The King LIVES: Elvis impersonator performs Saturday in tribute show at Historic Canton Theatre
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Larry Palmer will be giving an Elvis Presley tribute show Friday at 7:30 p.m. at the Historic Canton Theatre. The event will benefit the Canton Salvation Army. <br>Special to the Cherokee Tribune
Larry Palmer will be giving an Elvis Presley tribute show Friday at 7:30 p.m. at the Historic Canton Theatre. The event will benefit the Canton Salvation Army.
Special to the Cherokee Tribune
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For those who love the music of Elvis Presley and long for the days of the King’s performances, an Elvis tribute show will take place Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the Historic Canton Theatre.

The Elvis and Friends 2013 tribute show will be a Salvation Army benefit event for Canton, with all proceeds going to the Salvation Army.

The main performing artist for the Elvis tribute, Larry Palmer, is a huge fan of the King.

Palmer grew up in Atlanta listening to Elvis’s music.

“After the 1973 Elvis Concert in Atlanta, I practiced every day the singing and the moves of the King,” Palmer said.

Known throughout most counties in the Atlanta area, Palmer has performed in high school talent shows and also for the troops while he served in the U.S. Army.

His other performances include some church events as well as a show with The Grand Ole Opry for the week event “From Nashville To Memphis.”

In addition, Palmer is a regular at the Lodge at Bridgemill in Canton.

“I thank the Lord Jesus for my wife and four children for all their support,” he said. “As Elvis said many times, as I also say to all my friends and family, ‘Thank you, thank you very much.’”

The show’s guest performer, Vidal Cantu, has been an Elvis tribute artist since 2008, when his grandson, Austin, encouraged him to sing in public.

Vidal is from Villa Rica and also served in the U.S. Army.

He has worked as a general superintendent on bridges for 18 years.

Vidal has performed on a Carnival Elvis Cruise and at the local Toys for Tots Benefit, at a Tanner Medical Hospital Awards Banquet and at a fundraiser for liver transplants at the Gold Dust Sport Center in Villa Rica.

For the past three years, he has also performed at LaFiesta’s many times, including for Cinco De Mayo and Hawaiian luau shows.

Vidal performs regularly at all of the local nursing homes.

“I would like to thank David Byrum, my wife Debbie and family for their hard work and support,” Vidal said.

Crooner guest Thunder Pinard will also be featured in the Elvis tribute show.

For the past 10 years, Pinard has been based out of Dallas.

Pinard was given his Navajo name when he was a boy because he was “big, fat and clumsy,” being 13 pounds and 9.5 ounces at birth.

The performer’s enjoyment of entertaining was born at age 5. A year later, he started performing solo acts.

Pinard has performed at The Dallas Theatre and has also headlined the Jokes & Jazz event at Cafe 290 in Atlanta.

He has crooned at many weddings, as well.

Pinard embraces both Native American and Irish heritages and expresses his thanks to those who have lent their support in helping him with his career as an entertainer.

Tickets for the Elvis tribute are $20 for adults and $15 for seniors.

For more information, call the Canton Theatre’s manager, Robert Seguin, at (770) 704-0755.
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