A four-day festival celebrating the music and memories of Elvis Presley begins Thursday at several sites in and around Bad Nauheim, a village north of Frankfurt, Germany.

The second annual festival, which runs through Sunday, takes place where Presley roamed as a 3rd Armored Division soldier from October 1958 to March 1960. Assigned to the 1st Battalion, 32nd Armor Regiment, Presley spent the majority of his service time at Ray Barracks in nearby Friedberg.

Due to security concerns, however, two noontime events scheduled for Friday and Saturday at Ray Barracks have been canceled, said Petra Adolph, a marketing and tourism official for the town of Bad Nauheim.

Nonetheless, several other events are planned. The three main ones are scheduled for Friday and Saturday nights.

At 8 p.m. Friday, a concert led by Ted Herold, a buddy of Elvis, will rock the theater near the Kurpark in Bad Nauheim. That venue hosts another performance at 7 p.m. Saturday, when Elvis impersonator Paul Casey takes the stage.

Tickets for either show range in price from 21 to 39 euros.

Most of the other events are moderately priced at 4 to 5 euros each. That includes the open-air concert from 6 p.m. to midnight Saturday. It’ll be held in downtown Bad Nauheim near Frankfurter Strasse.

If arriving from the south on A-5, exit at Ober-Moerlen, and then follow the signs to the “Bad Nauheim Rock ’n’ Roll Night” at “Gradierwerk IV.” If coming from the north, use the Bad Nauheim exit.

For more information, call the tourism office at 06032-929920/929922 (English spoken), or access the Web site at:

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