Hips will be rockin' and rollin' as visitors to the Grammy Museum Mississippi learn about and celebrate Elvis Presley April 20-21.
The event is called Gospel to Rock n' Roll: A Weekend Honoring Elvis.
It will feature special performances, film screenings, and intimate conversations with close friends, band mates and associates of Elvis Presley, including James Burton, Andy Childs, Gene Chrisman, Glen D. Hardin, Hal Lansky of Lansky Bros., Norbert Putnam, Jerry Schilling and Graceland’s Jack Soden.
The special guests will lead discussions on Presley’s life, career, music legacy, and the importance of his Mississippi roots.
Tom Brown, host of Tupelo Elvis Festival and Elvis Week at Graceland, will serve as moderator during the panel discussions.
The Delta Arts Alliance Storytellers will be doing a reading during the event and tell stories they've created about Elvis.
"The storytellers are so excited to share their work with the public. The only direction they were given when writing was to somehow incorporate Elvis. They've worked on these projects for about two weeks and I love seeing how creative they can be.
"We've got Elvis loving dogs and zombie Elvis so the variety is pretty wide when it comes to the types of stories you'll hear," said storytelling director Courtney Warren.
"Elvis is a Mississippi native and beloved by so many people that we could take a whole year honoring him,” said Emily Havens, executive director of Grammy Museum Mississippi in a press release.
“This will be a special weekend for us and fans alike because we are fortunate to have some of Elvis’ close friends, band mates and associates share their personal experiences with the King of Rock & Roll," said Havens.
Events during the weekend celebration include video clips from the new HBO documentary film, Elvis Presley: The Searcher, with introduction and discussion by long-time Elvis friend and business associate Jerry Schilling, one of the Executive Producers of this feature documentary; a glimpse behind the scenes of Graceland with Jack Soden, CEO of Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc.; a film screening of He Touched Me: The Gospel Music of Elvis Presley; a live concert with A Band of Legends, a group of legendary studio musicians who recorded over 200 songs with Elvis Presley and more.
Ticket packages for the weekend range from $70 to $200.
Tickets are one sale now and can be purchased at the box office or online.
Proceeds will benefit the museum's education programs.