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Monday, February 25, 2013
Winter Dance Party Rocks Corn Palace by Jerry Hinkle
Last night a few hundred people watched a rather interesting showcase of talent. Several celebrity look-alikes took to the stage for the Winter Dance Party. Not only were Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and the big Bopper portrayed by actors who could sing, dance, and play music like the genuine article. The band was made up of musicians who portrayed period icons. In real life, personages such as Art Carney, Eddie Fisher, and Desi Arnez never went on tour with the 1959 Winter Dance Party, but that fact didn't diminish the crowds enthusiasm. For nearly 2 hours, the band, along with the stars of this show kept the audience at the Corn Palace entertained. There was room for dancing for those so inclined. Photography was not restricted, in fact, John Mueller, who played Buddy, encouraged those souls who brought photo taking devices to do just that, and briefly pose for them as well.
Despite reports to the contrary, the person acting as the Big Bopper was not Bopper Jr., but he did a spot on impression. Even the absence of the first Bopper's fabled coat, Melvin, did not take away from the pleasure of seeing this show.
The range of age in the audience went from grade school children to senior citizens, which proves that the music that was made by those 3 stars is just as timeless and relevant as it was 54 years ago, when their voices were stilled. God be with you and do the best you can!
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