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Elvis tribute artist celebrated at anniversary concert in Aiken

August 8, 2018

It was a good night for Jason Sikes – Elvis Presley, in other words.

The CSRA’s premiere Presley tribute artist took to the AECOM Center for Performing Arts stage Saturday night, performing a throwback concert that denoted and celebrated his 20 years of show business aptitude.

The concert, which appeared to be sold out, opened with a recounting of Sikes throughout the years: his first impressions, his first performances, his time on stage, off stage and in between stages.

He was then introduced by Tony Baughman, the master of ceremonies for the night.

Baughman said Sikes has the ability to “transport” a crowd to a “simpler time” and “a bygone era.”

“He is a very gifted performer,” Baughman said.

Sikes, who also works for South Carolina Electric & Gas, then made his way into the spotlight and teased the crowd with a song. After conceding the stage to some fellow musicians – “We’ve got some friends of mine that I’ve performed with over the years, and they’re going to sing some songs tonight,” Sikes said – he reappeared in a dazzling, bejeweled white-and-blue signature suit.

Sikes danced and sang, swung his inlaid guitar around and anointed gleeful audience members with scarves. The crowd loved it.

The famed impersonator was also given a proclamation from the city of Aiken on Saturday. City Council member Ed Girardeau, a Presley fan, presented it to Sikes during the concert.

“Now, therefore, let it be resolved that on this fourth day of August 2018, that the city of Aiken congratulates and recognizes Jason Sikes for bringing joy and entertainment to our city for 20 years and looks forward to enjoying many more performances in the future,” Girardeau said.

Sikes received a standing ovation. He gave a quick speech. And then he went back to being “The King.”

Presley died in 1977. He is regarded as a 20th century cultural icon.

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