El Vez is the self-dubbed "Mexican Elvis." Indeed, he’s a novelty act, but his involvement in the Los Angeles underground music scene, as well as in the East Los Angeles anti-gang and community outreach programs, are dedications that have lasted for over two decades. As El Vez, Robert Lopez has appointed himself a magnificent alter ego, not unlike the David Bowie/Ziggy Stardust connection (his backing band is even named the Spiders From Memphis!). Although El Vez albums such as Graciasland -- a double rib toward the King and Paul Simon -- are entertaining and well-arranged, his live shows are the explosive element of his package that continue to sell out concert halls and clubs across America. With songs like "Misery Tren," "I've Got My Green Card, I Want My Gold Card," and "Say It Loud, I'm Brown And I'm Proud," El Vez injects a healthy, fun dose of relevant awareness into his act without having to resort to the emphatic preaching one might expect.