Top tribute artist returns to Wildhorse
People are invited to slip on their “Blue Suede Shoes” as Justin Shandor, Elvis impersonator extraordinaire, shakes things up at Wildhorse Resort & Casino.
A Detroit native who now calls Portland home, began professionally impersonating The King when he was 16 years old. He has spent the last decade practicing and perfecting his remarkable skills. Playing the part so well — including his voice, style of dress and mannerisms — Shandor took top honors in the Fourth Annual Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist competition put on by Elvis Presley Enterprises at the Orpheum in Memphis.
The special 21-and-older Wildhorse show is Friday, Feb. 16 at 8 p.m. in the casino’s Rivers Event Center, located off Interstate 84 at Exit 216, Mission. A no-host bar will be available during the show.
Tickets, which are now on sale, are $39 for platinum seats, $34 for premium and $29 for general admission. Club Wild members receive $5 off. In addition, a military discount is available for those who present identification and buy tickets at the Wildhorse Gift Shop. Regular tickets also can be purchased at www.wildhorseresort.com.
Since being crowned the Ultimate Elvis in 2010, Shandor’s career has been full of “Memories.” Elvis has certainly been Shandor’s “Good Luck Charm,” resulting in many awards, including the “Heart of the King Award” in Las Vegas.
Shandor presents such a striking resemblance to Elvis that even personnel at Graceland have confused his promo images for those of The King. Officials actually contacted a casino where Shandor was performing and told them they couldn’t use photos of Elvis to advertise their event. However, the picture in question was actually of Shandor.
Although Shandor has enjoyed the majority of his success and notoriety impersonating The King of Rock ‘N Roll, his talent doesn’t stop there. He’s also a gifted musician who is a songwriter and plays many instruments, including the guitar and piano.
For more information about Shandor, visit www.justinshandor.com.
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