Three Rivers Commercial News | Samantha May, Staff Writer
THREE RIVERS — Tribute artist Patrick Johnson returns to the Riviera Theatre on Saturday, Jan. 27 to honor the king, Elvis Presley.
Johnson said Elvis inspired him growing up. He called him a “comic book hero”, since he introduced him to the innocence of music with songs that contain good rhythm with relatable and easy-to-understand lyrics.
“Growing up, he was like your comic book hero. The cool guy in the movies, always the hero, a karate guy, he got the girl with the fast cars and the boats. It was just an innocent thing about him I guess,” he said.
“Then people started to say, ‘you sound like him.’ There is this innocence about the Elvis mystic with lyrics that you can actually understand. It is good rhythm and I just really enjoy doing it.”
Johnson said although he dresses and looks the part, he is “Patrick Johnson on stage”. His show aims to keep Elvis’ music alive by playing all of the hit songs and getting people dancing.
“I am Patrick Johnson on stage, I don’t walk around with the curled lip and say ‘thank you, thank you very much.’ I am at ease on stage. You get the whole package as far as…I have some sort of good looks, my weight is pretty good and easy on the eyes, and I have a really good voice. With those three categories, you can pull it off. You can still play tribute to somebody and I just want to keep his music alive,” Johnson said.
Johnson’s audience ranges from those who are looking forward to reliving their childhood music, to kids who just enjoy good music and dancing. Johnson said he has “good rapport” with his audience and tries to be approachable with his fans, in order to ensure that the audience leaves feeling excited and like they got their money worth.
For his second performance at the Riviera Theatre, Johnson said he is expecting a “big turnout”. He was impressed with the audience during his last show and said, “If they are half as rowdy as they were before, we are going to have a really good time.”
Johnson plans to play all of Elvis’ top hits, such as Suspicious Minds and I Can’t Help Falling in Love, while also stepping it up a notch to surpass his past performance in Three Rivers.
The performance will include an improved band behind Johnson, two costume changes and a break between two Elvis’ segments, the Vegas years and the Concert years.
“Everyone is going to be surprised,” he said “(…) It is going to be very, very close to an Elvis concert. When you close your eyes, you are going to hear Elvis. We produce an Elvis concert.”