Last year's standout was Leo Days, who did an amazing '68 Comeback Special Elvis (complete with leather pants and jacket despite the midsummer mugginess) and who was particularly dreamy. He so effectively channeled the King's lady-killing charisma that during a soulful rendering of "Can't Help Falling in Love" a parade of blushing young girls (and the occasional rambunctious middle-age woman) approached the stage to hand him a rose or the traditional Elvis-sweat-soppin' hanky. Truth be told, I found myself a little too flustered to ask him for a photo when I spotted him later near the outdoor fest's equivalent of backstage his trailer. Courage, don't fail me this year.
Other returning stars from last year's fest are Quentin Flagg, award-winning teen King from Indiana (he's just nineteen), and Fred Wolfe, Detroit's "Best Elvis Tribute" (his website proclaims him "Elvis #2," with the explanation "Why am I No. 2? Because ELVIS is No. 1!"). There's also Stephen Kabakos, the Canadian Elvis (before you ask, no, he doesn't sing "I'm all shook up, eh?"), and a host of other "tribute artists," as they prefer to be called these days, including one Irv Cass, who according to his website is "the ultimate ladies' man in the impersonator world." Plus, unlike the King in his "C.C. Rider" days, Cass is also touted on-line as having "a great body."