Elvis Presley and Country Legends Dinner Show
“wise men say… only fools rush in…” You can’t help falling in love with Elvis Presley, whether it’s for his music, his generous spirit, or his ambition to “rise above” and follow his dream.
Re-live the excitement and aura of this iconic, magnetic personality, as brought to life by singer Doug Thompson, not in Vegas, but in little Linden, about halfway between
Doug Thompson performs Elvis show at Commodore Linden
Nashville and Memphis. The historic Commodore Hotel & Café hosts this show in their intimate, 40-seat restaurant, where you’ll enjoy a fresh, creative menu prepared by Executive Chef Michael Grauer. The Commodore has been pioneering championing the arts since their opening in 2007, including displays of paintings, photography, live music, and even dinner theater shows. Hotel owner Kathy Dumont is a frustrated (closet) artist herself, who has sung professionally and appreciated art all over the country. However, she found her soul in the ridges, hollows and caves of this tiny town in Middle Tennessee, which she and her husband discovered eight years ago. “We came onto the property, looked at each other, and said, ‘this is it’.” A few years later, a restoration project turned into a real (serious) business with their purchase of the dilapidated, 1939 brick building in the center of this sleepy four-block town. A renaissance has been happening ever since, and Kathy is in her glory. “I love meeting people from all over the world, and feeling their stories. It’s amazing the variety of people we have met in this place.”
One of these characters is Billy Poore, Rock-a-billy Music Hall-of-Famer, author, and friend of Elvis Presley. They gravitated toward each other as musicians who believe in the power and joy of music. We said, “why don’t we have a show here?” Billy talked to some people he knew, and here we are: annual Elvis Dinner Shows that pack the place and deliver memorable performances for both the audience and the performers.
Poore visits Memphis for Elvis Week every August, and this year he met Tribute Artist Doug Thompson during that week. Poore then contacted Commodore Hotel owner Kathy Dumont to arrange a show. “This guy is the real deal,” remarked Poore, regarding Thompson and his show.
Not only will Thompson perform Elvis tunes, he will start with a Tribute to Country Legends, such as George Jones, Conway Twitty, and Gene Watson.
Pigeon Forge, Tennessee is Thompson’s current home, where he works and performs at the Elvis Museum on the parkway. Doug “made his mark” as a professional singer and tribute artist in his home state of Georgia. He began singing in church, and “as early as kindergarten,” he began to perform his rendition of Elvis music. Doug is a talented artist and has widely performed in Georgia and Tennessee, and is looking forward to performing at the Commodore. Doug’s performance promises to hold you captive with his sentimental tunes and amazing energy as he “rocks” your night at the Commodore Cafe.
The Commodore is planning a varied menu of entrees and desserts that you will be sure to enjoy! While you dine in the romantic surroundings, Elvis will be singing some of your favorite tunes so you can get lost in the moment. But we can’t forget what Elvis was famous for – so be ready for your inner teenager to be revived!
You will love the atmosphere at Commodore Linden, with genuinely friendly and helpful folks in addition to amazing, freshly prepared food. The Commodore Hotel and Cafe has been in business in Linden for some time and strives to offer the best service and entertainment to the community and surrounding area.
We hope you will make plans to visit us on November the 15th and 16th. The inviting hotel accommodations will make you feel at home. So plan on spending the night, or two, and enjoy the show, the food, the beautiful, historical hotel, along with the beautiful autumn days that are awaiting you in Linden, Tennessee.