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Elks showcase impressionists, tribute artists

By BARBARA L. FREDRICKSEN
Published April 27, 2007


The Aripeka Elks Lodge in Hudson has announced a six-show season that runs October through March and promises a wide variety of music, comedy and nostalgia.

The dinner shows are $28 each for prime seating, $26 for general seating, or $156 and $144 for a whole season, a savings of $12. Dinner is at 6 p.m., shows at 7:30.

Another bonus of buying a season ticket is being assured of a seat at an entertainment venue that frequently sells out early.

The lineup:

Oct. 13: Singer-impressionist Mark Ralston does Neil Diamond, Ray Charles, Elvis Presley and others, complete with 25 costume changes. This is a return engagement for Ralston.

Nov. 10: Charly Raymond and the Apple Blossoms do a tribute to Harry James and the Andrews Sisters, re-creating the style and distinctive harmonies of those famous performers.

Dec. 8: Martin Preston presents a tribute to Liberace, with opening act William Garon. Preston dons replicas of many of Liberace's most glittery outfits.

Jan. 12: "Red Hot Jubilee Jam," a musical variety show with tributes to Willie Nelson, Elvis, Judy Garland, Lucille Ball and all of New York City itself.

Feb. 9: British comedian Jimmy Keys, also known as the "Brit Wit," does rapid (but clean) jokes and impersonates Billy Joel, Elton John, Barry Manilow, Bruce Springsteen and Roy Orbison.

March 8: The Four Aces - not the original foursome, but a group authorized to use the name - re-creates the sound of the original 1950s group, doing close harmonies on Heart of My Hearts, Tell Me Why and other hits. Opening act is Valerie Snead.

The lodge is at 9135 Denton Ave., Hudson. Tickets are available at the office 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Or call Judy at (727) 868-2994, ext. 14.