Legendary tributes rock Baker City

Tributes

Screen Shot 2017-08-09 at 11.36.10 AMBAKER CITY — When Tony La Torre takes the stage as Elvis Presley, his goal is to give the audience an experience as true as possible to seeing the real deal.

He’s been performing as Elvis for 25 years, and most of that time with his show “Heart of a Legend.”

“The show puts an emphasis on the heart behind what Elvis did,” La Torre said. “To try and do what he did, the way he did it.”

The show, he said, is very high energy and requires him to work on his strength and endurance — and water intake — when he’s not performing.

“It forces you to stay in shape,” he said.

La Torre will perform “Heart of a Legend” at 8 p.m. Aug. 18. His wife, Stephanie, will pay tribute to Patsy Cline in a concert the day before, at 8 p.m. Aug. 17. Both will be at Lefty’s Taphouse, 1934 Broadway St., Baker City.

Both musical acts are a fundraiser for the Baker Orpheum Theatre, a renovation project of Eastern Oregon Regional Theatre.

Tickets to each concert are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. A $35 ticket grants admission to both shows. Tickets are on sale at Lefty’s, Betty’s Books, online at bakerlivetheatre.com, and at the door. For information, call 541-523-9652.

La Torre, 48, discovered Elvis when he was 4 — first he heard the music, then he watched the documentary “That’s the Way It Is.”

“That cemented me as a fan for life,” he said.

The next year, when he was 5, his dad took him to see Elvis in concert at the Las Vegas Hilton. That was 1974, three years before Elvis died.

“Heart of a Legend” features Elvis’ 1970s songs.

“The classic, iconic Vegas show,” La Torre said. “I want to put it across so it sounds as genuine and heartfelt as when he did it.”

He hopes his show sparks a deeper interest in who Elvis was, and inspires the audience to learn more about the musician by listening to his music and watching his movies.

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