Come tomorrow, it will have been 75 years since the King first entered the building. However you choose to celebrate the birth of Presley — whether by curling your lip or just passing out while “Taking Care of Business” on your solid gold toilet — you'll also want to mark your calendar for Jan. 23. That's the day when the Manitou Energy & Climate Action Fair will host a dance party headlined by none other than Eco Elvis.
Yes, the King may have left the building, but that can’t stop him from being recycled, if you will, by a legion of impersonators. And for some, dressing up in a sequined jumpsuit while affecting a husky Southern accent and executing onstage karate moves just isn’t enough of a gimmick.
Which is where Eco Elvis comes in. The alter ego of Kansas City impersonator Matt Riggs, Eco Elvis has already found his way onto CNN, the BBC and Colorado’s own E-Town with such environmentally sensitive knockoffs as “Compost Hotel,” “(Hunka Hunka) Burnin' Globe” and, of course, “Viva Las Vegans.”
To whet your appetite, here’s a touching video of Eco Elvis battling a scary toxic bag monster:
And while you’re at it, you may still have time to catch a flight to New York City for Friday morning's Greenwich Village birthday celebration, which boasts free Fried Peanut Butter & Banana Sandwiches as well as performances by “Elvis look-alikes and Impersonators that have autism and other disabilities.”
The opportunities are endless. But for right now, why not hook up the VHS and cue up a copy of Clambake? Then just put the lid down and go, cat, go!