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Wade Cummins

West Virginia Symphony Orchestra

HQ Phone: (304) 561-3570

West Virginia Symphony Orchestra

One Clay Square

Charleston, West Virginia 25301

United States

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The West Virginia Symphony Orchestra maintains a significant commitment to music education by supporting education programs in Kanawha County Schools, bringing Young People's Concerts to thousands of West Virginia elementary school students annually, and ... more

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Gazette Online - ‘Elvis' shakes up W.Va. Symphony

www.wvgazette.com [cached]

The kitsch came alive again Saturday at Charleston's Municipal Auditorium, where Elvis recreator Wade Cummins joined the West Virginia Symphony for a tongue-in-cheek tribute to the King of Rock and Roll.

Cummins, known as Elvis Wade, has been impersonating the charismatic rock icon since 1968.
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Reportedly using orchestration from Presley's own concert tours, Cummins does an almost frightening job of re-creating the glitz and glamour of Presley's Vegas-style stage shows in all their over-produced glory.
Multiple costume changes, self-deprecating banter with the audience, gyrations and all, Cummins almost makes you believe he is Elvis.Members of the audience, some of whom saw Presley in his last Charleston appearance before his death in 1977, seemed suitably impressed.
My 12-year-old daughter, Morganna, however, was at a loss.
"This is really stupid," she said, not long after Cummins showed up in his first fringed, white rhinestone jumpsuit and shiny shoes.
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Cummins spent much of the first set lost somewhere in the mushy mix, practically unintelligible one moment and booming the next.
On some numbers, it was only the fact that everyone already knew all of the words that made it possible to figure out where he was in the song.First set highlights included hammed-up performances of Presley classics "Teddy Bear," "Don't Be Cruel" and the marvelously over-produced "Suspicious Minds."
Cummins broke character only a few times.
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You guessed it - Cummins was soon back on stage, proclaiming himself to be just a "hunka hunka burnin' love."
Kinda makes you glad the '70s are over, doesn't it?

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