Local Elvis tribute artist ‘excited’ to play at Barn Swallow Theatre

EDWARDSBURG — On Saturday, Oct. 20, a musical act more than 40 years old is coming to Edwardsburg.

The act will not be done by the original performer, but instead by a man who has devoted more than a decade of his life to looking, acting and sound like “the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll.”

Tim Dudley, a long-time Elvis fan and impersonator, will be playing a tribute show at the Barn Swallow Theatre, 22334 US-12, Edwardsburg.

“I do an Elvis tribute,” Dudley said. “I’ve performed all over the United States and Canada. I have three opening acts. They’re going to perform for about 10 minutes each. Sid Ottman, who does a Frank Sinatra; Jessica Albert-Smith, who does a lot of plays and musicals in this area and a lady by the name of Karen McKenna will do some comedy. I thought it would be some family fun.”

Dudley will wear flashy replica suits, just like Elvis wore. He said that the suits can cost anywhere between $1,000 and $4,000, and he has six of them. However, on Oct. 20 he will wear a replica of the same suit Elvis wore at a show in South Bend 47 years ago.

To honor that night, Dudley will perform two acts, with the first being a song-for-song reenactment of the last show Elvis did in Michiana.

“I found the show on CD, and I said I’ll just recreate the concert since it’s the same night,” he said. “Then my second show will be pretty much all of his hits and different things. That’s pretty much one show.”

Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors 55 and older and $5 for children 12 and under. They can be purchased by calling (269) 228-6672 or online at barnswallowtheatre.com.

Dudley has been a fan of Elvis since he was 3 years old.

“I was born after he died — about six and a half years,” he said. “My mother and I lived with my grandparents and they were Elvis fans. They played his music and everything. That’s how I got hooked. They never thought I would take it this far, but they think it’s really cool.”

He said that he kept his love for Elvis a secret until after high school when he performed one of his songs during karaoke, and got help from friends “in the business,” such as Doug Church, the voice of Elvis.

Today he has done shows all over the United States, from California to Washington D.C. to Niagara Falls.

He became familiar with the Barn Swallow Theatre this past Christmas when his wife performed in a play there. Some of the proceeds from his show there will go to the theater for upkeep such as the roof and paint.

Dudley said he is excited for the show and to continue paying a tribute to Elvis.

“The economy is starting to boom again, so more shows are starting to come in,” he said. “There for awhile it was kind of here and there, hit and miss. But now it’s almost a weekly basis.”

Cass County

Police investigating suspicious death of 29-year-old found in vehicle

Berrien County

Berrien County Farm Bureau donates turkeys to families in need

Berrien County

LMC continues remote delivery options for spring semester

Berrien County

23 animals adopted during Honor Credit Union’s Adoption Days at Berrien County Animal Control

Berrien County

Holidays, COVID-19 pose mental health stresses, experts say

News

Hometown Christmas at Amtrak Deport canceled

Berrien County

Niles MSP Post welcomes new commander

DEVELOPING NEWS

Niles native shot during altercation with New Mexico police

Dowagiac

Pokagon Band, Four Winds Casinos donate food to families in need

Berrien County

COVID-19 UPDATE: Berrien, Van Buren counties report additional COVID-19 deaths

News

City finalizing plans on outdoor dining district

Cass County

Cass County Chief Judge receives lifetime achievement award from the Michigan Supreme Court

Business

Dowagiac restaurants rely on alternative service options to make ends meet

Cassopolis

Cass County Medical Care Facility staff boost spirits amid COVID-19

Business

Small business Saturday on for Niles

Dowagiac

Dowagiac Police Department receives sanitizer gift from Pink Zebra

Dowagiac

Dowagiac resident donates $1,036 to St. Paul’s Feed The Hungry program

Giving

Niles nonprofit aims to provide 100 Thanksgiving Day meals

News

Niles couple plans for socially-distanced Thanksgiving

Business

Niles Main Street launches social media campaign focused on shopping small during the holiday season

Edwardsburg

Two involved in Edwardsburg drug bust arraigned on charges

Berrien County

COVID-19 UPDATE: Berrien, Cass, Van Buren counties report additional COVID-19 deaths

News

Niles City Council welcomes new member

Business

The Strand to offer hayride tour of Sister Lakes