Elvis impersonator Robert Washington Submitted photo

An Elvis tribute concert featuring Robert Washington will begin at 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 17, at the Franco Center in Lewiston. Facebook fans of World Champion Elvis Impersonator Robert Washington, who is sometimes known as The Black Elvis, say that Washington is “the best Elvis Impersonator on the planet.”

Washington is the first black man to win the “Elvis Impersonator World Championship” title, and he did it in the heart of the South: Memphis, Tennessee. Winning that title was a historic event for Washington and other black Elvis impersonators. The championship was won in Elvis’s hometown, “where a black man with a voice like a 747 engine beat out 100 other white contenders, some who had $30,000 worth of plastic surgery to look like Elvis,” according to his fan page.  But not Washington; he is the real deal. He will also perform a few James Brown tunes.

Doors and cash bar open at 6 p.m.

Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door day of show. Tickets can be purchased through the Franco Center’s box office in person from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays or call 207-689-2000. Ticket purchases can also be made online at francocenter.org/shows.

The Franco Center is located in the former St. Mary’s Church at 46 Cedar St., Lewiston. Parking is available in the mill lot. The building is handicap accessible on the Lincoln St. Alley side. For more information, call 207-689-2000.

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