Steven Dodd and members of his Elton John Tribute Band, Elton Live! - The Ultimate Tribute! perform the iconic musicians biggest hits for a live audience.

World-class musicians to take stage for tribute concert

Coach’s Corner to host Elton Live! - The Ultimate Tribute! July 2

Updated June 30, 2021 at 4:53 p.m.

Get your tickets now! On July 2nd, Coach’s Corner is hosting the nation’s most exciting Elton John tribute band, Elton Live! -The Ultimate Tribute!

It’s a big year for Coach’s Corner: they’re celebrating their 30th anniversary and they’ve been voted Connect Savannah’s Best Sports Bar.

The Atlanta-based, New Orleans-raised musician, Steven Dodd, had the idea to start the band in 2018 after attending his first Elton John concert. Dodd is the band’s lead singer and performs as Elton. His ability to emulate the voice and stage presence of Sir Elton has been described as a “dead ringer.” The band’s vocal line-up includes former Elton John background vocalist L’Tonya “Sugarlips” Shields and world-class musicians like Scott Patton from Sugarland, and Kris Dale who toured with Corey Smith.

This show moves through the full range of emotions, the highs and lows, and the set list includes four decades of Elton John’s hits, like “Bennie and the Jets,” “Candle in the Wind,” “Philadelphia Freedom” and “Rocket Man.” And, every performance includes an incredible light show with special effects designed to captivate audiences of every age.

In anticipation of their first show in Savannah, Dodd spoke with Connect about the power of performing and having a good time.

CS: When did you first discover Elton John?
As a young kid growing up in New Orleans, Elton John’s music was everywhere; blasting in cars, on Bourbon Street, even on “Soul Train.” I was very interested from a young age.

CS: Can you tell me the band’s origin story?
I’ve loved Elton John’s music all my life. But, the first time I saw him perform live was in 2018 at a huge arena in Atlanta. The production was incredible. The costumes, lasers, fire, and choreography were beyond any normal concert. Really, it wasn’t like a concert at all. The range of emotions were so intense it was more like a Broadway show. This show was my ‘Ah-Ha’ moment. From that day on, I knew what I had to do. Our band is world-class and has only been together for eight months. It takes so much to make the right mix of musicians. Growing and pruning. We are an all-star, arena-level group of musicians.

CS: Supporting charities is an important part of what you do.
We give back whenever we can. It is about taking our gifts and helping others. We do a lot of work with local and national charities. It makes it all worthwhile.

CS: What’s your favorite Elton John song? Is that also your favorite song to perform?
Yes, that’s simple. “Rocket Man.” No question.

CS: Is this your first show in Savannah? SD: Yes! This is our first show in Savannah. It’ll be so fantastic. Savannah has so much history. The energy is going to be amazing. We are expecting the show to sell out.

CS: Do you feel like you carry a piece of Elton John with you when you are off stage?
Off stage, I am a regular guy. Married, kids, 401(k), the whole nine yards. When I get into costume before the show and I do my vocal warm-ups, push-ups etc... when I put on the costume, then, I feel like I am transformed. You know, I’m not trying to be Elton per se, this is my interpretation of Elton. It’s a time to be sincere, genuine, and have a lot of fun.

CS: What’s it like to embody an icon?
For me, performing is an out-of-body experience. The vocals, the band … all of it. I look around and wonder how is all of this possible? It’s surreal. It’s like I’m levitating. I can’t explain the feeling. Out of body. The audience is always incredible; dressed up and ready to have a great time.

CS: Do you have any pre-show rituals or superstitions?
I enjoy a cocktail and being around our manager and sound engineer, Joe. He’s always keeping us laughing and having a good time, no matter what’s happening. We are here to have fun and that’s the ritual: fun.

Coach’s Corner is located at 3016 East Victory Dr. Tickets start at just $25. To purchase, visit:

Published June 30, 2021 at 1:00 a.m.

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