Elvis Impersonator - Entertainment for Your Next Event

       
  
 
 




 
 
 
 
Upcoming Shows, Photos, Videos, Sound Tracks, & Booking Info

 
 
 

 
You've Seen the Rest,  Now See the Best!

The Image of Elvis 
 
Career highlights include appearing in concert live with Elvis's original "Jordanaires";  winning first place Best Male Vocalist, Country Talent Shindig, sponsored by Country Style Magazine, 1977;  performing in both Hugh Hefner's Chicago mansion and the Chicago Playboy Club.  He also starred in "Elvis Mania", at the well-known Holiday Star Theater in Merrillville, Indiana yearly in January. A live performance at " A Happy Birthday to Elvis" party at Chicago's trendy Limelight Club, as well as his highly acclaimed show at the Flamingo Hilton in Reno, Nevada.
 
Dave's impressive
resume also includes appearances on the Oprah Winfrey Show, ABC World News Tonight with Peter Jennings on Monday, June 11, 1990 , Wild Chicago, and Murphy in the Morning Q101. He's also appeared on the Jerry Lewis Muscular Dystrophy Telethon and the Arthritis Foundation Telethon.
 
And he`s been the voice of Elvis for national television commercials for McDonald`s and Betty Crocker.
 
In 1975, after seeing this incredible impersonator in concert, Elvis himself proclaimed...
"I saw it but I couldn't believe it !"
 
FIRST INDUCTEE - Elvis Presley International Impersonators Association HALL OF FAME
 
First and only entertainer to ever perform live at home plate during an actual game at Chicago's Wrigley Field.
 
We could go on and on.... because this ultimate tribute artist has been performing 'Elvis' longer than 'Elvis' himself.

Dave's journey began way back in 1971, out of a Chicago area garage, and continues to draw even bigger crowds today... all because of Dave's devotion to 'The Image of Elvis'.
 
Since 1974, Dave traveled extensively doing his "Image of Elvis" shows in live performances across the United States and Canada. 

He continues to awe crowds with his tribute shows and has played recently at venues such as Arlington Park Race Track, 115Boubon Street, and Krapl's along with assorted corporate events, private parties, and a long list of night club appearances and numerous benefits and fests. He is not only comfortable, but accustomed to playing at full houses because of his ability to sell out sponsored events.  So be sure to consider him for your next function!
 
We hope to see you at one of our upcoming shows, maybe we can even get a few photos together !!!
 
 
 
We Hope You Enjoy the Show!
 
 
 
 
 
Dick's Last Resort
in Chicago
 

  
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Headliner at
Condessa Del Mar
early 1970's 
 

 
You can read more about me and the Elvis early days by Clicking
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 The Oxford American  Book of Great Music Writing
 
by Marc Smirnoff 
 
This is GREAT reading!
 
 

 
 

 
Yes, We Have CD's Available For Sale
 


Website Visitors
 - since Feb 2012 - 
Those ELVIS Guys
 

 
A few of my 45's have recently been auctioned at eBay!
US - London - Australia
 
check one out here
 
 
Also Available in Canada
 
 
Greaser Dave
Oak Lawn High School Class of 1971
 

 

 
  
  
 
 





 

 

Arlington Park Race Track 
  
 
 
 
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TESTIMONIALS


" Elvis Presley impressionist Dave Carlson took his act to Lake Forest recently where he performed for John Hughes of 'Home Alone' fame.  Carlson... was featured at a day long high school graduation party for Hughes' son."
 
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 "His voice is excellent, and the shows are always exciting and different."
 
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 "He did an outstanding job impersonating Elvis... Our seniors couldn't stop talking about the wonderful entertainment and evening"
 
 
 
 
 






Dave at Chicago Bulls





 
CHICAGO'S HEADLINER SINCE 1971    
              
  THE IMAGE OF ELVIS                        
 
 
 
 
 

 
"The image is one thing and the human being is another. It's very hard to live up to an image, put it that way." 
- Elvis Presley
 
 

 
 
 
 
 

The Greatest People On Earth... MY FANS!!

 


Baby I Don't Care                 Dave Carlson
 
6 More of My Sound Tracks Are Listed Below
 
 
 

Holiday Star Plaza in Merrillville, Indiana
 
 


    


VIDEO CLIP from 2012... Grainy with poor sound from a cell phone video/cam.  A SURPRISE VIDEO CAPTURE. 
Rockin' the stage with Stevie Starlight to That's Alright at Chicago's Southside Bar. 
Email your videos and photos so we may include them on this site!
 
