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Chicago remembers Elvis on his birthday

The late, lamented Elvis Presley would have been 76 this Saturday, Jan. 8, a date forever enshrined in the memories of his legions of fans. The Original Mother’s on the Gold Coast celebrates Presley that night with its 11th annual Elvis Fest, featuring Radio Hall of Famer Dick Biondi from True Oldies 94.7 and an array of Elvis-tribute artists, beginning at 5 p.m.

Biondi hosts the event and broadcasts live from 5 to 8 p.m. while a variety of Elvis impersonators rock the house with the King’s greatest hits, backed by The Change of Habit Tribute Band, a Las Vegas-style show band.

Participate in the Elvis lookalike contest for a chance to win a trip for two to Las Vegas. Festivities continue with Elvis karaoke, a chance to win more prizes, a free peanut butter-and-banana buffet and Biondi lighting candles on a big birthday cake and leading the crowd in singing “Happy Birthday” to Elvis.

There’s no cover, although a $5 suggested donation will benefit the New Orleans Musician Clinic. Mother’s will offer $5 Absolut “All Shook Up” cocktails and $5 24-ounce cans of Budweiser all night.