Music is a major part of the Tennessee experience. That may be why you’ve decided to visit, and if so, you won’t be disappointed. By choosing Pigeon Forge, you’ll get to experience some of the musical masters (or tributes to them) up close and personal.
You just need to know where to go.
Making the most of your visit to Pigeon Forge is all the easier when you have a song in your heart. And these four shows will have you tapping your toes for weeks after you experience them.
Elvis and Superstars
No visit to Tennessee is complete without a trip to Graceland, the home of Elvis Presley. But if there’s one thing that Graceland’s missing, it’s performances that show you what made The King so beloved during his time at the top of the musical tree.
“Elvis and Superstars” gives you a taste of what made Elvis Presley so special.
But there’s more to it than that – this 90-minute show is a tribute to some of the biggest musicians America has produced. Elvis is the headliner, of course, but you’ll also see performances by impersonators of Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson, Buddy Holly, and the legendary Kenny Rogers. The show takes you on a ride through the hits. Each tribute act belts out two or three songs to get you on your feet and grooving along to a wonderful mix of country and blues.
Memories Theater Presents “ICONS”
Maybe “Elvis and Superstars” didn’t give you enough of the iconic sounds of Tennessee. If that’s the case, let award-winning Elvis tribute acts Michael Chambliss and Travis Powell take you on a deeper journey into The King’s repertoire.
Coming in at two hours, the show is one of the most authentic Elvis experiences the Smokies offers. Simply put, it’s as close to seeing The King in person as you’ll get today. But the name “ICONS” is a hint – you’ll see more than Elvis in this show.
A Johnny Cash tribute (complete with those famous dulcet tones) makes an appearance, as do Dolly Parton and Patsy Cline. And for those with a taste for the glitz and glamor of the golden age of Hollywood, Marilyn Monroe sparkles for all to see. The show features more “ICONS,” with each tribute act bringing remarkable energy and a taste of stars gone by to their performances. As a companion to “Elvis and Superstars,” it can’t be beaten.
Sounds of Soul in the Smokies
Soul is just as much a part of Tennessee’s musical history as the old country and blues of the 1950s and ‘60s. If you need proof, The Library of Congress features special prints and photographs of the United Record Pressing Plant – the famous “Motown Suite” in Nashville – in its collection.
“Sounds of Soul in the Smokies” is all about paying tribute to the stars who transformed what it means to be a musician in Tennessee. The 90-minute show delivers major hits from the likes of Little Richard, Stevie Wonder, and The Temptations, with an occasional modern classic from Bruno Mars’ catalog thrown in.
All the hits are performed by the talented Dre Hilton, and he’ll blast through a staggering 50 songs live that electrify audiences. The show is safe for the kids, too. You can get them grooving with the classic alongside you during your visit to Pigeon Forge.
A Tribute to Conway Twitty
“Family Guy” may have made a joke of cutting to Conway Twitty in one of its episodes, but this event showcases the country music crooner in all of his glory. Headlined by Travis James, who is the number-one Twitty tribute act around, the show features all of the hits. “Hello, Darlin’.” “After the Fire is Gone.” “I Can’t Love You Enough.” You’ll hear them and much more in two hours of triumphant Twitty tunes.
It’s a show of two halves. For the first hour, James sings hit after hit to give you a pure experience of the country legend. But more tribute acts get welcomed to the stage in the second half. Neil Diamond, Tom Jones, and Elvis Presley all appear to sing a song or two, all accompanied by the man of the (two) hours – Conrad Twitty.
Satisfy Your Musical Appetite at Pigeon Forge
Pigeon Forge may not have been the home of the great stars of Tennessee’s golden age of music. But it’s the home of many amazing tributes, all of whom can transport you back in time with ageless songs that bring back fond memories.
Best of all, these aren’t standard concerts. If you miss the show on one day, you don’t have to wait years for the acts to come around again. The Pigeon Forge performers in these shows play daily or bi-daily to deliver an exceptional experience to all who visit.