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Saturday, Jan. 17: Elvis Birthday Bash

Capitol Theater

Robert Washington is James Brown, thank you very much. Courtesy photo

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At this year's Elvis Birthday Bash in Olympia, the King will be sharing the spotlight with the Godfather of Soul.

The reason for the pairing is Robert Washington, the first African American to win the world champion Elvis impersonator, long a part of the 15th annual bash, also does a James Brown act.

While diehard Elvis fans might not like the dual billing, the combination is not as unlikely as it initially sounds.

The two knew and admired one another. Brown visited Presley at Graceland, and it's said that the capes Brown worse onstage inspired Presley to add a cape to his costumes.

Read Molly Gilmore's full feature on the Elvis Birthday Bash in the Music & Culture section.

ELVIS BIRTHDAY BASH, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 17, Capitol Theater, 206 Fifth Ave. S.E., Olympia, $15,

ELVIS DASH, 9:30 a.m. Saturday (registration 8-9 a.m.), Jan. 17, Strong Center, 2256 Mottman Road SW, Olympia, $45,

ELVIS GOSPEL BRUNCH, 11 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 18, The Urban Onion, 116 Legion Way SE, Olympia, $10 cover plus $12.99 for buffet brunch, 360.943.9242

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