Ted Roddy and The King Conjure Orchestra have paid tribute to The King at Austin’s Continental Club twice annually since 1986. Starting as a hoot night and evolving into a full-tilt rock-n-roll show experience Ted Roddy and crew (some of Austin’s finest musicians) have wowed audiences with their spot-on interpretations of Elvis’ musical legacy. No jumpsuits, no jokes just dynamite rock-n-roll a la King
In August 1986, Teddy & The Talltops with special guest Charlie Sexton honored the music of Elvis Presley at The Continental Club to an audience of enthusiastic followers. The following summer more special guests sat in including Doug Sahm and Joe Ely. Soon the event evolved into it’s current form: An opening set by The New Blue Moon Boys (paying tribute to “the early” Elvis) and The King Conjure Orchestra rocking “the Vegas years”. Over the years, the show has packed the club with Elvis music devotees, twice a year (Birthday-January and Death Day- August). Special guests have included rockabilly trio’ High Noon, Stevie Vaughan keyboardist’ Reese Wynans, Elvis’ 70’s bassist’ Duke Bardwell and 60’s English Pop sensation, P.J. Proby!.It is a South Austin tradition.
Ted Roddy seeks, year after year, to celebrate Elvis Presley’s oft denigrated Vegas period. At a packed Continental Club Roddy’s King Conjure Orchestra insisted on treating this music not as rhinestone-laden kitsch for the large-hair set, but as music. Roddy avoids any trappings of fat-Elvis mockery: no comic-book jumpsuit, no fake mutton chops, no accent when he’s not singing. By the time Roddy closed with the one-two punch of “Suspicious Minds” and “Can’t Help Falling in Love,” the historical record had been fully revised. Happy birthday, E.AUSTIN AMERICAN STATESMAN -Joe Gross-2004