The exhibit officially opens tomorrow, with a full day of activities planned, including performances from Elvis impersonator Donny Edwards, "The Next Best Thing to The King." exclusive Q&As with Kevin Kern, Graceland's director of public relations, Elvis trivia, and more. The MIM Café will feature Southern treats (check out our sister blog, Chow Bella's recap of the food -- including, you guessed it, a fried peanut butter and banana sandwich with bacon). See the MIM's official site for pricing and details.
Kern addressed the crowd of press folk, detailing the three decades on display: Elvis' time as as Private Presley in Germany, his movie era, and his return to public performances. He showed off his favorite piece, the "Red Ladder" jumpsuit, and well as shared the details of the MIM's restoration of Elvis' Martin D28 acoustic guitar. The guitar was found in a state of disrepair, but was given some TLC by the staff at the MIM.
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The exhibit is worth checking out regardless who wore the jumpsuits -- The King or his evil twin. Also worth noting -- checking out the expanded Artist Gallery offers a sneak peak at future exhibits, including instruments from Buck Owens, Toby Keith, John Denver, Roy Orbison, and Stevie Nicks.