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Pittston’s Shawn Klush plays Elvis 40th anniversary tribute at Mohegan Sun Pocono in Wilkes-Barre Aug. 26-27

Pittston’s Shawn Klush plays Elvis 40th anniversary tribute at Mohegan Sun Pocono in Wilkes-Barre Aug. 26-27
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From a press release:

In honor of the 40th anniversary of Elvis Presley’s death, the ultimate Elvis tribute artist, Shawn Klush, will return to the Keystone Grand Ballroom of Mohegan Sun Pocono in Wilkes-Barre on Saturday, Aug. 26 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 27 at 4 p.m. with Elvis’ own backup singers, The Sweet Inspirations, and the Ambassadors of Elvis band.

Ticket prices start at $29 and will go on sale this Friday, June 16 at 10 a.m. through ticketmaster.com, Ticketmaster’s national toll-free charge-by-phone number at 1-800-745-3000, and any Ticketmaster outlet. Tickets are also available, free of service fees, at the Mohegan Sun Pocono box office (1280 Highway 315, Wilkes-Barre). Limited cash tickets will be available for the Saturday, Aug. 26 show.

In just a short time, Shawn Klush has emerged as the world’s top professional Elvis tribute artist. Born and raised in the local coal mining town of Pittston, his love for music led him to begin imitating his musical idol, Elvis Presley. He performed in the famous Poconos region, followed by a tour of Canada where he entered and won the $5,000 prize in the “Worldwide Elvis Competition” in Montreal. This caught the attention of the award-winning Las Vegas show “Legends in Concert” where, in 2004, he starred as Elvis in their Branson, Missouri production. He also alternated in their Las Vegas and Atlantic City show rooms. Each January, he stars in the “Elvis Birthday Tribute Tour,” an Elvis extravaganza with Elvis’ own musicians, singers, and friends, in major venues in multiple cities.

Klush has released three CDs and a CD single. He has performed with Elvis’ closest friends, musicians, and singers, such as JD Sumner and the Stamps Quartet, The Jordanaires, The Imperials, DJ Fontana, Charlie Hodge, Jerry Scheff, The Sweet Inspirations, Joe Guercio, Jerry Schilling, and Joe Esposito. He portrayed Elvis in the hit TV miniseries “Shake, Rattle and Roll,” which aired on CBS and VH1.

Just two days before Elvis’ 70th birthday, Klush became grand champion at the $25,000 “World Elvis Tribute Artist Competition.” He then received the “People’s Choice Award” from Gibson Guitar Corporation in Nashville for “Best Concert Elvis” and was named the “World’s Greatest Elvis” by 6.5 million international viewers on BBC1 television in the United Kingdom. Finally, on the 30th anniversary of Elvis’ passing, Klush was named the first-ever “Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist” by Elvis Presley Enterprises in Memphis, Tennessee. He was also a featured musical guest on the “Late Show with David Letterman.”

Recently, Martin Scorsese and Mick Jagger chose Klush to portray Elvis in their HBO series “Vinyl,” and he received rave reviews for his performance from Rolling Stone magazine and the New York Times.

Read NEPA Scene’s review of Klush’s performance at Mohegan Sun Pocono last year here.