Jun 13, 2015

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The Life and Songs of Robin Kelly

The Life and Songs of Robin Kelly

Robin Kelly resides in Canada and this is where he still lives. Robin Kelly first gained an interest in music while singing in the church choir as a child but as he reached his teenage years he got turned on to Elvis’s music. It was during this time that Robin’s musical interests took a different turn. Robin Kelly was especially impressed with Elvis’s raw energy and charisma before wide audiences. Robin’s impressions obviously stayed with him because throughout his musical career, Robin sought to maintain the same energy with his interpretations of Elvis’s songs.

Robin Kelly has been proven to be not just a run-of-the-mill interpreter of Elvis’s music. This man has done extensive research of Elvis’s musical style and even the stories behind some of the songs. At his concerts he sometimes talks about the experiences in Elvis’s life during the times when certain songs were recorded. This benefits the audience because it gives them insight into Elvis’s personal life.

When Robin Kelly performs on stage, one would think that he channeled Elvis Presley before arriving to the concert. He has so much energy that the audience can’t help but sing and dance along with him. At times he would invite audience members on the stage to join him in singing. This is a highlight of his performances. His voice is commanding and strong, and he doesn’t slow down much except for small intermissions.

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Jun 14, 2015

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Interesting Facts About Elvis Presley

Interesting Facts About Elvis Presley

Many of us are familiar with the general facts concerning Elvis Presley but in this article we’ll discuss some of the lesser known and interesting details of Elvis Presley’s life. Did you know that Elvis actually had a twin brother who was stillborn? Another interesting fact is that Elvis didn’t wait until later in his career to buy Graceland. In fact he bought the property when he was 22 years old and the price was $102,000. The value of Graceland has tripled since his death but it’s amazing how he purchased it at a young age even before his fame skyrocketed.

It’s not too uncommon for some celebrities to engage in military service and this was the case with Elvis. While in the middle of a successful career he entered the military and it was during this time that another lifechanging event occurred. He met a teenage girl name Priscilla Beaulieu and after their courtship he married her in 1967. From their union came a daughter, Lisa Marie.

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Jun 15, 2015

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Concert Impressions of Robin Kelly

Concert Impressions of Robin Kelly

Recently I attended a Robin Kelly concert and he was spectacular on stage. He opened the concert with a few reflections on the importance of Elvis’s contributions to American music and to rock in particular. From that point he proceeded to sing some of the 50s hits such as Return to Sender and Hounddog. On the song Hounddog he really danced on stage, and at one point a few audience members were invited to dance and sing with him. Then Robin started singing Don’t Be Cruel and he did it acapella so that he can engage the audience as they sang along. The band was on cue as always and each horn was played in harmony. I was especially impressed with the drumming at the concert and it made me want to do the Lindy Hop.

Near the middle of the show the electricity went out but it didn’t faze Robin Kelly much. He made some jokes and stepped out on the street. He started singing slow Elvis songs to the crowd. Some bikers were in the audience and thanks to their motorcycle LED light bars, there was more than enough lighting outside. Eventually the electricity was restored and Robin Kelly continued to perform in the bar, with glee to the crowd.

At one point in the concert Robin stopped singing temporarily so he can have some small talk with the audience. He invited some of the people to stand up and discuss what their favorite Elvis songs were. One audience member mentioned that she likes Love Me Tender because it was the song she danced off of at her wedding over 50 years ago. Another person enjoyed Heartbreak Hotel because when the song came out, he had just broken up with a girl he liked. Meanwhile a group of young adults stood up excitedly and talked about how they loved Jailhouse Rock because the song made them want to dance and jump around. This session went on for twenty minutes before the music resumed.

During the concert Robin Kelly started this call-and-response session with his band, which I found interesting. After this the band went into a full blown instrumental mental without Robin singing for at least thirty minutes. I guess this was done to show off the band’s skills. Personally, I didn’t think this was necessary. By the end of the concert Robin was singing again and I was glad.

Overall I think this was more than a standard concert from Robin Kelly. This seemed more like a variety show filled with fun conversation and outstanding interpretations of Elvis’s music. There was not a boring moment at the concert and I enjoyed singing along with the audience and Robin. I only wish I could have him sign some of the CDs I bought from his website a few weeks ago. The concert was somewhat lengthy but I was having so much fun that I didn’t realize where the time. This concert really gave me my money’s worth.

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