NEXT SHOW Sat. JAN 7, 2017! 7pm Continental Club.
Ted Roddy & The King Conjure Orchestra / Roger Wallace & The New Blue Moon Boys
Ted Roddy and The King Conjure Orchestra have paid tribute to The King (Elvis) at Austin’s Continental Club twice annually since 1986. Starting as a hoot night and evolving into a full-tilt rock-n-roll show experience Ted Roddy and crew (some of Austin’s finest musicians) have wowed audiences with their spot-on interpretations of Elvis’ musical legacy. No jumpsuits, no jokes just dynamite rock-n-roll a la King
Beyond the 30th Anniversary…
In August 1986, Teddy & The Talltops with special guest Charlie Sexton honored the music of Elvis Presley at The Continental Club to an audience of enthusiastic followers. The following summer more special guests sat in including Doug Sahm and Joe Ely. Soon the event evolved into it’s current form: An opening set by The New Blue Moon Boys (paying tribute to “the early” Elvis) and The King Conjure Orchestra rocking “the Vegas years”. Over the years, the show has packed the club with Elvis music devotees, twice a year (Birthday-January and Death Day- August). Special guests have included rockabilly trio’ High Noon, Stevie Vaughan Keyboardist’ Reese Wynans, Elvis’ 70’s bassist’ Duke Bardwell and 60’s English Pop sensation, P.J. Proby!. It is a South Austin tradition.
Here is what The Austin American Statesman wrote about The King Conjure Orchestra:
Much as early Christians divined redemption from Jesus’ darkest moments and serious Woody Allen fans find merit in “Another Woman,” Ted Roddy seeks, year after year, to celebrate Elvis Presley’s oft-denigrated Vegas period. At a packed Continental Club Friday night — the first of four shows over two days –Roddy’s King Conjure Orchestra insisted on treating this music not as rhinestone-laden kitsch for the large-hair set, but as music.
Roddy avoids any trappings of fat-Elvis mockery: no comic-book jumpsuit, no fake mutton chops, no accent when he’s not singing. It’s like watching Chevy Chase imitate Gerald Ford; it doesn’t matter that the artist doesn’t look like the character, so long as he nails his persona — or, in Roddy’s case, The Voice.
Roddy has Elvis’s singing style down cold, and his 10-piece band moves fluidly and energetically from rockabilly (“Return to Sender,” “Don’t Be Cruel”) to the near-showtunes (“My Way,” “Bridge Over Troubled Water”) that sullied Presley’s later work. And yes, they opened the 100-minute set by segueing “Thus Spake Zarathustra” into “See See Rider,” just as Elvis did back in the ’70s. But the set is not costumed tribute or a mockery. Roddy is in love with Presley’s work from the late ’60s, when the singer, then in his 30s, cut the Memphis-driven R&B he should have making all along.
It took a few songs for Roddy (and the audience) to warm up; “Burnin’ Love” and “Walk a Mile in My Shoes” were fine, but the band lit up when it hit the good stuff. Roddy is a fan of Mac Davis’ work for Elvis, giving the sappy “Don’t Cry Daddy” and “In the Ghetto” power and dignity. Later in the evening, a blistering, funky run at Davis’ “A Little Less Conversation,” got two waitresses to dance on the bar — one had already turned the crowd on, Ann-Margret style, during “Viva Las Vegas” — which in turn got the crowd moving. By the time Roddy closed with the one-two punch of “Suspicious Minds” and “Can’t Help Falling in Love,” the historical record had been fully revised.Happy birthday, E.
AUSTIN AMERICAN STATESMAN -Joe Gross-2004
Ted Roddy & The King Conjure Orchestra’s Tribute to The King. celebrates their 30th Anniversary this summer at The Continental Club August 13, 2016. One 7pm show!
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