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Watch Now: "One big Elvis family": Elvis tribute artists perform in Lynchburg
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Watch Now: "One big Elvis family": Elvis tribute artists perform in Lynchburg

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Elvis Presley fans from across the country visited Lynchburg this weekend to celebrate the king of rock 'n' roll. 

Donning apparel — such as t-shirts, hats, earrings and even face masks — featuring the iconic American singer's autograph, image and likeness, fans clapped along to performances of his popular classics.

Bedford County native Taylor Rodriguez, professional Elvis tribute artist and owner of TMJR Productions, organized the four-day tribute festival this weekend — dubbed "Lynchburg, Virginia’s Tribute to the King Festival" — which featured performances by several Elvis tribute artists and a nine-piece band.

Friday's performances began with an intimate, acoustic performance by Elvis tribute artists Finley Watkins, Michael Cullipher and Jacob Roman at Starr Hill on Main. 

With more than 60 fans in attendance, Roman said it was good to be back in front of a crowd again. 

"We're just one big Elvis family," he said. 

Friday evening, eight artists took the stage at the Historic Academy Theatre, performing classics such as "Jailhouse Rock," "Blue Suede Shoes," "Burning Love" and "Return to Sender."

Performances and events continued through the weekend.

When asked if they'd come back next year, the crowd cheered and Rodriguez grinned.

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