Volo Auto Museum hosts Elvis birthday party Jan. 12

  • World champion Elvis tribute artist Travis Morris entertains the crowd attending the 2018 Elvis birthday celebration at Volo Auto Museum. Morris returns Saturday, Jan. 12, for two shows, one at noon and another at 3 p.m.Richard Coyne Schultz

    World champion Elvis tribute artist Travis Morris entertains the crowd attending the 2018 Elvis birthday celebration at Volo Auto Museum. Morris returns Saturday, Jan. 12, for two shows, one at noon and another at 3 p.m.Richard Coyne Schultz

 
By Wolf Wordsmithing
Updated 1/11/2019 10:32 AM

VOLO -- Officials of the Volo Auto Museum will mark Elvis Presley' 84th birthday this Saturday, Jan. 12, with two shows by Elvis impersonator Travis Morris.

The performances, one at noon and another at 3 p.m., are scheduled against a backdrop of Elvis' personal, custom-modified pink and white Cadillac station wagon -- an exceptionally rare find and among the museum's most treasured.

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"Elvis was born on Jan. 8, but of course we want to host our celebration when more folks can come and enjoy it," said Brian Grams, director of the museum at 27582 Volo Village Road. "We've ordered custom-made cupcakes from Kiera Confections this year -- peanut butter chocolate banana. We're sure Elvis would approve."

Cupcakes will be available as long as supplies last.

Elvis Presley was born in 1935 in East Tupelo, Mississippi. He had an identical twin brother, Jesse Garon, who was stillborn and buried the next day. Elvis Presley later attended Humes High School (now a middle school) in Memphis, Tennessee, where he failed a music class, according to History.com. He went on to achieve tremendous fame as a recording and live artist as well as in films. More than 600,000 fans still visit Elvis' former Memphis residence, Graceland, annually. 

Travis Morris is a world champion Elvis tribute artist with more than 20 years of experience. This will be his third annual birthday celebration show at the museum.

"The crowds love his performances," Grams said. "We're especially excited for this year because we've reconfigured an all-new Elvis Caddy exhibit in Showroom 3, and Travis will be performing right there with the car Elvis himself picked out, signed for and used."

There will be no extra fee to attend. Regular museum admission applies. 

The Volo Auto Museum features roughly 400 classic, muscle, Hollywood cars and more. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Admission is $15 for adults, $9 for children ages 5 to 12 and free for children 4 and younger. For other information, call 815-385-3644, visit volocars.com or find Volo Auto Museum on Facebook.

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