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Six-year-old Elvis impersonator makes first PO appearance
A six-year-old Kitsap County resident who developed an affinity for Elvis Presley practically out of the womb is turning his worship of the King into a full time hobby, as indicated by a Port Orchard appearance on Monday afternoon.
“His music is great, his dancing is great, his acting is great,” Brian said of Elvis before the performance. “I just can’t believe it. He is just so awesome. I wish that I could have met him in real life, so he could actually teach me.”
Brian played a 15-song set of Elvis tunes on the risers at the Snap Dog Diner in Port Orchard. The restaurant, which is styled after a 1950s diner, is loaded with Elvis memorabilia and props that represent the era.
Like the real thing, “Little Elvis” bounded out to the sounds of the 2001 theme and launched into “All Shook Up.” He has the moves and the inflection, even if his voice is understandably not as robust as the original.
“This was the longest set he has ever played,” said his father and manager, Col. Sammy Dent. “I was really proud of him.”
Sammy, 64, remembers the Elvis phenomena firsthand, and was surprised when Brian immediately assumed the necessary moves when hearing the music for the first time. Sammy coaches Brian and makes suggestions, but states “as soon as it is no longer fun we will stop.”
At the same time Sammy is looking for ways that he can turn a profit from the act, as it could be a way to pay for Brian’s college.
Brian is playing wherever he can, mostly for free. What money earned goes into a savings account or to Brian’s brother, Ton-Ton, who operates the karaoke machine during the performances.
“It’s fun to watch him,” Ton-Ton said. “It’s different every time. I never really get bored. He’s so happy go lucky all the time and loves doing this. We are not forcing him to do anything.”
Sammy Dent hopes to support Brian’s musical interest, as an Elvis impersonator or with his own creation. Piano lessons are in progress, as well as plans to visit Graceland this summer.
“I really want to take him to visit Graceland,” Sammy said. “And he wants to go in the worst way.”
In the meantime, Brian is already hard at work building the myth.
“When I listened to his CDs and DVDs and heard his singing and acting I just said ‘wow,’” Brian recalls. “I said to my Dad, I said ‘hey Dad, can I become an Elvis impersonator?’ and he said ‘yes’ so that’s how I became Elvis.”