We were “double-wowed” with two Elvis tribute performers back in July when local promoter Steve Fountain brought two of the top Elvis tribute artists to the Charles Bender Performing Arts Center in Humble.

Now be prepared to be “triple-wowed” as Fountain brings back Riley Jenkins as the early Elvis, Vince King as the concert Elvis, and launches the evening with America’s best four-girl, doo-wop group, Shake Rattle & Roll.

After Shake Rattle and Roll warms up The Bender crowd with a blend of ‘50s and ‘60s well-known tunes, they’ll return to The Bender stage to back Elvis tribute artists Jenkins and King.

Shake Rattle & Roll replicates the Elvis background sound perfectly.

“We’ve been backing a lot of Elvis tribute artists lately,” said Tavie Spivey, a Gilmer, Texas, native who always dreamed of becoming part of a real girl group. “We practice hard to sound just like the singers who backed the real Elvis.”

Spivey and the other Shake Rattle & Roll performers, in fact, perfect the Elvis sound so accurately that they spent Elvis Week in August in Memphis backing up multiple Elvis artists at the tent across from Graceland. They then performed their own show at several Memphis hotels.

“After 27 years in the Army, I decided it was time to follow my dream,” said Spivey. “I always wanted to be a performer. I loved those girl groups. I was going to do it one way or another.”

Spivey ran an ad in the local paper that attracted 25 other girl group dreamers, selected two of them plus her sister, LeAnn Bemis, and started making the “singing rounds” to nursing homes and churches, “…anybody who would listen to us,” she admitted.

On a whim, Spivey and the group flew to Las Vegas, entered a doo-wop contest and “…we won the whole thing,” she said. “Since then, we’ve recorded three CDs and we’re featured on oldies stations across the country and on Sirius XM satellite radio.”

Spivey and the girls know all about Humble audiences.

“We’ve performed the Precinct 4 shows at the Humble Civic Center,” said Spivey, “so we know how amazing Lake Houston people are and they’re ready to have fun.”

Shake Rattle & Roll has performed with The Coasters and Jimmy Clanton and entertained at the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame and the Columbia Space Shuttle Project.

“We want everybody to get on their feet,” Spivey said, “singing along and having a good time.”

This will be Shake Rattle & Roll’s first performance at The Bender and Fountain is excited to have the girls perform in what he terms “…an excellent venue for concerts with great sound and acoustics.”

Fountain says his first concert at the Bender was a sell-out.

“Both Riley and Vince received a standing ovation,” he said. “The crowd was mesmerized by how close it was to being a real Elvis concert and adding Shake, Rattle & Roll to our Oct. 6 show will make this show exceptional.”

Both King, the Concert Years Elvis, and Jenkins, the early Elvis, rave about The Bender crowd.

“It was strange to drive up to an old school and then to walk in and see such a beautiful theater,” said Jenkins. “It was really a different venue for me. I got a standing ovation and I’m so grateful for that because the crowd was just awesome.”

King agreed.

“The people who work there were so helpful and that certainly helps make for a better show,” he said. “I had a great time and I’m so grateful that it was a sell-out crowd.”

Both King and Jenkins are planning new material to wow the audience and Shake, Rattle & Roll are preparing to back both Elvis tribute artists the way it would have been performed during an Elvis show.

“Elvis sang thousands of songs,” Spivey said, “so the girls and I spend a lot of time practicing at my house in Gilmer, getting the sound just the way his back-up singers did it during his day. We’re prepared for any song that any Elvis tribute artist performs.”

Take a look at Spivey and her group on their website, shakerattleroll4.com, and then make plans to be “triple wowed” and enjoy the best girl doo-wop group ever as they open for Jenkins and King at the beautiful Bender on Saturday, Oct. 6, at 7 p.m. Tickets are $35. Call 832-312-0074.

Tom Broad
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Besides being a proud graduate of The University of Nebraska-Lincoln and, therefore, a Cornhusker, I am retired from Memorial Hermann. I am a correspondent and columnist for Lake Houston's hometown paper, The Tribune, as well as a director of the Lake Houston Redevelopment Corporation, a member of the board of the Humble Area Assistance Ministries, and Volunteer Extraordinaire for the Lake Houston Area Chamber.