Elvis Impersonator - Entertainment for Your Next Event


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

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

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


Headliner at
Condessa Del Mar
early 1970's 

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


Yes, We Have CD's Available For Sale

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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



The Image of Elvis 





 THE UNCANNY IMPRESSION                         
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
With D.J.Fontana  ( 'Rock'N Roll Hall of Fame' Drummer for Elvis Presley for 14 years )

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


                                       Baby I Don't Care                 Dave Carlson
                                   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)
Home Plate at Wrigley Field in Chicago with The Fabulous Ambassadors (during a double header)





I Am So Sorry, But Until Further Notice, I Will Not Be Available To Perform For You.


Dave is currently working only on an Illinois state retainer.



 Mt. Greenwood
Friday August 23, 2013
Black Thorn Pub
3300 West 111th Street
Chicago, Il
Showtime 8PM - 12 Midnight
With Special Guest Rick Engles
Happy Birthday to Susie!  See ya at the show!
Drink Specials

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

For Booking and More Information

I Am So Sorry, But Until Further Notice, I Will Not Be Available To Perform.

Thanks for your patience!!!  I MISS YOU ALL TOO!!!

Dave is currently only working on an Illinois state retainer.

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  -  -

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.
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. 

A Must Read

TopItOff  Variety 2011
To View or Sign Our Guest Book


With Cody Ray Slaughter 2011 in Chicago
Stevie Starlight (Steve Pacelli) with the Big Boss Man 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


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
All For A Burning Love Of Elvis
Carlson Is King Among Kings, But He Doesn't Let It Go To His Crown
Elvis Impersonators Compare Pompadours, Pelvis Grinds

Chicago Tribune

Bobby Brown, Elvis `Stylists' And Pop Terminology

"I AM ELVIS - A Guide to Elvis Impersonators"
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