Memory of Elvis Presley alive and well in Barriere

By Jill Sperling
July 14, 2017 - 9:00am Updated: July 14, 2017 - 5:58pm

BARRIERE, B.C. — A tribute to the king of rock 'n' roll is taking place at the North Thompson Fall Fairgrounds in Barriere this weekend. 

Mark Anthony is the headliner at the 5th Annual Canadian Bluemoon ELVIS Festival, which begins tonight (July 14) and runs through Sunday. 

Anthony is a professional full-time Elvis tribute artist who travels the world impersonating his long-time idol.

"We'd go through all these old albums, and you'd have Tom Jones in there, and Engelbert Humperdinck, and there would always be these albums with this guy on them and I'd be like, 'wow, he looks different.' and you'd put it on and, 'wow, he sounds different.' It was Elvis, right? So I got hooked on it when I was a kid."

It will be the second time Anthony is performing at the festival in Barriere. 

He's joined by someone who knew the real Elvis personally, as his tour manager and friend. 

Charles Stone believes Elvis Presley would be touched by the way people are keeping his memory alive. 

"One thing he did always say is, 'do you think they'll remember me when I'm gone?' 'Well, sure they will,'" Stone said. "But, I enjoy it because most of the people today never saw Elvis, so I get to tell them what he was really like: some of our little funny stories, some of the anecdotes that we did. I enjoy sharing that. At the end of the day they come up and say 'thank you for sharing stuff that nobody knows.'"

Scheduling and ticket information is available at www.thecdnbluemoon.ca

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