 


 
2011 With Chicago's Newest Singing Sensation... 'Marvelous Matthew'
(short 30 second clip from a benefit)
 

MORE VIDEOS ARE COMING INCLUDING TAKES FROM TELEVISION, CONCERTS, AND SOME OF MY ORIGINAL RECORDINGS 
 
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Home Plate at Wrigley Field in Chicago with The Fabulous Ambassadors (during a double header)
 
 





  

  




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Send us your show photos and videos to TheElvisShow@outlook.com
 
 

 
 
 
For Booking and More Information

We are available NOW!
Contact Us Today
  WE'RE READY FOR YOUR BOOKING...NOW!
 

 
We are incredibly reasonable and can perform within most budgets.
Many different options can be considered....
from a full orchestra to digital sound tracks, backup bands or DJ's.
 
*Including the official tribute bands from Graceland Enterprises!
 
- - Contact Me Today!  I provide entertainment for all venues  -  -
 
NO GIG IS TOO SMALL

So, Don't Be Cruel...  Let Elvis Rock N Roll Your Next Corporate, Public, or Private Event, Festival or Fair, Benefit, Gospel Brunch, Poolside Party, Luau or Hawaiian Theme, Club, Bar or Pub, Birthday, Holiday Celebration, Retirement Party, Fund Raiser, Restaurant, Car Show, 50's & 60's sock hop, Nursing Home, Senior Center, Halloween or anything in between!

- - We are exactly what you're looking for! - -
 
 
 
Professional Elvis Impersonator, Elvis Tribute Artist. Since 1971.
1st Hall of Fame Inductee.  Entertaining Chicago, the Midwest, and the world for over 40 years.
ORIGINAL National Elvis Show Performer 
*Performing professionally coast to coast during the same era as the earliest Elvis Impressionists...
...the great Bill Haney, Peter Guerin, Alan Meyer, Pete Wilcox, Rick Saucedo, & the late Johnny Spence. 

THE 3 TOP ELVIS IMPERSONATORS OF THE DAY IN THIS COUNTRY
Jeanie Greene Lee (Elvis Backup Singer), Dave Carlson, Johnny Spence, D.J. Fontana (Elvis 'Hall of Fame' Drummer for 14 yrs) and Rick Saucedo

A Must Read




TopItOff  Variety 2011
 
 
 
 
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Dave with Ronnie McDowell



 
Dave with D.J. Fontana (Rock & Roll 'Hall of Fame' drummer for Elvis for 14 years)



 
With Cody Ray Slaughter 2011 in Chicago
 
 
 
 
 
Stevie Starlight (Steve Pacelli) with Dave Carlson in Chicago 2012




 

Joining, the legendary, Kieran Conway on stage in Palos Park
These days you can visit Kieran at his restaurant...  Aurelios Pizzeria in LaGrange



 
                                                       

A couple of Dave's early records, surprisingly still available after all these years thru eBay


  


Goal Post Lounge in Oak Lawn, Illinois

 
 
  STOP LOOK AND LISTEN 1966 
 
 
 
Reminiscing   -   The Image of Elvis

Can't Help Falling In Love     Dave Carlson
New Orleans                        Dave Carlson
My Boy                                Dave Carlson
As Long As I Have You        Dave Carlson
Bossa Nova Baby                 Dave Carlson
Jail House Rock                  Dave Carlson


How Great Thou Art (1967)
 Long before Elvis was the Ed Sullivan Rock 'N Roll sensation of the nation, he was a huge fan of Gospel Music. In the early 1950s he attended all-night gospel concerts at the First Assembly of God and Ellis Auditorium in Memphis and adored and befriended such famous groups as the Blackwood Brothers,  Stamps Quartet, and the Statesmen.  Elvis cherished Southern Gospel music from his early childhood days in Tupelo, MS until his death in Memphis. His only Grammy was for his gospel music. Elvis recorded almost 50 gospel songs and released three critically acclaimed gospel albums during his lifetime.
 One of the shows we  offer is a Gospel Brunch with Elvis, which celebrates the music most loved by Elvis. Be sure to consider this great show for your next banquet, restaurant, or special event.
 
 
 
 

 
Chicago Tribune
LifeStyles
All For A Burning Love Of Elvis
Carlson Is King Among Kings, But He Doesn't Let It Go To His Crown
ENTIRE ARTICLE CONSISTS OF 4 PAGES
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AP NEWS ARCHIVE
Elvis Impersonators Compare Pompadours, Pelvis Grinds
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Chicago Tribune
A&E

Bobby Brown, Elvis `Stylists' And Pop Terminology

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"I AM ELVIS - A Guide to Elvis Impersonators"
 ...Perhaps the most rational response to this boggling phenomenon came from the Original Elvis, who, after seeing impersonator Dave Carlson at work in Las Vegas in 1975, commented: "I saw it, but I couldn't believe it."

             
 
 

 
 
RIP IT UP  1956

 
 
 
 "It's my life's work, my career.
This is all I've ever done... All I'll ever do."





Dave is THE veteran Presley impressionist, with the most remarkable voice, 
and one of the most highly accomplished performers of all time.