One Night in Memphis,” a rock concert tribute to some of the pioneers of rock and roll will be performed at the Gallo Center for the Arts in Modesto at 7:30 p.m. June 10.
The show, created and originally directed by John Mueller, is a tribute to legendary Sun Records recording artists Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Elvis Presley.
The show is over 90 minutes of rockabilly, country, gospel and pure 1950’s rock and roll music performed live and backed by an authentic and energetic rockabilly backup band. The show features hits like “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Going On,” “Shake, Rattle and Roll,” “Don’t Be Cruel,” “Hound Dog,” and many more.
The show takes it’s title from Dec. 4, 1956, when Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis and Johnny Cash all participated in a recording session at Sun Records. The night began with Perkins, who had booked the studio for a recording session. Sam Phillips, the genius behind Sun Records, had booked Lewis to play piano for the session. After recording a few songs, the perfomers took a break and during that time Cash and Presley both arrived at the studios. A jam session started, that unbeknownest to them was being recorded.
Sam Phillips had a moment of inspiration to invite down a reporter and a photographer and the session was described the following day as the “million dollar quartet.”
The show is expected to sell out at the Gallo. The tickets that remain (as of May 25) range from $29 to $49 and can be purchased by visiting galloarts.org.