El Vez

While visiting Graceland a while back and perusing bottles of Elvis "sweat" and velour playing cards and whatnot in the gift shop, I heard one woman say to another, "Everyone has a little bit of Elvis in them, don't you think?" Well? Some more than others, I guess. Enter El Vez, the self-proclaimed "Mexican Elvis." Not to be confused with Tortelvis, the Elvis impersonator and lead singer of the reggae cover band Dread Zeppelin. Or the impersonator who used to live behind my parents, mowed his lawn fully coiffed, and was married to a woman who looked just like Elvira. More than just a spectacle—though spectacle he is—El Vez uses his Elvis powers for good. It's not just empty impersonation. Dude's got a message. Just make sure you're in the right mood—like, no first dates. Also, El Vez is running for president. El Vez for Prez! With Lysa Flores.
Wed., Aug. 6, 8 p.m., 2008
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