Celebrate Elvis’ birthday at Thomaston event

lshirley@macon.comJanuary 3, 2014 

Todd Allen Herendeen will perform Thursday at the Ritz Theatre in Thomaston.

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The continued popularity of Elvis Presley’s music keeps Todd Allen Herendeen coming back to Thomaston for the Ritz Theatre’s annual Birthday Tribute to Elvis.

This year’s show, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, will again feature Herendeen and his Follow That Dream band as they perform hits from two eras of Presley’s life, the late 1960s-early ’70s and “the rhinestone era.”

“We’ll also have video of Elvis live playing on the screen, and we’ll re-create those times for people,” Herendeen said. “We bring a lot of high energy and lot of memories.”

The band has added Ronnie Knight, who has performed with Kenny Rogers, Jake Hess and the Blackwood Brothers, to sing bass.

The show is family friendly, and the audience always gets involved.

“The show always has a lot of local flavor,” Ritz owner Malcolm Neal said. “We once had a 4-year-old boy in the audience who was dressed as Elvis, and he got dragged up on stage. If it’s someone’s birthday, the band often gets everyone to sing ‘Happy Birthday,’ and (Herendeen) asks people who saw Elvis perform live to share those memories.”

Birthday Tribute to Elvis

When: 7:30 p.m. Jan. 9

Where: Ritz Theatre, 114 S. Church St., Thomaston

Cost: $15 in advance; $20 at door

Information: 706-647-5372, evenings only

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