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Seaside REP Presents Duke & The King Screening May 4

April 30, 2013 by SoWal Staff

This Saturday evening, May 4, at 7:30 p.m. the Seaside Repertory Theatre presents "Duke & The King", a captivating story about South Walton's own Duke Bardwell, and his days spent performing with The King of Rock & Roll, Elvis Presley.

Duke's known around SoWal as a fine musician, mentor, member of Hubba Hubba, and honorary member of Dread Clampitt. The film explores the fascinating story of Bardwell’s rise from Elvis fan to TCB Band member, and his equally dramatic fall from grace. They say there’s danger in meeting your hero. But what if your hero becomes your boss, and your boss is the King of Rock & Roll? That’s the issue at the heart of "Duke & The King". It’s a story of “be careful what you wish for.”

The TCB Band was a group of professional musicians who formed the core rhythm section of Elvis Presley’s band from August 1969 until his death in 1977. TCB stands for Taking Care of Business, a personal motto Presley adopted in the early 1970s.

Bardwell lays out the full story of his ill-fated stint with Elvis and the tale details exactly how it all went wrong. In addition to Bardwell’s consummate storytelling, the film features interviews with notables like TCB pianist Glen D. Hardin, music legend Kenny Loggins, as well as interviews with Elvis superfans.

Don't miss this fascinating and revealing look at Duke Bardwell's Elvis years, including intimate live performances that prove Duke could have been a star in his own right.

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at www.seasiderep.org or by calling 231-0733.


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