“If you close your eyes, you’d think you were in Vegas in 1971.”
That’s how one senior described the performance by Elvis impersonator and Queens native Lamar Peters last Friday afternoon at the Catholic Charities Howard Beach Senior Center in the Peter J. Striano Residence on Cross Bay Boulevard.
Singing some of the King’s classics, including “Don’t Be Cruel,” “Hound Dog” and “Suspicious Minds,” Peters — son of Elvis impersonator Gregg Peters, an Astoria native — interacted with the audience, dancing with a few of the seniors, who clapped and sang along to the familiar set.
Peters also covered notable tunes from some of Elvis’ contemporaries, including Frank Sinatra and Englebert Humperdinck.
The concert was paid for with part of a grant allocated by Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Rockaway Park).
The concert was one of the first major events the Howard Beach Senior Center has held since moving into its new location in the Striano building, the former Bernard Fineson Center, last summer.
The center had been operating out of its temporary home at St. Helen’s Father Dooley Hall, where it had been since leaving the Rockwood Park Jewish Center after Hurricane Sandy.