Award-winning Elvis impersonator playing in Pendleton on Feb. 13

By Dori O'Neal, Tri-City HeraldFebruary 5, 2014 

Wildhorse Resort will present an Ultimate Elvis night Feb. 13 at the Pendleton casino featuring Justin Shandor as the king of rock ‘n’ roll.

Wildhorse Resort will present an Ultimate Elvis night Feb. 13 at the Pendleton casino featuring Justin Shandor as the king of rock 'n' roll.

The show offers two options for Elvis fans. For $85 a couple, the show comes with dinner. Tickets for those interested only in the show are $20 each.

Shandor doesn't just look like the iconic Elvis, his voice is eerily similar as well.

"I was playing Vegas once and a guy left the room and complained to management that he didn't pay to hear someone lip-sync Elvis songs," Shandor told the Herald a few years ago. "To prove to the guy I wasn't lip-syncing, I turned off the music and kept singing."

Needless to say, he added, the doubting audience member was persuaded to agree it really was him singing.

Shandor is so convincing in his Elvis impersonation that he won the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist competition in 2010, which earned him $20,000 and an endorsement from Graceland, Presley's estate in Memphis, Tenn.

Shandor connected with Elvis as a child growing up in Detroit. That's when his mother introduced him to the legendary musician's music, he said. It didn't matter that Elvis had been dead for almost 20 years when he was 12 years old, he loved listening to the music and was in awe of the man singing it.

"He was cool, and I liked his sound," Shandor told the Herald. "So I started to practice sounding like him."

By high school, his friends were calling him Elvis. When his parents divorced, he moved to Las Vegas with his mother where he discovered the Elvis-A-Rama Experience museum.

It didn't take long for him to get a job as an impersonator at the museum since he already had Elvis' mannerisms and voice down pat. He also plays piano and writes his own music when he isn't portraying The King.

Looking like Elvis, he admitted, is simply the art of illusion.

For tickets to the Wildhorse show, go online to www.wildhorseresort.com

-- Dori O'Neal: 582-1514; doneal@tricityherald.com; Twitter: @dorioneal

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