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Nebraska’s Home for the Arts, the Lied Center for Performing Arts will honor rock and roll legends Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and the Big Bopper by bringing to the stage John Mueller’s Winter Dance Party, the Official Tribute to Buddy Holly on Feb. 22 at 7:30 PM.

John Mueller’s Winter Dance Party is the official live and authentic re-creation of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper's final tour and is the only show endorsed by the Holly, Valens and Richardson estates. Each live concert performance includes over two hours of unbridled, high voltage entertainment featuring all the hit songs of the 50's era including “That'll Be the Day,” “Peggy Sue,” “Oh, Boy,” “Rave On,” “La Bamba,” “Chantilly Lace,” and many more.

“John Mueller’s Winter Dance Party will transport audience members back in time with its spot on portrayals of some of the most iconic rock and roll stars of all time,” said Bill Stephan, Executive Director of the Lied Center. “This month marks the fifty-fifth year since the ‘music died’ and we can’t think of a better way to honor these musical legends.”

John Mueller, the critically acclaimed former star of the U.S. touring version of the London/Broadway hit musical Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story, performs as Buddy Holly with Linwood Sasser beside him as the Big Bopper. Ray Anthony performs as Ritchie Valens and is a renowned star of the “Legends of Rock and Roll" show at the Imperial Palace in Las Vegas. The authentic and energetic four piece band (guitar, drums, stand-up bass and sax) includes GRAMMY® Award winning Mike Acosta on saxophone.

The Winter Dance Party show has performed in front of over 2 million people on national TV for the Jerry Lewis Telethon, has toured extensively throughout the United States and Canada at theatres, performing arts centers, ballrooms, and even the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame along with John Mellencamp, Marshall Crenshaw and others.

Highlights over the years have included receiving the keys to the city of Green Bay, Wis. from the Mayor, playing in the legendary Surf ballroom on the same day Buddy, Ritchie, and the Big Bopper did 40 years prior, and performing on stage with Maria Elena Holly (Holly's widow), Niki Sullivan (an original Cricket band member) and Tommy Allsup (original Winter Dance Party guitarist and legendary Nashville producer).

Ticket Information

Tickets for John Mueller’s Winter Dance Party, the Official Tribute to Buddy Holly on Feb. 22 at 7:30 PM are available at LiedCenter.org, at the Box Office on 12th and R Streets, or by phone at 402-472-4747. Tickets start at just $28 for adults, $14 for students.