Recent concert blew resident away

Published 12:00 am Sunday, October 12, 2008

If you missed the recent free concert at the newly restored Arcade Theater in Ferriday, you missed out on making a wonderful memory. Elvis (Todd C. Martin) was fantastic!

At first I thought, “OK, free concert what have I got to lose, I’ll go.”

I got there a little early. OK, I was the first person there. I got claustrophobia as I stood in front of the double doors. People started gathering in until I had only a pocket of air to breathe. I was almost stampeded when the doors finally opened. Everyone ran for a good seat. You will never believe I got the best seat in the house. Elvis (Todd) was standing right in front of me singing and dancing. He was Elvis. His moves and voice were perfect.

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He was as exciting as Elvis. The girls around me were screaming and rushing to the stage for a scarf or teddy bear. It was a very titillating and unforgettable show. Todd had the moves as precise as anyone I’ve ever seen. He was as charismatic as Elvis. He was Elvis. And the songs; “Kentucky Rain,” “Suspicious Minds,” “In the Ghetto,” and many more were sang beautifully.

And, did I mention screaming girls? I’m still trying to recover my hearing. I got a few pictures and a lifetime memory, and it was all free. It was amazing. At the end of the concert, Todd told us he may be back for the music festival Ferriday puts on every year. Todd (Elvis), if you will be there, I will be there. That’s a promise.

It’s no secret to my family and friends, I love, love, love Elvis Presley.

My favorite quote from Elvis was at one of his concerts. A few rows back, some girls were screaming, “Elvis you are the King.”

Elvis stopped and pointed up and said, “No ma’am there is only one King.” I love that about Elvis. He is very spiritual.

I’ve gone to Las Vegas several times and have loved going to see all the Elvis impersonators, especially Trent Cartillini.

Not long after on visit, Trent Cartillini went on the TV show “America’s Got Talent.” Of course I was glued to the show. In the end Trent won! I knew he would. But now Trent, I’m here to tell you, you’ve got a run for your money because Todd is in the building.

Thank you Concordia Parish Library for putting on a tremendous show. Thank you Mary Simpson, the comedian and singer, who sang songs from Brenda Lee, Patsy Cline, Crystal Gayle and more. You were a good part of this magical moment.

Theresa Graves, Natchez resident.