Elvis tribute artists from around the country were taking care of business at 115 Bourbon Street to choose Chicago’s best Elvis impressionist of 2013 this weekend.
For two nights, 16 performers sang and gyrated their pelvises in the Windy City Elvis Tribute Artist Competition.
Ex-Londoner Anthony Shore, who resides in Minneapolis, took first-place honors; with David Allen of Dallas and South Bend, IN’s Irv Kass rounding out the king’s court in second and third.
Shore seemingly channeled the kind nailing a difficult version of "My Way" in a rich baritone eerily reminscent of Elvis's.
"He was the world's greatest entertainer," Shore told the packed house, whose British accent sounded more like Ringo's. "Everyone in the world knows who Elvis Presley is."
Oak Lawn’s own Joe “Elvis” King was selected as the “People’s Choice” winner.
The free event was co-produced by Bourbon Street and Palos Heights tribute artist Joe “Elvis” Tirrito.
“I want to keep it free to the people because we’re trying to keep Elvis’s memory alive,” Tirrito said.
Earlier in the day, the Elvi were spotted invading Palos Heights at a home that is an exact replica of Elvis Presley's Graceland mansion in Memphis. The historic gathering of Elvis impersonators took part in a film documentary, “One Day, Two Legends,” recounting the day the Beatles met Elvis.