Igor & Red Elvises will bring “Rockenrol Revolution” back to Palmyra at 3 p.m. Memorial Day, May 30, at Palmyra Village Park on state Route 31.
The band’s world tour provides a unique blend of Russian folk music, 50s rockabilly/surf, reggae and whatever else makes them happy.
The all-ages, outdoor show is presented by the Village of Palmyra Celebrations Committee and Historic Palmyra’s Pirates of the Erie Canal, concluding a day of public events beginning with the Palmyra Memorial Day Parade at 9 a.m. on Main Street, followed by a remembrance ceremony in the village cemetery on Jackson Street. Attendees are welcome to arrive at Palmyra Village Park early to stake out a place on the lawn for the music.
Hot dogs, drinks, snacks and ice cream will be available for purchase before and during the show by the Wayne County 4-H Teen Exchange and Pal-Mac Lions Club.
Event organizers will present the show free of charge, but concert-goers are asked to make a small donation of a nonperishable food item to the Palmyra Food Pantry. Collection boxes and volunteers will be onsite.
Igor & Red Elvises first played Palmyra in October 2010. The show will be the only Rochester-area performance on the current leg of their world tour, which will culminate with performances in Israel, Germany and Russia in July.
In 1995, band leader and Russian émigré, Igor Yuzov, dreamed that Elvis Presley came to him and told him to start playing rock ‘n’ roll. Not one to say no to a king, Yuzov and other Russian friends started playing music on the streets of Santa Monica, California, and the Red Elvises were born.
Pyrate MacDeath, also known as Bill Unterborn, co-founder of Historic Palmyra’s Pirates of the Erie Canal, and longtime Red Elvises fan, says he and his fellow pirates can never resist bringing the band back to town.
“Igor & Red Elvises put on a terrific show with great music, great spirit and plenty of great dance tunes,” Unterborn said. “I have never seen a band win over new fans so quickly and so completely. See them once and you’ll be hooked, too.”
For more information, call 585-368-8081 or visit eriecanalpirates.com.