NEW BREMEN — New Bremen Lock One Community Arts will present “One Night in Memphis” at 3 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 4, in the Dicke Auditorium in New Bremen High School, 901 E. Monroe St., New Bremen.
Tickets cost $30 for adults; $10 for students. They are available by phone at 567-356-2048 and at WOTV Hardware in Minster.
The high-energy tribute concert takes the audience back to Dec. 4, 1956, the memorable night when four of the biggest names in early rock and roll — Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis and Johnny Cash — gathered together for an impromptu jam session at the legendary Sam Phillips’ Sun Studios in Memphis.
Created and directed by John Mueller, the show gets off to a rocking start with “Carl Perkins” performing hits including “Honey Don’t,” “Brown-Eyed Handsome Man” and “Blue Suede Shoes,” while offering anecdotes about life as a sharecropper’s son and his musical influences.
Midway through his set, Perkins invites “Jerry Lee Lewis” to join him onstage to lead the audience on a musical journey from New Orleans to Nashville and eventually into the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame with music including “High School Confidential,” “Breathless,” “Whole Lotta Shaking Goin’ On” and “Great Balls of Fire.”
Audience members will barely have an opportunity to catch their breath as “Johnny Cash” is welcomed to the stage with his signature “Hello, I’m Johnny Cash” and a musical journey through Cash’s timeless catalog, including smash hits, “Folsom Prison Blues,” “Ring of Fire” and “I Walk the Line.”
Last, but not least, “Elvis Presley” electrifies the crowd, transporting them back to his beginnings where he went from driving a truck to delivering No. 1 hits from “Shake, Rattle & Roll” to “All Shook Up,” “Heartbreak Hotel,” “Don’t be Cruel” and “Hound Dog.”
The show features nationally acclaimed cast members John Mueller as Carl Perkins, Shawn Barker as Johnny Cash, Brandon Bennett as Elvis Presley and Blair Carman as Jerry Lee Lewis.
Backed by an energetic rockabilly band, the audience will feel as though they are witness to a rock and roll royalty jam session with these legendary performers whose music has stood the test of time.