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Posted on Tue, Jul 9, 2013 : 6:41 a.m.

Elvisfest returning for more music and fun in Ypsilanti

By Will Stewart


A crowd at Elvisfest 2012.

Jeffrey Smith | file photo

Seven thousand Elvis Presley fans can’t be wrong.

This weekend marks the 14th year that Elvis fans of all ages will descend upon Ypsilanti’s Depot Town to celebrate the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll during the two-day Michigan Elvisfest.

Whether your like four Elvis young and greasy or middle-aged and pudgy, Elvisfest has you covered. In all, 11 Elvis impersonators - or Elvis Tribute Artists—will take the stage, covering every look and sound of the King’s 20-year career.



  • Who: Elvis Presley tribute artists and other performers.
  • What: Annual celebration of The King.
  • Where: Riverside Park, off West Cross and North Huron streets in Ypsilanti.
  • When: July 12-13. Elvisfest kicks off at 5 p.m. Friday and at noon on Saturday and runs until midnight each day.
  • How much: Friday, $15. Saturday, $25 per person. Tickets available at the gate or several local businesses.
Among this year’s performers are several returning artists, including Canton’s Chris Ayotte, an award-winning Elvis impersonator. Other artists include fan favorites Matt Joyce and Jesse Aron. Chicago’s Change of Habit Band will provide the backbeat for all of the performers.

And it isn’t just Elvis impersonators. Artists will also portray acts ranging from the Blues Brothers to Roy Orbison, rounding out the event’s oldies-heavy vibe.

The event usually draws as many as 7,000 fans to Ypsilanti’s Riverside Park, according to organizers.

Ticket sales support the Ypsilanti Meals on Wheels program and the Hope Clinic.

For more information, see the Elvisfest website.

Tickets are available at the gate or in advance at the following locations: Ypsilanti Township Community Center, 2025 Clark Road, 734 544-3800; Ypsilanti Area Convention Bureau, 106 W. Michigan Avenue, 734 483-4444; Fantasy Attic, 19 E. Cross St., 734 482-5409; The Rocket, 122 W. Michigan Avenue, 734 483-2291; and Little Ceasars at 1944 W. Stadium Blvd., Ann Arbor.



Thu, Jul 11, 2013 : 7:15 p.m.

Where can you go for twelve hours on a Saturday for 25 dollars that's family friendly (kids under 12 are free).?


Thu, Jul 11, 2013 : 6:24 a.m.

Its $15 on Friday for 7 hours of concert and $25 on Saturday for 12 hours of concert with a car show. That doesn't seem expensive to me, actually quite the opposite.


Tue, Jul 9, 2013 : 2:11 p.m.

It is sort of expensive. I suppose if they fill up at that price, good for them.

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Tue, Jul 9, 2013 : 11:48 a.m.

The price is still to high me for...but I'm poor