7:30 a.m., Oct. 10)
Pete Paquette delivers memorable Elvis holiday tribute concert
By Chantal Désilets
Special to Orléans Online
native and award-winning Elvis tribute artist Pete Paquette
brought his holiday production Elvis : A Christmas
Special to the Shenkman Arts Centre on December 8
and he did not disappoint.
was joined on stage by the Rockin’ Royals Band and The
Tonettes who provide backing vocals at all of his concerts.
As an added bonus Tammy Wynette and Patsy Cline tribute
artist Amberley Beatty was also on the bill.
Elvis tribute artist Pete Paquette performs with his backup singers the Tonettes along with special guest performer and Tammy Wynette tribute artist Amberley Beatty at the Shenkman Arts Centrre. PHOTO: PAQUETTE PRODUCTIONS
air was electric as Paquette took the stage in a white
jump suit with a red sash tied around his waist. Everyone
was in a Christmas-y mood and ready to have a great time.
the many highlights was Paquette’s rendition of the Elvis
classic Blue Christmas, The Wonderful World
of Christmas, and I Believe. He was joined
by the Tonettes and Beatty in singing The Drifters version
of White Christmas which had everyone snapping
their fingers and tapping their feet.
of my personal favourites were songs not normally associated
with Elvis like the Simon and Garfunkel classic Bridge
Over Troubled Water, and Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah.
During the latter, a woman seated next to me started handing
out Kleenex to her friends. There wasn’t a dry eye in
the encore, Paquette was once again joined on stage by
Beatty and the Tonettes to sing Feliz Navidad which
had everyone on their feet.
is the second time I’ve seen Paquette in the last few
months and during both shows I’ve been amazed at his ability
to make members of the audience feel as if he’s singing
directly to them.
can honestly say that everyone who attended the Christmas
Special show, went home with a smile on their face, a
skip in their step and the lyrics to their favourite song
running through their head.
story was made possible thanks to the generous support
of our local business partners.)
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