(Dec. 28, 2018) Ocean City residents and visitors can experience the musical stylings of Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Johnny Cash, this Saturday.

Presley, Perkins, Lewis & Cash will preform shows at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. at the Roland E. Powell Convention Center on 40th Street. Tickets cost $29 and $36.

Ben Hale assumes the musical role of Johnny Cash as a member of the group, but he said it’s all about putting his own spin on it.

“It’s a tightrope walk, and we honor the music, and we don’t do it by absolute rote,” Hale said. “We like to breathe life into it, and keep it vibrant and moving.”

Hale said what sets the group apart from other tribute ensembles is that they’re “a bunch of young guys who are working musicians out of Nashville, and all over, and they’re all stellar, stellar entertainers.”

Hale said his group’s talent often allows them to shake things up during performance.

“My favorite kind of Rock and Roll lives in the … unpredictable,” Hale said.

Hale said he spent two-and-a-half years working on Million Dollar Quartet in Las Vegas, a show that put a more theatrical take on the lives of these singers. 

“This is the concert version, unbridled, and people often will get up and dance around you if the venue allows it,” he said.

Mike Wicklein, of Ocean Promotions, said the 4 p.m. matinee show was a last-minute addition “because tickets are selling quite nicely.” 

Hale said the group is thrilled to perform in Ocean City. 

“We are all for it. I mean every show has its own challenges, and every audience presents a new opportunity to win them over,” Hale said. “I’m looking forward to it.”

Anyone interested in purchasing tickets can do so at the convention center’s box office on 40th Street, call the center at 410-289-2800, through Ticketmaster at 1-800-551-7328, or visit ticketmaster.com.

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