For Release: September 21, 2019
Contact: Curt Schulz at firstname.lastname@example.org or Barb Steinbach at email@example.com
Elvis Room 20 Set for October 2019
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Poems, Stories, Journal Readings, and 9 Concerts, in 5 venues, in 3 cities
Portsmouth, NH – Final preparations are underway for Elvis Room 20, with 10 events, spread across the following seacoast locations: 3S Artspace in Portsmouth, Book & Bar in Portsmouth, The Stone Church in Newmarket, The Press Room in Portsmouth, and the Dover Brickhouse in Dover.
The exhibit and music will kick off at 3S on Friday, Oct. 4, with a concert featuring indie/alt-rockers Thanks to Gravity, beloved native son Dan Blakeslee, and special opening act, blues guitarist Bob Halperin, who was the first musician to play at The Elvis Room.
The following night will feature Laramie Dean on surf guitar, followed by the legendary pop-punk rockers, The Queers. Part of the proceeds from the opening weekend shows will go to a fund for Dawn-Marie’s 17-year-old daughters college fund. The exhibit will remain on display until Oct. 27.
View the calendar of events on the Elvis Room 20 website: https://elvisroom.com/events/
“There is no doubt in my mind that I would not be the person I am today had I not experienced the Elvis Room: the music, the people, Dawn-Marie. I think of all of it, every day,” said Barb Steinbach, owner. Her goal for this event is simple.
“I want everyone to have a great time, hear great music and, for some, have an amazing walk down memory lane,” said Steinbach. “I don’t want to resurrect. I want to remind and inform. I think most people would agree that Portsmouth has changed a lot. The ‘90s were a special time. The Elvis Room was a big part of that. So for those that played their part during that time – remember, and for those that didn’t, look how cool Portsmouth was.”
The World Famous Elvis Room, located at 142 Congress Street, in Portsmouth was a coffee shop and music club was home to artists, musicians and students from local high schools and colleges. Though it was only open for six-years and closed 20 years ago, many of its patrons forged lifelong friendships that felt more like family.
This past April one of its founders, Dawn-Marie Pierre died due to complications from a stroke at the age of 59. To honor Pierre’s legacy, as well as the culture and community The Elvis Room fostered, a corner of 3S Artspace will be transformed into a nook from the coffee shop – complete with prints of journals patrons wrote and drew in – and bands who performed there back in the day are returning to the Seacoast and, in some cases, reuniting.
More information on Elvis Room 20 performers, sponsorship opportunities and email alert sign-ups is available at http://www.elvisroom.com.