Joseph Hall to impersonate ‘The King’ Saturday
“Elvis” will be in the building — the Stephen Sondheim Center for the Performing Arts in the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center — specifically, Saturday evening.
A 29-year Texas native, Joseph Hall began a career in his family’s restaurant business in Lincoln, Nebraska, and stumbled upon his new avocation at a party.
“I went to a Halloween party dressed as Elvis Presley,” said Hall. “A woman at the party told me if I could learn some Elvis songs and moves, I might have something.”
Hall thought about it and began learning songs and moves. He began performing at parties around Lincoln in 2006.
“I built a name for myself doing birthday parties, corporate parties and such,” he said.
In 2007, Hall placed in the top 10 performers in an Ultimate Elvis Tribute contest. The next year, he placed in the top 10 in “America’s Got Talent” TV show and the top three when he returned for the Ultimate Elvis Tribute.
With national exposure from TV, he toured the U.S. and performed in Wales. In 2010, he began performing in Branson, Missouri.
“I’m in my fifth season performing in Branson,” said Hall. “I moved here and perform Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, now at the Clay Cooper Theater. About three weekends a month, I tour, leaving here on Friday night and performing one to three shows on the road.
“This a great way to make a living.”
Hall’s show spans the 1950s,’60s and ‘70s era of Elvis’s songs and performances, with several costume changes included.
“My guitar player will accompany me in Fairfield,” he said.
Hall said he considers his show a tribute to Elvis Presley, the man and the performer.
“I give a brief history about Elvis on stage and pay tribute to him with the utmost respect,” he said. “I grew up listening to Elvis because my father was a big fan.”
Hall has been to Memphis, Tennessee, where Presley moved with his family when he was 13 years old.
“An Elvis impersonator speaks in the first voice, as Elvis,” said Hall. “I like being able to be myself and show my own personality. I don’t think I could connect with the audience if I was playing a character on stage.”
Hall said there are more than 700 Elvis songs, and it’s hard for him to have a favorite, as he likes several of them.
“It changes nightly which is my favorite,” he said. “Right now, it’s ‘Suspicious Minds.’”
Hall said he never took voice lessons or performance classes.
“I’ve had some great people along the way guide me,” he said. “But I am mostly self-taught.
“I’m looking forward to being in Fairfield and I’m inviting everyone out to enjoy Elvis,” he said. “This show is appropriate for families. It’s for the young and young at heart.”
Tickets for the 7:30 p.m. show, “Elvis Rock ‘N’ Remember” are $15 to $26 online at www.FairfieldACC.com and the convention center ticket office, open noon to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and two hours prior to all performances.