‘America’s Got Talent’ Star Honors Elvis

SOCORRO, N.M. September 15, 2015 – The King will be in the house – rather, behind the houselights – when Joseph Hall takes to the stage at New Mexico Tech’s Macey Center for a one-man show (with a band, of course!) dedicated to the undisputed King of Rock and Roll himself – Elvis.

Showtime is at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25, in a Performing Arts Series (PAS) concert preceded by a Tech Club-Club Macey event for the 21-and-over crowd. The social hour, which starts at 5 p.m., will feature hors d’oeuvres around “A Touch of Graceland” theme – peanut butter and banana sandwiches served with fried okra and pickles.


Joseph Hall as Elvis Presley


The King would be pleased.

“And I know our audience will be beyond pleased with Joseph Hall, a truly talented musician and outstanding personality, who ranked among the top-10 finalists of ‘America’s Got Talent’ television competition series,” said PAS Director Ronna Kalish.

“Joseph and his crew are just a great bunch of people, outgoing and yet so down to earth,” Kalish said. “They’ve definitely got the likeability factor that audience members of any age can relate to, combined with talent, charisma and musical nostalgia – it’s a winning combination.”

Elvis Aaron Presley would have celebrated his 80th birthday earlier this year, nearly twice the number of years he was alive. He arrived in Tupelo, Miss., on Jan. 8, 1935, one of twin sons born to Vernon Elvis and Gladys Presley (twin Jesse Garon was stillborn), and became one of the most celebrated and influential musicians of the 20th century before his death on Aug. 17, 1977, at age 42.

The superstar’s legacy is legendary, as are Elvis’s recordings, an estimated 18 of which were No. 1 hits among some 40 songs charting the Top 10. Now, 38 years after his death, he’s as popular as ever.

In fact, the King of Rock and Roll was ranked second only to the King of Pop, Michael Jackson, in estimates of what each deceased singer’s estate earned between October 2013 and October 2014, according to Forbes magazine.

And remember, this is for an entertainer whose final concert was on June 26, 1977, and who last made a recording in 1976. How is this for popularity: Elvis earned an estimated $55 million for his estate over that one-year period.

Joseph Hall has accrued his own popularity since taking on the persona of the King in 2006. He starred on NBC’s America’s Got Talent in 2008, one of six television appearances he made, placing among the top-10 finalists.

Hall has performed across the globe, from the bright lights of Las Vegas, to Porthcawl, a holiday resort on the southern coast of Wales. He has accrued e hH numerous honors throughout his young career, including a “Spirit of Elvis” award.

 He has worked with Elvis Presley Enterprises, Legends in Concert, and has officially been recognized as one of the top Elvis-tribute artists in the world today.

“My goal is to capture the essence of Elvis Presley,” said Hall, “to pay tribute to him with the utmost respect to his legacy, his music, his image and above all else, his fans.”

And Elvis’s fans are legionary.

“I doubt there is a town or city of any size in the United States – or across the globe for that matter – that doesn’t have its share of Elvis fans,” Kalish said. “There are a lot of good reasons for the King’s continued popularity, and Joseph Hall’s performance will showcase them in grand style!”

Sponsors for the Salute to Elvis are First State Bank, El Defensor Chieftain, EMRTC, the New Mexico Tech Student Government Association, the New Mexico Tech Graduate Student Association and Best Western.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $18 for senior citizens 65 and over, and $10 for youths 17 and under, and are available online at www.nmtpas.org, at the N.M. Tech Cashier’s Office (second floor of Fidel Center), Chamber of Commerce (101 Plaza St.), Sofia’s Kitchen (Burrito Tyme) Drive-up or at the door.

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By Valerie Kimble/New Mexico Tech