Originally Published: March 16, 2016 6 a.m.
Be transported to a time before that fateful day when the music died when Lonely Street Productions presents “Rave On!” as a tribute to Buddy Holly & The Crickets, Ritchie Valens, the Big Bopper and Dion & the Belmonts on Sunday, March 20, at the Elks Theatre and Performing Arts Center, 117 E. Gurley St. The show begins at 7 p.m. and features Alex Mack performing the Holly songs as well as David Fanning taking on the Big Bopper.
While Fanning performed in the show at the Elks Theatre in 2014, Mack said the show was recommended to him. While he had done a couple Holly songs before, he had never really gotten into him.
“I’m really lucky I got to do the show,” he said, stating it “Opened up a lot. I stated to see what a unique artist he was … 18 months of fame and success.”
Tickets for the show are $25 for adults and $22 for seniors and can be purchased online at www.prescottelkstheater.com, by calling 928-777-1370 or at the door one hour prior to the performance.
One of the more interesting aspects to Holly was how he wrote all the lyrics and melodies to his songs during a time when it wasn’t as common to be a singer and songwriter, Mack said. In such a short period of time, Holly wrote quite a f
ew songs that all had different sounds, from ballads to rock to blues, he said.
Some of the songs that Mack enjoys singing is the ballad “True Love Ways” along with the rock songs “Rave on!” and “That’ll Be the Day,” he said.
With Holly only having been around for 18 months, the show provides a chance for people to see a tribute to a performer that others had to be in the right place at the right time to have caught the original, Mack said.
“It’s based on the last show,” Mack said. “It’s kind of a cool recreation of that night.”