HUDSON N.Y. -- Club Helsinki Hudson’s annual Elvis Birthday Bash, featuring Mark Gamsjager and The Lustre Kings plus other special guests, will be held Saturday at 9 p.m., just four days before what would have been Elvis Presley’s 79th birthday.

Bob Dylan, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, U2 -- they’re all impossible to imagine without Elvis having paved the way. (For proof look no further than U2’s song, "Elvis Ate America.") For several decades, the Capital District-based Mark Gamsjager and The Lustre Kings have been keeping the sound of early rockabilly alive, both in the region and across the U.S. and around the world. They bring an immediacy to the joyful music with a dark underbelly that has compelled performers like Wanda Jackson, the Queen of Rockabilly, as well as Bill Kirchen, Eddie Angel and Robert Gordon, to draft them into the service of rock ‘n’ roll revivalism.

But the Lustre Kings aren’t only about Elvis Presley, capturing an entire era in proto-rock ‘n’ roll.

For the Elvis Birthday Bash at Helsinki Hudson, the Lustre Kings are expected to be joined by other members of the region’s talented rock ‘n’ roll revival scene.

The Lustre Kings have a devoted international fan base and they continue to tear up the road every year, performing more than 150 dates annually and appearing regularly at events like the Viva Las Vegas Festival, the Heritage Folk Festival and the Rockin 50s Fest, as well as at famed haunts like the Continental Club, The Sutler, The Starr Bar, The Hi-Tone, Johnny D’s, The Big C Jamboree at Martyr’s and, of course, the Mid-City Lanes Rock ‘n’ Bowl.

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