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'3 Faces of the King' pays tribute to Elvis Friday in San Bernardino [San Bernardino County Sun (CA)]

October 22, 2013

YellowBrix

Elvis is alive and well and coming to San Bernardino on Friday.

The King of Rock 'n' Roll gyrates his way onto the stage at the California Theatre of the Performing Arts in a stellar production of "The 3 Faces of the King: An American Legend."

Of course, he has a little help from three young tribute artists with an uncanny resemblance to him - Cody Slaughter, Justin Shandor and Shawn Klush - in the musical production that celebrates the music, life and legacy of the legend.

The national touring show commemorates the 36th anniversary of Elvis's death, combining the three most memorable periods of Elvis's iconic career in story and song.

Shandor, the singing sensation from Las Vegas, has developed a four-octave vocal range and has been hailed by critics for his incredible vocal abilities and his talents as a pianist, guitarist, bassist and drummer.

"I grew up listening to Frank Sinatra and Stevie Wonder and other kinds of music but when I heard Elvis I loved his music and thought it was different," Shandor said via phone from Las Vegas.

Now, after 14 years of portraying Elvis, Shandor has worked all over the world and been awarded the 2010 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist by Elvis Presley Enterprises.

"Winning that contest meant a lot," said Shandor, 29, who has also won the Heart of the King award on the Elvis Stage at the Hilton in Las Vegas.

Cody Slaughter has been tagged as one of the most talented young Elvis Tribute artists in the country,

Slaughter was named the "Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist" by Elvis Presley Enterprises in Memphis in 2011, the year after Shandor received the award.

"I don't remember a day when I didn't know who Elvis was. I started portraying him in a second-grade talent show," said Slaughter, near his home in Arkansas.

By the time he was 12, he went to Branson, and by 13, people told him he looked like Elvis.

"I'm just happy people like me and support me. They love the guy, and I do it with respect."

The performance is at 8 p.m. Friday at the California Theatre, 562 W. Fourth St., San Bernardino.

Tickets are $39, $49, $59, $69, with 10 percent discount for seniors and kids younger than 12.

Call 800-745-3000 to charge tickets by phone; or visit ticketmaster.com.

For more information, call 909-885-5152.

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