Lo­cal crooner per­forms at Elvis trib­ute

LO­CAL CROONER PER­FORMS AT 40TH AN­NIVER­SARY ELVIS TRIB­UTE

The Avenue News - - FRONT PAGE - BY LISA HAR­LOW

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.

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