We had the good fortune of connecting with Robert Lopez and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Robert, we’d love to hear what makes you happy.
expressing myself. be it happy or often sad.
angry or hopeful.
I am lucky that I get to express these things through my art.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I started as an elvis impersonator but turned it into a social commentary. I took the elvis concept and changed it into a platform of social, political, sexual, racial & economic critic with a mexican/america point of view. making a chicano history to be part of American history. it started very small with Karoke tape bought from Graceland souvenir shops and turned into full band shows with dancers and costume changes. it had taken me across America, Europe and Austrailia. One of my suits has been displayed with my musical history at the Smithsonian Institute in Washing DC. not bad for an elvis impersonator.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
downtown LA. the piñata market for lunch and shopping. the Sante alleys in the fashion district for more crazy shopping. clifttons cafeteria for cocktails. the broad museum for some art and perhaps there is a free outside show at the California Plaza Water Court.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
all the band mates. dancers. costume makers. sound engineers. lighting techs. the people helping backstage with what ever tasks that might be. the show may have my name on it but its all the folks together that make the show.

Website: elvez.net

Instagram: @mr.robertlopez

Twitter: @tweetELVEZ

Facebook: El Vez, the Mexican Elvis

Youtube: EL VEZ, the Mexican Elvis

Image Credits
@photolena_toronto photo two

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