Manzanillo's very own "Elvis"
Review by Susan Dearing
While other kids my age were into the Beatles, Rolling Stones, and Herman's Hermits, I stubbornly refused to succumb to peer pressure and be a hippie, instead, holding steadfastly to my belief in--and love of--Elvis Presley.
Raised on Elvis songs, first bought as 45's by my mother, I watched every movie he made (all more than once), bought every album that came out, and read every fan magazine that featured The King.
The ultimate dream happened in 1973, when I saw Elvis in Chicago, and, at 24 years of age, I thought I'd died and went to heaven when he looked right at me and sang, "(I Can't Help) Falling in Love with You."
Now, I was not one of the women who threw their panties on the stage (which he would pick up and wipe the sweat off his face with), but I did cry when he did the "American Trilogy."
Now, almost 40 years later, living in Mexico, who would have believed I'd have a chance to see "Elvis" again.
David Weber, famous in Cancun for his Elvis show, is visiting his father for the winter, and will be doing his Elvis Show in various locations in our area.
Anyone who has ever watched an Elvis impersonator will testify to the excitement and exhilaration that pervades the performance venue. These shows are a sincere attempt to capture the right essence of The King, and best represent the Elvis legacy.
In keeping with Elvis’s own energized and charismatic performances, an Elvis tribute show is guaranteed to be high energy and very physical. David Weber's show is that, and more, and when you consider he is pulling it off in English--when Spanish is his mother tongue--it is even more amazing.
A lot goes into an Elvis act which wows the audience, and David's voice, though his diction isn't perfect, brings the emotions that the real Elvis brought to his songs.
Elvis was never just a voice. It was the whole package of music, look, performance and charisma that had millions of people under his spell for twenty long years. Recapturing all this and more, in front of an audience (most of the age they actually remember The King), requires a special effort.
Though you won't find special effects like a Las Vegas show, David's voice and enthusiasm more than make up for the lack of props. Plus, he loves what he does, and it is evident to all who see him perform.
Those who get to know David personally learn he is a loving father and true family man. His two daughters are often on stage with him, and their proud Daddy sings to them often. David is also known for his sense of humor, as when he sang "You Ain't Nothin' but a Hound Dog," to my poodle Sandy.
Last year, David donated an evening to sing at a Hawaiian Luau, a benefit to raise funds for a local drug and alcohol rehabilitation center. As a special treat, he learned the "Hawaiian Wedding Song," and "Blue Hawaii," to kick off the dinner dance. Along, with "Falling in Love with You," these songs came from the Elvis album, "Blue Hawaii."
His father, Pedro, who owns Pedro's Cazuela Grill across from Juanito's Restaurant, loves his music, and has been known to join him on stage for a few Elvis songs. Last St. Patrick's Day, everyone attending the Elvis Show was treated to dueling Elvis' or an Elvis duo, with father and son belting out the tunes.
In addition to doing Elvis and singing golden oldies, David also sings traditional Mexican songs, as well as Mexican Rock & Roll. When he plays at El Alazan, it is often a combination of the 3 and he does requests as well.
Enthusiastic patrons have also been known to sing Karaoke with David and his keyboard, as well as put together impromptu jam sessions.
While visiting Manzanillo, David Weber, Manzanillo's "Mexican Elvis," is an act you won't want to miss.