60th Anniversary of the Winter Dance Party (All Ages Concert) Buddy Holly, Ritchie Vallens, & Big Bopper

By Olde Pine Theatre (other events)

Saturday, February 2 2019 7:00 PM 10:00 PM

60th Anniversary Party
Buddy Holly and the Winter Dance Party (Live Concert/All Ages)
Saturday, February 2, 7:00 PM
Olde Pine Theatre

Join us at the Olde Pine Theatre for a recreation of the February 2nd, 1959 Winter Dance Party.

In January, 1959, Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, J.P. “The Big Bopper”, Dion and the Belmonts, Frankie Sardo, Waylon Jennings, Tommy Allsup and Carl Bunch set out on a 24 day tour barnstorming the Midwest. It became the most infamous tour in rock ‘n roll history.

Organizationally speaking, the tour was a complete catastrophe. The shows were scheduled hundreds of miles apart from one another as they zigzagged through one of the deadliest winters the Midwest had seen in decades, in the worst possible transportation available. The musicians crammed into a drafty bus to perform in small ballrooms and theatres and by February 1st, Carl Bunch (Holly’s drummer) had left with frostbitten feet.

By the time the tour limped into Clear Lake, Iowa on the evening of Monday, February 2nd, Holly had decided to charter a small plane for himself, Allsup and Jennings to fly to the next venue in Fargo, North Dakota following the show at the Surf Ballroom. At the last minute, Jennings gave up his seat to The Big Bopper (who had the flu) and Tommy Allsup lost his seat to Ritchie Valens with a flip of a coin.

The performance in Clear Lake was electric and the music brought a joy that would remain forever in the hearts and minds of all who attended. It was a night that burned bright with some of rock and roll’s greatest songs and its brightest stars…and ended with the unthinkable. After their performance at the Surf Ballroom, Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson, were killed when their plane crashed shortly after taking off from the nearby Mason City Municipal Airport.

The rest is rock ‘n’ roll history. Bobby Vee & The Shadows performed in Fargo, ND on Feb. 3rd, and Jimmy Clanton, Fabian & Frankie Avalon were substituted as the tour’s headliners. Frankie Sardo, Dion & The Belmonts and The Crickets continued until the end of the tour.

Our high energy musicians will authentically replicate Buddy Holly, Ritchie Vallens, and the Big Bopper. Special guests will include Dion & The Belmonts, Bobby Vee, and Brenda Lee. They will play authentic instruments, wear authentic costumes, and sound just like the artists. Sing along with all of your favorite songs!

The celebration will take place at the Olde Pine Theatre on Saturday, February 2nd starting at 7 PM. Call the Olde Pine Theatre mobile box office for tickets at (507) 491-2639 or visit for more information.

Winter Dance Party -PROMO VIDEO-

$18 Advance Online (Service Fee)
$18 Mobile Box Office (507) 491-2639
$20 At the door
$15 Students and Children

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113 2nd St. SW
Pine Island, MN 55963
(507) 491-2639 MOBILE BOX OFFICE