Elvis Goes To Russia
Singer/songwriter Igor Yuzov and bassist/balalaika player Oleg Bernov met in Los Angeles in 1995 and immediately knew it was time to form a Russian party band that would draw crowds of beer-swilling, fun-loving fans. The, the Red Elvises.
Yuzov supposedly got the name from a dream, in which Elvis came to him wearing a red dress, but we’ll take that with a grain of salt.
One thing is for sure: Throughout their various incarnations, the Red Elvises have become a bar staple featuring pompadours, glitzy costumes and, um, oversized instruments.
Shows start August 6-7 at Pennsylvania’s Bethlehem Musikfest, then they visit the state’s Johnstown FolkFest September 3-4 before moving back to their adopted West Coast.
In October they visit San Francisco, Petaluma, Portland, Vancouver, Tacoma and Seattle, among other cities, before calling it quits at Yakima, Wash.’s Grant’s Brew Pub November 6.