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Examiner
  • Elvis shakes things up for church fireworks stand

  • Pastor Brian Hetzel looked at the scene inside Pointe of Hope’s fireworks tent, located in the church parking lot at 1215 N.W. Missouri 7 in Blue Springs, and grinned.

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  • Pastor Brian Hetzel looked at the scene inside Pointe of Hope’s fireworks tent, located in the church parking lot at 1215 N.W. Missouri 7 in Blue Springs, and grinned.
    Elvis 2, who travels throughout the Midwest starring in an Elvis Presley tribute, was mugging it up with the tent patrons.
    “Does it get any more American than Elvis and fireworks on the Fourth of July?” he asked, as Elvis 2 greeted fans and workers in the tent.
    “I got a call from Elvis 2 yesterday, and he said he’d like to come and bring his tour bus and park it next to our tent and put on a concert in the parking lot. How do you say no to Elvis?”
    Elvis 2, who once had a theater in Oak Grove, but is now touring to perform at area schools, churches and festivals, seemed to having as much fun as the fans who enthusiastically greeted him before his performance.
    He performed Monday evening and will put on another performance at 6 tonight. There is no charge for the concert, although free will offerings are appreciated.
    “I’ve been doing this 14 or 15 years, and I love every minute of it,” said Elvis 2, who prefers to use his stage name while doing interviews. “I grew up singing in a church, and have been singing all my life.
    “Then, someone told me I resembled Elvis so I started my tribute show and have been doing it for quite a while. I love the reaction of the fans when I perform.”
    When asked about his performance in the Pointe of Hope parking lot, he simply said, “I saw a fireworks tent in a church parking lot and thought, ‘What a great place to perform.’ I’m honored they would let me come and perform for the folks.”
    Elvis 2 has the look, the moves and – most importantly – the voice down as he performs all the hits to an accompanying tape.
    “We are the only church in Blue Springs, I believe, to have the luxury of having our tent on site,” Hetzel said. “That provides a front door to the community when it comes to the Fourth of July. Plus, we have Elvis.”
    The fellowship of a fireworks tent provided a special moment for the workers Sunday night, as they were unloading a semi-truck full of merchandise.
    “A homeless man came up and asked if he could help,” said Dennis Roberts, who is overseeing the work at the tent. “He worked so hard. We bought him dinner, and he said he was going to come back tonight. The Lord works in mysterious ways – maybe we were meant to be here to help that man. He sure helped us.”
    Fellowship, Elvis 2 and the Fourth of July – how does Pointe of Hope hope to top Elvis’ appearance on future Fourth of July events?
    Page 2 of 2 - “Now, that’s a good question,” Hetzel said, “maybe a 21 gun salute.”
     For information on Elvis 2 call 816-830-5759.
     
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