by Mary Keys Brocato
From Elvis With Love is a special romantic Valentines show that Richard Bruce Cook, a well-known Elvis tribute artist, will present at the Many Community Center on Saturday, Feb. 15.
The special music show will begin at 7 p.m. and will last two hours.
It will be packed with Elvis love songs that the audience is sure to enjoy. Admission is only $10 for adults and $1 for children under 12 years old.
Cook, who has not appeared at the Community Center for two years, is a popular entertainer who delights the audience with his tributes to Elvis Presley.
Richard has placed in the top 10 in Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist preliminaries and has been chosen to perform “Under the Tent” at Graceland Crossing during Elvis Week. Book Richard today or come out to a show and see why Richard is among the best of the best ETAs in the country!
Richard Cook has been a fan of Elvis Presley since he was five years old and heard Elvis for the first time. With encouragement and support from his family, he began performing his tribute to Elvis at age 14 by entering his first talent contest and winning 1st Place.
Over the years, Richard performed his tribute whenever and wherever there was an opportunity, purely out of love and respect for Elvis and his music. Today, Richard has proven himself to be one of the top Elvis Tribute Artists in the country, and he continues to reach new heights in his quest to perfect what can only be described as an amazing tribute to the King.
Born on Barksdale Air Force Base in Bossier City, LA, Richard now lives just across the river in Shreveport, and is a proud father to his son, Taylor.
Competition highlights include:
• 2011 – Top 10, Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist, Tupelo, MS
• 2006 – 1st Place, Horseshoe Talent Show, Bossier City, LA
• 2005 – 2nd Place, Tribute to the King, Isle of Capri, Lake Charles, LA
• 2005 – 3rd Place, Tribute to the King, Isle of Capri, Natchez, MS
• 2004 – 1st Place, Tribute to the King, Best Young Elvis, Isle of Capri
• 2003 – Centaur Mardi Gras Parade, Viva Las Vegas float Elvis
• 2001 – 3rd Place, Tribute to the King, Isle of Capri, Bossier City, LA
• 1999 – 3rd Place, Tribute to the King, Isle of Capri, Bossier City, LA
• 1997 – Images of Elvis, James Burton’s Rock ‘n Roll Cafe
Cook tells in his own words why he chose to be an Elvis tribute artist.
“When I was five years old I heard a voice on the radio. Then I turned on the television and saw the man that went with that voice. That man was Elvis Presley. I loved the way he sang, moved, treated people, and his charismatic mannerisms.
Even at that young age I knew what I wanted to do: impersonate Elvis. I used to pull out my record player and put on concerts for my family in our living room. I wanted to show the world just how much I loved Elvis. I entered my first talent show at age 14 and won 1st Place. My Mom always said, “You will make it one day, Richie.”
Well, now I feel that I have made it. I pay tribute to Elvis because of my admiration for him. He has always been my idol, and always will be. I always try to do my best. My tribute is out of love and respect for a man who gave so much to the world.”.
Members of the Many Cultural District Advisory Committee are especially pleased to offer the Elvis Tribute show as the first Music in Many show of 2020.
” So many of us remember Elvis Presley as our greatest rock and roll musician, and so we are especially proud to present one of the finest Elvis tribute artists in the country as our February entertainment,” said Many Mayor Ken Freeman.
Music in Many is sponsored by the Mayor of Many, the Many City Council, and the Many Cultural District Advisory Committee as an effort to bring high quality musical entertainment to Many and Sabine Parish residents free or at an affordable cost.