It may not be 1956 anymore, but at the U.S. Old Mint on Friday, October 5, there was a whole lotta shakin’ goin’ on.

Levi Kreis and Brandon Bennett transported patrons back in time with their performances at the Louisiana Museum Foundation’s “Louisiana Legends of Rock and Roll” gala. Both artists have won accolades for their impersonations of Jerry Lee Lewis and Elvis Presley, respectively: Kreis won the 2010 Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical for his portrayal of Lewis in Million Dollar Quartet, and Elvis Presley Enterprises named Bennett, a Louisiana native, the 2008 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist. Bennett currently stars in Chicago’s Apollo Theater production of Million Dollar Quartet.

Million Dollar Quartet is a hit musical based on the impromptu one-day jam session between Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash and Sam Perkins. The “Million Dollar Quartet” super group all happened to be at Sun Record Studios on Tuesday, December 4, 1956, and recorded 46 musical tracks together.

The Louisiana Museum Foundation organized the event to benefit the Louisiana State Museum’s world-acclaimed music exhibit, which has been in storage since Hurricane Katrina. With more than $200,000 raised at the event, the exhibit is slotted to reopen in 2014.


Event at a Glance
What:   “Louisiana Legends of Rock and Roll” gala, benefiting the Louisiana Museum Foundation
When: Friday, October 5
Where:  Old U.S. Mint