Elvis Rocks Mesquite crowns their 2018 grand champion
Mesquite, Nev. – Elvis Fans of all ages made their way to Mesquite, Nev. this past weekend and were ‘all shook up’ as their former heartthrob was brought back to life at the ninth annual Elvis Rocks Mesquite contest. More than 20 of the best Elvis tribute artists across America competed for the crown and $10,000 in total cash prizes. Competition was incredibly fierce across all three eras, the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s, and featured a diverse age range among entertainers, including a 73-year-old great grandmother, DJ, and the world’s oldest Elvis tribute artist, Doc Elvis who, at 83-years-old, just had back surgery the week prior but couldn’t let that stop him from missing the annual performance.
Performers fully immersed themselves into the competition with their rhinestone studded jumpsuits, chops and of course by mastering Elvis’ iconic dance moves. This year’s grand champion was Caden Gamblin, from Tucson, Ariz. The 18-year-old, who also won the ‘60s era division, won the crowd over with his impressive vocals, hip-thrusting dance moves and uncanny appearance to the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll himself. Fans cheered and gave a standing ovation as Gamblin put on a show to remember.
Various tribute artists managed to leave their mark on this year’s event, including James King who came out as champion of the ‘50s era and also won second place overall in the finals competition. Another notable winner was Rob Ely from northern Calif., who won the ‘70s era division and was voted as the 2018 fan favorite.
“I got started at a very young age doing Elvis after I saw him on the ’68 Comeback Special,” said James King, the ‘50s era winner. “I love to perform his music and keep his memory alive.”
The jam-packed weekend also included movies by the pool, featuring “Viva Las Vegas”, multiple late-night karaoke events, a meet and greet and finals after party.
“Every year Elvis Rocks Mesquite brings so much excitement to the CasaBlanca,” said Krissy Ayon, director of entertainment for Mesquite Gaming. “All of the entertainers give it their all on the stage, and this year we were fortunate enough to have celebrity judge Mr. Rich Little along with host Kelly Clinton Holmes who kept the energy high all weekend long.”
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About Mesquite Gaming:
Mesquite Gaming, located 77 miles north of Las Vegas, includes Virgin River Hotel/Casino/Bingo and CasaBlanca Resort-Casino-Golf-Spa. A premier golf destination, Mesquite Gaming owns and operates The Palms Golf Club and CasaBlanca Golf Club. Combined, the two properties feature 1,186 guest rooms, 76,000 square-feet of casino space, with 1,600 slot machines and 36 gaming tables, 70,000 square-feet of meeting and convention space including an outdoor entertainment venue. For more information, visit mesquitegaming.com.