One of the most impersonated stars in music is Elvis Presley. And on December 14 and 15 one of those Elvis stars took the stage in the Bear’s Den Showroom at the Seneca Niagara Resort and Casino while a few other Elvises looked on from the audience that filled the house.
Rick Alvti bills his show as a tribute to Elvis. But in paying tribute to the star, he also becomes the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer; not only in looks, but in his movements and voice.
Unlike other Elvis stars, Alviti has worked and recorded with the original Elvis Presley bad The Jodanaires.
A holiday show, Rick Alviti mixed classic Elvis songs with holiday tunes and even performed an original song.
Attired in a red jumpsuit, Alviti opened the show with “CC Rider” and performed “Burning Love” before singing the first Christmas song – “Blue Christmas”.
During his performance of “All Shook Up” Alviti came out into the audience and was even climbing over the seats to meet fans.
During “Winter Wonderland”, the crew in the Bear’s Den even made it snow.
Alviti told some bad jokes throughout the show including the age old line about putting requests down on large bill of currency as fans called out their favourite songs all through the show.
Next up was “Devil in Disguise” and “Jailhouse Rock” before bringing an audience member on stage for a slow dance while he sang “Are You Lonesome Tonight”.
Noting that he has worked with “he Jodanaires, Alviti sang the original song “Elvis Says it’s Alright”.
Then came the Christmas song “On a Snowy Christmas Night” complete with snow before Alviti made another trip into the audience but this time he was armed with a big red bag filled with little Teddy Bears which he threw into the audience as he sang “Teddy Bear”.
Preparing to sing his next song, Alviti asked the band to give him a chords…and they threw chords at him.
After a performance of “Hound Dog” and “Believe Me”, Alviti invited audience members up on the stage to dance while he sang “That’s Alright” which was followed by a Conga line around the room to “Viva Las Vegas”.
While Elvis left the stage briefly, his backup singers Lily and Diane performed a fe Christmas songs. Lily sang the Wham hit “Last Christmas” and Diane sang “Rocking Around the Christmas Tree” and “O Holy Night”.
Elvis returned to the stage wearing a white jumpsuit and cape for performances of “Blue Suede Shoes”, “Sweet Caroline”, “White Christmas”, “Blue Hawaii” – which included another foray into the audience to give out scarves, and “Can’t Help Falling in Love” before finishing out the show with a tribute to service members with “American Trilogy”.
Rick Alviti doesn’t just sing, he offers up a fun filled show of Elvis Presley music that included his audience for a complete musical experience that has fans coming back for more.