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Memphis Jones, music historian, in Fredericton for King Fest

There will be more than a hunk of burning love for Elvis Presley in Fredericton this weekend, thanks to King Fest, a celebration of the King that is taking place.

“My mission is to find excellence in your life,' says Jones

Memphis Jones is from Memphis, Tennessee. (CBC)

There will be more than a hunk of burning love for Elvis Presley in Fredericton this weekend, thanks to King Fest, a celebration of the King that is taking place.

One of the people taking part in the festivities is Memphis Jones, a musician and music historian from Tennessee.

On Friday, Jones was speaking to a class of Fredericton middle-school students about Presley’s relentless determination to get better to help inspire them.

“My mission is to find excellence in your life, find greatness and don’t accept anything less,” said Jones.

He says that in today’s society, the shift has focused to being a celebrity, rather than on achieving excellence.

“We want to be famous on Twitter. We want to be famous on Facebook. We want to be famous, but we aren't holding ourselves to a standard of excellence deciding this isn't good enough to share, but this is good enough to share,” said Jones.

His message resonated with student Isaac Morrison.

“Most of the time when people say 'Work hard and try your best,' you usually think, 'Ok, ok, sure.' But when I heard it from this guy, it felt a little more inspiring,” said Morrison.

“This guy really showed me I got to do it right.”

Jones was brought in by class instructor (and Elvis impersonator) Mike Bravener.

King Fest runs through Saturday evening.

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