Belmont University announced today that tickets are now on sale for “Belmont University Presents: Nashville Celebrates Elvis!,” a benefit show to be held at the historic Ryman Auditorium on Tues., Feb. 12, 2008, at 7:30 p.m.
In celebration of Elvis’ association with the early days of the Nashville music industry, the show will feature Elvis songs performed by celebrity artists who have recorded, performed or been influenced by his music. Proceeds from this one-night-only opportunity will benefit the Cecil Scaife Music Business Scholarship Fund to help Curb College students.
Confirmed artists participating include George Klein (host), Pat Boone, David Briggs, Mac Davis, Vince Gill, Amy Grant, Wanda Jackson, The Jordanaires, Millie Kirkham, Ronnie McDowell, TG Sheppard and BJ Thomas.
Tickets are available at $35, $100 and a special patron-level of $500 that guarantees premium seating and an invitation to a special party at the RCA Studio B recording studio on Mon., Feb. 11. Tickets for $35 and $100 seats are available at all Ticketmaster locations, through Ticketmaster.com and the Ryman box office. Patron-level $500 tickets are available only through the Curb Event Center Box Office at 460-8500.
Though Elvis called Memphis home, his biggest hits were recorded in Nashville at RCA Studio B, including “Heartbreak Hotel,” “It’s Now or Never,” “Are You Lonesome Tonight?,” “Crying in the Chapel” and “Little Sister.” In 2003, the Mike Curb Family Foundation purchased the historic recording studio, now co-managed and operated through a partnership between Belmont and the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Built in 1957, RCA Studio B played a key role in Nashville’s evolution as Music City, especially in its role in the creation of the “Nashville Sound,” characterized by its stylized background vocals and strings. The “Nashville Sound” revived the popularity of country music and helped establish Nashville as an international recording center.
“Elvis’ illustrious career in Nashville has never been celebrated with such magnitude,” Belmont President Bob Fisher said. “We are thrilled to honor his legacy in Music City while benefiting future students through the Cecil Scaife Music Business Scholarship Fund, named for one of the founders of the music business program at Belmont.”
Scaife, along with several others on Music Row, helped start Belmont’s music business program in 1971 with his long-time friend Robert (Bob) Mulloy, one of the first instructors at Belmont who guided the program through its early years. The program now serves as the model for schools across the nation and around the world. Scaife and Mulloy worked in many Nashville recording studios in the ‘60s, including RCA Studio B, Sun Studio and CBS with legends like Elvis, Charlie Rich, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash. Scaife was also an original founder of the Gospel Music Association and has served on the National Board of Governors/Grammy Awards Committee, Country Music Hall of Fame Committee, Country Music Association and the Nashville Chapter of the Recording Academy.