BY JOE MARVILLI
Whether it is top-notch impressions or the real thing, the Queensborough Performing Arts Center is starting 2014 on the right foot.
The first 2014 event at the theater, found on the campus of Queensborough Community College, is “The Elvis Bash,” celebrating the King’s birthday with some of the best Presley impersonators in the business. That is not all though. In February, Grammy-award winning singer and songwriter Michael Bolton will perform a concert at the center.
“Blue Suede Shoes – The Elvis Bash” will take place on Jan. 25 at 8 p.m. Performers Scot Bruce and Mike Albert will take on different aspects of the career of the King of Rock. Bruce will dazzle audiences with his takes on Elvis’ early hits and Hollywood career. The impressionist looks so much like Presley that Martin Guitars presented him with a replica of the guitar they made for Elvis. Albert has the voice, the look and the jumpsuits of Elvis’ later period, throwing reverence and passion into every note he sings.
Tickets for the performances of two different Elvis impersonators cost $40.
Speaking of passion, Bolton will perform a concert on Feb. 17 at 8 p.m. The singer, songwriter and social activist is well-known for hits including “When A Man Loves A Woman,” “How Can We Be Lovers” and “Go The Distance,” the latter of which is featured on the soundtrack to the Disney film, “Hercules.” The singer recently became a viral sensation with his appearance alongside rap comedy group The Lonely Island, on “Captain Jack Sparrow.”
Tickets for Bolton range between $55 and $65.
“We’re always trying to reach as many people in the community through our programming as we can,” Susan Agin, managing and artistic director for QPAC, said. “We decided to celebrate Elvis’ birthday with two of the most sought-after impersonators in the country. We are thrilled that Michael Bolton has [agreed] to help us celebrate the presidential holidays in February.”
The Queensborough Performing Arts Center is located at 222-05 56th Ave., Bayside. To buy tickets or for more information, call the box office at (718) 631-6311 or visit www.qcc.cuny.edu/qpac/index.html.
Reach Joe Marvilli at (718) 357-7400, Ext. 125, firstname.lastname@example.org, or @Joey788.