First Black President, Meet The First Black World Champion Elvis

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Three days before the first African-American ever to take the oath office of the President of the United States, the first African-American ever to take the crown of World Champion Elvis Impersonator will appear at the 9th annual Elvis Birthday Bash. He's black, he's Elvis, and he is good. Really good! He's Robert Washington, World Champion Elvis Impersonator.

Three days before the first African-American ever to take the oath office of the President of the United States, Elvis fans can see the first African-American ever to take the crown of World Champion Elvis Impersonator. He's black, he's Elvis, and he is good. Really good! He's Robert Washington, World Champion Elvis Impersonator.

The Background:
On August 16, 1977 Elvis "left the building". Coincidentally, on that fateful day, Robert Washington was celebrating his 19th birthday. Fast forward over 30 years later and Robert Washington has become one of the best Elvis impersonators in the world. Some would say THE best. Others would vehemently disagree.

Why? Because he is black.
Robert Washington took 2nd place for three years at the annual Images of Elvis World Championships held each August in Memphis, Tennessee. And three times a slew of fans cried foul when he was not crowned King. But after several cracks against the glass ceiling, fans at the World Championships were stunned, shocked, and ecstatic when Robert Washington made history by becoming the first black man ever crowned World Champion Elvis Impersonator. That's right, a black man went down to Memphis, the city where Martin Luther King was assassinated, and topped nearly a hundred other competitors to take the title of World Champion Elvis Impersonator. (Some of them had even had tens of thousands of dollars of plastic surgery to look more like Elvis, but that's another story). Now he's coming to the on Martin Luther King weekend.

On Saturday, January 17th, in celebration of Elvis' birthday, Robert Washington will appear live in concert at the 9th Annual Elvis Birthday Bash in Olympia. The evening begins with 7:30pm screening of Almost Elvis - the hilarious and heartwarming documentary about Elvis Impersonators. This award-winning film chronicles top contenders on their road to the World Championships, including Robert's own efforts to crack the color barrier. Almost Elvis has received international acclaim and was directed by noted Northwest documentary filmmaker, John Paget.

After the film, Robert Washington will take the stage and let the audience be the judge. Known in the Elvis world for his onstage flips, athletic dance moves, and powerful voice, he leaves fans All Shook Up. General Admission tickets are $10 and VIP tickets are $25. Tickets are available at http://www.ElvisBirthdayBash.com or at the box office on the night of the show.

Event Summary:
Elvis Birthday Bash 2009: Saturday January 17th at 7:30pm at the Capitol Theater in Olympia, WA. The 9th Annual Elvis Birthday Bash features live concert performance by World Champion Elvis Impersonator Robert Washington. Also, a screening of the documentary film "Almost Elvis". Plus: Elvis costume contest and trivia challenge, velvet Elvis art show, fried peanut butter and banana sandwiches, and more.

General Admission tickets $10.
VIP tickets $25:
Tickets available at http://www.ElvisBirthdayBash.com
For info: 1-800-916-KING

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