Elvis Presley tribute artist Stephen Michael Kabakos and Beatles re-enactment group Replay the Beatles will perform together in Twist & Shake, a one-night-only rewrite of rock history.
The two acts will combine in a concert that takes in a swathe of musical history from the beginnings of Elvis in the 1950s through Beatlemania in the 1960s and beyond. Organizers promise the multi-media event will be "epic" and include versions of all the hits from Elvis and The Beatles.
"You're going to see two of the greatest musical acts, together, on stage, in one night. It's like nothing you've seen before," said John Oriettas, who performs as Paul McCartney in Replay.
The concert was inspired by a meeting that took place between The Beatles and Elvis one night back in 1965 when the Fab Four visited Elvis at his Hollywood home. According to legend, they jammed together, but as no cameras or recordings were allowed, fans have been left to speculate what this meeting of musical greats might have sounded like.
"There was a jam session, but we don't know what songs they jammed on," said Kabakos. "I think Elvis was playing the bass guitar, but I don't know what happened then, but there's a folklore behind it."
In life, both The Beatles and Elvis are known to have performed each other's songs, and Kabakos and Replay will do likewise at the LAC.
"Elvis covered Yesterday and Something," said Kabakos, "so my ensemble will be performing those songs in the way that Elvis performed them, because Elvis had a different spin on them."
Milton-based Kabakos re-creates the stage persona of The King backed by his 12-member band, TVB Ensemble. The ensemble is Canada's best-selling Elvis tribute act, which Kabakos puts down to their attention to historical accuracy and nuance.
"What I try to do with Elvis is get all those finite details, the smaller things that make Elvis the guy, and to present the character of Elvis," he said. "Replay do the same thing with The Beatles; they're meticulous."
The list of details the tribute acts pay attention to is a long one, from switching hair styles and outfits to match the song they are playing, right through to whether or not replica wedding rings should be worn. "If I'm performing some music from the '50s and '60s and Elvis wasn't married at that point, I'm not wearing his wedding band," Kabakos said. "It's little things that you probably wouldn't even notice."
The two tribute acts performed a similar show last year in Montreal. There, it played to a packed audience of more than 500 people and they're hoping for an even larger crowd for their Mississauga gig.
Tickets cost $45 to $75. Call 905-306-6000.