Victor Grange #49 sponsors a dinner theater evening starting at 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 20, at the Grange Hall, located at the junction of Routes 139/104 and 23 in Fairfield Center.
The Fairfield Masonic Lodge, Siloam Lodge #92 A.F. & A.M., is co-sponsoring the evening. Proceeds will benefit the Grange’s programs for seniors.
Admission for dinner and the show is $20. Tickets are available by calling 453-9476, 453-2082 or 453-6937.
The dinner menu is turkey pie and trimmings. The program is by Sidney’s own Elvis Tribute Artist Don Boudreau, alias EP Rock.
Boudreau is a Waterville native who grew up listening to Elvis Presley and the Beatles. He has played guitar since soon after high school.
He credits joining the Sacred Heart Folk Choir and the influence of his father-in-law, Waterville “guitar legend” Clem Boulette, and guitar teacher Steve Fotter for forwarding his musical career. For years, he said, he and his wife Tina played contemporary praise and worship music.
Boudreau served as worship leader and music director for several churches. The couple also taught music, Boudreau guitar and his wife voice.
Amusing himself and family members with his Elvis impersonations led Boudreau to be persuaded to enter a 1995 talent show, which he won. In 2008 he and his wife visited Graceland.
A year later, a Fairfield pastor asked him to perform to help raise oil money for senior citizens, and provided a gold lame jacket. In 2010, someone who saw the show asked Boudreau to be Elvis at a birthday party for a person with special needs. Requests snowballed, until EP Rock appears up to 100 times a year up and down the eastern seaboard. from New Jersey to Canada.
“Since I was always in music ministry, I feel this was God’s way of calling me into something that would be a ministry to other people. Nursing home entertainment was something God was putting on my heart as well. I never dreamed or had an intention of being an Elvis Tribute Artist; it just happened by God’s providential circumstances,” Boudreau said.
He has expanded his repertoire to include an Early Beatles Tribute – he knows about 80 Beatles songs, and 400 Elvis songs – and offers jazz guitar standards “and, of course, Christmas music.”
Boudreau will sing and play for private family celebrations; fundraisers; group events at nursing and retirement homes and fairs; or church, school or town events. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org; via booking websites like The Bash and Gig Salad; or by finding EP Rock Elvis Impersonator on line.
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