Local crooner performs at Elvis tribute
LOCAL CROONER PERFORMS AT 40TH ANNIVERSARY ELVIS TRIBUTE
In honor of the 40th Anniversary of Elvis, local promoter Darlene Warren is bringing an all-star lineup to the Rosedale American Legion on Sunday, August 27 for one “El” of a show. Special master of ceremonies Ronnie Dove will welcome the audience, tell his own personal stories about Elvis and introduce the entertainers throughout the show. The lineup includes Randall Rivers, performing for the first time in Maryland, who does a 70s Elvis show, complete with a jumpsuit and scarves; Kevin Booth, singing the gospel music of Elvis; Joey McCann signing Elvis along with country and oldies; and crooner Camron Robertson as he sings the songs of Dean Martin, Bobby Darin, Engelbert Humperdinck and more. Robertson, 23, is by far the youngest performer booked for the show, but he’s an old soul who started singing oldies when he was just a kid. “I’ve been singing since I was about two years old. I lean toward the older generation,” he said. “Sometimes people look at me like this young guy is going to sing these songs? But then they listen. A lot of people say I sound exactly like Dean Martin.” “When I was younger I used to ride with my mom to where she worked in Baltimore,” said Robertson, who lives in Cecil County. “My mom’s boss Norman Gilden was a huge Frank Sinatra fan. He knew I liked to sing and he told me I should try Sinatra and some of the older guys, so that’s how I got started.” Then, one of the vendors at his mother’s office said if he could get an hour’s worth of music together he could book some paid shows. So, at the age of 16, Robertson started booking performances. When he first began his singing career, he was working at jobs in fast food and retail, but he’s been singing full time for five years.
Now known as “Mr. Charisma,” Robertson typically performs four to seven shows a week, with many venues, such as Riverview Rehabilitation & Health Center in Essex, booking him regularly once a month. He believes it is very impactful when he sings at senior living facilities.
“It’s really nostalgic for them. Sometimes when I am singing to the residents in the heavy dementia units, they will hear one of their favorite songs and just really perk up,” he said.
While the older generation crooners like Sinatra and Martin are some of his favorites, he also likes newer artists like Michael Buble. But he will always take requests.
“If I know it, I’ll sing it,” he said. “I try to connect with each person on an individual level. I really like to get people involved. It brings a great energy to a show.”
Some audience favorites include “Sweet Caroline,” “New York, New York,” and “Can’t Help Falling in Love with You.” While Robertson says he listens to every genre of music, he can’t pick a favorite song: “It’s whatever can put a smile on someone’s face.”
Robertson is looking forward to the Elvis Tribute show and working again with Ronnie Dove.
“I first met Ronnie Dove when I was nine years old. He was one of the judges in the Maryland Idol competition I was in. He was really impressed with me and we just clicked,” said Robertson. “He’s been mentoring me for a while now. He’s a great guy.”
One El of a Show will also feature dance contests and Elvis trivia for prizes, raffles and a silent auction, dancing, cash bar and food available for purchase.
“It’s going to be a really fun show with a lot of great talent,” said Robertson. “You should definitely come out and enjoy the show.”
One El of a Show
Sunday, August 27 from 1 to 6 p.m.
Rosedale American Legion, 1331 Seling Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21237
$20 reserved seating with paid ticket.
For tickets, call Darlene at 443-922-7879.
For more information about Camron Robertson, go to http://www.mrcharisma.org.