Rock Out at Elvis Fest 6, a Tribute to the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll, at Seminole Casino Immokalee, June 22 & 23
Elvis Tribute Artists’ Contest, Free Entertainment and Cash Giveaways
IMMOKALEE, Fla. – Seminole Casino Immokalee invites Elvis Presley enthusiasts to its Elvis Fest 6 on Saturday, June 22 and Sunday, June 23. The best Elvis tribute artists from all over the United States will celebrate and compete to become King. Plus, fans will also enjoy a special appearance by DJ Fontana, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member and former drummer for Elvis Presley. Additionally, all attendees will receive a complimentary Blue Hawaiian drink. Admission to all Elvis Fest 6 events is free for Seminole Player’s Club members. Anyone who’s 21 or older can join; it’s fast, free and easy.
“We are proud to host this yearly festival and to bring award-winning Elvis tribute artists to loyal fans in Collier County,” said Jim Gibson, director of marketing at Seminole Casino Immokalee. “At Elvis Fest 6, our visitors will see several eras of Elvis through song, wardrobe and looks. We look forward to another wonderful competition and King-size celebration.”
On Saturday, June 22, the Elvis Tribute Artists’ Contest qualifying round will begin at 11 a.m. (doors open at 10:45 a.m.) in the casino’s Event Pavilion and run through 1 p.m. During the breaks, DJ Fontana, Elvis’ drummer, will sign autographs. The contest will continue from 2:30 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. Among the qualities the judges look for are musical talent, performance and overall stage presence evoking the late, great Elvis Presley. First place will receive $1,000, second place $500 and third place $300. Attendees can also join the tribute artists in belting out their favorite Elvis tunes during karaoke at the casino’s Zig Zag Lounge at 6 p.m.
On Sunday, June 23 at 2 p.m. the Event Pavilion doors will open again, and from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. the Elvis Tribute Artists’ second round will begin. From 3 to 4 p.m., DJ Fontana will sign autographs. The Tribute second round will continue from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. At 5:30 p.m., the People’s Choice Award and contest winners will be announced. Karaoke with the Elvis tribute artists will take place again in the Zig Zag Lounge at 6 p.m.
During Elvis Fest 6, there will be fun promotions with great prizes. Saturday features “Cash is King” with $1000 cash drawings every two hours from 1:30 p.m. until 11:30 p.m. The winning continues with “Cash is King” drawings on Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Participants must be 21 years old and belong to the Seminole Players Club.
For more information on Elvis Fest 6, visit seminolecasinoevents.com
“Shake Your Booty” with KC & The Sunshine Band at Seminole Casino Immokalee on Saturday, July 20
Tickets on Sale Now
IMMOKALEE, Fla.–“Shake Your Booty” with perennial pop favorites KC & The Sunshine Band at Seminole Casino Immokalee on Saturday, July 20, 2013 at 8 p.m. Tickets go on sale Monday, June 10.
KC & The Sunshine Band is still as widely popular today as they were when they first danced onto the music scene nearly 40 years ago. Harry Wayne Casey – “KC,” for short – developed a unique fusion of R&B and funk, with a hint of a Latin percussion groove, yielding an impressive string of hits like “Get Down Tonight,” “That’s The Way (I Like It),” “Do You Wanna Go Party” and “Shake Your Booty.” With sales of over 100 million records, nine Grammy nominations, three Grammy Awards and an American Music Award, KC & The Sunshine Band was one of the most progressive bands of the ‘70s and is credited with changing the sound of modern pop music.
Miami’s own Harry Wayne Casey (KC), started working in the music business at age 17, performing menial tasks around the T.K. Records/Studio complex in his hometown. Together with Richard Finch, a budding studio engineer prodigy at TK Records, they formed KC & The Sunshine Band in the early 1970s.
Their first record, Blow Your Whistle, made the top 15 on the R&B chart. With the release of the self-titled triple platinum second album in 1975 came the group's first major US hits with "Get Down Tonight," "That's the Way (I Like It)," “Boogie Shoes” and “Rock Your Baby.” KC & The Sunshine Band became the first act to score four #1 pop singles in one 12-month period since the Beatles in 1964. Three of those singles crossed over to become #1 R&B, as well. The 1976 album, Part 3, also went triple platinum and yielded the #1 singles "I'm Your Boogie Man," "(Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty" and "Keep It Comin' Love."
The band’s momentum continued when “Boogie Shoes” was included on the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack. “Please Don’t Go” and “Yes, I’m Ready”, a duet with high school friend Teri DeSario, also became favorites. KC returned to the charts in 1983 with "Give It Up", which also hit #1 in the UK.
KC won a songwriting Grammy in 1976 for best R&B song for “Where is the Love” which was recorded by Betty Wright. He also received Grammy Awards for Album of the Year, as well as Producer of the Year in 1978 for his work on the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack.
In 1995, he recorded Get Down Live, a concert album that was gleaned from his performances in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Peru and Melbourne, Australia. KC’s “The Best of KC and The Sunshine Band” went gold in 1999. In 2001, KC released an album of all-new material entitled I’ll Be There For You. Proceeds from the title song, released as a single, were donated to the September 11 relief effort.
In 2002 KC received the coveted Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, where Dick Clark and music producer Michael Lloyd turned out to honor him. That same year, That’s The Way I Like It – The Harry Wayne Casey Story was published.
Since then, the band has enjoyed a surge in popularity. Their music has been featured in over 75 movies, video games, sporting events and TV shows including Desperate Housewives, American Idol and Dancing With The Stars. Music acts like White Zombie, Baha Men and Beyoncé Knowles have covered his music. Their infectious grooves and bass lines have been sampled by R. Kelly, Snoop Dogg and Trick Daddy, to name a few.
Advance tickets start at $30 and are available at the Casino Cage or by calling 1-800-218-0007. Day of show tickets are $35.