Events lined up for Elvis Week in Memphis

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — It will be rock ’n’ roll heaven when this city kicks off its annual Elvis Week in summer.

An appearance by former Elvis Presley co-star Mother Dolores Hart and a listening party for a new box set featuring his performances at Stax Records are highlights of the annual celebration of music’s king this August.

Elvis Week is a yearly spec-tacle where thousands of fans flock to Memphis for a fete of his life and remembrance of his death. Presley died on Aug. 16, 1977, at Graceland, his longtime Memphis home.

After he died, fans began coming to Graceland to honor him with a candlelight vigil, which remains the keystone event for Elvis Week, which runs Aug. 10-17.

The vigil, in which fans line up outside Graceland for hours for a chance to visit his grave, begins Aug. 15 and stretches into the next day.

Associated Press