Winter Dance Party®
a tribute to Buddy Holly, the Big Bopper, and Ritchie Valens
John Mueller’s Winter Dance Party® is the official live and authentic re-creation of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper’s final tour and the only show endorsed by the Holly, Valens and Richardson estates.
Winter Dance Party® will visit the F.M. Kirby Center, July 12 at 7:00pm. Tickets go on sale next Friday, March 14th at 10:00am, and can be purchased at the Kirby Center Box Office, by phone at 570.826.1100 or online at www.kirbycenter.org. A special Kirby Member pre-sale begins Wednesday, March 12 at 10:00am.
Each live concert performance includes over two hours of unbridled, high voltage entertainment featuring all the hit songs of the 50s era: That’ll Be The Day, Peggy Sue, Oh, Boy, Rave on, La Bamba, Chantilly Lace, and many, many more.
John Mueller, the critically acclaimed former star of the U.S. touring version of the London/Broadway hit musical "Buddy..the Buddy Holly Story," performs as Buddy Holly and Linwood Sasser fills the legendary footsteps of the Big Bopper. Ray Anthony performs as Ritchie Valens and is a renowned star of the "Legends of Rock and Roll" show at the Imperial Palace in Las Vegas. The very authentic and energetic
four piece band (guitar, drums, stand up bass and sax) includes Grammy award winning Mike Acosta on saxaphone, George Mueller on lead guitar, Ed Maxwell on stand up bass and Jerry Angel on drums.
The Winter Dance Party® show has performed in front of over 2 million people on national TV for the Jerry Lewis Telethon, has toured extensively throughout the United States and Canada at performing arts centers, concert halls, theatres, ballrooms, corporate events, casinos and even for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The show began in 1999 in honor of the 40th anniversary of the original tour and has grown immensely in popularity with a substantial fan base.
Highlights over the years have included receiving the keys to the city of Green Bay, WI from the Mayor, playing in the legendary Surf Ballroom on the same day Buddy, Ritchie, and the Big Bopper did 40 years prior and performing on stage with Maria Elena Holly (Buddy's widow), Niki Sullivan (original Crickets member), Tommy Allsup and Carl Bunch (original WDP tour lead guitarist and drummer) and
has shared the stage with such greats as Chubby Checker,The Coasters, The Fireballs, Marshall Crenshaw, Taj Mahal, John Mellencamp, and Bill Haley's Original Comets to name a few.
"Flawless….rings as clear and true as a chord from a Fender
-The Chicago Tribune
"An air tight band with energy-packed execution of a long string
of classics. Rather than museum pieces or mere fodder for oldies
radio, these songs had all the vitality and punch that they carried
41 years ago."
-Springfield State Journal Register
"Winter Dance Party captures Holly era…a dead-on re-creation
of the '59 show."
"One of the best concerts I've ever seen."
-Larry Holly (Buddy's brother)
Ticket Prices: $27.00 and $37.00 plus fees