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THE INSPIRATION

For those of us growing up in the 1990s, VH1 Storytellers and MTV's Unplugged showcased musical superstars when they got rid of the heavy distortion, the amplifiers, and "unplugged" to enjoy their music in it's raw form. They shared their stories, some poignant moments from their touring days, and of course, the highlight was the music. Essentially it was a "Jam Session" in front of dozens of fans.

 

Back in 1968, Elvis Presley originated the live storytelling showcase with a bunch of his friends and band members in a show for NBC special titled Elvis. This was his "comeback" to live performing after years of making movies in Hollywood. 

 

Elvis Unplugged focuses on Elvis's music, memories from his life, and the historical moments that shaped our world, and how the events had an impact on the music of the day.

WHAT

Elvis Unplugged isn't just an Elvis Tribute Show - it's a musical history lesson! Our "Elvis-torian" guides audiences through key time periods in U.S. and World history between 1953 - 1977, touching upon key moments that shaped our planet today. Each "lesson" is accentuated with moments and memories of Elvis' own life, relating how the man and his music were influenced by the issues and events of the times. 

HOW

 Elvis Unplugged is equipped for the 21st century audience, utilizing powerful images and videos, along with stirring, soulful songs that correspond with the time period each showcase is focused on, and employing showmanship that is engaging and can only come from the most powerful character in the entertainment industry!

WHY

With a love for performing and Elvis since he was ten, our  Elvis-torian Ruben Castillo takes his passion for education and entertainment, as well as his award-winning Elvis tribute, to a whole new level with  Elvis Unplugged.

By combining his enthusiasm for learning, theater, and Elvis Presley's timeless music, he has made it Elvis Unplugged's mission to enlighten and entertain audiences of all ages through song, storytelling, and historical fact.