Are you ready to hear the King?
On Saturday, July 22, The Talent Factory in Nevada will welcome one of the biggest names in Elvis impersonation to its stage.
Joseph Hall, 32, of Lincoln, Neb., will perform his show, “Rock ‘N’ Remember,” starting at 7 p.m. Advance tickets are $20 (available at www.iowatalentfactory.com) and tickets at the door that evening will be $25. Also available are VIP tickets, which give people close-to-the-stage seating, for $30, or $35 at the door, if any remain.
Hall said this will be his first time in Nevada, and he’s excited to bring his award-winning ‘Rock ‘N’ Remember” show to town.
In a press release, he said, “the show … really shows the roots of Elvis’ musical career … and will make it difficult for you to stay in your seat.”
Hall has the look, the voice, the charm and the moves, his release states, to take people back in time.
When interviewed for this story, Hall said he grew up “everywhere. Dad was in the restaurant business. We moved a lot, lived in Texas, Hawaii, Illinois, California, Kentucky, Oklahoma, Missouri and Nebraska.” He graduated from high school at Deer Park, Texas, in 2002.
After high school, he went to work for his father full time, thinking the restaurant business might, like his father, be his calling, too. “I learned as much as I could about numbers, food, customers, safety…” and so on.
But he always felt compelled to impersonate the king of rock’n roll, and since 2006, he’s been doing that. He starred on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” in 2008, making six television appearances, viewed by more than 90 million people and placing as one of the top 10 finalists. His performance even got a comment from AGT judge Piers Morgan, “Elvis is back!”
Hall has performed all over the world as Elvis, and won accolades that include the “Spirit of Elvis” award, presented to him by Elvis Presley’s road manager Charles Stone. He’s worked with Elvis Presley Enterprises, Legends in Concert, and has officially been recognized as one of the top tribute artists in the world.
“The work and preparation never stops,” he said. “When I first started (doing Elvis shows), I dedicated four to six hours a day to rehearsing… watching concert film, movies, studying photos of the different eras. Nowadays, I use my time on the road and before the shows to rehearse. It is time-consuming, but like with anything, the more time you put into it, the better you’ll be.”
Hall said he hopes to be doing his Elvis shows for years to come. “As long as my knees, back and hair stay intact,” he said, he’ll continue, because he’s not sure what he’ll do after his Elvis days. “I make it a point to try to soak up as much as I can on this journey,” he said.
Hall said he came across The Talent Factory venue and opportunity from Nevada’s Chamber of Commerce page, and Talent Factory owners Larry and Cindy Sloan were happy he did. “He’s a phenomenal entertainer,” Larry said. “We’ve had a couple of other ‘Elvises,’ but Joseph embodies both the young and the old Elvis. He has both the young Elvis exuberance and the older mature Elvis’ voice. It should be a great tribute show.”
“I’m looking forward to a great time,” Hall said, of his upcoming show in Nevada. “My goal is simply to capture the essence of Elvis Presley, to pay tribute with the utmost respect to his legacy, his music, his image and above all else, his fans.”