CATCH BUDDY HOLLY’S STAR IS “RAVE ON!”
Buddy Holly lived a meteoric life, a rising star in the new world of rock and roll, who crashed way too soon, after burning so brightly, so briefly. A singer/songwriter from Lubbock, Texas, he hit the charts quickly, in the late 1950’s, and after phenomenal success for a year and a half, died tragically in an airplane disaster during a snowstorm.
For all the brevity of his musical career, he is credited with influencing the world of music, most notably The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and Bob Dylan and in 2004 Rolling Stone Magazine named him #13 on their list of 100 Greatest Artists of All Time. Not bad for a country western boy who liked the sound of Elvis Presley and who only hit the charts for eighteen months.
You now, if you act quickly, have the opportunity to see a grand Billy McGuigan recreate the groovy music of this rocker is “Rave On! The Music of Buddy Holly” at Seven Angels Theatre in Waterbury until Sunday, November 2. Billy McGuigan with his band, Darren Pettit on saxophone, Chris Acker on trombone, Doyle Tipler on trumpet, Steve Gomez on bass, Tomm Roland on drums and Leon Adams on keyboard, really rock the rafters. McGuigan conceived the show and has toured with it all over the United States.
Come hear all the fabulous tunes like “Peggy Sue,” “That’ll Be the Day,” “Party Doll,” “Oh, Boy,” “Raining in My Heart” and “Johnny Be Good.” Holly’s famous “hiccup” technique, where certain words are emphasized, is joyfully explained. As a tribute to the man and his music, McGuigan and his band truly “rave on!”
For tickets ($38-49), call Seven Angels Theatre, Plank Road, Hamilton Pavilion Park, Waterbury (just off I-84) at 203-757-4676 or online at www.sevenangelstheatre.org. ; Performances are tonight at 8 p.m., Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Even if poodle skirts are no longer your fashion selection and hula hoops haven’t touched your hips in decades, now is the time to abandon your couch and listen once again to the great sounds of Buddy Holly.
The bopping beat goes on.
This will appear in the Middletown Press on October 30.