December 18, 2007

LET'S ASSUME HE'S NOT THE FEATURE ACT AT TOM TANCREDO'S INAUGURATION:

Viva El Vez, the Mexican Elvis (Florangela Davila, 12/16/07, Seattle Times)

ELVIS might have left the building, but El Vez, the Mexican Elvis/Chicano activist/cult performer extraordinario, has settled down here in Seattle and is living it up. [...]

El Vez unleashes his freak flag like there's no maƱana. He's a 150-pound dynamo with seemingly zero body fat (his jumpsuits, despite all the baubles, hide absolutely nothing). Black mariachi boots, proper pompadour, sexy mustache inked with black Sharpie pen.

"It says 'nontoxic' so I'm hoping, after 18, 19 years, it really is, or else my lip would fall off," laughs Robert Lopez, brain and body behind El Vez. El Rey!

Lopez is genteel and soft-spoken, and since it'd be rude to call El Vez middle aged, it's worth pointing out one other envious characteristic: He has inherited that Ralph Macchio/Dick Clark looks-defy-age gene. He may be approaching 50 (he's 47), but he looks closer to 40, which is really the new 30, if magazine headlines are to be believed.

So how did El Vez end up here? And who's the man underneath all the glitz?


Posted by Orrin Judd at December 18, 2007 6:30 AM
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