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The Athens King


By day, Chris Shupe is program director and “Morning Edition” host at Athens’ NPR affiliate, WUGA 91.7 FM. After hours, he transforms into the Classic City’s premier Elvis Presley tribute act. Shupe has been gigging steadily with his skillful TCB Band for the past decade, but he’s been donning the sequined suit for more than 30 years. The King’s banter-heavy shows feature a mix of reverent takes on Presley’s pre-Army oeuvre and appropriately gaudy send-ups of his latter-era excesses. Be warned: Shupe says he’s planning to hang up the cape at the end of this year, so this is one of your last chances to see the King in action.