Duke & The King comes to the Manship Theatre

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

Pal Productions in association with Self-Proclaimed Entertainment present the documentary, "Duke & The King" in the Manship Theatre, Thursday May 2nd at 7pm.

Part music documentary, part concert film, "Duke & The King" follows the journey of Baton Rouge legend, Duke Bardwell and his stint playing in Elvis Presley's "TCB" band. Bardwell's inborn sense of rhythm found expression at age six, when his mother gave him a ukulele. Within a short while, Bardwell graduated to guitar, then trumpet. His love for music, coupled with his interest in several instruments, plus voice, led him into some of Baton Rouge's best r&b bands in the early sixties. Bardwell has performed and recorded with many influential artists, among them: Tom Rush, Jose Feliciano, Gene Clark and Emmylou Harris. And, in 1974-75, he was the bassist for Elvis Presley.

Bardwell's storytelling is punctuated with live performances recorded at the WorkPlay Theater in Birmingham, Al. The film also features interviews with notables like Kenny Loggins, TCB pianist Glen D.

Hardin, Tom Rush, Casey Kelly, Trevor Veitch and Leon Medica. For more information, visit www.dukebardwell.com.

A live performance by Duke Bardwell will precede the film and a Q&A with the filmmakers, Kris Wheeler and Wayne Franklin will follow the film. Tickets available at www.manshiptheatre.org or (225) 344-0334.

Sponsored by The Advocate, Cox Communications, Baton Rouge Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, MAPP Construction, Lafayette Travel and Louisiana's Rhythm Nation.