Dale Kenny never set out to be an Elvis Impersonator, but when his wife Tess suggested it, he said he didn?t really want to imitate The King. She must have hit the right button and convinced him to give Elvis a try though.
?I said I didn?t want to get into that ? I?m not an impersonator. I?m an entertainer. Tess said ?you wouldn?t be an impersonator, you?re a tribute artist.?? Dale recalled.
Dale has played several benefit concerts, visits retirement villages to entertain the residents and puts on one of the best Elvis shows in the Mid-West. One of his private concerts was to the ?Red Hatters? convention in as Wichita in 2010. Now, those ladies follow him to almost every local and area wide concert Dale promotes.
The Historic Fox Theater in Newton has produced two Elvis Tribute shows in the past and each one has sold out. He?s also had sold out shows at the Cotillion, Orpheum Theater, and the Murdock Theater in Wichita. a
Dale Kenny will be doing his Elvis performance at the Historic Fox Theatre in Newton Saturday, December 13. Tickets are available for $20 in advance by calling 316-409-3048 or may be purchased at the Fox Box Office on Saturday mornings from 9 a.m. – Noon.
After Dale?s performance at the Fox Theater in 2010, he was invited to compete with over 300 Elvis entertainers in Las Vegas. He came in seventh at the competition. When he was invited a second time, he came in fourth.
Last September he was competing at the Oklahoma State Fair and took first place over ten other Elvis tribute acts.
?It took me almost two hours to get back to my car from the stage after the performance,? he said referring to the hoard of people who wanted his photo and autograph.
Dale claims ?performing isn?t just about the music.? He?s been singing since he was six years old. He enjoys doing what he does and gets lots of gratitude for fulfilling his dreams and expectation from his fans.
?My shows are tributes because I pay tribute to Elvis because he gave me an opportunity to do what I do,? he said.
Dale?s Elvis shows are classy and are family oriented.
?This Elvis show is not about me,? he said. ?It?s about giving back and I won?t give up until the job is done.?