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'Rave On!' salutes music of Winter Dance Party Tour

Chris Damiano as Ritchie Valens, Alex Mack as Buddy Holly and David Fanning as The Big Bopper performing the Rave On! show. (Trish Thayer/Courtesy)

Chris Damiano as Ritchie Valens, Alex Mack as Buddy Holly and David Fanning as The Big Bopper performing the Rave On! show. (Trish Thayer/Courtesy)

Lonely Street Productions is bringing back Rave On!, the show saluting the music from the Winter Dance Party Tour, the final concert of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper.

The show features David Fanning as the Big Bopper, Chris Damiano as Dion DiMucci and Valens and Alex Mack as Holly as well as a backup band, Fanning said. The audience is going to know most of the songs and 95 percent of them are ones everyone has heard before, he said.

“This tour ended in 1959,” Fanning said. “Our audience, they were teenagers back then some of them. it brings back incredible memories for them and the songs are incredibly uplifting.”

Tickets, of which there aren’t very many left, 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 box office one hour prior to the performance.

Holly’s, Valens’ and the Big Bopper’s deaths was such a shame due to how young they died, Fanning said. Further, the musical landscape could have been unbelievably different had they lived, he said.

“If I’m correct, Ritchie Valens was 17 years old when he died, the Big Bopper was 28 and Buddy Holly just started his career. It’s a shame,” Fanning said. “Buddy Holly had an incredible library to begin with just in that short time he was alive.”

However, while they may no longer be around, their legacy lives on in their music, he said. Most people have heard their songs because they still play them on the radio, Fanning said. Anyone coming to Rave On!, whether they first heard these songs on a record at the time or on the radio years later is going to enjoy the show, he said.

Costuming for the show looks to bring the feel of the show alive as well as Fanning said he wears a leopard skin jacket due to the Big Bopper being a lot of show, big and boisterous. Damiano and Mack look just like Valens and Holly too, he said.

The Elks Theatre and Performing Arts Center, 117 E. Gurley St., is an incredible venue for this show too, Fanning said. Not only does the music take the audience back in time, but the theater does as well, he said.

By Jason Wheeler, reach him at 928-445-3333 ext. 2037. Follow him on Twitter @PrescottWheels