Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Bog Bopper – Not Fade Away

July 19, 2017

Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Bog Bopper – Not Fade Away


July 19, 2017 - July 19, 2017

2:00pm – 3:30pm


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Not Fade Away is a tribute to the music of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, The Big Bopper, and more! This is not your typical tribute show. Six talented young artists bring us back to the days of swoonin’, boppin’ and rockin’! With fresh new takes on classic hit songs including That’ll Be The Day, Peggy Sue, Everyday, Summertime Blues, Oh Donna, La Bamba, Chantilly Lace, Beggar to a King, and Twist and Shout, audiences won’t be able to resist getting up on their feet and dancing the night away!

The Music of an Era that Lives on …
Buddy Holly, who is considered by many to be a father of rock and roll, performed with the Crickets at the Granada Theater in London, England, on March 14, 1958. At the time Maybe Baby, Peggy Sue and Oh Boy! Were on Billboard’s Top 100 Chart in the United States. The show was a LIVE! BBC broadcast. The theater had a seating capacity of 2,434; and sitting in one of those seats was a fourteen-year-old lad from Dartford, Kent named Mick Jagger … The Rolling Stones famously covered Not Fade Away in 1964.

Buddy Holly, who died in the infamous 1959 plane crash at age 22, along with Valens and the Big Bopper, will be paid tribute to by Jared Mancuso. The 30-year-old Mancuso is a singer, dancer, actor, songwriter and musician, who has portrayed the rock legend from coast-to-coast and co-wrote Not Fade Away, a full-scale musical rendition that was produced in the summer of 2015 to rave reviews.

This version of Not Fade Away will include performers who shared the stage with Mancuso on national tours including NYC based Cullen Law on guitar and violin, and Bill Morey on both electric and upright bass. Also returning is Nick Gallardo, from Tucson AZ. The troupe’s Ritchie Valens, is a knock out guitar player who captures the complete essence of Valens with every hip swaying movement. Dayton, OH based drummer Noah Berry and NYC based James Parenti as the Big Bopper will be back on stage with Not Fade Away, after first joining the group for a successful spring tour.

Not Fade Away will perform at The Courthouse Center for the Arts, at 7:30pm on Sunday, July 17, 2016. A non-profit organization, The Courthouse Center for the Arts, is the “Go-To” place for Music, Theater and Arts in South, RI. Located within easy driving distance for all of Rhode Island’s music lovers, Not Fade Away will make Buddy Holly fans feel right at home. This show is a guaranteed audience favorite.

The Courthouse Center for the Arts is located at 3481 Kingstown Rd, West Kingston, RI, 02892. Tickets can be purchased at www.courthousearts.org.or call
our box office at 401.782.1018
ADvance tickets advised. Door sales will be limited