WELLTHVILLE — The King of Rock and Roll comes to life on Thursday night with Terry Buchwald playing Music on the Loan at the David A. Howe Public Library.
When the MOTL founders first saw Buchwald perform as Elvis on the Variety Club telethon at Buffalo Children’s Hospital, they immediately wanted to book him for a summer concert series. This was early in his MOTL history, and since then Buchwald and his MOTL have become synonymous.
“It’s one thing that Terry looks like Elvis, but what makes him a great Elvis is his voice. Terry behaves like he expects Elvis to behave,” said the MOTL founder. “I have never seen or heard a better Elvis impersonator.”
Buchwald has brought Elvis to Wellsville nearly every year for MOTL for over 20 years, and even performed at the Valentine’s Dinner/Concert to raise money for MOTL.
The performance is free and brought to the MOTL stage by the Great Wellsville Balloon Rally in partnership with MOTL.
In October 1991, Buchwald dressed up as the King at a Halloween party and was soon on stage with a local band singing the King’s hits. His career took off from there. After producing over 10,000 scarves and over 50,000 of his CDs, he has become one of the finest Elvis impersonators in the country.
He has performed nationally with Lee Greenwood, Diamond Rio, Montgomery Gentry, Rick Springfield, Jim Bickman, Sixpence None the Richer, Johnny Rivers, The Grassroots, The Charlie Daniels Band and many more. It has been the opening act for acclaimed artists. He has also attended the Erie County Fair, Variety Club Children’s Telethon, and other major charitable events such as the Buffalo Make Wish Foundation, Children’s Miracle Network, United Cerebral Palsy, Multiple Sclerosis National Association, Muscular Dystrophy Association, and AIDS Rochester. I also make regular appearances in , a hospice and food bank in western New York.
Buchwald also attended former New York Gov. George Pataki’s New Year’s Eve ball, former Buffalo Bills quarterback Jim Kelly’s NFL ESPN retirement party, New York City and Boston Marathon post-race parties, Alan Thicke’s A celebrity classic, Anheuser-Busch. Summer tours, NFL Super Bowl parties, NHL All-Star benefits and more.
The MOTL Elvis Concert starts at 7pm. Participants are asked to bring a chair or blanket. MOTL is a drug, smoking and alcohol free event. In case of bad weather, the concert will be held at the Nancy Howe Auditorium.
The MOTL concert schedule continues as follows:
July 20 – Zoar
July 27 – Triple Play
August 3 – Mystic Twangers
August 10 – New York Standard Time