Emma Donovan & The Putbacks to perform live music tribute to ‘The King’ in Bendigo this weekend

Emma Donovan & The Putbacks to perform live music tribute to ‘The King’ in Bendigo this weekend

Burning Love in Bendigo is the new concert series celebrating the music of Elvis Presley, live from The Engine Room housed in a historic fire station.

Off the back of the never before seen in Australia ‘Elvis: Direct From Graceland exhibition’, Burning Love at Bendigo is a new contemporary music series celebrating the King of Rock and Roll Elvis Presley.

Taking to Bendigo’s historic fire station, the Engine Room, the new concert series – named after Elvis’ 1972 hit ‘Burning Love’ – will feature a perfectly curated lineup of cool and considered performers in a theatrical seated setting, with each act tapping into a different genre of Elvis’s musical legacy including gospel, soul, country, early pop, Americana, blues and 60s rock ‘n’ roll.

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With a handful of tickets remaining for the opening set, Australia’s Queen of Soul Emma Donovan and the almighty rhythm combo Putbacks will kick off the series this weekend, blessing the crowd with a country gospel treat on Saturday, May 7, inspired by Elvis’ in what is sure to be an awesome set paying tribute to The King.

“Some of The King’s greatest songs were based on old church songs that he adapted into his own style. Elvis’ repertoire covers so many genres and has inspired so many artists. I can’t wait to share a couple of swinging tunes when The Putbacks and I head to beautiful Bendigo on the weekend. There are a few treats in store!” said Emma Donovan.

Running across three other weekends in May and June, the concert series will also feature Gabriella Cohen, Cool Sounds and Freya Josephine Hollick who will traverse the genres that the King helped to define.

Fresh from releasing her third album, Gabriella Cohen’s laidback, tongue-in-cheek throwbacks to 60s girl groups and Lou Reed-cool will draw the Elvis-loving crowds on Saturday 21 May, while Australian Cosmic Country Queen Freya Josephine Hollick will lead from the front with her soulful take on alternative country music on Saturday 4 June.

Rounding out the iconic series on Saturday, 11 June, regional Victorian guitar-pop heroes Cool Sounds will bring their effortless Nashville cool that’s full of poetic lyricism, whammy-county guitar, Randy Newman-esque melodies and an Elvis cover or two for the Queen’s birthday long weekend, where we celebrate The King.

Each night the headline artist will be supported by and guest star with a special ‘Elvis Tribute’ set put together by The Burning Lovers Band – a line-up of local Bendigo musical royalty, featuring musicians from Cosmic Psychos, Bluestown Junction, Ramble Town, Benny and the Fly By Nighters and The Quarry Hillbillies, who have come together for this series to celebrate the music of the King.

Bring your (blue suede) dancing shoes, your favourite music-loving human and enjoy the show with a specially brewed Bendigo Brewery lager available on the night.

Burning Love will take place at The Engine Room, 58 View Street, Bendigo. Limited tickets and further information at burninglovebendigo.com