DSO POPS Pays Tribute to the King of Rock and Roll


Detroit, (Apr. 17, 2012) – Legendary Elvis tribute artist Kraig Parker joins the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) for a new production fit for “the King.” Put on your blue suede shoes and thrill to all your Elvis favorites including Jail House Rock, Heartbreak Hotel, Suspicious Minds, and more! The Pops Series performances will take place at Orchestra Hall on Friday, April 27 at 10:45 a.m. and Saturday, April 28 at 8 p.m.

About Kraig Parker

From Las Vegas to London, Kraig Parker has been called the “ultimate image of Elvis Presley.” He has astonished crowds for over 15 years with his amazing tribute to the “King of Rock and Roll.” All ages are “shook up” by Parker’s amazing likeness to Elvis Presley in look, voice, moves and stage presence. There is screaming, there is swooning and there is the trademark scarf giveaway. This exciting tribute performance has left audiences stunned, thrilled and hungry for more.

Unlike many imitators, Parker hits the stage with a full Las Vegas style show band. He has performed with some of Presley’s original singers such as The Jordanaires, The Stamps Quartet and the Sweet Inspirations. In addition, several of Presley’s original body guards as well as Loanne Parker, widow of Colonel Tom Parker, have welcomed Parker as a premier tribute to Presley and a good friend. Even critics have stated this is as good as it gets…”Elvis would be proud!”

Prior to performing as Presley, Parker led various rock bands and recording projects, but never seemed to find his niche in the music business until he donned a rhinestone jumpsuit and portrayed the King at an office party. From then on, he knew he was meant to play the role of Presley. Since forming the project in 1996, Parker and his Royal Tribute Band and Orchestra toured around the world in major venues such as sports arenas, concert halls, performing arts theatres, casinos and fairs.


Tickets to A Tribute to Elvis at Orchestra Hall begin at $19 and may be purchased at the Max M. Fisher Music Center box office (3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit); by calling (313) 576-5111; or online at www.dso.org.  For group discount information (10 people or more), please contact Chuck Dyer at (313) 576-5130 or cdyer@dso.org.


A Tribute to Elvis

Bryan English, conductor

Kraig Parker, vocalist

Randee Lee, guitar

Randy Cates, bass guitar

Rod Foster, drums

Scott Morris, piano

Genevieve Dew, vocals

Rheda K. Solo, vocals

Friday, April 27 at 10:45 a.m. and Saturday, April 28 at 8 p.m.

All songs arranged
by Bryan English

2001 (Also Sprach Zarathustra)

That’s Alright

Burnin’ Love

You Gave Me A Mountain

In the Ghetto


Love Me Tender

Never Been To Spain

Kentucky Rain

One Night

You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling

Bridge Over Troubled Water

All Shook Up

If I Can


Prelude to Act II

See See Rider

Lawdy, Lawdy

The Wonder of You

Sweet Caroline

I’ll Remember You

Teddy Bear/ Don’t Be Cruel

I Just Can’t Help Believing

What Now My Love

Blue Suede Shoes/Hound Dog/Jailhouse Rock

My Way

Suspicious Minds

How Great Thou Art

American Trilogy

Can’t Help Falling in Love

That’s Alright

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