his music. This year marks the 35th anniversary of his death on Aug. 16. 1977, and up to 75,000 people are expected to show up for Elvis Week.
A candlelight vigil at Graceland, Elvis’ home, is always the centerpiece of Elvis Week. Film screenings, panel discussions and the Elvis tribute artist contest also take place every year
But this year, there are several events uniquely designed to celebrate the 35h anniversary of Elvis’ death.
One of those is a concert at the 18,000-seat FedExForum featuring a video display of Elvis singing along to music performed live by former band members. His widow, Priscilla Presley, and daughter, Lisa Marie Presley, are scheduled to attend.
Also, an Elvis-themed baseball game between the minor-league Memphis Redbirds and the Tacoma Rainiers will include Elvis music and merchandise giveaways. It will be preceded by a street party that will open Elvis Week on Aug. 10.
Another new feature is the 1,200-seat, air conditioned Main Stage that will be set up at Graceland. The venue which play host to concerts, dance parties, a gospel celebration and award presentations. It will also include a special performance by guitar virtuoso and singer Jose Feliciano.