FULTON, Ill. — The king of rock ‘n roll has returned, and he’s coming to Fulton.

Back by popular demand, Elvis Presely impersonator Junior Talley will perform a one-night-only show at Triple Play in Fulton to benefit the Friends for Charity organization.

It isn’t the first time the hip-gyrating, impressionist will perform classic Elvis songs in the river city, and this time around, event organizers are hoping his popularity carries through a two-year absence.

“We’ve had him before and at that time we did it as a memorial to one of our members, who passed away who loved Elvis,” event organizer Judy Vogel said. “A lot of people liked him and a lot of people asked us to do it again. We’re hoping it will draw a big crowd.”

For $12 apiece, or $20 for two, guests can attend the fundraising event, which aids in providing monetary support for the Friends’ ongoing charity efforts, all of which benefit local individuals and organizations throughout the Gateway area.

The Friends for Charity organization has hosted a number of events in the area to raise money for the cause, but something about Talley’s performance seems to set it apart from any other event to Friends’ member Audrey Balk.

“It’s a really interesting evening,” Balk said. “It seems like there’s a lot of fans out there that still haven’t gotten over Elvis, so people always like to come back for it.”

Either way, Vogel said, any event benefits the organization and the good they do in the community. The group only hopes that people will recognize the efforts and support it.

“We basically have individuals and families that are in need in the area,” Vogel said. “We host a variety of different fundraising events but this is slightly different. It gives us an opportunity to reach out to the community, and we feel when we get to circulate among people and let them know what we’re about, that helps the cause.”

“Illusions of Elvis” will take place at 7 p.m. April 17 at Triple Play in Fulton. Tickets for the event are available at Words of Wisdom, Wilson’s Floral and Gifts, Bittersweet Salon in Fulton and at the door the night of.

Clinton Herald Staff Writer Amy Kent can be contacted at amykent@clintonherald.com.

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