Red Elvises Play Los Alamos Summer Concert At Pond

Red Elvises band leader Igor Yuzov uses his guitar as a weapon during the Friday night Summer Concert at Ashley Pond Park. Yuzov was born in Germany, raised in Ukraine and studied in Russia. He grew up in the former Soviet Union, where folk music was the norm and rock’n’roll was illegal. A rebellious streak, however, led him to seek out the forbidden music. As soon as it became possible, Igor left Russia for America with his ‘Folk’n’Roll’ band Limpopo and was personally greeted by Ronald Reagan. In 1993, Limpopo won Ed McMahon’s Star Search and their popularity began to blossom. In 1995, Igor dreamed that Elvis Presley came to him and told him to start playing rock’n’roll. Igor and his Russian friends became Red Elvises and gave street performances on Santa Monica’s 3rd Street Promenade. As their crowds grew larger, the City of Santa Monica ordered them to discontinue their street performances. Evolving over the years, Igor’s music has been labeled ‘Siberian Surf Rock’, which contains humorous lyrics and grooves that forces his audience to dance. Over the past 20 years, Red Elvises have constantly toured all over the world with occasional breaks to record new music and to participate in film and television projects. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Crowd rocks out to the Red Elvises at Friday night’s Summer Concert at Ashley Pond Park. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Band member Tim Hayn (trumpet, guitar, trumpet, vox) mingles with the crowd. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Dejah Sandoval on bass. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
The conga line high-fives. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Jasmin Guevara on durms. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Twirling to the Elvises. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Hands in the air for the Red Elvises.Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Fascinated fan. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Promoters Kara Robertson and Abe Gordon, post show. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
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