An award-winning Elvis Tribute Artist will perform a benefit concert on Saturday, Oct. 11, at the Great Bend American Legion Post 180.
Frank Werth & the Vibrations will present Frank’s Atribute To Elvis (F.A.T.E.) from 7-9 p.m. at the post, located at 1011 Kansas Ave. The post is also offering a prime rib dinner from 5-6:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 for the dinner and $15 for the concert, with proceeds going to the American Legion Legacy Scholarship Fund. This event is open to the public. Tickets are available Tuesday through Saturday after 5 p.m. at the post or call 620-793-5912.
“Life was pretty simple, growing up in a small, German community of about 200 people,” Werth writes on his website, kingoffate.com. He was born and raised in Schoenchen in Ellis County, and now resides in Hays.
Geralyn Werth, Frank’s manager, said the Vibrations are a four-person backup group, and will accompany Frank. “Our show is performed with (instrumental) tracks; however, we are a full show and re-creation of what you may have seen if you were lucky enough to see Elvis in a live concert,” she said.
Frank Werth has seen success as an Elvis Tribute Artist, or ETA.
“Our journey began five years ago,” Geralyn Werth said, and 2014 has been Frank’s biggest year.
“Frank has won the Peoples Choice Award two years in a row in the Elvis Rocks Mesquite (Nevada) contest,” his manager said. This year he won first place in the contest after singing his heart out to the song, “He Touched Me.” The crowd was empowered to a standing ovation.
Two weeks later, ETAs were all over the LVH Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. Werth placed in the Top Three, and was chosen to represent Las Vegas in the Ultimate Elvis Contest in June at Memphis, Tenn. Making it to the Ultimate Elvis Contest gave Frank the notoriety as one of the Top 21 Elvis Tribute Artists in the world for 2014.
Werth considers Elvis Presley to be the greatest entertainer ever. “I’m a huge fan,” he said.