Clear Lake, IA (Feb. 1, 2014) — Recreating The Winter Dance Party to commemorate the anniversary of the day the music died, Allen Malicsi played the role of Ritchie Valens, along with the band, Buddy and the Boys in Clear Lake, Iowa on Feb. 1.
The Winter Dance Party was the Midwest rock-and-roll tour show that Buddy Holly, J.P. (The Big Bopper) Richardson and Ritchie Valens performed with in 1959, to include stops in St. Paul and Duluth, and they opted for a small airplane to the broken down tour bus in a snowstorm to make another Minnesota date when they crashed on takeoff into a cornfield.
Buddy and The Boys members include Nicholas Freeman (Buddy Holly); Scott Jorgenson (Big Bopper); Allen Malicsi (Ritchie Valens); Zach Spicer (drums); Josh Bourdon (Bass); Brandon Petron (Guitar). Catch the magic again when Buddy and the Boys perform at CAMP Cabaret in St. Paul from March 6-9, 2014.
As a Buddy Holly tribute band that came out of the performing in The Buddy Holly Story music theater, Malicsi played the role of Ritchie Valens in both productions at the Minnesota History Theater. At the performance at the Surf Ballroom, Malicsi had a chance to meet the Valens family and perform the songs, Come On Let’s Go, Donna and La Bamba in their company. These are perhaps the best known Ritchie Valens songs in his brief young career.
This year, Los Lobos, Albert Lee, The Drifters, Chubby Checker as well as Buddy and the Boys were among the many acts to play the Winter Dance Party in front of a crowd of over one thousand people. Past acts at the Surf Ballroom have included, The Righteous Brothers, The Temptations, The Little River Band, Loverboy, The Beach Boys, Waylon Jennings, Bobby Rydell as well as many others of note.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum designated the Surf Ballroom a historical landmark on Jan. 27, 2009. The ceremony giving landmark status to the site kicked off a week-long celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of the Feb. 2, 1959, “Winter Dance Party” concert and the tragic plane crash of Feb. 3, 1959.
Tickets can be purchased online at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/249308.