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Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa To Celebrate Elvis Presley’s 80th Birthday January 8-11, 2015

TAMPA, Fla. (December 18, 2014) – An impersonator contest, two special Elvis tribute shows and a themed slot tournament will highlight a weekend of activities to celebrate Elvis Presley’s 80th birthday, January 8-11, at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa.
The entry period for the Elvis Impersonator Contest, to be held on Saturday, January 10 in the Hard Rock Cafe, will be December 22-29.
Those 21 and older must e-mail their submission request to [email protected] and it must include name, telephone number, date of birth, song selections for the contest and a YouTube video link of the participant performing the song which cannot exceed three (3) minutes in length.
A total of five submissions will be accepted to participate in the live impersonator contest. Final contestants will be notified by e-mail on or before January 2. All participants will be responsible for providing their own costumes and props related to their performance and all are required to sing with their own soundtracks. A PA system will be provided by the property. 
On January 10th, the Elvis Impersonator Contest will consist of one round with each participant required to sing two songs. Judges will score based on performance, costume and overall stage presence. The top two scoring participants will win prizes with first-place taking home $1,000 cash and second-place a $200 Hard Rock gift card.
Following the Elvis Impersonator Contest, tribute artist Brandon Cody Wise will take the Hard Rock Cafe stage for a “Memories of Elvis in Concert Rockin’ Birthday Bash.” 
With this newly updated production, MacDonald’s show will include costume changes and songs representing the different stages of Elvis’s career including the 1950’s, movies, his 1968 comeback and the 1970’s White Fringe Vegas Concerts. 
MacDonald has the honor of being the only tribute artist hired by Elvis Presley Enterprises to perform at Graceland’s Heartbreak Hotel.
Also included on the property’s weekend schedule is an Elvis-themed slot tournament, January 9-11. Additionally, Hard Rock Cafe will offer Elvis favorites on the menu from January 8-10.
About Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa is the premier entertainment destination of Central Florida and the place where celebrities love to stay and play. Owned and operated by the Seminole Tribe of Florida, this electrifying casino destination is one of the most successful and largest casinos in the world and is located in Tampa, Florida off of I-4 at North Orient Road and Hillsborough Avenue, between I-75 and I-275, about 10 minutes east of downtown Tampa. Featuring high stakes table games along with thousands of the hottest slot machines, the rock star amenities at this AAA Four Diamond rated hotel and casino range from seven award-winning Zagat-rated restaurants, a newly renovated Rock Spa® and VIP services galore. The casino offers a valet service or free, self-parking. For more information, please call 866-502-PLAY or visit us online and via FacebookTwitterInstagram and Pinterest.
About Hard Rock International 
With a total of 194 venues in 60 countries, including 148 cafes, 21 hotels and 10 casinos, Hard Rock International (HRI) is one of the most globally recognized companies. Beginning with an Eric Clapton guitar, Hard Rock owns the world’s greatest collection of music memorabilia, which is displayed at its locations around the globe. Hard Rock is also known for its collectible fashion and music-related merchandise, Hard Rock Live performance venues and an award-winning website. HRI owns the global trademark for all Hard Rock brands. The company owns, operates and franchises Cafes in iconic cities including London, New York, San Francisco, Sydney and Dubai. HRI also owns, licenses and/or manages hotel/casino properties worldwide. Destinations include the company’s two most successful Hotel and Casino properties in Tampa and Hollywood, Fl., both owned and operated by HRI parent company The Seminole Tribe of Florida, as well as other exciting locations including Bali, Biloxi, Chicago, Cancun, Ibiza, Las Vegas, Palm Springs and San Diego. Upcoming new Hard Rock Cafe locations include San Juan, Asuncion and Auckland. New Hard Rock Hotel projects include Daytona Beach, Dubai, Los Cabos, Dallas-Fort Worth, Abu Dhabi, and Shenzhen and Haikou in China. For more information on Hard Rock International, visit www.hardrock.com.

Gina Morales, Seminole Hard Rock Tampa,
(813) 695-4819, [email protected]
Nikki Yourison, Seminole Hard Rock Tampa,
(813) 523-5673, [email protected]
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