Date(s) - 11/20/2015
State Theatre Center for the Arts
Back by popular demand, John Mueller’s 50’s Dance Party is the official live and authentic re-creation of the final tour before “the music died”. The tour that brings Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper back to life makes a stop at the State Theatre.
John Mueller’s 50’s Dance Party includes over two hours of entertainment featuring all the hit songs of the 50’s era including That’ll Be The Day, Peggy Sue, Chantilly Lace and La Bamba. It is the official tribute to Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper and is the only show endorsed by their estates. It is the only show endorsed and honored by Buddy’s widow Maria Elena Holly.
The critically acclaimed former star of the U.S. touring version of the London/Broadway hit musical “Buddy…the Buddy Holly Story,” John Mueller performs as Buddy Holly with Linwood Sasser as the Big Bopper and Ray Anthony as Ritchie Valens. The very authentic and energetic four piece band (guitar, drums, stand up bass and sax) includes Grammy award winning Mike Acosta on saxophone.
John Mueller’s 50’s Dance Party has performed in front of over 2 million people on national television for the Jerry Lewis Telethon and has toured extensively throughout the United States, including the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The show began in 1999 in honor of the 40th Anniversary of the original tour that ultimately ended with the plane crash that claimed the lives of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper.
Highlights over the years have included performing with Grammy winner Peter Nero and the Philly Pops Orchestra, 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 50 years prior and performing on stage with Maria Elena Holly (Buddy’s widow), Niki Sullivan (an original Cricket band member) and Tommy Allsup (original Winter Dance Party guitarist and legendary Nashville producer.)