Doors - 6:00pm
Showtime - 7:00pm
$12 in Advance | $15 at Door
VMRC, in conjunction with Arts Council of the Valley, is pleased to bring Rock ‘N’ Roll Remembered to Court Square Theater Saturday, Feb 9, 2019.
Sixty years ago - on February 3, 1959 - seminal rock and roll stars Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and “the Big Bopper” were killed in a plane crash while on a tour. The date has been immortalized as “The Day the Music Died” in Don McLean’s 1971 hit song “American Pie”. To commemorate the 60th anniversary of this tragic event in rock and roll history, Little Walter & the Convictions will present a very special concert featuring the iconic songs immortalized by these rock and roll legends. The Big Bopper was best known for “Chantilly Lace”, while Ritchie Valens is remembered for his archetypal hits, “La Bamba” and “Oh Donna”. Buddy Holly’s deep songbook made a major and lasting impact on popular music, changing the face of rock and roll. His songs have been covered by The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Byrds, Blind Faith, Marshall Crenshaw, Jackson Browne, Linda Ronstadt, and countless others.
Little Walter & the Convictions will be performing many of these three music legends’ greatest hits in this very special concert. Over the last eight years, the band has established a reputation for mastering the music of the 1960’s. In this concert, they’ll be focusing their creative talents on the roots of rock and roll, the songs of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper.
Even if you weren’t born until long after these legends’ lives were tragically cut short on the cold wintry night of February 3, 1959, you will instantly recognize almost every song, as they comprise the very bedrock of the rock and roll songbook. You won’t want to miss this concert.
Based in Staunton, VA, the band features Lewis Bagwell (lead vocalist), Joe Bandish (bass and vocals), Mike Ritchie (keyboards), Rusty Whitesell (drums and vocals), and John Whitfield (guitar and vocals).