One of the major advantages of having a sister branch of Austin's Continental Club is the terrific booking opportunities. We're more apt to get Capitol City acts that might not play here otherwise, and reluctant national performers can make a Texas swing worthwhile with a double booking. Then there's this show, a 15-year Austin tradition, which is making its Houston debut. Longtime roots rocker Ted Roddy has put together a three-hour show, neither an impersonation nor a parody act, that covers the music and career of Elvis Presley. Beginning with a set by Shaun Young and the New Blue Moon Boys, which covers Presley's Sun/RCA period, it really kicks into gear as Roddy and a 12-piece band (featuring former Houstonian and ex-Wagoneer Brent Wilson on guitar) re-create one of the King's '70s-era Vegas shows, ensuring that you'll hear "Jailhouse Rock," "Polk Salad Annie" and some old-time, Jesus-lovin' numbers in the same night.
In previous years Roddy's annual celebration of Elvis's birthday -- he would have been 66 on January 8 -- has drawn people from across the country, garnering raves from both Presley diehards and casual fans alike. And though the King is probably more familiar today as a punch line than a trendsetter, Roddy's show emphasizes the music of the man rather than his dietary or television-shooting habits. Although we're sure Roddy makes a mean peanut butter and banana sandwich.<