Dwight Icenhower remembers the moment that made him an Elvis Presley fan.
He was about 5 years old and watching "Fun in Acapulco" on TV with his mother. When Elvis sang "Bossa Nova Baby," Icenhower was hooked.
"He was moving around and he just looked so cool," Icenhower said.
More than decade later, Icenhower performed some Elvis songs at a high school talent show and he was a huge hit. Kids started calling him "the Elvis guy."
"That developed, very, very gradually, into what I do know,' he said.
What Icenhower does now is summon Elvis Presley on stage.
He'll be doing exactly that this Friday and Saturday at the Manatee Performing Arts Center.
Icenhower has won several world championships at Elvis-impersonating competitions. His show starts with Icenhower and his four-piece band re-creating the Elvis songs from the '50s, and then taking the audience through the "Aloha From Hawaii" TV special in 1973.
He doesn't do the stuff from the later Vegas days, when Elvis was bloated and past his glory years.
"Nobody wants to see that," he said.
His show is titled "A Tribute to the King," and in Bradenton it will include a healthy dose of songs from Elvis' Christmas albums, along with all the hits that people want to hear.
By the way, that's not a stage named. Icenhower's parents named him Dwight. His mother, who was born after Dwight D. Eisnhower's presidency ended in 1961, said she never even thought of the similarity in their names.
"But I don't believe her," he said.
Details: 2 p.m. Dec. 12-13, Stone Hall at the Manatee Performing Arts Center, 502 Third Ave, W., Bradenton. Tickets: $27-$37. Information: 941-748-5875, manateeperformingartscenter.com.
-- Marty Clear