I attended a SPARK conference in September 2018. SPARK is about developing engaging activities to enhance programs for people with memory loss. The conference featured nationally recognized speakers and in-depth hands-on sessions. Topics included brain health, art-making, music and memory, building community partnerships, and more.
A very important topic for me as I have the privilege to entertain at many assisted living communities, including memory loss units within those communities. My show is always about the residents, touching hearts and lifting spirits. Putting a smile on faces and helping them feel young again.
Rockin' With The King
Portofino Bay Restaurant, Mauston, WI
There where 10 contestants at this event organized by national recognized Elvis tribute artist Garry Wesley. Elvis John (left) was very happy taking 2nd place behind winner Michael Cullipher of Oklahoma. "Michael is a wonderful person and does a fantastic tribute to Elvis." June 9-11, 2017.
In Search of the King Contest Waupun, WI
Elvis John takes first place out of nine contestants at the "In Search of the King" Contest held at the beautiful and historic City Hall Auditorium in downtown Waupun on May 7, 2016.
"It was a beautiful venue and a great contest with some very talented guys. I am fortunate the judges selected me the winner."
Elvis John is seen here on stage performing Suspicious Minds. It was an energetic performance and the audience gave him the only standing ovation of the evening.
Elvis Explosion LaCrosse, WI
Performing with a professional Elvis backing band is something every tribute artist should do at least once. It's an experience to be sure, competing with some of the best ETAs in the country. Elvis John was a top 10 finalist for the 2015 contest featuring 30 talented contestants at this huge 3 day event held every September.
Kings of The Valley Contest Oshkosh, WI
John Hardginski, "Elvis John," is awarded first place for the second year in a row. Here are the contestants with a couple of fans. This year's event took place at Fisher's Westward Ho in Oshkosh on November 29, 2014.
Elvis Fest Necedah, WI
A fantastic weekend making new friends and getting to know old ones even better. Garry and Elaine Wesley were very gracious hosts and the Reel Inn provided a relaxed and friendly environment for the singers and guests. The four finalists left to right are Elvis John, Matt Joyce of Arkansas, who was crowned the winner, Garry Wesley (our host), then Jesse Aron of Green Bay and Chad Gates of Necedah. It was a privilege to share the stage with them and all of the other contestants. June 6, 7, 8, 2014
Raise The Roof Neenah, WI
This was a fund raising event for the Menasha Senior Center. "Elvis John" donated a performance along with two other acts, including the award winning country band Grand Reunion. The event took place at Headliners in Neenah on May 4, 2014.
First Contest Win Oshkosh, WI
On Saturday, November 23, 2013 John Hardginski was crowned the winner of the only Elvis Tribute Artist contest in the Fox Valley area. Contestants from Green Bay, Appleton, and as far away as La Crosse came to the contest held at Kodiak Jack's in Oshkosh. " I was able to pick all the right songs. With the audience dancing to my final number - Jailhouse Rock - and the thunderous applause that followed, I knew I had hit a home run!"
About Me & You
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It wasn't until Elvis' death in 1977 when radio stations played many of his songs in tribute that I learned about him. His voice and style was amazing and I began collecting his albums and other memorabilia. It wasn't until many years later that I actually sang as Elvis for the first time. As an Elvis tribute artist I have met many wonderful people and feel truly fortunate to do something I enjoy so very much. I am living a dream.
Now I perform many Elvis songs from the '50s, '60s, and '70s including gospel and Christmas songs. Typically an hour show will include some songs from every phase of Elvis' musical catalog. However, I can tailor a show to meet your individual needs. Some examples include a show featuring songs from a specific era, such as the 1950s, or a themed show, such as movie songs or a Christmas show.
The show is about more than just entertainment. It's about honoring Elvis' music. And it's about you.