Russian rock ’n rollers

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 The Red Elvises are coming to Los Alamos Friday as part of the Los Alamos County Summer Concert Series. The show will run from 7-10 p.m. at Ashley Pond. The original members of the band came out of Moscow, Russia as a folk and folk rock band. The band eventually moved to Santa Monica, Calif. While there, singer/band leader/guitarist Igor, met Elvis Presley in a dream and the king told him to “start rockin’, man.” By 1995, they morphed into a Siberian surf-rock, Russo-American rock band and became a major part of a street concert series in Santa Monica called the 3RD Street Promenade Series. Their popularity grew and was became evident when the City of Santa Monica took Igor and the Red Elvises to court, to try and get them to quit playing on the streets because the crowds were too big.
Since then, they’ve taken their show on the road and have been played all over California, the U.S. and the world, ever since. “I have a DVD of them playing in front of 30,000 people on Moscow’s Red Square,” concert promoter Russ Gordon said. “The bassist plays a six-foot tall balalaika and lives in Thailand. All this success and Igor and the Red Elvises love it here. This is the ninth time they’ve played our town since 2003. If you haven’t caught this most entertaining rock band, you shouldn’t miss the show Friday. You’ll understand why they say ‘The Red Elvises, your favorite band!’ ”
     Friday night is KRSN and Best Western Hilltop House Night. Gordon said the Hilltop House Hotel and KRSN have supported the concert series for 23 years. The LA County Summer Concert Series is made possible by the county of Los Alamos and is sponsored by many local businesses, friends and professionals.
For more information on the concert series, visit gordonssummerconcerts.com. The June 1 concert will be at Ashley Pond with bluegrass and folk fiddler Laurie Lewis, accompanied by multi-instrumentalist, Tom Rozum.