Olson’s wife spotted his inner ‘Elvis;” he’ll perform here Thursday

Elvis impersonator Chris Olson, always one of the top draws in the Riverfront Concert Series, will bring The King to life in Elk River for the third consecutive year on Thursday.

Chris Olson as Elvis
Chris Olson as Elvis

According to Olson’s website, he sang in a rock-and-roll band in high school at White Bear Lake and had little interest in Elvis, but his girlfriend Mary Ann was an Elvis fanatic. It was Mary Ann who detected Olson’s potential — the hair, the eyes, the sneer, the stride, the voice — to pull it off.

Elvis started to grow on Chris Olson, too, especially after they were married. Mary Ann heard “Are You Lonesome Tonight?” coming from the basement one day and thought it was an Elvis CD, but it turned out to be her husband. “That’s it! You’re going to be an Elvis performer,” said Mary Ann, who has managed his career. She made him grow the sideburns, too.

Show time for “Memories of Elvis” on Thursday on the Great River Energy Stage begins 7 p.m.

Riverfront Concert Series is a free offering each week sponsored by The Bank of Elk River and organized by Parks and Recreation,