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Middleton Journal
By Rick McCrabb
March 28, 2009

MIDDLETOWN It will take Elvis twice as long to leave this building.

Two Elvis Presley tribute artists one representing rock 'n' roll music from 1956; the other 20 years, and a few pounds, later will perform May 2 at the VFW Social Center 3809, 6962 Coles Road, Middletown.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Veterans' Memorial Foundation's Scholarship program, said Anthony "Tony" Valen, chairman of the committee.

Five years ago, after the Veterans' Memorial was erected at Woodside Cemetery and Arboretum in Middletown, all with public donations, Valen said there was an excess of $100,000. Half of that was set aside for college scholarships, and the rest was earmarked for upkeep of the monument.

Valen said the scholarships provide academic assistance to those who have served in all branches of the military and their family members.

Valen said the Veterans' Memorial will be rededicated on July 5.

First, Valen hopes Bradley Scott and Kavan, two Elvis impersonators, raise money for the organization.

Six years ago, Scott, of Middletown, performed a benefit concert for the Veterans' Memorial Committee.

Scott said he wanted to organize a show that "presented a broader spectrum of the Elvis tribute that most audiences don't normally get to see."

So he's sharing the stage with a musician known as Kavan, who will portray the early era of Presley's career, while Scott will reflect the Las Vegas and "Elvis in Concert" touring days of 1972-1977.

Kavan, 20, has performed all over the United States and various parts of Canada. He also sings with his three-piece rockabilly band "Third Degree Sideburn," with whom he recreates the early Elvis concerts of 1954-1957.

Scott, who works in food service at Atrium Medical Center, said he was "thrilled to death" to share the stage with Kavan.

They have "crossed paths" over the years, but this will be the first time they have performed together.

Valen said it was important during these "tough economic times" to keep ticket prices reasonable. Presale tickets are $10.

"You can't go anyplace for that," Valen said. "It's a bargain. We should sell out."

How to go

What: "Elvis Lives," a fundraiser for Veterans' Memorial scholarship program

When: 7 p.m., Saturday, May 2

Where: VFW Social Center No. 3809, 6962 Coles Road, Middletown, Ohio

Cost: $10 in advance; $12 at the door. Tickets available at Alpine Press, 618 S. Breiel Blvd.

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