The best of Buddy Holly, reinvented
June 2nd, 2011
Omaha, NE – One Omaha musician whoâ€™s made a name for himself by recreating the sounds of legendary musicians is back, and this time itâ€™s for a tribute to the late, great Buddy Holly.
In the late 1950â€™s, Buddy Holly and the Crickets landed onto the early scene of American Rock â€˜nâ€™ Roll, and the public noticed.
Although his success only lasted for about a year and a half before his death in 1959, Holly has defined the early chapters of Rock â€˜nâ€™ Roll history, and his influence has remained evident throughout the years.
Now, several musicians throughout the Omaha area have taken Hollyâ€™s legacy and revitalized it. At the forefront of the experience is renowned Omaha musician Billy McGuigan, who is also known for his tribute concerts to the Beatles. This time around though, heâ€™s paying special tribute to the spectacled rock star, by starring as Holly himself.
The show is entitled Rave On: The Buddy Holly Experience, and the band seeks to recapture the aura of a classic Holly concert from the 1950â€™s.
University of Nebraska Omaha professor Darren Pettit is Musical Director for the concert. â€œIt allows the audience to imagine what a Buddy Holly show would be like if it were put on right now,â€ Pettit said. â€œOf course, it features all of Buddy Hollyâ€™s hit songs, but also a lot of tunes that people arenâ€™t very familiar with. Itâ€™s just a high-energy, fun show.â€
Pettit attributes the success of the performance to the programâ€™s nature, which he says is true to Buddy Hollyâ€™s music.
â€œThe Buddy Holly Show is not some caricature of Buddy Holly,â€ Pettit said. â€œItâ€™s something thatâ€™s a little bit truer than that.â€ He added the show is successful because itâ€™s good, and â€œpeople identify with it.â€ â€œBuddy Holly is still an American Rock â€˜nâ€™ Roll icon,â€ he said, and â€œThere are not a lot of good Buddy Holly shows floating around the country.â€
Rave On: The Buddy Holly Experience will be held at the Omaha Community Playhouse, running June 10th through June 26th, Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30 PM, and Sundayâ€™s at 2:00 PM.