Overton Park Shell Saved

The Elvis Family of Fans Club along with the friend of Levitt Pavilion Memphis announced during Elvis Week that the City of Memphis and the Levitt Foundation have agreed to save the Shell (Overton Park Shell is where Elvis first performed after recording "That's Alright Mama"). Over $500,000 has been set up to restore the Shell to it's 1950's glory and to provide live entertainment there again. Restoration is expected to be completed by September of 2007.
Source: Email / Updated: Aug 21, 2006 
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June (profilecontact) wrote on Aug 29, 2006report abuse
Wonderful news...it was quite a worry there, for a while. I was present, at the Shell, for the 50th anniversary concert, headlined by Jamie Aaron Kelley, on July 30th, 2004. There were not too many of us there...ironically, around 50, I would say. Because of a sudden and heavy rainstorm, we all had to move inside the building. This was lucky, as Jamie performed a wonderful 1-hour plus show only feet away from us, while rain dripped down from several holes in the roof. It was intimate and very meaningful to all of us in attendance. We also were able to stand at the very spot where Elvis stood backstage, as he was waiting to go on, those many years before. Thank goodness the, Overton Park Shell, did not become a parking lot!
Greg Nolan (profilecontact) wrote on Aug 28, 2006report abuse
That's great news. Mr. Burk, I seem to recall Elvis referring to MOAT in some way in one of his '50s interviews.... Good work, preservationists!
Crawfish (profilecontact) wrote on Aug 23, 2006report abuse
See you there Cathyreno!
cathyreno (profilecontact) wrote on Aug 22, 2006report abuse
I am ecstatic for ya's well done to all involved well done!!! be over there in 2007
Crawfish (profilecontact) wrote on Aug 22, 2006report abuse
Fantastic news. Well done to everyone; also to the guys "squatting" there and making sure there was always a human prescence at the Shell. Be great to see it done up and maybe ready for next years celebrations! Thank you to all involved!
DEL BOY (profilecontact) wrote on Aug 21, 2006report abuse
That's brilliant news. We've visited the shell, travelling over from England, in earlier years but have never seen any performances there. I should think that the atmosphere for any Elvis fans watching an Elvis type show would be great. For those fans let's hope that either the Dempseys, or someone like Jamie Aaron Kelley or Ronnie Mcdowell can put on a benefit show. Wouldn't it be great if the show could be put on during the 2007 Elvis week. (30th Anniversary of his passing on). Get Scotty Moore and D.J. Fontana....MAGIC!!
judy presley (profilecontact) wrote on Aug 21, 2006report abuse
Well done the Elvis Family of Fan Clubs (that has a nice ring to it) - fantastic news. It must have been really something to have the experience of being there live in the 50's and see the young and dynamic Elvis bringing the darkness to life. I'm glad it isn't going to disappear.
Bill E. Burk (profilecontact) wrote on Aug 21, 2006report abuse
A bit of Overton Park Shell history for those of you who do not live in Memphis. When it was opened, it was called the Memphis Open Air Theater (MOAT), and there were well-attended musical programs there every week. Well-attended because in the early years of the MOAT, we had no air conditioning in our houses, so people went to sit outdoors at the MOAT to cool down. The touring group of the Metropolitan Opera even played the MOAT a couple of times in the early years. Then, as more and more homes and offices got air conditioning, the popularity of the MOAT fell off and it sank in quality and conditioniong.
Steve Morse (profilecontact) wrote on Aug 21, 2006report abuse
That's fabulous news. I was privileged to be able to watch the end of an informal schools dance event there, around midday on July 31 2000.`This was 46 years and 1 day after Elvis's debut appearance on that same stage. I stood on the stage afterwards and, together with my two children, was invited backstage to have a look around.

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