An Elvis Town

Night of 100 Elvi - 2008
Night of 100 Elvi - 2008

Baltimore is an Elvis town.  No doubt about it.  Could you imagine “Night of 100 Elvises” in Portand? 

Of course not.

But that it is true, does not explain why….

And would we want to be Portland?

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2 thoughts on “An Elvis Town”

  1. Bmore is definitely an Elvis sort of town. The night of 100 Elvises embraces what Baltimore stands for. We are basically a working class town that thrives on kitsch. If you attended that event this weekend, you couldn’t help but be entertained, not only by the elvises but also by the audience. This was a crowd that knew how to have plain and simple fun. Style took on a whole new definition at this event as it often does in this town. This is a city with a lot of heart that is open to accept people for who they are, even a 75 year old lady elvis linedancer.

  2. Moreover, I think Baltimore’s heyday was in the 1950’s and 1960’s. Big Factories and Industries. Big Hair. Big Crabs. Living Large on TV and Radio. And Lots Sports. And Lots and lots of Formstone. And Lots more home-made candies on sale in Lexington Market and by that hospital up off of Wilkens Ave. Baltimore thrived in the 1950s and 1960s. There’s a reason why John Waters’ Hairspray and Cry Baby movies (and at lease one musical) from this time period met some success. Similarly, I think Elvis represents a figure whose star rose (and fell) with the rise (and fall) of Modern Baltimore, which typifies the average of Modern America. (There’s a reason why pollsters love doing research in Baltimore, too!) Elvis resonates with almost everyone from almost all walks of life, and is so in tune with Baltimore Culture from its Golden Age. Elvis is as natural a fit for Baltimore as those ladies Atilla brought with him to settle Hampden–the Hons! In addition to our great cuisine, which no doubt Elvis woudl have loved, that’s why Baltimore is an Elvistown.

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