Bakersfield reminisces about the ‘50s era

December 9, 2017 by  

The John Mueller’s Winter Dance Party will be coming to a local theater in a couple of weeks. The one-performance-only event here in Bakersfield will be a recreation of Ritchie Valens, the Big Bopper, and Buddy Holly’s final tour.

John Mueller is the Broadway/London hit ‘Buddy.. the Buddy Holly Story’ U.S. tour star, and looks a lot like the ‘50s idol. He will be recreating the voice of Buddy Holly, Ray Anthony will play the 17-year-old crooner Richie Valens, and Linwood Sasser will be presenting the Big Bopper – the role he has been portraying since 2008.

The two-hour program will include ‘50s hits such as Peggy Sue, That’ll Be the Day, Oh Boy, Chantilly Lace, and of course La Bamba. Mueller will be playing original riffs of Holly’s songs on a reissued 1957 Fender Stratocaster like the one the star used. He also has the guitar strung with flatwound strings, which were what Holly had on his guitar.

Anthony will also be playing his own guitar as he belts out the Latin rhythms that skyrocketed Valens to fame, while Sasser has put aside his acting career in Los Angeles to appear as the Big Bopper.

Rock and roll aficionados have no doubt already cleared their calendars for tomorrow, December 10, and will head out to the Bakersfield Fox Theater, 2001 H Street, Bakersfield. The curtain goes up at 6:00 pm.